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    Disney Village Notice! - Every few years Hawthorne Village offers a village collection based on Disney themes. Every set sells out very fast. At the moment, a new Disney Halloween set is featured on this page. I don't want to sound alarmist, but if they're still available by Halloween, 2014, I'll be surprised. This is especially true because Hawthorne village did not introduce any other new Halloween village collections this year, and at least one of the 2013 villages has also been selling very well.


    Although Christmas villages date back over a century (using cardboard or wooden houses), Halloween villages didn't reach prominence until modern ceramic Christmas villages became popular.

    Dept. 56(r) has made several nice Halloween-themed collection and a few one-offs. They usually use ceramic or china-like construction, with resin parts where appropriate. When possible, Dept. 56 historically preferred to channel their products to the consumer through gift stores and other brick-and-mortar stores, so if you didn't live near a good supplier, you may have been at a disadvantage.

    That said, since the original "Snow Village" led to modern ceramic Halloween village as well, Dept. 56's offerings have been joined by:

    • Lemax(r), who generally sells their mostly-resin villages through craft stores like Michaels, department stores like Sears or stores with large Seasonal departments like Lowes.

    • Hawthorne Village(r), an imprint of Bradford Exchange(r). They prefer to sell their mostly-resin villages directly to the consumer through "subscription plans," in which the customer receives and pays for one piece about every four weeks. Hawthorne village is also distinct in that they're more likely to pattern a whole village collection after a movie like "Nightmare Before Christmas." In fact they've had three villages based on that movie, though only one is still available.

    In addition, there have been a plethora of off-brand Hallowen village products, selling through places like Big Lots and Walgreens. Their quality is uneven, and their products are often only available in certain parts of the country. If you find an off-brand Halloween village figure, structure, or accessory that will add interest to your setup, go for it. We've just found it impractical to try to review these products.

    Why do we list Hawthorne Village stuff first? Because, unlike many other distributors, they have taken the time to get to know us and have consistently welcomed our efforts to review and (when appropriate) promote their products. They have also consistently treated our readers with courtesy and respect: . The down side of featuring Hawthorne Village collections is that, they are often in very high demand. In fact, several Hawthorne Village Halloween collections have sold out in 2014 already. So, if you see a collection you think you would like, don't wait too long to subscribe. I have never gotten an e-mail from a reader who was dissatisfied with a Hawthorne Village product, but I've gotten plenty from folks who waited a week longer than they should have to order certain collections and want to know if we have some "extras" hidden away somewhere. (We don't.) Limited edition means "limited," after all.

    That said, we also respect the quality and attractiveness of Dept. 56 products, as well as the value and originality of many Lemax products, so we will post individual pieces when we see them available through a trusted vendor.

    Update, 2016 - Bradford Exchange, who distributes the Hawthorne Village products shown on this page has recently been forced by the attorney generals of several states (including Ohio where I live) to stop letting folks in Ohio and other states recommend products we like. If we keep it up, Bradford Exchange will have to start collecting sales tax for any customers in those states who order from them. So they have sent out an e-mail asking me (and hundreds of other people) to cease and desist recommending products we like.

    It will take us a while to get things on these pages reconfigured to reflect the new requirements, but in the meantime, please consider the rest of this page an archive of past recommendations, for informational purposes only. We would never dream of continuing to recommend Hawthorne Village products that we liked in 2014 and still think highly of!

    If you have a question about any product on this page, feel free to contact us for more information.

    Note: One of the listing on this page was hacked in the early morning of August 13, and it corrupted the entire page. We are copying the listings back in a few at a time to try to isolate the "troublemaker." Thank you for your patience. - Paul Race, HalloweenTrains.com


    Disney Halloween Harvest Village Collection

    Order this now. Okay, that may seem like a hard sell, but these Disney villages always go VERY fast. If you like Disney, don't wait too long.

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    Disney Halloween Harvest Lighted Village Collection
    Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas Black Light Village Collection

    Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas Black Light Village Collection

    Join the most famous citizen of Halloween Town - the Pumpkin King Jack Skellington - and the rest of its weird and wonderful denizens in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Black Light Village Collection - the first-ever village with black light effect from The Bradford Exchange, Hawthorne Village Division. Inspired by the critically-acclaimed movie milestone, your fantastical journey begins with Issue One, Jack Skellington's House, a FREE Jack figurine and the 12" black light fixture. Soon, your collection continues with Issue Two, Dr. Finklestein's Lab and FREE Dr. Finklestein and Sally figurines. Additional Halloween Town buildings, each a separate issue and some with FREE figurines and accessories, to follow.‡These spook-tacular Nightmare Before Christmas collectibles are handcrafted and masterfully hand-painted to capture all of the eerie excitement of Halloween Town. Discover even more ghoulish thrills when you flip on the included 12" black light fixtures and the buildings glow! Strong demand is anticipated, so don't delay. Order now! Fine collectibles, not intended for children under 14.

