Halloween Decor: Step right up!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

If you read the previous post on our Halloween invitations, you already know the concept. Every year I like to have a little backstory that inspires the look. (i.e. spider infestation, dead bodies trying to crawl into the house) This year its a Haunted Victorian Side Show/Circus. So without too much babbling, here is how it turned out.

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If Im being honest, Im not really loving it. Its too chaotic to me. A real shame because this years decor was, by far, the most time consuming. I think its because the color scheme isn't as unified as I normally like. The nature of a carnival look is a bit chaotic anyway so its not that I hate it, it just doesn't polish. But it is what it is and its up so there you go. I hope the kids like it :)

Im going to try to carry the theme a tiny bit into the food for the party as well. Working on that this week so wish me luck!

Some fun facts about this years decor: The concept of "Carnevil" was suggested by my brothers girlfriend. My brother wrote the news article that is hanging on the fence. I made all of the signage (with a lot of inspiration and imagery pieced together from what I could find on the web). I didn't want to shell out for printing large posters so I printed everything on letter sized paper and glued it together on sheets of plywood. The clothing for the "ticket seller" came from a thrift store in Staten Island. The fabric "banner" that is hanging from the top floor is painted drop clothes. Any other questions - just ask!

52 comments:

  1. I think it looks great! So cool and original!

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  2. Wow, how cool is that!

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  3. it turned out fantastic! your print pieces turned out fabulous, too. xo

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  4. Fan-freaking-tastic! LOVE it and the kiddos will too!! Great job.

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  5. I think it rocks! So awesome!

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  6. I love the posters you printed and am amazed at how you put this altogether- cuddos to you for putting so much effort into decorating- it's inpsiring!!!

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  7. I'm sorry you weren't thrilled with the outcome. It still is incredibly well done and creative. I love the red/black curtains. That really makes it.

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  8. I think it looks amazing! You are so creative, and I love how passionate you get about your Halloween stuff!

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  9. Wow wow wow. It's amazing! I was impressed that I got one pumpkin on my stoop this year.

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  10. Stephanie, you are way too critical- it is absolutely fantastic!! The red, the doll, the poster! The whole neighborhood must look so forward to stopping by each year.

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  11. OMGosh I am screaming over here, its so fantastic. I think its amazing are you crazy? The red curtains with the body parts hanging out and all the scary clowns and puppets are wonderful. I love the guy in the suit. Dam, we are having a Halloween Party and I so wish I had some of your things. My kids are gonna love this when I show them later. So will all the kids in your neighborhood. Way to go!

    Megan

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  12. It looks amazing! I love how you reused the skeletons from last year and made them into Freaks this year! I also love the posters! Now the question is, how are you and Mr. L going to dress???

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  13. I think it looks great, I wish I could see it in person. And I love the printing, looks fab

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  14. Wow! This is such a beatufully scary Halloween display! I too love doing themed Halloween parties every year- Last year was the Black Masquerade but this year is The Myrtles Plantation.

    Maybe next year I will give your idea a whirl! Props to you on all your hard work!

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  15. I think this is ridiculously awesome... super spooky... and completely creative (as all your decor is!).

    Happy early Halloweeen!

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  16. I think it's awesome! I've been 'patiently' waiting for the reveal too! I wish we lived in NY - my husband loves, loves, loves Halloween so we'd love going to such a festive party.

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  17. Anonymous10:28 AM

    Let me comment first, what a great Halloween Scene this is, and out of curiosity how many trick or treaters do you normally get at your door ? Best witches for a fun time !

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  18. So much fun! Goes perfectly with your creepy twin party invites!

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  19. This is Amazing, so well done!! I LOVE it! When I was little the best decorated houses gave out the best candy, do you hand out something special?

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  20. It is amazing as always. You do such an awesome job every year. I love it. I know all the kiddos will as well.

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  21. How do your inlaws feel about having their windows blocked by the red fabric?

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  22. Stef this looks AMAZING!

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  23. Looks great! I bet your neighbors enjoy everything you do! Don't they? Very cool how you still stay true to doing it on a small budget! Hugs from Conroe, Texas!

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  24. Thanks so much for the nice comments. It took me forever to get it done so it makes me feel good you like it even if Im not 100% happy.

    Natalie: Our costumes go with the theme as well although Im totally unhappy with mine (i guess the theme this year is malconent). I do love how Mr. Limestone's turned out though. But I always like his costumes better than my own for whatever reason.

