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So excited to be back and for Fall (finally, it's been hot in Oklahoma) and the best holiday ever.

This year I'm already busy building a new gallows prop (last one rotted) and since I have the lumber, a new guillotine will be started soon.

But I do have need for some ideas from my fellow yard haunters/Halloween nuts.

My 7 year old son picked out his costume the other day at Spirit and decided to get this two sided, crazy clown suit and a cane with a clown head attached to the top. We're going to paint up his face (he hates wearing masks) and his hair and he's going to be a crazy, scary clown. I also have a clown mask so I told him I'll be his "muscle" - kind of like the big goon that watches out for the smaller "boss" type thing.

My haunt is pretty big now but simple as well. There is a graveyard with entrance pillars on both sides of the driveway and the garage opening is a fake brick wall, with two drop panels on either side of a chain link fence center, behind which is an electric chair prop with a prisoner getting shocked. My boy and I are behind this brick façade wall, we operate the drop panels and the electric chair and hand out candy.

So what I want ideas about is how to incorporate some clown ideas into the asylum/graveyard theme. What I've been going for is that this is the asylum where we torture and kill the prisoners and this is the graveyard we bury them in. So now I'm thinking "these two sick clowns have taken over the asylum" and I need ideas about how to express that.

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I'd definitely think about making it a clown cemetary. Can't think of a clever name for it but I'd make things as inclusive of clowns and carnival items as you can to have your son fit right in.

Maybe instead of flowers at the gravesite, you can have balloons. I always think of a clown or two holding a bunch of balloons. They make these little balloon lights you could add to call attention to the tombstones. https://www.partycity.com/led-balloon-lights-12ct-412618.html

That clown arm prop linked to above could be in a basket near the guillotine. Step right up and give a hand. He gave an arm and a leg to entertain. I'm really not good at mayhem ideas. Not really my haunt thing.

I think it would be funny to have a tombstone with a big squirting flower on it like clowns wear. Would be great if as the kids pass close by it could be activated to shoot some water out at them. Tears of a clown.
 

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What about a ghost of the really evil, superbad clown that the current evil clowns aspire to be. Maybe a small shrine or tombstone could provide a brief outline.
 

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Hello Everybody!!!!

So excited to be back and for Fall (finally, it's been hot in Oklahoma) and the best holiday ever.

This year I'm already busy building a new gallows prop (last one rotted) and since I have the lumber, a new guillotine will be started soon.

But I do have need for some ideas from my fellow yard haunters/Halloween nuts.

My 7 year old son picked out his costume the other day at Spirit and decided to get this two sided, crazy clown suit and a cane with a clown head attached to the top. We're going to paint up his face (he hates wearing masks) and his hair and he's going to be a crazy, scary clown. I also have a clown mask so I told him I'll be his "muscle" - kind of like the big goon that watches out for the smaller "boss" type thing.

My haunt is pretty big now but simple as well. There is a graveyard with entrance pillars on both sides of the driveway and the garage opening is a fake brick wall, with two drop panels on either side of a chain link fence center, behind which is an electric chair prop with a prisoner getting shocked. My boy and I are behind this brick façade wall, we operate the drop panels and the electric chair and hand out candy.

So what I want ideas about is how to incorporate some clown ideas into the asylum/graveyard theme. What I've been going for is that this is the asylum where we torture and kill the prisoners and this is the graveyard we bury them in. So now I'm thinking "these two sick clowns have taken over the asylum" and I need ideas about how to express that.

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Love the 'two sick clowns' idea! Clowns are creepy anyway so it will be surreal but also work to have them in the mix. I would keep the clowns moodier and dark than they usually present. Decayed faces, rotting teeth, bloody hatchet...

When I did a Carnevil theme, one of the neighbours was so freaked out, she wouldn't cross the street. Ha! Ha! She wasn't a kid, either.
 

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One thing I'm going to do for sure is paint my chainsaw a bunch of bright, clown colors. I also have two pieces of plywood that I've been dying to use (and need to use to get out of the garage) and I'm thinking it could be some sort of sign for the circus or something like that. Kind of like these two clowns have decided they like this graveyard/asylum and have decided they are just going to set up their sick little circus on Halloween. I'm just not sure what to put on the sign.
 

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I would definitely go with Ghost of Spookie and incorporate a clown cemetery in part of your graveyard , i did make a PENNYWISE polystyrene gravestone for my graveyard setup , maybe make a couple of clown themed gravestones inc a PENNYWISE gravestone and THEN use the red balloon idea attached to that gravestone , and i love the idea of flowers on the grave that squirt water lol , i used some clown masks mounted on broom handles for an added creepy decor last halloween .

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i really think you will have a lot of fun with your clown themed ideas , i look forward to seeing some photos , good luck .
 

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I was thinking of going by the dollar store or Wal-Mart and finding several cheap clown masks and then putting them on random props throughout the graveyard (the skeleton in the gallows, a few of the severed heads, the guy in the electric chair getting executed, etc.). Kind of like the clowns putting them out there as a sick joke.
 

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Scary Firefighter , it sounds an excellent idea , in the U.K. we don't have anywhere near the amount of halloween stores and supplies you guys got in the states so i had to use e - bay for my masks , but i,m guessing you can do a much better job with more choice where you are , and it sounds great way of injecting the clown theme into your setup even more .
 

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Well I'm not moving entirely away from the cemetery/asylum theme because I have way too much money and time invested in my haunt to do that. I'm just wanting to add a little bit of a clown theme to it this season since my son wanted to be a clown and I have a clown mask that I can use. So this year, it just so happens that these two sicko clowns have taken over the haunt and have decided to add their own little twist to things.
 

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I also have a large sentinel that is surrounded by tons of pumpkins (funkins). So some of the pumpkins are going to be painted with clown faces.
 

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I've been playing with a concept for ours, our haunt is clowns, freakshow, carnival themes..but we wanted to add a woods haunt and we decided to do a cemetery. ok how do i incorporate that? our clowns and freaks escaped into the woods , the stumbled across an abandoned cemetery...which they desecrated causing the dead to rise...
 
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