For the second year in a row (and also the second time in ten years) the yard was vandalized. Not once this weekend- but twice.
I went out on Saturday morning to put out a few more things and found that a skull was stolen.
They had clearly tried and failed to get the others. After a few of them walked away last year I attached them better this time around, I'd like to think that paid off at least a little.
Some gravestones were also tipped over. But to be fair that could have been wind. (On a side note if anyone knows a really good way of keeping these up I'd love to know. We tried the stakes in the ground but found they aren't strong enough. This year is the first time we've tried the large metal stake in the back- it works better for sure but not all that great)
I fixed the decorations and put how a few more things.
And added a personal note for the person who took my skull. I have another to replace it- but not wanting to add to this persons ill-gotten collection, at the loss of mine, I'll wait until Halloween to put it out.
And for a new and interesting low- on Sunday morning I woke up to this scene in the front yard.
Nothing walked away this time- but I hate redoing things I've already done.
Each year, after the last Trick-or-treaters have gone, I always take this fence in before we go to bed, never trusting it out on Halloween night.
Now I'm starting to think about if I trust it to be out at all. I hate thinking this way, I'd prefer to think that people will simply enjoy the display and leave it in tact.
Clearly though I am wrong.