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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.

Crop circle

Crop circle

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.

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Yes, you have to have a very good, strong lawn, that grows evenly, to pull this off properly.

Photo by: Thomas J. Sutter, Jr.

What do you think?

Dorian Bodnariuc from Ottawa, Ontario Canada on September 04, 2013:

That's a great idea. I'll do that for Halloween.

Devin Gustus (author) on August 23, 2013:

@burntchestnut: Good point!

Devin Gustus (author) on August 23, 2013:

@BLouw: I will see if I can pull it off this year. It's been very wet and inconsistently growing. We'll see!

Barbara Walton from France on August 23, 2013:

I'd like to see a picture of your own Halloween crop pattern lawn - what fun.

burntchestnut on August 22, 2013:

Crop circles would be especially cool is your house is up on a hill. Just make sure you don't live in one of those neighborhood associations where they control everything you do to your house or lawn!

Hal Gall from Bloomington, IN on August 22, 2013:

Cool idea that should get the neighbors talking!

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