I have started to set up my Graveyard! Above, the Flagbearer gives me a pleading look from the confines of the shed as I drag the lawnmower out to give the front yard the last cut it will get for a month.
The sparse archway and fencing provide a frame for "Mr. Sandman" ( in the distance, up on the roof). Mr. Sandman will stand guard throughout October. The neighbor kids have already noticed that "the Halloween Guy" has started to set up his yard. I will be adding a prop or two every day now until the big night.
On a side note, I spotted a female Carolina Mantis on the overgrowth next to my house. She is heavy with eggs, and stands ready for her next meal. During the day I saw her catch and eat several spiders and a small fly. What a cool little creature...she seems so intelligent and yet so alien. While I am setting up my yard, she will be busy feeding on insects and preparing to lay her eggs. Maybe I will be able to keep track of her progress thru the month.