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1st animated display next year for halloween....hopefully

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I put this same Q in lights, lights, lights, but figured I would put it here too since this is a halloween section.

As the Christmas season display ends I start thinking of next year, not only the Christmas display, but I am going to attempt my first halloween display. For those of you that have done them in the past, I was wondering what you use. I have a little bit of orange and purple lights, they are really hard to find and rather expensive. I have 5 spotlights and plan on making gravestones for them to shine on. What other colors do you use? Do you use your mini trees from christmas? I do plan on animating it, so I will have a ghost that lights up, probably clear mini lights in a sheet that will sing but other then that not sure.

Thanks for the help

Rob

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I will be using my Jack-o-Lantern arch (of course) plus 18 more large Jacks. The lights I'll be using are going to be the same lights I use for Christmas with one difference. On the gutter, I'll have red, white, green, and orange c7s. In my Halloween Tree, I'll have red, white, green, and orange minis. I'm planning to have some tombstones which I'll light with VFLOODS. I'm also going to use about 10 more VFLOODS to wash my house and trees with. Here's the one difference: for Christmas, I'll remove the orange lights, and replace them with blue. Everything else, in regards to the c7 and mini lights, will stay the same. If everything goes my way over the next 8 months, my Halloween show will be HUGE this year!

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I use the purple and gold minis from Lowes. I'm too cheap for the orange, and the gold is close enough for me. It was too tempting since Lowe's has Chriatmas in September now. I also use red.

For my mini trees, I made a ghost cover to go over them out of white gelt and we attached black felt for a mouth and eyes. They're very cool, but I'm not sure how they would stand up in the rain so they stay on the porch.

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I use purple and orange. I bought several LED duo UV spots for my things I want to glow and they glow a purple hue like my FCG...got them from minions web. Love them!

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I use purple and orange. I bought several LED duo UV spots for my things I want to glow and they glow a purple hue like my FCG...got them from minions web. Love them!

Now that is awesome! I would love to do that for Halloween!

Dean

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