Sounds very familiar, Murph.
For us, it's that we live in an area that is otherwise Doctor's offices, schools, etc. Not a lot of homes.
When we first bought the house, I was excited to be one of those people that really go all-out on Halloween. I made a black cardboard cutout of a person with a big knife, and attached it to the window with a variable strobe light behind it to look like lightning. I put speakers in the window and played a custom-made spooky tape. I wanted to (but didn't get the chance) to replace the sample portraits in the studio with portraits of zombies and such. I wanted to swap out all the tracklight bulbs in there with green ones. I was pricing fog machines.
I'm still disappointed that all of that would be in vain.
::::::: “Yum. I'd love to gnaw on those with my ears." :::::::