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Have YOU Decorated Your Halloween Trees Yet ?

I am not quite sure if these folks were trying to get a head start on their Christmas Lights decorations, or if they were just starting a new tradition, here... or maybe they just got confused.

But... it appears that these folks are very much in the spirtit of Halloween... with their front yard Halloween Trees all decorated.  I am wondering if their kids are expecting to find some "Halloween presents" under their trees on Halloween Morning... put there, of course, by "The Great Pumpkin ?"

Comment balloon 57 commentsKaren Anne Stone • October 30 2010 09:13PM

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That looks fun!!!   I got to see The Great Pumpkin the other night after missing it for years and years.  I forgot how much I loved it as a child!

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) about 7 years ago

Susan:  I was just driving around the other night, and stumbled upon this home all decorated in the spirit of Halloween.  I had never seen anything like it, so I thought I'd share it.  So... have you decorated YOUR Halloween Trees yet ?  <smile>

By the way... I looked at the map, and saw that Kingston is very close to the Frontenac Islands... which reminds me of the last time I visited Quebec City.  I stayed at Le Chateau Frontenac.  What an incredible place.  Have you ever stayed there ?

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Very colorful. I hope they have lots of candy to give out for Halloween. They will be visited alot.

Posted by Debra Davis, Realtor - Atlanta, Decatur, Snellville, Loganville (Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners) about 7 years ago

I read somewhere that Halloween merchandise outsells Christmas, hard to believe but this is an example I suppose, there are some people who really go all out!  Im lucky if I get a pumpkin on my porch and make a trip to the grocery for the candy bowl LOL

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s) about 7 years ago

Debra:  Maybe the owner of the home is a Dentist... just beginning his practice... and hoping to drum up some business by giving away all that candy ?  A new twist on marketing, I guess.

And yes, the owners better be prepared with an extra large supply of goodies.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Marilyn:  I find that very difficult to believe... but, then again... if it is in the papers or online, it MUST be true... right ?

And... what's the deal ?  No picture of you next to a giant pumpkin or a dancing scarecrow ?  Yer slippin', woman.  <smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

I  have to admit our house is all decked out.  My trees have bat lights and spiders with the odd skeleton.  I have a graveyard on the lawn and a motion detected ghost that swoops down over the kids on the sidewalk!

I'm situated right in the heart of the 1000 islands and yes, I love the Chateau Frontenac.  Have't been for awhile though.  I was at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa tho in August. Does that count [smile]

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) about 7 years ago

I have also heard that Halloween sells better than any other holiday in some markets...not mine!  I usually have a Halloween tree inside...with ornaments on it....but i do one for every season...no lights out side though....didn't even get punkins this year!

Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) about 7 years ago

Karen Anne

They done a good job on their home for Halloween and maybe they're getting a running start on Christmas.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 7 years ago

What a great idea--decorate for Halloween, and as soon as it is over, call them Thanksgiving lights.  Then on Black Friday, they become Christmas lights!  Would certainly make sense in a colder climate than Fort Worth!

Posted by Mary-kay Canfield and Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in The Villages and Summerfield FL (REMAX Premier Realty - The Villages) about 7 years ago

Karen Anne, All the Halloween decorations you see anymore amaze me.  I have to be honest I've never been a huge fan of Halloween but I do enjoy the fall decorations.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 7 years ago

Remember when a jack-o-lantern on the front steps was sufficient to mark the Halloween holiday?  Now it rivals Christmas and in some areas surpasses it.  I must admit I always dress up and go trick or treating with my gkids

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) about 7 years ago

We have a couple of familes in town that decorate (with lights) for nearly every holiday on the calendar.  I'll have to remember to take and share some pics. 

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) about 7 years ago

When our kids were small, we use to decorate but now we are tweeners. Our kids are just starting their professional lives and getting married hence no grand kids. Maybe when we get grandchildren, we will decorate again...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTORĀ®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) about 7 years ago

That's a really orange glow! Guess some people are looking to add a cheeriness to their neighborhood and do it with lighting!

