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SO, This is my 7th year having a Halloween Party. I usually do it up BIG, a stand up comic and a live band. I always have a theme. ive done, Victorian, True blood, Halloween Haunted Hodown, Voodoo on the Bayou, and CarnEvil . AND Universal Monsters. I am at a loss as to what to do this year. I try and shy away from gore, as I usually try to do 'upscale' decorations as I live in a Victorian House and it just seems to look really nice. I am really having a difficult time coming up with something this year. Any ideas? Thanks in advance! :)

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Vintage Halloween, or maybe Universal Monsters.
 

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I love your house!!! What a great place to decorate---the porch is awesome and the round turret---not sure what to call it is divine!

How about something with Witches? A witches meeting or convention or ball? Or just a masquerade ball.
 

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Wow-- your house is amazing! I agree with the witches thing-- that would be great.

You could also do maybe a Psycho theme? It doesn't have to be gory (remember Hitchcock didn't show a single stab wound in the whole film), really this could just be a haunted hotel/dead & breakfast theme...

Or maybe just go straight creepy Victorian-- Victorians were crazy spooky! Look up Harry Houdini, Victorian seances, ectoplasm, etc, you'll find plenty of inspiration. Victorians were obsessed with the supernatural!

Good luck this year! :)
 

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OOhhh those are GREAT ideas ! yes, I always try to decorate according to my houses architecture as yes, it's a great 'halloween' house! :) The witch theme is good too!
 

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how about a Halloween spooktacular where everyone dresses up as ghosts and you make the house(beautiful house) dilapidated and spooky inside and out.
 

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Back to the basics? Graveyard, ghosts, skeletons, witches, pumpkins, and other classic Halloween creatures of the night. I've stuck to that basic formula for the past three years and it's slowly evolving into a theme on it's own. My theme is more of a story now. The evil witch inhabiting my cemetery is reanimating the skeletons of the graveyard to act as her minions. The spiders are her servants and foot soldiers who try to capture intruders to feed on and strip their bones of flesh, thus creating more new skeletons to serve the witch. Pretty creepy, but very little gore is involved and the theme preys on a couple of basic phobias, spiders and death. I guess what I'm getting at is that if you srtip it back to the basic a story might evolve on it's own for you as it did for me. Think about what props you have and how they might interact with each other within your background props.
 

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Back to the basics? Graveyard, ghosts, skeletons, witches, pumpkins, and other classic Halloween creatures of the night. I've stuck to that basic formula for the past three years and it's slowly evolving into a theme on it's own. My theme is more of a story now. The evil witch inhabiting my cemetery is reanimating the skeletons of the graveyard to act as her minions. The spiders are her servants and foot soldiers who try to capture intruders to feed on and strip their bones of flesh, thus creating more new skeletons to serve the witch. Pretty creepy, but very little gore is involved and the theme preys on a couple of basic phobias, spiders and death. I guess what I'm getting at is that if you srtip it back to the basic a story might evolve on it's own for you as it did for me. Think about what props you have and how they might interact with each other within your background props.

Ohh ..that's a great idea! As, I never discard any of the props I have used in the past so recycling them to fit this idea is great! Thanks
 

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Your house is begging for a haunted hotel/dead and breakfast type of party - https://www.pinterest.com/zim2/halloween-haunted-hotel/

Other ideas:

Old Victorian asylum - https://www.pinterest.com/zim2/halloween-asylum-theme/
Dead Hollywood where you could incorporate many classic movies including Hitchcock - https://www.pinterest.com/zim2/halloween-dead-hollywood/ and https://www.pinterest.com/zim2/halloween-hitchcock-theme/
Halloween masquerade ball - https://www.pinterest.com/zim2/halloween-masquerade-theme/
And Scary Tales is a timeless theme as you're going all the way back to stories of Grimm - https://www.pinterest.com/zim2/halloween-scary-tales/
 

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Your house is begging for a haunted hotel/dead and breakfast type of party - https://www.pinterest.com/zim2/halloween-haunted-hotel/

Other ideas:

Old Victorian asylum - https://www.pinterest.com/zim2/halloween-asylum-theme/
Dead Hollywood where you could incorporate many classic movies including Hitchcock - https://www.pinterest.com/zim2/halloween-dead-hollywood/ and https://www.pinterest.com/zim2/halloween-hitchcock-theme/
Halloween masquerade ball - https://www.pinterest.com/zim2/halloween-masquerade-theme/
And Scary Tales is a timeless theme as you're going all the way back to stories of Grimm - https://www.pinterest.com/zim2/halloween-scary-tales/
YES! I think i'm leaning towards either the "haunted hotel' or the "haunted Mansion" (Disney)
 

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I'm definately thinking Scary Fairytales...I am seeing Rapunzel leaning out of the window on the witches cap bit with her hair flowing right to the ground, and maybe Little Red Riding Hood with a Wolf like Grandma sitting on chair on the porch!:)
 

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So many great suggestions! I love the haunted mansion idea, the scary fairytales, Addams Family, and the dead and breakfast ideas.

Here are some I thought of based on the picture you shared:

Sleepy Hollow
Twilight Zone
Spooky Speakeasy
Silent Film (black and white decorations and costumes)
Rocky Horror Picture Show
 
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