By early summer the house is full of styrofoam, pvc pipe, all manner of paints and sand paper scattered like dead leaves across the floor.
Come September the mantle and Halloween town appear.
But still it waits, quietly grinning wildly to itself until the Odometer of the year rolls over and the witching month is here.
It's time to decorate where people, normal people, can see it! I started with our newest addition, another gargoyle once again from Target. My husband has a slight addiction - to the point where at least five guard our kitchen from evil spirits - and despite being a horrible place for any kind of decorations outside of party for some reason Target always has a new gargoyle each year.
The mister wasn't in the mood to work at first so I let it run, sputtering and rooster tailing water all over the top of the stairs but she'd finally worked through her issues and was kicking out some nice watery smoke for the Skeleton coffin.
The skelespider hangs off the ceiling watching TV. Just don't change the channel, for the love of god never change the channel.
It's a bit odd but Martha Stewart does Halloween generally right.