I also like to drive around and look at all the houses decorated for Halloween. I have to say it seems that each year in my neighborhood fewer and fewer houses are decorating. It's a shame. I'm holding holding the standard on my street. Here is what I've done this year.
When I'm planning my outside Halloween decor I try to make sure that it looks as good in the daylight as it does at night. I don't like to see deflated inflatables laying on the grass during the day and I hide my cat in the flower bed so that it's not noticeable during the day. Lights play a part in making it look great at night, but they're not a prominent feature.
Many of the features are things my husband and I made. The flames are painted plywood that came out of a conversation where my husband called me Purga-jori because living with me wasn't quite heaven, but it wasn't hell either- his wit is one of the reasons I married him.
You can see the processes of creating Mr. Crow and the Eyeball banner by clicking their links. The Skeleton King's robe was made out of some old sheer curtains and sheets I had.
Please post pictures of your outside Halloween decor on my Facebook page. I'd love to see what you're doing.
I'll be posting everyday till Halloween now. That means Saturdays and Sundays too. Stick with me!