Creepy Carnival Sneak Peek

9 Oct

I’m so excited that we decided to throw a Halloween party again this year. In the past we’ve done some really fun themes. One year we had a “Dead Man’s Pirates Party” where my hubby designed and made a big walk-in cave out of paper mache and a dungeon out of wood. Another year we did a “Halloween in New Orleans” complete with a creepy graveyard and tons of Mardi-Gras masks. This year we are going to have a “Creepy Carnival.”

My hubby is also a diy’er, and this is hands down his favorite holiday. So he’s already planning some great budget friendly projects that I’ll be posting as we go. (Yikes, we only have a little more than 3 weeks!) We’ve already run a muck at the Dollar Store and bought a bunch of creepy looking baby dolls and stuffed bears for decor. For the dolls, we let them soak in tea and coffee to give them a weathered and dirty look.

Creepy Carnival 007

They look creepy just sitting in the bucket, yuck! Then we painted them with some leftover acrylic paint and burned a few.

Creepy Carnival Dolls

For the bears, we’re trying to give each one a distinctive look, but it’s harder than it looks as you can see from the pictures. So far,  for one, we burned and painted him (I had old oil paint laying around so we used that) another one was slashed and resown, minus some stuffing. For the zombie looking bear we pulled out some stuffing, painted the eyes white and made his fur look wild by cutting it in random spots. We haven’t completely finished with the bears but here’s a little sneak peek.

Creepy Carnival Bears

This weekend we’re going to try and tackle some more projects so hopefully I’ll have an update soon.

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2 Responses to “Creepy Carnival Sneak Peek”

  1. Diva of Darkness October 6, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    How freakishly wonderful that I found this site! A group of girlfriends and I threw a Halloween Bash last year and decided to make it an annual event since it went off without a witch (couldn’t help myself!) Last week we all decided on Creepy Carnival and to my delight I found this site while doing some research! I will be the the ringmaster(I was nominated and it’s my house!;~) and the girls are all going to choose a carnival character, bearded lady, bird girl, etc. I am looking forward to seeing more ideas, I love the baby dolls, maybe taking the bears outside and rolling them around in a little dirt would help them appear a bit more creepy, also don’t forget about that old makeup in your bathroom closet a little green eyeshadow brushed on the Zombie Bears face and feet will give a ghastly glow. Best of luck to you and your hubby cramming in everything these next three weeks, we are right along with you!

    • sentimentalsublime October 7, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

      Thanks for all the ideas and good luck to you too! I’d love to see the pictures of the decor. We actually did this party last year and there are three or four other posts following this one, if you want to see how it all turned out 🙂

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