when we lived in nashville our neighbors went to great lengths to decorate their yard for halloween. you know.... mums, hay bales, scarecrows, and those classy blow up pumpkins the size of a house.
instead of clark griswold yard contests, new yorkers decorate their brownstones. the upper west side does not disappoint though i tend to favor the understated schemes.
ps: the village does it right at christmas time.