    Anon: We get A LOT of trick or treaters. Last year we gave out 1000 tootsie pops being careful to give just one out per child. Im sure our party guests ate a few too but you do the math there.

    Sixty-Fifth Ave: We give out tootsie pops which is probably better than some but not too impressive. We just get far too many kids to give out whole candy bars or anything too expensive.


    Newburgh: The in laws seem to get a kick at how far out we go. As each piece goes up they come out to give their seal of approval so I assume that means they like it. They are very nice so I dont think they would come out and say they didnt like the red fabric but they seem happy to deal with it for the short period its up. And they love seeing us along with the kids dressed up so we make it worth their while :)

    Nancy: We get a lot of nice comments from the neighbors (although everyone seems in agreement that the spider decor we did the first year was their favorite - kind of annoying to hear when Im breaking my back putting up something different but its nice they stop to chat in the first place)

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  25. Absolutely fantastic! My oldest son is going to be Slappy for Halloween. Love it!

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  26. I think it looks amazing! We are far to critical of our own work I would say. I am sure your kids and neighbors will love it all.

    xo,
    cristin

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  27. Your outdoor displays are always wonderful and this one is no exception. I'd be a little frightened to go up to your door. That clown freaks me out!

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  28. Absolutely incredible! I love how you make things that are already exciting doubly exciting through your creativity and crafts!!!

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  29. I think it's awesome.

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  30. Wow, that's serious business!

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  31. I think it's wonderful! You are very creative and your friends are lucky to be able to come and enjoy it!

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  32. Amazing and terrifying! I'm sure the neighborhood kiddies will love it and your friends will totally appreciate all your effort!

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  33. I think it looks fantastic! Like something you'd see at a high-end amusement park with lots of money...if they hired you to design it.

    You asked about printables before. Our family is doing the circus theme for our costumes this year (not too scary, however), and thought it would be great to decorate the back of a car like a vintage circus for the Trunk or Treat party at church. Would any of your stuff translate for that kind of thing (banners, signs, etc)?

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  34. pkzcass3:31 PM

    I'm not a big fan of Halloween, but I truly appreciate all of the people who go out of their way to make it fun. Especially since I'm not one of them.

    But you? Completely astounding to me what you do every year. I think it looks absolutely fabulous and I can't wait to see pics of your party!

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  35. I think it looks great but I do understand what you mean about it not being cohesive in color. That would be something I would visually have problems with and the rest of my family will say it looks great. I love the signs and I would never have guesses that they were not posters. Can I ask how you get the picture to print out on each piece of paper the way you want so you can line it up. I too am busy getting the last minute touches decorating and then tomorrow is full of making any food I can prepare ahead of time. I just can't wait. I hope you have as much fun as your guests will at your party.

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  36. I think it looks fantastic. I hope you are prepared with lots of treats because I think everyone in Brooklyn will be knocking on your door.

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  37. My Halloween party this year is a "Haunted Circus" theme, so I love your ideas. You do such an amazing job!

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  38. "carnevil"~ love that! That guy is super scary too!! The spider decor will be hard to top;)

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  39. Honey you are way too hard on yourself. Your place rocks...End of story!

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  40. As always I love it! I can't even how exciting it must be for kids to walk by your home!

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  41. I think it's pretty great. My outdoor decor is just a graveyard ...which looks terrif but is not original like this ...I will add a few more things come party time but yours takes the cake!

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  42. Anonymous11:39 PM

    Looks great, I'm curious as to what the newspaper clipping says.

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  43. I can hardly wait to see your costume. You really are amazing. How in the world do you do it all. Love your cleaned up look around here.
    I feel like a total slacker!
    pve

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  44. You are entirely too hard on yourself. The neighborhood kids (and their parents) are going to LOVE it. Yours will be the house that everyone says "You have to go by 1122 Boogie Boogie Avenue (ha, ha, remember that childhood chant?!) to see it!" Just make sure your CANDY lives up to the decorations. ;)

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  45. See, you? You are the queen of Halloween.

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  46. You are an amazing Halloween goddess!! I did my own take on your skeletons from last year. The neighbors are loving it!!
    http://houseography.blogspot.com/2010/10/halloween-spooktacular.html

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  47. this looks like a lot of fun!

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  48. I'm shocked that you are disappointed in how it turned out! It's amazing!

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  49. kristin k11:59 AM

    I'm hosting a party with this very cool theme! Your blog serves for TONS of awesome inspiration. Could you please explain to me how you printed the posters? We are on a tight budget! please email me at kristinstamps@yahoo.com.
    yaho thanks SOO much.

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