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Selling Norfolk County Homes (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 7 years ago

My house used to look like that on Halloween....not this year.  I sure do enjoy this picture, fun stuff!

Posted by Kate Bourland, Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing (Marketing with Kate) about 7 years ago

Nope, We will have a pumpkin that's been carved.  He will protect my home tonight and all through all Hallow's eve.  But no lights in my trees until Christmas.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 7 years ago

We have a guy in the neighborhood who starts his holiday decoration with holloween (ghosts, goblins, orange and black lights in trees and bushes ...)  he moves on to Thanksgiving and then Christmas .... I think he's the electric company's favorite customer!

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton, The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton (The Nines Team At Keller Williams) about 7 years ago

Susan:  I have never been to Le Chateau Laurier in Ottawa.  Got any pictures ?  I bet your 1000 Islands area is just gorgeous.  Am I remembering that there is some sort of cruise that tourists can take that tours some of the island areas ?  It has been a very long time.

Bat lights... that's what I need.  Wow... a swooping ghost that is set off by a motion detector.  We need video of this.  What a great idea for a post.  <spooky smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Deborah:  So much money being spent on Halloween.  Perhaps it will stimulate the economy... LOL.  I also think it might have been very appropriate to have had some of the so-called candidates dress up during some of their goofy debates they had.  Now THAT... would have been a great way to scare us into voting.

Now... special Halloween ornaments ?  We need pictures... <smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Lou:  Question ?  Just what WOULD Santa wear as a Halloween costume ?  Maybe he could dress up as Rush Limbaugh ?  LOL.  I mean... talk about scary ?

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Chris:  What a great idea.  We could go... in a very seemless way... from spooks and goblins right into turkeys.  Perhaps we could move election day closer to Turkey Day.  It almost seems more appropriate.

And... Fort Worth IS... a colder climate.  Tomorrow it will only be 78 degrees when game four of the World Series begins.

I like the idea of Thanksgiving diving into Black Friday, and coming out with Christmas lights.  Keep it that way all the way through December and January, until Feb 2nd, when Santa turns into one huge GroundHog.  What a concept.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

I'll see if the photos turn out in the dark tomorrow night.  We really go all out decorating our spooky Victorian home, complete with turret. 

This is a post I wrote at the end of the summer about the Chateau Laurier TEA FOR THREE in Canada's Capital today!

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) about 7 years ago

It is the great pumpkin, Charlie Brown.  :)  Fun and funny post!

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Cupertino California)) about 7 years ago

Marchel:  I think most people just see Halloween as just one more silly excuse to be silly themselves.  But, I agree, I much more enjoy the decorations that are distinctly "fall-like."  And Thanksgiving... such a great holiday. 

I think this year, if we all put our minds to it... Thanksgiving can be such a great time to remember all of our blessings as well.  Like you and your family being able to spend it again with your son Tarren.  Now THAT... is something to celebrate and be thankful for.  Will Wendy be with you this Thanksgiving as well ?  I hope so.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Norma:  Actually, I DO remember back as a child when just that ol' Jack-O-Lantern was enough to mark Halloween.  I actually think in many ways it was MORE fun then... because the things we did to have fun with that day... were much more originally OURS... rather than something we bought from a store.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Anita:  I think sharing a bunch of those photos... perhaps many of them in the same post, so we could compare... would be fun.  It appears you have given yourself a homework assignment.  <teacherly smile>  I look forward to it.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Hi Karen Anne - I'm not sure but I know that some of the Christmas light companies do sell Halloween lights.

Posted by FN LN about 7 years ago

Paul:  Just who IS this skinny younger person whose photo you are using ?  Perhaps your younger, thinner brother ?

It is just me, or have you lost weight ?  And... forget the "tweeners" excuse.  Now... would be a great time for you to get your imagination bubbling, and find or put together a costume that reflects the "real" you !  I am straining my older brain trying to come up with some suggestions for you.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Nina:  Yes... it DOES have a real "eerie" orange glow to it.  I am not sure I would necessarily connect an orange glow with cheeriness... but it sure does make one smile... at least it does me... in a crinkly-smiley sorta way.

