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What’s everyone Halloween display looking 2019

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I was wondering what everyone’s Halloween display are looking like? Mine is still in the works but I have over half done between weather /work/family stuff.

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I'll get some night photos. We just got some of the flickering lights for the house lights that look like actual flames. Pretty neat since we put the plastic pumpkin buckets over them. They were like $8 per light at Walmart. Dont get the as seen on TV ones. Not as realistic.f6a5f345af13031b56e72bb1bdfe030f.jpg6004ca67572f9d460f2d756c135c2093.jpg4b72f141bf8f1cc7fecd5cb9d0e5ded2.jpg

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Halloween went good we had 368 trick or treaters. Which for my street was about average. I alway think it’s funny the number of families that take their family Halloween photos at my house:)

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What to do with 32 pumpkin pails?  I was collecting them to make an pumpkin arch but decided this was quicker and didn't damage the pumpkins. 

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I didn't take any pictures of the lighted pumpkins that I put out later in the day.  I have about a dozen of them, all collected from the Goodwill surplus or outlet store.  Picked four more up Halloween day including two 3 pumpkin towers.  Most of what shows up is the foam type pumpkins, not blow molds.

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1 hour ago, Rich in Las Vegas said:

What to do with 32 pumpkin pails?  I was collecting them to make an pumpkin arch but decided this was quicker and didn't damage the pumpkins. 

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I didn't take any pictures of the lighted pumpkins that I put out later in the day.  I have about a dozen of them, all collected from the Goodwill surplus or outlet store.  Picked four more up Halloween day including two 3 pumpkin towers.  Most of what shows up is the foam type pumpkins, not blow molds.

Thats awesome way to light them without damaging them, going to take note!

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I've been trying to find tons of buckets like those. Hardly anyone sells those on the shelves anymore.

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I would check Walmart mine had a big bin of them. But they went to 50 cent each (I think nov1) and we’re almost gone a few days ago when I was there.

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I would check Walmart mine had a big bin of them. But they went to 50 cent each (I think nov1) and we’re almost gone a few days ago when I was there.
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Dang, my Walmarts did not have any at all even during Halloween. I would have bought that whole bin. Where are you at?

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I am in Georgia. I know the ones around here ( metro Atlanta) all had the same bins. Peach tree city Walmart had only pink and lite green. 

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