Long time reader and finally made the jump and registered. First off thanks to everyone for sharing all your ideas, tutorials, and helpful tips to make Halloween what it is. I can just feel the love.
I live in Poulsbo WA. and started yard haunting 3 years ago. Our first year was no focus on set design, just store bought items. Last year and this year I have created 150 feet of fencing, 15 columns for the fencing, a dozen tombstones, FCG, 8x8 mausoluem for the FCG, pine coffin out of 1x3, and several other items I can't seem to remember.
We get about 500 TOTs every year so last year I started a food drive, "Food for Fright" to help our local food bank stock up before the holiday season. We gathered over 300 LBS our first year just by word of mouth. This year our goal is 1000. In addition we have implemented a "Vote for your favorite yard haunt" competition as a way to get parents of TOTs involved. We usually have 12 homes that go all out this time of year and will have them highlighted on a print out of our neighborhood plot plan. Should be fun.
Thanks for having me on board, and I look forward to sharing some of my ideas and tutorials (1x3 full size 6 ft coffin for under $45, actually building it this weekend so I will take lots of pics) as well as picking all of your brains.