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« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2007 11:16:23 AM »

Addams family? To do it well - and as a family - would be pretty dang awesome! Ties in pretty well with the Victorian/Gorey (note the E, as in Gorey of the Ghastlycrumb Tinies, not gory/bloody) idea....

also, LotR offers some great opportunities for dress-up/costumes. Rivendell? Your 9-year-old could be a dwarf, maybe? or your 12-year-old could be a dwarf and your 9-year-old could be a hobbit? =)
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« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2007 11:17:38 AM »

oh, and this is totally ripped from the Drew Carey show, but I've always considered it completely brilliant: dress up as Godzilla and dress your kids up as Japanese schoolchildren and let them run around screaming in front of you. =)
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« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2007 02:54:31 PM »

How about something like this?


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« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2007 11:11:11 AM »

There's always the mad scientist options as well.  Jars of stuff that look like guts floating in murky liquid, medical instruments and charts, etc.
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« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2007 08:51:58 AM »

All right, so I happen to be a Halloween obsessor, although I rarely decorate my own place (sigh).

And though I don't have any specific suggestions, I do have some links..
Here's a huge list of "home haunting" on the horrorfind search engine: http://www.horrorfind.com/Halloween/Home-Haunting/
& The Yard Haunter site: http://www.yardhaunter.com/

Hopefully something can inspire you!
(And i do love that Tim Burton-esque idea)!
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« Reply #15 on: July 22, 2007 01:57:08 PM »

Last year ds and I got a whole bunch of pumpkins and other gourds in varying sizes, shapes and colors and turned them into creatures.  We had a kitty, people and so on.  You use toothpicks to hold them all together.  We also made lots of spiders using those really tiny pumpkins and black pipe cleaners for the legs.  Not terribly creative or over the top but we were on a super tight budget last year.

This year I intend to use leftover plywood from a home reno project to cut out various sizes of tombstones and some crosses.  Then we'll paint them up and put them around the yard.

Ds and I have also used styrofoam balls and various materials to make eyeballs and hung them in the windows.

We always play creapy music out the window by our front door.

Burlap, ripped up and frayed in places, makes great Halloween curtains.  You can attach fake flies or spiders too.   Painting or dying portions in shades of red will make it more gory.
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« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2007 02:57:45 PM »

Martha Stewart's website has an extensive Halloween section full of ideas that are neither gory nor cutesy. I especially love the pumpkin lighting and window silhouettes.
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« Reply #17 on: July 23, 2007 03:40:54 PM »

how about the birds themed? 
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« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2007 05:23:33 PM »

What about more of a victorian, gothic/romantic theme? Less blood and guts and more intricate lace and carved gargoyles?
Think elegant vampires, not decomposing zombies.

Over at my house, I fuse this idea with the Tim Burton-esque idea. I use Disneyland's Haunted Mansion (during the holiday season, for those disneyphiles) for inspiration, and sometimes recreation.

Our yard is filled with jack-o-lanterns, our porch is done up with black curtains, lined with white candles, and holds a twisted tea party. The screens on our windows are popped out and we fashion tattered cheeseloth to the inside, then turn on a fan and let them blow out the windows.
I also don't like gory-scary, I'm more of a creepy-scary girl. This set is easy to dial down for the toddlers but also very easy for us to be terrifying for the teens.
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