This year we have added a Grim Reaper. He is on a sliding mechanism and is sound-activated. He lays down and when he goes off, he pops upright and evil-laughs and then says, “Welcome to my graveyard.” It’s awesome. The first day we had him out, the neighbors kids got off the bus and walked past and he popped up. The boy starts freaking out and pointing and shouting for his sister to come see. He comes back a little bit later with her and they stand out there trying to figure out how to make him go off. I opened the door and told them to clap their hands. The girl is about six and she couldn’t clap hard enough. She didn’t know it, but her brother had come right up behind her and he clapped his hands and the Reaper popped up and started scary-laughing and the girl just screamed so loud and took off running. After that she was out there making the Reaper go off constantly. I saw her showing some woman how to make the Reaper go off and I realized that she’s just accosting random people on the street to check out our graveyard.
And when I babysat my cousin's kids, the one 8 year old boy stopped by the Reaper and yelled to his mom to check it out and the Reaper went off. He screamed and jumped backwards, fell on his butt and then scrambled back in a panic. Kid was so embarrassed when he realized I saw him! Sadly, the Reaper is broken already. Either the girls broke him somehow playing out there or the weather did it. We never put him out in bad weather but the wind may have caused some damage or the early morning wet ground. He is going back out tomorrow night because he still looks cool even though he doesn’t work anymore.
I was going to post the actual pictures but my sister did that over at her journal this year, so I will just link to those. She does all the work anyways, so if you are impressed, drop her a comment!
Here are the pictures from this year, at my sister’s journal, with some really good close-ups.
And this is the Grim Reaper, the big new addition to the graveyard this year.
Next year we have to do some serious work on supporting the tombstones because the weather has just killed them this year. Anyways, enjoy the creepy and have an awesome Halloween! And stay dry and warm, if you can!