I will definitely agree that when I was driving by the street this house was on... I could see this "glow" all the way from the street next to it... and that's what made me drive by it... and then take the picture.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Kate:  Don't tell me.  This year you decided to forego your Halloween decorations... and instead you had multiple pictures and blow-up dolls of Sarah Palin on your house, and hanging from the tree branches ?  Uh huh.  Now WHY didn't you take pictures and do your OWN post on that ?

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Tammy:  Having a carved pumpkin there to protect you from all those nasty creatures is a great idea.  Perhaps you could have had some help from some other folks on the lake, and decorated a floating barge... complete with generator-powered lights, pumpkins and goblins... and had it floating up and down Lake Sinclair.

And... how come you said about the pumpkin... that HE would protect you.  No pumpkin-ettes there ?  Harumphf !

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Jack:  He needs to take it one more step, and run it through GroundHog Day.  I mean, that should be a special day for us Realtor folks.  By the way... have you ever seen the movie GroundHog Day... with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell ?  I think it's a great movie.

Sounds like it's time to buy a few shares in your local electric company.  So... what are YOU dressing up as... tomorrow ?  Me... I am finally to that age when just going as myself is scary enough.  Sniffle, sniffle.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Chris:  Yes... this HAS turned into a fun and funny post.  But I didn't have very much to do with it.  I just started it off.  As usual... all the folks who come and read my posts... and then JOIN IN and make such great comments... really do much more than simply "add" to the post.  They themselves actually MAKE the post.

I was just going to add... that you should notice that not ONE of the comments was just exactly the TEN words necessary to get the 25 points... but then I counted YOUR words... and you have eleven.  Whew !  <impish smile, while ducking>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Some people just go all out on holidays.  I have to say that Halloween isn't as big of a commercial deal here in Ontario. 

There are a few homes that become "haunted" but for the most part a lit pumpkin on the porch and a candy dish in the front hall suffices.

Posted by Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage) about 7 years ago

Susan:  Thanks so MUCH for that link to your day at Le Chateau Laurier.

I think everyone should click on that link, and read your post.  The pictures are absolutely wonderful.  We have so gotten away from all of that... the pomp and circumstance of Queen-li-ness.  I love your description of all the Mothers, the daughters and their children, and the "beautifully attired" granddaughters... all in "summer dresses, hats, and little handbags."  How blessedly "girly."

Susan... I am SO glad you shared that... thank you so much.  What a great way to celebrate your Mother's birthday... or any day.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Marc:  Somehow... after just reading Susan's post about her day at Le Chateau Laurier... my brain is kind of stuck there.  Have YOU been to either Le Chateau Laurier or Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City ?  What a grand escape !

And, sure, I am not surprised that some of the Christmas light companies DO sell Halloween lights.  Sounds like a natural extension of their business.  Helps the economy grow, as well.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Jenny:  I am just as fine with Halloween staying the way it used to be... rather than going all-out nutz about it... as many do these days. 

And as far as "haunted houses"... here in the "lower 48..." I fear that the house that is the most haunted... just might be that big white house... you know... that one in Washington... at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Lots of secrets buried there, I am sure.  And then, there's always all that screaming that continues to come from that dungeon in the basement that Dick Cheney put in when he was there.  Scary stuff.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Halloween Trees.............hmmm, can they be kept up through Thanksgiving, just add little turkeys  Thanks Karen

Posted by Elizabeth Arduain, Lubbock Texas Real Estate (The Diamond Group @ Keller Williams) about 7 years ago

Karen Anne - You could blog the Yellow Pages and your fans would come to your blog to read about it and comment.  That should tell you how much you are admired and appreciated here on ActiveRain.

Posted by Eric Kodner, Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island (Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes) about 7 years ago

Elizabeth:  Hey, woman.  Anytime anyone here adds a comment... they are also adding a "little turkey" to the festivities.  My subscription list DOES have requirements, ya know...  and one of them is... that you have to be "part turkey" to comment.  Ah yes... and this is just for Jenny Kotulak... we have turkeys and turkettes.