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    Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas Black Light Village Collection
The PEANUTS: It's The Great Pumpkin Sculpture Collection

The PEANUTS: It's The Great Pumpkin Sculpture Collection

The holidays have always held a special meaning for the PEANUTS Gang, especially Halloween. After all, Halloween night is when the Great Pumpkin rises from only the most sincere pumpkin patch and brings goodies to kids who believe! Now, you can relive this magical moment with It's the Great Pumpkin Sculpture Collection - an officially licensed first - exclusively from The Bradford Exchange, Hawthorne Village Division. This grand and glorious display features fully sculpted and meticulously detailed scene dioramas of Charlie Brown and the rest of the PEANUTS Gang enjoying Halloween. It's the Great Pumpkin Sculpture Collection begins with a set of two sculptures in Issue One, Awaiting the Great Pumpkin and I Got a Rock. Soon your collection will continue with another set of two sculpture of Issue Two, The Perfect Model and Flying Ace, then Issue Three, the Great Pumpkin and additional sets of two scene sculptures, each set a separate issue to follow.‡Each issue in this heirloom-quality sculpture collection is expertly sculpted and hand-cast, meticulously hand-painted to bring the delightful scene to life. Every scene diorama features the beloved PEANUTS Gang and is free-standing in addition to looking great as part of the entire display. The impressively sized, fully sculpted Great Pumpkin serves as the centerpiece of the display and illuminates from within while gleefully changing colors from yellow to blue to red and then purple right before your eyes! Strong demand is expected for this collectibles first, inspired by the beloved Good Ol' Charlie Brown and the PEANUTS gang. So, don't delay. Order now!

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The PEANUTS: It's The Great Pumpkin Sculpture Collection

The Death Valley Rally Gothic Village Collection

The Death Valley Rally Gothic Village Collection

Enter Death Valley, a rowdy and rough village where skeleton bikers are sentenced to live out the rest of their death. Now you can take a ride through their biker heaven with this creepy gothic village collection, exclusively from Hawthorne Village. This collection begins with Issue One, Last Chance Gas & Madman Marty's Garage with FREE Madman Marty figurine. Soon, your collection will continue with Issue Two, Haunted Manor with FREE Old Lady figurine and additional creepy village buildings, each a separate issue and some with select free skeleton figurines, will follow.‡Each collectible building in this Death Valley collection is handcrafted of fine artist's resin and exquisitely hand-painted. Plus, each freaky building eerily lights up from within, spotlighting the activities of the walking dead! Makes a unique addition to your collections and perfect for Halloween decorations. But strong demand is expected. Order now!

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The Death Valley Rally Gothic Village Collection

Rickety Fence And Spooky Jack o' Lantern Halloween Village Accessory Set

Rickety Fence And Spooky Jack o' Lantern Halloween Village Accessory Set

Let your Halloween village come alive - if you dare! This delightful Halloween village accessory set showcases a rickety picket fence and some seriously spooky jack o' lanterns, each with a wickedly haunting grin. Unsuspecting visitors are sure to get that eerie feeling that they're being watched! Available exclusively from Hawthorne Village, each element in this village accessory set is meticulously handcrafted by master artisans. The fully dimensional, hand-painted jack o' lanterns are startlingly realistic, and the fence is banded together with sturdy metal wire so it's bendable and poseable for easy display. Don't wait to add these terrifying touches to your Halloween village display - you won't find a finer value anywhere! Order now!

By the way, this one is not in the 2016 online catalog, but a few still seem to be available. You may get a warning that the Bradford Exchange site is not secure or something when you click on the "buy" button. Don't worry, the Bradford Exchange site is very secure - that's just a glitch.


Department 56 Halloween Water Tower

Another clever piece from Dept. 56. This is reportedly about 8" high, so it won't take over your town unless you want to set it on something. Doesn't light up, but it adds Halloween charm anywhere you put it. Click on the following link to check availability on Amazon.

