Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween Decor Reveal: Welcome to the Asylum.

So now you know the concept and seen the invite, of course there had to be some exterior decor to match. (Prior year's themes have been spider infestation, skeleton invasion and freak show). Welcome to our madhouse...

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The neighbors and passing kids seem to get a kick out of it so I'm happy. We've even had a few people who sneak in the gate and take photos of themselves with our fine doctor. Hee-hee.

It could use a little more filler in the form of spider webs and rubber rats but I didn't have those handy so I'll add them before Halloween Monday but I think this is pretty creepy as is.

And yes, I'm already mentally working on next years idea.

For that want to know the details:
-I made the visiting hours sign really easily using a large wooden board, spray paint, a hand cut 'H' and some peel and stick letters. I thought I'd have to hand paint it but this was so much quicker and easier. (Subway style posters could easily be made using the same method)
-I purchased the hospital gown and scrubs online but added the 'property of' design using a stencil made with the silhouette die cutting machine.
-The condemned sign and patient files were designed by me but I found the eerie photographs on the always full of inspiration site Graphics Fairy.

54 comments:

  1. I wish more houses woul

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  2. I really wish more houses would decorate like this! There's only 1 house on my street that's put some stuff out. Yours looks great!

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  3. I'm scared! Another great year!

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  4. Kerry Kildale9:16 AM

    Love it.  Growing up in Kings Park,NY (home to a real life insane asylum named for Kings County that is now closed) I really appreciate this theme!

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  5. a little luxe9:18 AM

    That is fantastic!!!!!!! I'm impressed! :)

    Jennifer

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  6. elizabeth9:38 AM

    This is toooo fabulous!  I wish I was in the area and could come see it!

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  7. That's just amazing.  I'm not sure that I could get my kiddo, (or myself) to your front door!

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  8. Andrea10:15 AM

    That is amazing!  WOW!

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  9. Bontempsbeignet10:17 AM

    Your house would scare the be-jesus out of me. You've seriously got some talent, lady!

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  10. I love your Halloween decor posts - so creative!!

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  11. Dina @ Honey + Fitz10:53 AM

    Love it!  This is so fun, I would totally be one of those people sneaking in for a photo :)

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  12. love it, great job yet again!

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  13. Mrs. Plank11:38 AM

    I love this! Your attention to detail is awesome and puts it over the top! I can't lie, I have a major house crush on your Limestone :)

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  14. Melissa @ HOUSEography11:38 AM

    As always, totally amazing. Your neighbors must look forward to this every year!

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  15. Apinchofprim11:43 AM

    That is absolutely Spooktacular!!!!! Fantastic job, looks like you put a lot of hard work into this:)
    Have a great Halloween,
    Michelle

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  16. You throw the BEST parties!!!

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  17. Would love to see the sign on the door close up to see what you did there and would love to see each of your patiant's sheets too! This does not disappoint!  Better than anything I see in magazines.

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  18. Doreen12:25 PM

    i love your parties!!

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  19. Emihutch1:03 PM

    WOW! Great job! You are so talented. One of my mom's best friends when I was growing up always had 'that house' and we looked forward to it every year - the party, the green steamy punch, seeing which character her son was disguised as in the yard, and of course her elegant procession downstairs at the start of the party for all to see her costume each year. She passed away a long time ago, and I keep hoping one of my friends will decide that they are going to have the Halloween house, but so far no takers. Your friends and neighbors are so lucky! 

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  20. Alaina1:45 PM

    I had to laugh at your comment about thinking about next year's theme.  I have done the same thing.  You are so creative and such an inspiration.  I wish I could see the house in person, it just looks amazing and I can't wait to see how the inside of the house looks like.  My project for the day is lining my coffins with red satin.

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  21. Love it!  I look forward to your Halloween invites and decor every year and there has never been a disappointment.

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  22. Kim DeRose2:01 PM

    Wow - I just happened to walk by your place this weekend while my husband and I were out and about with out-of-town guests. We all LOVED your decor! Great job, thanks for helping make Brooklyn so festive!

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  23. omg that is so creepy!!! you did an amazing job!

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  24. MrsLimestone3:24 PM

    We don't do that much with the inside. Because of all the trick or treaters, its definitely more of an outdoor thing.

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  25. MrsLimestone3:26 PM

    Stay tuned for tomorrows post - Ill be giving the condemned sign away as a freebie download.

    The patient forms are pretty basic - just name, date of birth, date of admittal, treatment, etc.. Its really just filler to make it look official. :)

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  26. This.Is.Amazing.  I am totally creeped out (in a good way) by this party! 

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  27. It's so creepy and creative!  My kids would love it.

