|Written by Paul D. Race for and|
An Explosion of Halloween Fun - The "holiday decorating season" used to start with Thanksgiving. But more and more families are getting started even earlier with their "seasonal decorations," not with pilgrims, turkeys, and maize, but with elaborate Halloween decorations. Our "Halloween Trains" pages have received an explosion of interest. And many of our new readers have never owned a collectible village or electric train before, so we have put together this "primer" page targeted to beginning Halloween train and town hobbyists.
This page will answer a few basic questions, then list links where you can go for more information and project ideas.
How Big are Halloween Trains and Towns?
For detailed information on the scales of Halloween villages and trains, please see our article "Halloween Trains Sizes and Scales".
Where Do Halloween Towns Come From?
If you want to make your own Halloween-themed town, or are looking for ideas to "flesh out" the Halloween town you already have, check out the free, downloadable Spook Hill(tm) Halloween village building and accessory projects, some of which are shown a little further down the page.
On the other hand, if you're interested in shopping for Halloween-themed buildings, here are some major manufacturers whose products you will enjoy.
For more description of these vendors' offerings, please refer to our article Halloween Village Manufacturers.
Where Do Halloween Trains Come From?Halloween villages and trains are both fairly new, but you have some very good choices. Lionel makes some O gauge trains (the kind that run on 3-rail track) that are useful for Halloween villages. For many years Hawthorne Village®, a Bradford Exhange® made some very charming On30 collectible trains with Halloween themes. The 2007-2008 recession forced them to stop ordering new On30 trains, for a while at least, so right now very little of that line is availalbe. (There's a 2-3-year development cycle on trains.) Like the Hawthorne Village towns, these trains were based on specific shows, so you could enjoy not only Halloween, but also, memories of your favorite Halloween shows. Right now, only one autumn-themed On30 Hawthorne Village® train is available, the Thomas Kinkade-inspired "End Of A Perfect Day" train collection.
Halloween Train and Town ProjectsThe following articles from our collection apply specifically to Halloween (several others that apply to any holiday village or railroad are listed farther down the page).
The following Spook HillTM projects are currently available. We already have three more projects on the drawing board for 2009, but if you get started early, you can have a nice Halloween community by this Halloween.
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