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Always looking for new ideas! We have done -

Space Oddity 2001
Addams Family
Gnomes & Trolls
Hollywood
Psychotic Circus
Zombies
Murder Mystery
Face your Fears
Scary Tales
Heroes & Villains
Time Travel
It's the End of the World as we know it - 2012
Ghosts of Halloween Past

This year is Black & White - A touch of Red would be alright
 

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2011 - Murder Mystery - Murder in the Rock Group
2012 - Murder Mystery - Assassination in Orgrimmar (based on our WoW characters)
2013 - Firefly (2002 Fox TV show)
2014 - Mythical Creatures
 

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2009 - Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
2010 - A night to die for
2011 - Pumpkin Lovers vs Witches Brew- a team based scavenger hunt
2012 - Sleepy Hollow
2013 - Scary Tales
2014 - Pirates

I also do yearly themes for the 'other' holiday (st patricks day)
 

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Ours are always Zombie Themed, but there is an underlying theme attached to give it more variety

2011 - Zombie (first party so we just did generic)
2012- Zombie Prom
2013- Any costume Zombie-fied
2014- Movie or TV Character Zombie-fied

We have a pot to pull the themes out each year, next year is
60's Zombie-fied

But, in our pot there are :

Celebrity, Western, Clown, Children, Pioneers, Circus, Religious, Wedding Party, Medical, Punk Rock, Sexy, Animals, 80's, 70;s, 20's Gangster, Ghetto, Disney/cartoon character, Graduation, Ugly Christmas Sweater, Superhero, Medieval, Athlete/sports, Fairy tales, Foreign (german, french, japanese, etc), Under the Sea, Vegas, Military, Caveman, Biker, Pimps and Hos

Some of those are going to be too fun. Especially at photo time, can you imagine a bunch of Ugly Christmas sweater zombies? :D
 

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2011 - Murder Mystery - Murder in the Rock Group
Can you provide some details here?

I've contemplated a "dead rocker" party, but combining it with a murder mystery theme sounds really intriguing.

A buddy of mine used to have a cemetery with exclusively dead musicians, bluesmen, rockers, etc....it was totally cool.
 

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Sure can GOT! I might still even have the original files kicking around somewhere. :) This was the first murder mystery we ever did, so I just stuck with the stock characters, but I'm sure it could be adapted to a real band / real rockers relatively easy. To give you an idea, here's one of the invites:

Dear ______________,
You are invited to a murder mystery party at
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This is a murder mystery party to investigate the death of Heavy Metal icon “Tarantula” (please find enclosed a newspaper article on his death).
You are Hank Perez, manager of the band Satanic Saints. You’ve been in the game a long time and Satanic Saints have made you a greedy millionaire. You’re sexist, arrogant and don’t suffer fools gladly.
You will dress like a rich 60 year old. Hank would wear old gentleman’s shades, smoke cigars and wear a suit. You’ll also be a tubby from all those dinners at the Ritz.
You’ll speak: In a American accent (preferably Brooklyn)
Other guests include:
Stoney Walker – Notorious badly behaved bass guitarist of the band
Rick Rocker – Ageing roadie of the band with a lot of old stories to tell
Peaches Van Helden – Porn actress wife of the deceased
Mr Death – Sadistic band member
Sabrina Hitchmen – Long suffering PA of the band
LuLu Henderson – Secretary to the Satanic Saints fan club
Justin “The Skull” Henderson – Obsessive fan of the band.
Papa D – Number 1 selling rap artist and arch rival

See you there


This mystery is all script based, but your guests can ham it up as much as they want. We had an absolute blast with this one and have since done 3 others with different themes, even a Murder at the Big Top one! The murder mysteries can be a lot of work, but in my experience, they are SO worth it! Please let me know if I can be more help or if you have any questions.
 

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2014 Dark Side of Oz our 15th year of Parties!
2013 Monster Mash (Old School Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein)
2012 Creature Survival
2011 Commercial Characters (past or present)
2010 Season of the Witch
2009 Beg Borrow or Steal (scavenger hunt)
2008 Under the Sea
2007 Hitchcock Birds
2006 Body Parts
2005 (hiatus no party)
2004 Pirates
2003 Dark Disney
2002 Bonfire
 

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WOWO, I think you win the longevity prize!!! Awesome.

2014 Dark Side of Oz our 15th year of Parties!
2013 Monster Mash (Old School Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein)
2012 Creature Survival
2011 Commercial Characters (past or present)
2010 Season of the Witch
2009 Beg Borrow or Steal (scavenger hunt)
2008 Under the Sea
2007 Hitchcock Birds
2006 Body Parts
2005 (hiatus no party)
2004 Pirates
2003 Dark Disney
2002 Bonfire[/QUOTE]
 

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2007 - Generic Halloween Costume Party
2008 - Generic Halloween Costume Party
2009 - Generic Halloween Costume Party
2210 - Mardi Gras
2012 - Saturday Night Live
2013 - Scary Tales
2014 - Dead Hollywood Mummy Awards
 

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The DIE-ner
Young Frankenstein
Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds
The Beatles (British Invasion)
King Kong
Sweeney Todd
Beware The Blob!
Edgar Allan Poe
 

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I know this may be an odd question but how does one afford to change themes each season. I would love to...but our scenes are so prop heavy with even the smallest of details...how can you change it all out? I think about a scene through the course of the year & buy props for that scene, stuff here & there. Like my funeral parlor the biggest purchase was the antique organ but I been working on the parlor for some time still adding things to it.

If I changed all my scenes at one time it would be costly. We do buy stuff all year just good deals. We never focus on one theme its always a bunch of different rooms that are not related to each other but still they have come together nicely. Game plan for 2015 season is to add a couple of new rooms. I started collecting things & just kept collecting so it went from a small display & now has gotten big enough to stand on its own as a room, actually a pop-up tent. Thats what we are leaning towards now. I started buying these tents. This next year we will move the gypsy set-up back outside cause she had a tent in 2012 but Mz. Sandy blew her away. So 2015....gypsy tent, egyptian tent, mad scientist tent & talk of a Butchers tent for adults ( we have a lot of little kids)
 
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