My own home is decorated for Halloween with a zombie’s arm and leg shooting out from under a headstone. We have a “Keep Out” sign, spider webs, a “Caution: Zombie Zone” yellow tape, and a witches broom in the corner. And the kids love it. There’s (sadly, in my opinion) very few homes that are decorated on our street and so both children and adults take note of the ones that are. We once went through 12 bags of candy from all the kids coming to our home. But I don’t think that any of our decorations are enough to make small children cry.
But another thing to consider is the influence that Homeowner Associations might have in dictating what they feel is tasteful and what is not. In our particular area, there are not tons of HOAs, but those that do need to check your bylaws to be sure they are not crossing the line. Truthfully, I can’t say that I’ve passed by too many houses that I’ve felt have crossed the line. And I’m not really sure I feel personally that the house in Brooklyn crosses the line either. To me, it’s just in Halloween fun. It’s a memory in a long line of memories. But tell me, which do you prefer: scare the neighbors’ pants off or whimsical and cute?
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