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Guess it's time to start a new thread for the new year. In just a few months we should see the 2016 Lemax releases for Spooky Town.



I'm currently trying to figure out how to keep my one cat out of the display. I have a permanent set up in the basement and it has never been bothered until a couple weeks ago. I have some clear pvc bordering it but it's only a bout a foot tall. Guess I'm going to have to figure something else that's higher. She already broke one piece and I really don't want to take it down.
 

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Cats can be destroyers :)

Does anyone know a good place to get some fabric for a display? What type of fabric is best? I bought some of lemax's 3 piece display foam and 3 foot of their moss/fabric hybrid stuff. I did not like it that much. Very messy and it fell apart easy. I did like the look of it in my graveyard though.
 

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I use black felt and then add leaves, moss, whatever, depending on the area.
 

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Thanks for starting a new thread - can't wait to see what's in store for this year!

I've used this type of wire cube shelving to make tall sides of a cage before:



You may need to add a few additional supports (usually skewers/2' skinny metal posts zip tied mid-way through), but it worked really well.

As far as base fabric goes, I've used lightweight black fleece and actual pieces of landscape fabric before, but now that I don't do a big display, I tend to use black handkerchiefs &/or cloth placemats/table runners if I want landscape coverage.
 

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Well, after yet another "mishap" with the cat, wife and I took down the display before we lost something expensive. We're currently discussing options. Leaning towards doing shelf displays with individual scenes.
 

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I've decided this year I want to start a Spookytown collection. I never made it to Michaels for after season sales so I guess i'll be starting with the fresh lot!

Excited to buy my first...would love to know which ones you guys started with.
 

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I've decided this year I want to start a Spookytown collection. I never made it to Michaels for after season sales so I guess i'll be starting with the fresh lot!

Excited to buy my first...would love to know which ones you guys started with.

First house I purchased was Castle on Spooky Hill back when these first came out. Still one of my favorite pieces.
 

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Checking in. Have a lot on our plate this year. First up is a Disney Cruise vacation! :)

Have some good ideas on what I want to do this year. I want to grow my collection slowly, so I'll have to make due with only a few pieces at first. I want to go heavy on scenery, lichens and such, light on buildings.

My Xmas display was actually a lot more of what I wanted for my Spookytown one.
 

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Last year was my first year and I really loved finally building a Halloween Village. What's nice about this year is that I got all the "start-up" stuff last year so this year more of my budget can go to buildings!

Department 56 has started announcing new stuff for 2016 already. You can see a few items here -

https://www.department56.com/category/villages/village+halloween+accessories.do?c=108716.108740&pp=15&sortby=newArrivalsDescend&sortType=1

There is also another site that has a few houses (like a house made entirely of Candy) from 2016 but I cannot find the link. Someone posted it on a facebook group over the holidays and I can't find it, sorry :\

Lemax does all of their announcing in March typically, yes?

One thing I'd love to see is spider themed stuff. It seems neither company has really done much with that motif.
 

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is there a discount at any online sites on 2015 items before the 2016 comes out?

Ehobby will sometimes have discounted items. I usually check their site once a week for any deals.
 

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Thanks. I just checked Ehobby today and they had some on figures but not buildings. The good deals are sold out already :( I will check regularly though. Thanks for the tip.
 

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Excited to buy my first...would love to know which ones you guys started with.
My first piece was Greaves Manor from back in 2000.

Well, after yet another "mishap" with the cat, wife and I took down the display before we lost something expensive. We're currently discussing options. Leaning towards doing shelf displays with individual scenes.
Shadowbat - I've seen your videos on Youtube of your Spookytown display. Very impressive :cool:

Unfortuante that your cat was starting to mess with it. I may run into a similair issue as one of my bigger displays is on my tv stand that is about 2 ft high (tv is mounted to wall), and have a 5 month old who will be 14mo by next October and it will be within reach. May have to figure something out.
 

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I'm not a fan of the carnival motif, either for Spookytown or Xmas. I prefer the more gothic looking stuff.
I agree. Although some of the carnival pieces are kinda neat, I am not into making a carnival scene either.

The gothic looking pieces are cool. I am thinking about picking up the Gothic Haunted Mansion if I can find one in good shape at a decent price.
 

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My first piece was Greaves Manor from back in 2000.



Shadowbat - I've seen your videos on Youtube of your Spookytown display. Very impressive :cool:

Unfortuante that your cat was starting to mess with it. I may run into a similair issue as one of my bigger displays is on my tv stand that is about 2 ft high (tv is mounted to wall), and have a 5 month old who will be 14mo by next October and it will be within reach. May have to figure something out.

Thanks.

Yeah, we have a new plan though. I'm not doing a new build until probably July when the new pieces start hitting Michaels, and they will be scenes using shelves as opposed to a table display.
 

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In case anyone is interested, there is a new village collection coming form the Bradford Exchange based on Americas haunted houses. Check it out:

http://www.bradfordexchange.com[url] For some reason the site won't let me post a direct link to the collection.
 
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