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I got hooked on the circus theme after last halloween and will be including it in my haunt this coming year. It seems to be a popular theme with others as well. I thought it might be nice to have a thread where we can post about various circus props we can make or buy.

Here's something I found over at THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW EXISTED, on sale too for under $5. I'm planning on using them in the concession tray that my circus-modified "baseball vendor" prop (from Walmart this past year) will be selling to the crowd. I bought a few for convenience sake but certainly this should be easy enough to make yourself.

Creep Cuts -- Eyes and Fries (popcorn eyes drizzled in blood and finger fries that are "finger" licking good).

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Here are a few props and scenes I made for our Haunted Circus theme in 2008:

Killer Clown Car:


The Ringmaster:


The Triplets....errrrr, ummmm....Twins!


Sideshow Freaks:


Lousy flash shot of tight rope walker. It looked great with a pinpoint spotlight, but lousy with flash! I used electrical conduit for the rope.


Rigor Mortis Puppet Theater: FCG rig with dead mime, since a "mime is a terrible thing to waste." ;)


It is a fun theme and clowns really freak people out.

Happy Haunting!

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Wolfbeard I love everyone one of them! I feel the need to comment on them all as you did such a great job. I'm glad you had pics to share.

Love the kiddie car clown; like the juxaposition of the innocence of childhood with the evil clown. The green hair and gloves were a nice color choice and not one I would have thought of but they work really well on him. Was the kiddie car motorized?

The Count is one of my favorite looking Gemmy props. He's just so creepy to me. It's nice to see him used outside of the vampire theme too.

The twins are really cool looking and I love your humor in that scene. What did you use to make your cage bars? They turned out nice. Great faces on them, but I especially like their torso's with the little muscular arms. Suspenders a great touch too. Were they a home-made prop?

The tightrope walker is something I would really love to incorporate in my circus haunt. Love your creative umbrella. How did you get the tightrope walker to stay upright on the conduit rope? Is he solely supported by the vertical wire and balancing on the conduit or did you need to attach him to it somehow? How difficult was it to get him set up?

Yep, the mime would be a terrible thing to waste! Perfect outfit on him and nice face makeup. You said he was a FCG; any chance you have video of him moving?
 

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wow, i love this thread. ghost of spookie, thanks for starting this thread. clowns is a fave of mine. everyones ideas are great. i love the cotton candy spiderwebs. and wolfbeard, not just awesome props but your pictures are so vibrant. dang fyfright, i almost came to your haunt this year. i wish i had known you were doing clowns. maybe see you next year. has everyone joined the social group clownzs? check out my profile, i belong. also finn and halloweenbarb have done circus themes. i change my theme every year and one year i did clowns. it was one of my best years. everything i did went over big. if you click on my signature it will take you to my photos and you can click on caulrophobia to see my clown year. have you ever in parades seen those volkswagon bugs and about a dozen clowns tumble out and you wonder how they all got in there. well i love that so to incorporate it into my haunt i made a coffin with no back. i hung black sheets all around it and put a spotlight on just the coffin. the clowns stood behind the black sheets. when the tot's got to the bottom of the dark basement stairs i gave the cue and a 8 clowns came bursting out of the small child size coffin and boo'd the kids as they ran past into the maze. it went over big time with the tot's. my daughter is trying to talk me into a circus theme again. we can upgrade where we were before.
 

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https://www.estreetplastics.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=38

i have a thin sheet of something and i can bend it. bend one way makes you tall and the other way makes you short. it was really reasonably priced. some guy sold it to me. does anyone know about this stuff because i think this is what the guy called it
he also gave me a clear see through red piece
 

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Wolfbeard I love everyone one of them! I feel the need to comment on them all as you did such a great job. I'm glad you had pics to share.

Love the kiddie car clown; like the juxaposition of the innocence of childhood with the evil clown. The green hair and gloves were a nice color choice and not one I would have thought of but they work really well on him. Was the kiddie car motorized?

Thanks. The car was not motorized. I picked it up for $2 at a yard sale. The clown's body is pvc pipe and chicken wire. The costume and mask are a kid's costume from K-Mart $12. I placed the mask on a wig head and drew in the eyes. Total cost was under $20.

The Count is one of my favorite looking Gemmy props. He's just so creepy to me. It's nice to see him used outside of the vampire theme too.

We love the Count too. He usually makes an appearance each year in one form or another.

The twins are really cool looking and I love your humor in that scene. What did you use to make your cage bars? They turned out nice. Great faces on them, but I especially like their torso's with the little muscular arms. Suspenders a great touch too. Were they a home-made prop?

The Twins are from Spirit Halloween. I picked them up on clearance the day after Halloween in 2007. They are nicely made props. The cage is made of PVC pipe and 1x2's. I repurposed a shark cage I made for our summer time outdoor JAWS movie partyy Here it is in shark cage form:


The tightrope walker is something I would really love to incorporate in my circus haunt. Love your creative umbrella. How did you get the tightrope walker to stay upright on the conduit rope? Is he solely supported by the vertical wire and balancing on the conduit or did you need to attach him to it somehow? How difficult was it to get him set up?

The tightrope walker was a last minute entry in our neighborhood scarecrow contest. It was a $10 walmart groundbreaker skeleton, with a PVC pipe torso and Goodwill gymnastics outfit. I screwed conduit clamps into the feet and ran some light wire up to the support wire above. It survived 40 mph plus winds, rain and exposure for three weeks. The umbrella is a piece of PVC with coat hanger ribs and creepy cloth glued on. The total construction time on that was four hours.

