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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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I have been, but she tells me to do my best to scare her and her friends, and she has come up with some adorable doodle ideas. Most games are like ring toss and balloon darts, typical backyard carnival games. I'm just trying to really figure out how to incorporate the awesomeness of Tim Burton's classic into this party. But good tip!
Boogie is one of our number one things on a to do list. I bought my husband a ton of burlap and said have stitching that. He's made a few snips, but nothing yet. I'm still flipping back and forth if I want it to be massively circus like skeleton clowns and zombie animals ran by Jack and Sally or more Halloween town feel with the dark grays and blacks and shadows. I'll have to post some of my daughters doodles when I get home from work.
Ha, yea, I'm trying to figure out how to do this on a minimal budget. (My Husbands a stickler with the checkbook on holidays)
I wish our neighborhood was kid friendly, that's why I agreed to have a party for her class.
But I lvoe the idea of the mayor with the swivel head, and saying "Happy Halloween" on the good side, haha.

I can't wait to see what you come up with for your haunt this year!
I love the website, THANK YOU!!!!!
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I haven't started on any decorations, just have three or four games set up and waiting for decorations.
My husband and I have a bet on if I will be a last minute decorator or acutally have stuff prepared for the party... With the way my ideas keep pouring out...I may lose the bet, haha
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two of the pictures my daughter thought up...
I love the zombie barrel of monkies!
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Haha she's turning 8 this year. Because its a circus she wants a zombie giraffe and elephant and I'm going to try and make them for outside. The barrel of monkeys won't be to hard.
I have had a lot of ideas today too. I'm excited that after our sons birthday on the 23rd I will be in full halloween mode
Pumpkinpie I love the ideas.
Food is going to be circus based, popcorn, corn dogs, cotton candy and pretzels for starters then Rice Krispy treats as pumpkin.
I love the ideas of the games though!
I love the idea of tickets and raffles. I would just be afraid of kids feeling left out with the raffle concept. I'm a big pusher of every kid has the time of their lives. So I was thinking goodie bags with tons of candy and halloween toys.
Was your carnival for kids and adults? Did you have problems with kids thinking it wasn't fair to get a big prize?

I told my husband because I have a popcorn and pretzel maker already that for my birthday on 8/31 I wanted a cotton candy and snow cone maker.
Pumpkinpie; I was thinking something like that but have Jack skulls as the balls to throw through. and Yea its going to be 25-35 kids around 7-9 and then 15 kids around 4 years old (my boys are in preschool and the daughter is in 2nd grade) so trying to make sure everyone will get food and goodie bag may be a big budget buster, haha

Saki.Girl, I've seen some of your posts on here and I love the Alice in Wonderland idea, love the flower!! I will have to look at more of your stuff for ideas!!!
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I'd love more ideas Saki!

I had an amazing morning... I raided my parents shop this morning and found all the plywood and lumber scraps I could dream of, as well as PVC pipes and all sorts of random junk!!! No my budgets been cut in half bc I don't have to buy wood! I hope to have pics of what I have started by next week!!
Mason jar Drink Orange soft drink

My Daughter wanted pumpkins...like NOW...so I helped her make Mason Jar/pickle jar pumpkins...
Tissue paper and glue were not her best friends!


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Tannasgach, thank you! She loved making them, those were just our best three jars.
I've thought about mummies, and she made one ghost, so thank you again for the ideas!!
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