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Villagemaking 101: Tips, Tricks, and Resources

Getting Started
Get an introduction of where to start with your frightful village collection and some initial points to consider.

How-Tos

How-To Tricks & Tips
The best place to learn villagemaking is from other hobbyists. Here are a few of the lessons I've learned along the way.

Village Resources
Villagemaking is not your everyday hobby and finding the right tools and solutions requires a bit more research. Here's mine.

 

It’s very gratifying when your Halloween hobby gathers appreciation from fellow collectors, and even trade publications! My village has been featured in two publications, Village D-lights and Collector Editions. Read below:

Village D-Lights 2007 Collector Editions 2009

I've been collecting Halloween village pieces for over a decade, and have been mostly self-taught in the art of villagemaking. This wicked hobby involves arranging buildings, accessories and scenery into a scary diorama of frights, lights and sounds. Much like model railroads, hobbyists craft and create elaborate scenery and layouts that encompass various crafting skills from foam carving to painting to photography. My main village is called Haunstville and it's the centerpiece of my Halloween decorating. Want to make your own Halloween Village?! Learn more about collecting and building a village with our ever-expanding Villagemaking 101 minisite.

 


My village is called HAUNSTVILLE (although I've also created a few smaller themed vignettes) and you can see its development from a humble beginning in 2003 to the present. My village is limited to a compact footprint so my challenge in recent years is to get a unique world onto a six foot table. I've opted for what I call "display surrealism" so instead of recreating neighborhoods with carefully scaled streets and sidewalks I create odd cliffs and haphazard layouts that bring to life nightmarish scenes. (The galleries below open in new windows.)

Hauntsville 2013

Hauntsville 2014

Hauntsville 2013

Hauntsville 2013

Sleepy Hollow 2013

Sleepy Hollow 2013

Hauntsville 2012

Hauntsville 2012

Hauntsville 2011

Hauntsville 2011

Hauntsville 2010

Hauntsville 2010

Sleepy Hollow 2009

Sleepy Hollow 2009

Hauntsville 2008

Hauntsville 2008

Hauntsville 2007

Hauntsville 2007

Hauntsville 2006

Hauntsville 2006

2005 All Hallow's Eve

All Hallow's Eve 2005

Hauntsville 2005

Hauntsville 2005

Halloween Village 2004

Halloween Village 2004

My First Village 2003

My First Village 2003