Yep, the mime would be a terrible thing to waste! Perfect outfit on him and nice face makeup. You said he was a FCG; any chance you have video of him moving?

No video, sorry. The body is PVC and chicken wire, clothes from Goodwill, and a manikin head I found previously. The body followed the typical FCG movement, but I attached the knees to the wrists with fishing line, so the legs would also go up and down. It was creepy in motion.

I build temporary props and scenes every year, since we always change themes without repeating them. 12 years so far with a different theme. I just re-use the basics where I can. Only a handful of props get saved.

There are more shots in my gallery:Halloween Forum - Wolfbeard's Album: Wolfbeard's Photos

Thanks.


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Just received my posters from here. $4 Posters - Wholesale Vintage Circus, Magic, and Scifi Posters - ElCheapoPosters.com. I like how they look and the price. They don't charge an arm and a leg. LOL

I also receive my cuts from here - Creepy Cuts Eyes and Fries - On Sale - Scary Halloween Things - Things You Never Knew Existed.
All of these are perfect. Thanks for the leads to them.:)

Glad to hear both places worked out. I just got my Creepy Cuts the other day from TYNKE and was also pleased. I think they will look great in my concession vendor's tray. I debated on making something like it but am glad I picked them up instead. I have other projects I'd rather spend the time on. I haven't ordered the carnival mirror yet or the two posters I mentioned previously but plan to this month or next. I don't want to fall behind on projects this year so figure I better take care of it sooner than later.

Curious Darkmaster what posters you ended up ordering? I thought they had some really nice offerings.

BTW has anyone ever done a circus dog prop before? I was thinking of turning my Gemmy Boney animated dog into one as a side companion to a clown. Boney already has a kind of round ball nose so I might add a small red ball on top of it. And his eye and ear "makeup" need to change too. Not sure what else to do to him. Thought maybe a clown-like ruffle collar would work. He doesn't need much. Love to hear of any ideas you guys have for what the dog could be doing. Only thing I could think of was balancing on a large ball.
 

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Just bought a few nice clown-related items over at Halloween Asylum for a few clown props for my haunt. Wolfbeard your FCG mime inspired me to include a mime in my haunt and I found that I really liked the mime mask that HA had--75% off too (only 2 left now--under $10). May not do a FCG with it but would like to do some animated hands if I can. I have an idea for a way to make his hands look like he's "climbing" in mime movements so will play with that idea--basically stings attached to gloved hands attached to an overhead board that sort of see-saws back and forth pulling one hand up while lowering the other one and vice versa as the board rocks.

Also picked up an evil jester's costume and mask set along with a jumbo clown squirting bowtie (both 40% off). I'd like to figure out a way to use the bowtie on a prop and have it squirt. I thought HA still had a lot of nice clown accessories, masks and costumes left BTW. Items on sale until end of year or when sold out.
 

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Just bought a few nice clown-related items over at Halloween Asylum for a few clown props for my haunt. Wolfbeard your FCG mime inspired me to include a mime in my haunt and I found that I really liked the mime mask that HA had--75% off too (only 2 left now--under $10). May not do a FCG with it but would like to do some animated hands if I can. I have an idea for a way to make his hands look like he's "climbing" in mime movements so will play with that idea--basically stings attached to gloved hands attached to an overhead board that sort of see-saws back and forth pulling one hand up while lowering the other one and vice versa as the board rocks.

Also picked up an evil jester's costume and mask set along with a jumbo clown squirting bowtie (both 40% off). I'd like to figure out a way to use the bowtie on a prop and have it squirt. I thought HA still had a lot of nice clown accessories, masks and costumes left BTW. Items on sale until end of year or when sold out.
I got some great deals from HA. Everything was 1/2 off after Halloween. The masks are of great quality material, and thick & heavy duty. I don't see these tearing like some others.
 

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Just to add to an old thread. Here are a couple of pictures from our Circus (CarnEvil) theme. Attendance was about 850 people. Construction lasted about a week and a half give or take. Everything was done after work by my buddies and I. Just wish I would have captured pics of the inside. I'm the clown BTW.
 

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Man, your haunt looked huge Streakn. The mast with the string lights looked fantastic. Liked your haunt sign. What did you do on the inside?

Amazing work especially given the time frame. Thanks for the pics.
While people were in line, we had hot dogs and popcorn machines and free sodas for those waiting to enter or the parents escorting their kids waiting outside. The initial entry room was a run down carnival area with a fortune teller, caged animals and roving "freaks". The next room was a black light/neon maze with static props, puppet master marionette and ME (mwahahaha!). Following that was the spinning knife throwing wheel/butcher area. Then the doll room/jack in the box room with the dead baby dolls. In between the rooms were smaller walk ways and at the end was my buddies 80+ year old grandmother giving out candy to those who didn't ask to be escorted out of our short cut exits. :eek: Each year gets bigger and bigger and the best part is we "imagineered" it over beers and drew it on napkins. I should start saving them. Mo money mo money mo, lol
 

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I had an evil circus themed halloween party this year and did "pin the beard on the lady". I found a circus themed pic on the web of a large circus lady and had it done poster sized (18x24) I believe at costco for around $8 and then mounted it on the foam board from the Dollar store. Then I got construction paper to cut out some beards and some of the round ended pins. My guests had to be blindfolded, take a shot, spun, and then try to pin the beard on the lady! It was a lot of fun and very cheap!
 

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does anyone remember the 'little rascals"?
one episode they were doing a circus, and they had a 'man eating chicken '. yup you guessed it it was a kid eating a piece of fried chicken! behind a curtain. just thought I'd add my 2 cents.lol
 
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