So we really haven't much exciting to report about the progress of Shingle Creek Manor. Very mundane tasks being completed, fence building, prop painting, trying to put together a haunted tool shed for our caretaker. Our official setup date is the 29th.
We have however managed some Fall favorites such as Pumpkin Pancakes at the International House of Pancakes, visiting various Halloween stores and watching our seasonal programs, Making Monsters and Face Off (Roy was robbed!). Tonight we might pay a visit to "Celebration" the Disney created town not far from here. I hear reports of good yard displays going on there... we'll see.
Which brings me to the weather; while I can empathize with my fellow haunters in the North East preparing for Hurricane Sandy, and I know of at least one yard haunter here that lost a major prop due to Sandy's wind gusts as she only skirted by Florida, we are very excited by the Halloween weather reports for our area!
There have been years where complimentary bottles of water went along with the treats for those youngsters brave enough to weather the Florida heat in a plastic or rubber mask and fabric costumes not designed to circulate air, but not this year! Weather predictions are for temperatures in the low 70's in the day and the high 50's at night! That's as close as we get to the normally great weather of the North in the Fall. So while my friends up North get ready for wind damage, flooding and long term power outages all I can say is, "been there, done that!"
Seriously though, celebrate Halloween early if you can and store your props if your in Hurricane Sandy's path. Above all, prepare for and expect the worst so you won't be surprised and be safe!