So yes... they CAN be left up through Thanksgiving.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Eric:  As usual, you are very kind with your comments.  I love it... blogging the Yellow Pages.  I remember when they used to advertise the Yellow Pages... and the character who did it... was named Wolley Segap... which is, of course, Yellow Pages spelled backwards.

I am not sure about why "they" come to read and comment.  I think much of it is in anticipation of finding out just what kind of "weirdness" I am up to THIS time.  Seriously, I am so fortunate to have so many folks come and share little bits of themselves with me in their comments.  So very fortunate, indeed.  And Eric... it is so great to see you back on a regular basis, my friend.  I missed you, although I know you were very, very busy.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Hi Karen Anne... I have seen more Halloween decorating this year than ever before.  Much more and it will being to rival Christmas.

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 7 years ago

Steve:  I think perhaps that some of the "above the norm" Halloween activity may be an unknown reaction to all the nonsense that is currently going on in the world.  A little silliness can go a long way towards distracting one from the hurts of the day.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Looks beautiful; however, I would hate to pay for the electric bill! I'm sure the people who live across the street are really enjoying it a lot more than the people who live there. It would be interesting to find out what kind of candy they give the kids when they go trick or treating. If they have the money, good for them!

Posted by Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 7 years ago

Karen, somehow the lights on those trees look like pumpkins.  I'd say the Dentist did a great job decorating.  There are some people in my area that go all out on Halloween decorations, with lights and the whole bit. 

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) about 7 years ago

I think they wrap the candy in little packages and put them under the trees so the kids can find them in the morning................I also think they are a little confused.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 7 years ago

I think the Easter Bunny has a part time job doing the 'other' holidays.  He (she?) is probably pretty bored off season and runs around decorating houses.

I love Easter almost as much as I love Halloween.  I used to have boxes and boxes of Halloween decorations and costumes - it was ridiculous.  I would still be getting them out, but my kids have appropriated most of them for their homes.  Now I console myself by buying huge amounts of candy a week before, eating it all, then dashing out at the last minute and clearing out the store.

I also go shopping the day after the big "H" and buy up a bunch of those cute little stupid toys on sale - 90% off - save them for next year.  I am a true Dork.

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) about 7 years ago

I've been seeing people decorating with orangelights. Seems like it's a new thing. I love Halloween! BOO!

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) about 7 years ago

Wow! Someone LOVES Halloween :)!  Gorgeous though!  Can't wait to see their Christmas Decorations!

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) about 7 years ago

Well, I know the Great Pumpkin will be there for sure. I mean, how could the Great Pumpkin miss this house? I don't know what the Great Pumpkin brings, but I would think with that kind of display it will be something amazing!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 7 years ago

Hmmm. It seems like the holiday is turning more commercial by the second. Sometimes I miss the simplicity of my childhood. If it's any indicator.... my kids are lucky to have costumes this year (and that amounts to sweat suits that they picked so with trucks on them so that they could be 'workmen'). I always carve pumpkins with them because it's something I really like to do.

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) about 7 years ago

Karen, You've over come your bloggers block in fine style.

Posted by Charles Edwards Bentonville, AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker (Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 ) about 7 years ago

Darn!  I forgot to light the trees! I knew something didn't look quite right...

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) about 7 years ago

They would find a big surprise if I lived close by, the tree would be covered in TB. How much fun was that.

Posted by Randy Dodd, ePro, GRI, TAHS (Rosanna's Realty) about 7 years ago

Randy, if you mean TP... as in "papered" with toilet paper... I would have helped them call the police on you, and had you arrested... and I would have urged them to press charges.  How much fun would THAT be ? 

Do unto others, my friend.  <impish smile>  It's not just a slogan.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Well Karen, it is November 9th and those houses in my neighborhood that started with the Halloween lights are in for the long haul to New Years it seems. 

One way to bring joy to one's life during rough times, make the season for enjoying lights a longer one.

Gloria

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) about 7 years ago

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