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Nightmare Before Christmas Circus

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My 8 year old daughter wants to do a Nightmare before Christmas halloween party with a circus twist in our backyard. She wants me to be Sally and my husband to be Jack, and all three of our kids be lock shock and barrel...
I have some interesting ideas in my head, but I'm more morbid in thinking than she and my scare level is way above hers. She says she wants it scary but fun but all my head is thinking is making scary carnival games and a freak-tastic haunted house.
Do you guys have suggestions on how I can keep it somewhat scary but keeping it kid friendly? I have generic props from the past few halloweens and have stockpiled on everything under the sun to get started on making props and games..

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Hmmmm, you've actually just inspired me to do something similar, so tell your kids thank you! :)

I would say build the mayor and Boogie, and then dress up skellies to look like the ones in the movie. I would definitely consider doing your own scene setter style backdrops for inside the house, and then with some creative lighting that matches the feel of the movie your yard haunt would look awesome!
The Mayor has a swivel head don't forget...it would be cool to make him with a motor hooked up to IR that spins it to the Evel side! Hmmmmm, now can someone please tell me how the best way to do that will be? LOL I guess we can be Haunt Buddies since I am completely sold on it this year.

My daughter is 5 this year and she usually does her trick or treating with my Mom because her neighborhood is really kid friendly. However, I seem to have given my child my affliction....she's already asking about the Halloween haunt! :) So, I can't do my norm or else she will never sleep again since she wants to help out this year. She loves TNBC as much as I do so it seems like a good compromise.
Yeah, that website has definitely given me some good ideas. As for budget-freindly, don't forget that a lot of scenes are black cut-outs against an orange-red sky. So, if your hubby is handy with hand tools he could do some plywood cut-outs, ala Tim Burtonesque for back drops.... Don't forget about the witches too, they should be fairly simple to throw together.
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Okay, tee-hee, I just informed my husband of what he will be helping me with this year! :) He likes it and came up with a neat idea for Jack. Instead of making him since we're short on time/money too...he suggested creating the cover scene (Jack standing on the hill during his big song in front of the moon) as a cut-out and painted plastic background on our garage door or front wall...

What do you think?
How cool would this be to make????


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WOW! How old is your daughter again?!? Great ideas, I love them! :D
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