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  1. Circus Theme Wrap-Up Video

    Halloween Props
    Over the past couple months, I've posted videos of several circus-themed projects. Following is a video of the completed display, but, first, some notes on the props: Rooftop Unicycle Skelly -- In short, it ran but required constant checks (like every 10 minutes) to reset its starting point so...
  2. Bad Clown in a Box

    Halloween Props
    Last of the major builds for this year. Because the mask is especially creepy, I decided to operate the box with a remote control so that it won't open in front of little kids--but I doubt it's going to be possible to distinguish during the trick-or-treat rush. Thanks to Oak Lawn Cemetery for...
  3. DIY Fun House Mirrors

    Tutorials and Step-By-Step
    My version of some fun house mirrors using a design by a school science teacher (referenced in video). These will be part of a circus-themed Halloween display. I still have to figure out how to light the trick-or-treaters in front of the mirrors without bathing the rest of the yard in light...
  4. Setting Up "It" Red Balloon Prop

    Tutorials and Step-By-Step
    I've made a video showing the steps taken so far to have a red balloon floating around the yard. If there's a red balloon, there must also be a certain clown lurking around this year's circus-themed display.
  5. Guess which clown...

    Halloween Props
    ...is coming to Halloween this year?
  6. Skelly Rooftop Unicyclist--Reality Check

    Halloween Props
    I made a trial run of the skeleton rooftop unicyclist today and ran into some problems requiring a redesign. I have some ideas but welcome suggestions.
  7. Skelly Roof Walker, Proof of Concept

    Halloween Props
    I wanted a moving skeleton tightrope walker for this year's circus themed display but couldn't figure out how to do it. So, instead, I'm going with a roof walker (although I might be able to make it look like it's on a tightrope). I've done enough to know that the mechanics can work, but now I...
  8. Circus Calliope Under Construction

    Tutorials and Step-By-Step
    Among the props I'm building for a circus themed display is a calliope wagon. It will play recorded music and shoot bubbles and fog from the calliope pipes. It will also house a skulls-and-bones infinity box. The mechanics are pretty much done, so next I'll have to work on its artistic...
  9. Mechanical: Skeleton on Trapeze

    Halloween Props
    I've decided to try a circus theme this year and--inspired by J-Man's animated skeleton swing ( https://www.halloweenforum.com/tutorials-and-step-by-step/166034-animated-skelly-swing.html ) tried to make a skeleton swinging on a trapeze. As J-Man predicted, his set-up didn't work well for a...
  10. Prop Showcase: 2018 - Strangling Sisters Haunted CarnEvil Circus - Underway!

    Halloween Props
    Welcome to the Scariest Show on Earth - 2018! So we change our theme every year - which I don't recommend because the neighbors now EXPECT something new and different! I've been barely able to keep up with our website and the forum - but am determined to show some love here on the one and only...
  11. Freak Show /Haunted Circus / Carnevil

    General Halloween
    The Haunting of Green Berry has taken a turn. We are moving into a Freak Show Carnevil Haunted Circus theme. Actually I see carnival themes everywhere for the past year since The Greatest Showman came out. I have been trying to emphasize the Freak Show aspect a little bit more than just...
  12. Halloween Davy and Rose Style

    General Halloween
    With Halloween 2018 a little more than a month away, I thought I'd share what Rose and I did last Halloween with my Forum family. So.... Thrill as the White Werewolf takes on the Awesome Viking for the Teak Neighborhood Grill costume crown! Gasp as an ordinary Chrysler car trunk is transformed...
  13. Carnival Themed Music - Not Carousel Music

    Halloween Music
    So I always see people asking for carnival or circus music. And the standard answer that comes back is for carousel sounding stuff. If one is just looking for ambient music that is great. But not for what I need... I actually put on a entire live dance show. I need songs that fit themes...
  14. Mt Ogden Manor Shark Tank Build 2017

    Tutorials and Step-By-Step
    Sharing our 2017 Shark Tank build. The link is to our Flickr album and is a photo record of the build. Each photo has an added description. Shark Tank Build 2017
  15. Mechanical: Clown Coffin WIP

    Halloween Props
    I have been working on a Jack in the Box / Monster in a box hybrid prop. I wanted to do a Jack in the Box but did not want to mess with pneumatics and the box would be more expensive to build than the fence picket toe pincher. http://www.scarefx.com/project_coffin_2.html So I decided to keep...
  16. Help! Creepy circus theme: Wording for Invites??!

    Party Ideas. Experiences and Recipes
    I am having trouble coming up with a relatively short phrase (think to be used like a title on an invite) for my circus themed halloween party. I am not a fan of carnevil, creepy circus/carnival, CarnivHELL, night circus, freakshow, or haunted circus, but am having a hard time coming up with...
  17. Circus of the Damned, Halloween 2016

    General Halloween
    Hi all! Very late to the party this year, but here's photos of my 2016 themed party: Circus of the Damned. I scoured pinterest, the forum, TV shows (like American Horror Story and Carnivale), and more for inspiration. We built most of the props, including the ticket booth and snack stand. The...
  18. Static: Creepy Carnival Facade

    Halloween Props
    Kmart has 5 dollar twin white flat sheets. Some red acrylic paint works great. Underneath I taped some cardboard down to protect the ground. You can't beat the price though. I had been looking for a while and just came across those cheap prices at Kmart.
  19. CarnEvil Theme Circus Tent Boxed Invitations!

    Party Ideas. Experiences and Recipes
    Hello! I send post card save the dates on September 1, but I finally shipped out my boxed Halloween invitations this week. This year is a CarnEvil / Dark Circus theme. I made my circus tent templates in Photoshop, cut them out, glued them together, filled them with carnival treats and toys, and...
  20. Other: Circus tent question/idea

    Halloween Props
    Ok so last year last minute I got the night off work so I threw together a quick carnival theme and ordered an outfit and mask off Amazon. I used a EZUP tent and used red and white party table coverings to give the effect of a circus tent. I was originally planning something in the garage but...
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