The 2013 Halloween Village offerings by Department 56 are frightfully fun and painstakingly detailed. We remember the comments of a Department 56 Village designer from a couple years back. The designer told us the problem that Department 56 was having with their Villages was that all their most talented architechts only wanted to work on either the North Pole Series, or on Halloween pieces. The 2013 Halloween Village evidences that comment. Fun, well appointed pieces, with just the right dose of spooky.
The “Hemoglobin Blood Bank” features three lit, rooftop “vaults” for vampires to deposit and withdraw their savings. This bank has a drive-through… with a sign reminding patrons “For Deposits Only.” How do these “bankers” keep their vaults full? Note the empty barrels stashed on the building’s left. They are marked “Jumbo Leeches.” Yuck! If your Halloween Village is indeed in need of a blood-thirsty bank, consider the coordinating, “Beware the Bloodmobile,” the bank’s pick-up and delivery truck.
Last year, Department 56 added the sub-series “Witch Hollow” to the Halloween Village. For 2013 the “Three Witches Cauldron Haunt” continues the series. Three cauldrons of the witches’ brews light and change color in front of this witch-hat-topped cottage! The coordinating accessory, “Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble” features a very wicked witch tending to her diabolical recipe. As Department 56 has decided to continue this series, we think it warrants its own little section in our Halloween Village. Consider grouping the Witch Hollow pieces together, somewhat separated from your main display. You can create a creepy effect by surrounding the Hollow with a small grove of trees. Try using the new set of “Black Bare Branch Trees.” You could even hang your own spooky ornaments from the branches for a really erie “Blair Witch” effect!
Can we all agree that clowns are terrifying? No? It could be just me. But I don’t think so! The scariest release for the 2013 Department 56 Halloween Village is the “Clown House of Terror.” This release adds to Department 56’s continuing spooky carnival series and features orange interior lighting and terrifying spooky carnival sound effects. The coordinating accessory, “Let’s Have a Little Fun,” is a clown right out of clown-phobic nightmare. Think Steven King’s “It” on steroids. Especially since this guy is enticing would-be victims to enter the House of Terror right through its insanely crafted entrance: a gaping clown’s mouth!
Although these pieces are awesome, our favorite additions to the Halloween Village have got to be the new tracks for the Haunted Rails. We know some of you have already re-purposed old Lionel tracks for supporting the forever popular Haunted Rails Engine and her creepy series or adjoining cars, but the addition of these perfectly scaled and detailed tracks will make display so much easier and better. The ceramic curved or straight tracks are sold in packs of two, so you can lay as little or as much track as your creepy commuters need!
We hope you are as excited for the 2013 Halloween Village as we are!