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  28. Mishlunt5:50 PM

    Wow. I had a Halloween party planned, then had to cancel because my Hunny got a kidney stone! Anywho, you are SO the Queen of Halloween. I'm bowled over again. I'd love it if you would write about where you get your creepy manequins every year . . . do you rent them or own & store them?? Enquiring minds want to know! You're so great.

    Warmly, Michelle
    http://michellelunt.blogspot.com/

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  29. Janice6:52 PM

    Brilliantly creepy. I expect nothing less!!!! I look forward to these every year.

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  30. tanya martinez7:08 PM

    Okay now, that is SCARY! I wish you weren't so far so I could drive my kids over there just to see! Awesome job as always!

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  31. Decoratingdame7:14 PM

    Kudos to you!!! Another great Halloween!!!  You did not disappoint!!! Your limestone was made to be decked out for Halloween.

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  32. This is SO cool. Wish I were in NY because I would definitely have to check it out in person. Super fun, and I'm sure your neighborhood gets such a kick out of your Halloween decor.

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  33. Condemned sign - That is awesome! Do you send press releases to the magazines? They should be constantly hitting you up if they had smarts.

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  34. goagainstthegrain9:56 PM

    ha! this is so great! You never fail to amaze me!

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  35. You are my Halloween idol!  I thought I was good at Halloween decorations but you've taken the cake.  Bravo!

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  36. Jenny R9:58 PM

    I'd love to show my family who will be visiting your house while we're hanging out in Brooklyn! Would you mind sending me your address? (I'm asking in a non-creepy way, I swear haha)

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  37. Brianne12:55 AM

    You are A-MAZ-ING!!!!  I LOVE everything you do on your blog and can not wait each Halloween to see what you do!  Can I ask how you get your skeletons to stand up in the windows?

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  38. Joanne2:06 AM

    As always, you hit it out of the park on this years Halloween design.  Each year I think you can't top what you did the year before, but somehow you do!  Would you concider sharing your patient files and condemed signs as a download so people like me, who can't figure out this computer stuff to well, could use it.  Thanks!

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  39. Michelle Gregory7:21 AM

    Just brilliant! I loved last years but this is soooo good! Got a Shutter Island feel. Happy Halloween to you and your family. You are an inspiration. Kind regards Michelle Gregory, England.

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  40. I'm over here giving you a standing ovation. This is amazing. 

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  41. MrsLimestone8:58 AM

    Im giving away the condemned sign in todays post so keep an eye out.

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  42. MrsLimestone8:58 AM

    Thanks.

    The skeletons are hung with fishing wire.

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  43. MrsLimestone9:01 AM

    They aren't manequins. The two 'patients' on the ground are armatures with heads and hands purchased at party city. The 'doctor' is one of the skeletons that I ducted tape a scary head to. And of course the skeletons are just the cheap blow mold variety I bought several years ago.

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  44. Tara Youngblood11:30 AM

    Great job as always.  I love your Halloween spirit!  I'm sure your neighborhood appreciates your passion as well!  It's a nice treat to share that with your neighbors every year.  Happy Halloween!

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  45. the cape on the corner3:50 PM

    you never disappoint!  this is fabulous and creepy.  love it!

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  46. Margaretlima19:50 PM

    I follow your blog and absolutely love it! I, however, have some constructive feedback that I hope you won't mind. Your Halloween decor is great but can you stay away from the  so-called "lunatic asylum" wording and depictions. I work with people with mental illnesses and the stigma associated with asylums is very detrimental to those who are ill.
    Thanks!

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  47. Janell9:46 AM

    You truly have the perfect house for outrageous Halloween decor! Looks fabulously spooky. Janell

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  48. Terrifying as always! I think this is the creepiest yet, though. Those half-decomposed "bodies" give me a case of the willies! I'm sure your trick or treaters will be sufficiently spooked!

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  49. laura @ the shorehousechic11:42 PM

    Super. Duper. Awesome.  I lovvvvvveeeeeee it!

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  50. WOW! You've outdone yourself this year!! Although, I really loved the spider year, I think this is a little too scary for me, ha!

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  51. this is AMAZING!!!  your halloween decor is always my fav fav, favorite!

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  52. @TheNextMartha12:05 AM

    Holy wow.  This is so fantastic.  Amazing.  

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  53. Jodie7:29 PM

    okay, so obviously I'm way behind...we are doing an insane asylum at work, in our big office w/ a few smaller offices inside...is there anyway to purchase the patient information & condemned sign templates from you?  I just need a guide, and will change it up to include the names/photos of folks in the office. My email address is harjod95@msn.com. Thank you for your time.     P.S.- We really want to win this contest bad...any help/ideas are appreciated.

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  54. The condemned sign is already a free download - just do a search. I dont know if I kept the patient sign files but drop me an email and Ill check.

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