Make a Crop Circle in your Front Yard for Outdoor Halloween Decorations
Having fun Decorating your Lawn this Halloween!
Most people take the easy route when decorating outdoors for Halloween. A few pumpkins here, a fake skeleton there. Maybe a "spooky sounds" CD playing. Nice, but not amazing. What would really be a showstopper is a well planned and executed crop circle in your front lawn.
Photo by: FuturePropulsion
Traditional Crop Circles
The first crop circles were believed to have been created by Doug Bower and Dave Chorley (source). They used a plank of wood with a length of rope attached to either end. They would hold the rope in their hands and step on the wood to flatten crops.
Fairly simple, but effective. The crop circle phenomenon took off.
Newer circlemakers have revolutionized this, and done some amazing work. A time lapse video is below showing the process.
Circlemakers Time Lapse Crop Circle
We are going to take the easy way out.
I am not suggesting you grow corn in your front lawn...
Simply let your grass grow a bit higher than normal. Because grass doesn't snap like a crop, we are going to have to find a different way to make our circles and formations.
I suggest a lawn mower for the rough work/clearing out the middle of the circle, and a weed whacker for the finer parts.
Designing your crop circle
So, your crop circle can really be anything, but it will be the creepiest if you do some sort of patterned formation.
Generally, a large circle in the middle surrounded by a number of smaller circles will look best.
Don't make it too busy, keep it fairly simple. If you make it too complicated, then people will just think you got in a fight with your line trimmer, and lost.
Crop circles look best from aerial shots, so try to time your grass growing to mimic the angle that helicopters are when the shots are taken.
Yes, you have to have a very good, strong lawn, that grows evenly, to pull this off properly.
Photo by: Thomas J. Sutter, Jr.