So I spent the morning digging through the Halloween boxes looking for a few key items. The main one was a light socket outlet. These are great if you don't have an outside plug--but you do have a porch light. They screw into the base and create a socket...that you can then safely plug your Halloween lights into. This is better than the system I used years ago that involved feeding a wire under the door--much less safe. Next important thing was the bag o green lights. I tried a green bulb in the porch light--just didn't give out the right kind of light--too bright, not enough green. So I'm going (again) with the strands of lights.
Next up was bringing out all of the vines I had made and taping one side of them to inside the bucket. I wrapped them around poles around the porch, and rigged a couple so that they looked semi-floating in mid-air. I attempted to get some of them to 'wave' at the trick or treaters.
I placed the lower jaw down first, just to see where I needed to make adjustments to the vines. For future reference, I need to remember to put up the upper jaw of Audrey II FIRST--I ended up having to move the lower jaw and bucket out of the way anyway.
Rigged the upper jaw on several ropes attached to the rafters, then placed the lower jaw onto the tub. And thus--Audrey II LIVES!!!! Muah ha ha!!!!
Went and grabbed the finished mini Audrey IIs and stung them on. I also put in the benches and wired them all up with the light strand for the real pumpkins. Also anchored to the porch my other plant stand--ideally with thoughts of doing a wee flower shop.
Had to wait until dark to check out the lighting. I think it's a pretty good blend of green with enough light to see some of the details and thankfully dark enough to fudge over all the little mistakes.