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    Default Tim Burton themed Halloween party ideas?

    I am going to try to do a Tim Burton movie theme this year for my Halloween party. I would love some photos and ideas of decorations, food, drinks, and invitations (wording, etc). I have re-watched most of his movies this week to get ideas and I have a page full of thoughts. Just thought I'd ask on here if anyone has anything unique or any past photos to share. Also opinions on my ideas so far. Thanks!

    Here's what I have so far:

    I am definitely thinking of the dead trees and spirals, as well as the black and white contrasting with bright colors that recur in his films... There will be plenty of gravestones with names like Betelgeuse, Emily (Corpse Bride), and just general gravestones. Lots of jack-o-lanterns, pumpkins and pumpkinhead scarecrow, and skeletons. Possibly a headless horseman... Definitely doing the trees with the different holiday doors on them. And I'd like to create a mural of the spiral hill for on my one wall. Artificial flowers spray painted black, crows, topiaries like in "Edward Scissorhands", and a clothesline with shoes hanging from it like in "Big Fish"

    For food I am thinking of meat pies with fingers and roaches in them, setting up a tea party table like in Alice, cookies and cups with "Drink Me" and "Eat Me" written on them, and maybe scissorhands shish-kabobs, and a Corpse Bride wedding cake. And I'd like to get some dry ice this year to put in a cauldron of green punch, like Sally's soup cauldron. Along with some fake bottles that say "Worm's Wart", "Deadly Nightshade", and "Frog's Breath"
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    Just recently saw some black and white stripped Chinese lanterns at Z Gallerie that would work great. Or you can order them online.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyL View Post
    Just recently saw some black and white stripped Chinese lanterns at Z Gallerie that would work great. Or you can order them online.

    You mean these?

    http://www.zgallerie.com/p-10211-pap...te-stripe.aspx

    Very cool! Thanks
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    My daughter has Nightmare Before Christmas Bedroom. We have the spiral hill, black and white striped curtains, pumpkins etc, but there is always a little touch of whimsy in his movies. So it isn't too dark.
    But for a party that is a kick @$$ theme, best one and most original I have heard in a while. Please keep us updated and any pics too

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    Sounds like a plan! There is so much you can get from Tim Burton's wild imagination! If making some modeled props of his, they should be fairly easy as they are all rugged and not perfect in form. The more slanted and sloppy the better! Hope you can fullfill this party theme! Best of luck and post pics along the way!
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    That is one fabulous party theme!!! I'm curious, are you going to include the Batman movies that Burton directed?

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    FANTASTIC idea!! I'm looking forward to hearing/seeing your progress!

    Yeah involve the Headless Horseman! Sleepy Hollow has some fantastic inspiration points.

    How about throwing some Sweeney Todd in there too? Not quite sure decorationwise(at least not without major thinking!), but how about some of Mrs Lovett's meat pies to snack on? (Edit - sorry, didn't see you had already written meat pies!)

    He was also involved in James and the Giant Peach, so you could do sonething with that in the kitchen?





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    Quote Originally Posted by MHooch View Post
    That is one fabulous party theme!!! I'm curious, are you going to include the Batman movies that Burton directed?
    I would love to incorporate Batman into it... Not sure how to though. Any ideas?
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    How about a room/area with "Gotham City" sort of feel...city skyline on the walls, dark, mysterious...maybe a pot light on the floor shining up that puts the Bat Signal on the ceiling. Do you have a powder room/1/2 bathroom? That would be a perfect place since the walls are smaller and it wouldn't take as much to cover with the cityscape. If you wanted to get really industrious, you could even have little white twlinky lights in some of the buildings windows, like a city at night. (Not sure how we'd accomplish that but it sure looks cool in my mind, LOL!) Plus you could have a sound track from one of the Batman movies playing in the background if it was a closed area like a 1/2 bath. That's just off the top of my head, I'll have to think about it some more. Again, FABULOUS theme...I'm gonna steal it and put it on my list of themes to do in the future!! If you don't mind of course...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MHooch View Post
    [COLOR=.....cover with the cityscape. If you wanted to get really industrious, you could even have little white twlinky lights in some of the buildings windows, like a city at night. ........[/COLOR]
    I agree great idea! And I love the cityscape idea...very fun!

    A cityscape could be fairly inexpensive to do, just time consuming. Use black posterboard to cut out silhouettes of buildings to tape on the wall. As far as the lights, these branches with led lights in the LTD Commodities spring catelog caught my eye. I thought, now they would work great for something halloween. lol They don't twinkle, but maybe they could be spread apart enough to light up windows? Maybe even backlight some buildings too.

 

 
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