By Tim Stack
October 01, 2014 at 12:00 PM EDT

American Horror Story mastermind Ryan Murphy delivered a surprise for fans today: He debuted the Freak Show main titles on his Twitter feed. Different from previous years, the credits are all stop-motion animation and give the AHS theme music a slight circus twist. They’re stunning—somewhat reminiscent of A Nightmare Before Christmas. The elaborate opener is not surprising given that Murphy has said that this is AHS‘ biggest year yet.

American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres on FX on Oct. 8 at 10 p.m. and stars Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett, Michael Chiklis, Denis O’Hare, Kathy Bates, Frances Conroy, and Finn Wittrock.