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I grabbed up a bunch of pirates from Home Depot after season, as well as some eye patches, swords, etc. to convert the generic skeletons I had to a crew. I also had a treasure chest and some other pirate gear from previous years. I am also saving up brown plastic jugs to use as rum/grog props and looking for some used manila rope for rigging. Still unsure of the lighting, but I have a lot to work with. Got a ship's wheel off of Amazon. Building a housing for it. As I build I'll share as well. Thanks for the Pinterest share.
 

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Thinking of creating my first home haunt for the neighborhood kids this year. Storyline - house that lures kids in and monsters that eat them.
front yard- cemetery with grim reaper and coffins
Garage - dungeon with witches and kid inside cage
Kitchen- cooking of victims guts and fog coming out of sink with nurse zombie
Dining room- evil clown party eating away .. kid’s head pop out of dining room table on plate. Lots of clowns and Pennywise.
living room- lost souls with creepy dolls to including Annabelle and scary pictures around
Exit out the front door through the small foyer with floating candles.

Love to read about all the different ideas. Please give some details if possible to your theme.
 

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I want to do a Night at the museum theme this year and combine it with a silly ways to die dresscode.
For now I'm just trying to combine those two ideas into a solid partyplan
 

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I know we've still got plenty of time, but as you themers begin more detailed planning, acquisition, and builds, please share your progress, and photos if possible. I'd love to be a witness to your success - and learn some crafter's skills as well!!
 

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HAUNTED HOLLYWOOD

I'm turning the house into a Hollywood movie set, and each room will feature a different classic movies/scenes:

Front yard (Tombstones of dead horror actors - Lon Cheney, Vincent Price, etc) and a red carpet leading to front door, stars of dead actors on driveway, Rocky Horror picture Show playing on projector on garage screen, ticket booth with skeleton ticket take at front door/ sign on front door saying "Quiet on the Set- Filming in Progress)...

Then guests will enter the first scene:

Dracula (living room turned into Dracula's Castle, but I'll also have movie props like a home made 1930's movie camera and the movie will be playing on the big screen TV),

Creature from the Black Lagoon (in the den, it'll be the "green room" where actors wait while they aren't being filmed, the movie will be on the tv; It's already my tiki lounge, so I'll play that up, lots of swampy moss hanging from ceiling, old barrels and crates, Director's Chairs)

Hitchcock themed bathroom (Psycho scene in shower, lots of birds on ceiling, Hitchcock silhouette on wall)

Frankenstein's Lab in laundry room (Frank will lay on top of washer/dryer, mad scientist nearby, another tv in there with classic Frankenstein movie playing)

Rocky Horror Picture Show (front yard/garage) movie will be playing on big screen.

BackYard: The big "HOLLYWOOD" sign straight ahead on rear fence, with blood splatters and flickering lights.

HOCUS POCUS playing on another movie screen and whole backyard will be turned into Sandersen's Sisters Pub and scenes from Salem, focused on witches everywhere.

Getting started on some new props this month (March 2020) !
 

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Werewolves, I don't think I am going to do a graveyard this year, we will see. Still going to put up a fence. Kinda shows the littles where to go, and drunk adults from stepping on crafts I worked hard on. Added bonus the young lady behind us has down syndrome and she loves wolfy. She was upset last year because I didn't bring him out. Promised her mom that he will be making an appearance this year.
 

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HAUNTED HOLLYWOOD

I'm turning the house into a Hollywood movie set, and each room will feature a different classic movies/scenes:

Front yard (Tombstones of dead horror actors - Lon Cheney, Vincent Price, etc) and a red carpet leading to front door, stars of dead actors on driveway, Rocky Horror picture Show playing on projector on garage screen, ticket booth with skeleton ticket take at front door/ sign on front door saying "Quiet on the Set- Filming in Progress)...

Then guests will enter the first scene:

Dracula (living room turned into Dracula's Castle, but I'll also have movie props like a home made 1930's movie camera and the movie will be playing on the big screen TV),

Creature from the Black Lagoon (in the den, it'll be the "green room" where actors wait while they aren't being filmed, the movie will be on the tv; It's already my tiki lounge, so I'll play that up, lots of swampy moss hanging from ceiling, old barrels and crates, Director's Chairs)

Hitchcock themed bathroom (Psycho scene in shower, lots of birds on ceiling, Hitchcock silhouette on wall)

Frankenstein's Lab in laundry room (Frank will lay on top of washer/dryer, mad scientist nearby, another tv in there with classic Frankenstein movie playing)

Rocky Horror Picture Show (front yard/garage) movie will be playing on big screen.

BackYard: The big "HOLLYWOOD" sign straight ahead on rear fence, with blood splatters and flickering lights.

HOCUS POCUS playing on another movie screen and whole backyard will be turned into Sandersen's Sisters Pub and scenes from Salem, focused on witches everywhere.

Getting started on some new props this month (March 2020) !
I can't wait to see this!!!
 

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I don't know if I posted on this or not already, but I want to have a 80's movies theme for Halloween. I will pick out a few of my favorite horror movies from the 80's and do a theme. Classic horror music, sound effects and maybe I'll dress up as Freddy Krueger.
 
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It will be interesting to see where we are for Halloween. A virus theme sort of begs for zombies, even if it's just costuming up and wandering around the neighborhood at random.
 

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Every time I tried to have a certain theme, everyone just comes as something scary, not necessary to the theme. So I don't do a theme. I will definitely try again this year though!! I just moved into a different house and have a huge front and back yard, so need to figure out that first!! 😁
 

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I would love to see pics of the ghost ship when completed. I have a few idea I'm playing with. Ocean projection lights for sure. Also, I found on Pinterest a way to make it look like you are under water and sharks are swimming above your head. I will share with you my Pinterest board. Haunted Shipwreck - SS Michando
WOW! Can hardly wait to see what you come up with!!
 
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