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RIGHT AT HOME: Halloween themes include creepy carnivals

Films , TV shows and stories, including the current hits "It" and "American Horror Story," have long imagined a dark side to circuses and side shows. No surprise then that they're a theme for Halloween decorations.

Vintage imagery of clowns, beasts, scary rides and carnival denizens provide inspiration for seasonal home decor and parties.

Grandin Road, for instance, has a circus tent-style tiered serving dish for treats. A painted resin elephant balances expertly on a stand, a candleholder perched on his back. Vintage-style signs offer palm reading and directions to scary attractions. And there's a black and white print of a turn-of-the-century fire...

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