A close-up of Murderer’s Row in Dahlia Jane’s Spooky Town. Serial killers and cannibals will find everything they need here whether they would like to rent some tools from the Slasher shack or get a choice cut from the Butcher Shop. The skull tree on the right is my all-time favorite Spooky Town accessory tree. It doesn’t even make sense (are the skulls growing out of the tree?) I just think it looks cool. I’m still planning on adding some blood running down the cobblestones. Because it serves homicidal maniacs, this is kind of my favorite little section of town at the moment. I love it so much!
I have been very hard at work building platforms for Spooky Town and its loathsome residents.
I know most people see Spooky Town as a seasonal decoration, but I’m going to leave it up all year.
Here you can see the whole town so far and the way that I’m staging it. From left to right the town has Murderer’s Row, then the Witches’ Pub next to the Town Square where you’ll find the bloody fountain and gazebo area. On the far right is the train platform with a station and abandoned tracks. I still have three more shelves for other areas and if my collection grows I’ll probably expand up or down.
I’ve really upped my game since crafting a platform for my cemetery stuff in 2011. After researching some model village techniques I learned how to carve cobblestones and stairs into craft styrofoam. This kind of involved detail work takes longer than you might think. I sat hunched over styrofoam with a stick (I tried an electric styrofoam knife, but I liked the results from the stick better and less risk of burning myself), inhaling dusty green styrofoam particles as I carved out every single rock for more hours than I care to admit. Worth it!
The Witches Brew Haus is incredibly popular. Witches fly in on broomsticks from miles around.
A close-up of the witches’ domain.
While I want the layout to look believable, I’ve definitely been going for a grim fantasy rather than natural realism which most model village crafters strive for. There aren’t a ton of tutorials on making a dark miniature village where blood runs through the streets. So I’ve been experimenting with all shades of gray paint and black paint and mossy grasses.
This is Town Square. The frothy bloody fountain is a gathering place for vampires and it’s adjacent to a little park with a bone gazebo.
The Phantom Station is the building that got me into this whole mess in the first place. It was my introduction to Spooky Town and I found the soundtrack hilarious. Now the Phantom Station sits behind abandoned train tracks that I made out of pieces of balsa wood from Michaels (I may still paint them darker or age them somehow — they’re not quite right yet). And for those passengers foolish enough to believe a train will ever come, there’s a news stand conveniently located to alleviate boredom. Though I’m not sure how current the news is.
I love the way Spooky Town is starting to come together. But it’s far from done. I plan on getting some extension cords and hiding all the wires in back of the bookshelves. I’m going to set everything up on one power strip so that it can be activated with the flip of a switch (otherwise you have to go around turning on each building individually). I also have space for some more big buildings and lots more monstrous characters. With a Butcher Shop, Witches’ Pub and Train Station, it’s not much of a town yet. I think a lot of the population is buried six feet under, but I’d like to lure them out with more businesses.
But the main thing I still need to do is build platforms for my Cemetery Tours building and the graveyard which includes the Cathedral ruins. While the 2011 platform I built taught me a lot, I’m over it now. And it doesn’t fit into the bookshelves where Spooky Town is being installed. I actually have a pretty big plastic container filled with unopened Lemax graveyard accessories. But I’m not going to have time to start on the cemetery until after Halloween because I’ve got a million other projects going at the moment.
Top 5 most wanted buildings to grow my Lemax Spooky Town collection:
I’m death to plants, but somehow I think I could handle the beastly plant monsters in Grisley’s Greenhouse. In the soundtrack someone gets eaten alive, which I enjoy. I don’t think this building is retired. But it is sold out from American Sale and eHobby Tools so this is probably one you’d have to get lucky and find on ebay.
13 Ghastly Lane, enter at your own risk. $49.99 from American Sale’s website.
I’m pretty sure every village needs a crazy cat lady and the meowing soundtrack of this house would definitely drive my dog insane as an added bonus. $49.49 on eHobby Tools website.
Frankenstein’s Laboratory has a frantic Dr. Frankenstein cranking life into his monster. $49.49 from eHobby Tools website.
The Rest in Pieces Mausoleum is unfortunately retired. And Lemax has done another version of a mausoleum, but I don’t think it has people burning alive in a crematory. So it’s not as fun. I love this building, but it’s not easy to find. There are usually a few available on Ebay though they’re often $80-$120. Be careful to read the descriptions to make sure they’re in full working order though.
What do you think of my Spooky Town progress so far. Does it look like a place where you’d like to live?