Village Collection: Stalking Dead County Village Collection

Village Collection: Stalking Dead County Village Collection

We hope you aren't intimidated by the living dead, because folks in this village are just dying to meet - and eat - you! Welcome to the Stalking Dead County Village Collection, a frighteningly fabulous first-ever of-its-kind exclusively from The Bradford Exchange, Hawthorne Village Division. The ghoulish delights begin with Issue One, Grim Reaper Barn with FREE Zombie Figurine. Next to re-animate, er, arrive will be Issue Two, Field of Screams with 3 FREE Zombie Figurines. Soon your collection will continue with Issue Three, Farmhouse of Horrors with FREE Ma and Pa Zombie figurine and additional village buildings, each a separate issue to follow.‡You're sure to be thrilled to the bone by all the scary adventures the folks in Stalking Dead County have prepared for you! Each building and figurine in this collection is ghoulishly handcrafted and hand-painted in terrifying detail by skilled artisans. In fact, every zombie in the village is showing off their decomposed best. And you're sure to shriek with delight at the eerie illumination coming from the graves, cornfield, house and barn. So join the Stalking Dead County residents, live an after-life in pieces and quiet, and let this heirloom quality collection give nightmares to generations to come! Better hurry though; aggressive demand is expected. Order now!

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Village Collection: Stalking Dead County Village Collection
Welcome To Halloween Town Billboard Nightmare Before Christmas Village Accessory

Welcome To Halloween Town Billboard Nightmare Before Christmas Village Accessory

What's this? A ghoulishly glowing Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas village accessory? Just wait until Jack Skellington catches you adding this Welcome to Halloween Town Billboard Village Accessory to your cherished display. He's sure to be delighted with every terrifying detail of this spook-tacular special design from The Bradford Exchange, Hawthorne Village Division. It's the perfect way to welcome you to the place where "life's no fun without a good scare!"Expertly handcrafted by Master Artisans in artist's resin and hand-painted in eerily perfect detail, this Welcome to Halloween Town billboard boasts tombstones, jack-o-lanterns, and even real metal fences. The four jack-o-lantern lights above the billboard cast a somber glow upon an iconic image of Jack Skellington atop Spiral Hill, making it ideal for an especially frightening nighttime display. Arrange your Nightmare Before Christmas Billboard Village Accessory any way you like to create a hauntingly perfect entrance to your village display, but don't delay! Strong demand is expected, so order now!A fine collectible, not intended for children.

Like the fence accessory above, this one doesn't seem to be in the online catalog anymore, but it might still be available.


The Nightmare Before Christmas This Is Halloween Tabletop Tree Collection

Over 2 decades ago, the incredible imagination of Tim Burton birthed a movie masterpiece. If you are a fan of the "plain folks" of Halloween Town, now you can join the Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington, Sally and more for a dark holiday celebration with this Nightmare Before Christmas tabletop tree collection. Introducing the This Is Halloween Tabletop Tree Collection, a first-of-its-kind Masterpiece Edition from The Bradford Exchange, Hawthorne Village Division featuring sculptural houses, character figurines and ornaments, and a tree that lights up to make your Halloween decor truly spook-tacular. Your fun-tastic nightmare begins with Issue One, Jack's House and Sally. Next to arrive will be Issue Two, the 3-foot, pre-lit The Dark of the Moon Holiday Tree. Soon your collection will continue with Issue Three, Cemetery Hill Moon Tree Topper and FREE Purple Nightshade Tree Skirt and additional Nightmare Before Christmas sculptures, figurines and ornaments for your tree, each issue to arrive separately.‡Licensed from Disney, this masterwork of handcraftsmanship and hand-painting shimmers with the eerie glow of the lights inside the Halloween Town buildings and the soft purple lights (over 50!) across its midnight black branches. Jolly orange Jack o' Lantern and beloved character ornaments, including Jack and Sally, Oogie Boogie, Dr. Finklestein and more, contribute to the ultimate Nightmare Before Christmas display. And that's just on the tree itself! There are more character and building sculptures coming, ready to arrange on the FREE Purple Nightshade skirt to create your own perfect expression of The Nightmare Before Christmas movie you know and love. Strong demand is expected for this never-before-offered Nightmare Before Christmas tabletop tree collection, so don't wait to add a bizarre and macabre bit of joy to your holiday. Order now!Fine collectibles. Not intended for children under 14.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas This Is Halloween Tabletop Tree Collection

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