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Halloween Spooks, Ghouls and Zombies!

17 October 2014

You may notice that here at Dolls' House HQ, we are rathe keen on Halloween. In the past we've done fancy dress at work, apple bobbing, trick or treating and much more and that's just the full-scale people! The mini-people also get up to all sorts and offer lots of inspiration to create you're very own Halloween in mini. Read on for hints and tips to get your ghoulish side going this Halloween!

There are so  many international traditions you can pull on for creating your Halloween in miniature. Perhaps you’ll go for a Mexican flavour and dress a doll to represent the  Día de Muertos – Day of the Dead, or will you go all-out-North-American with open fancy dress, candy corn and pumpkins galore? If you want to stay on the UK shores you could show candles lit in every room (try the battery operated lights!) and ‘Soul cakes’ waiting to be eaten by the family on All Souls Day.

Why not draw from literature and recreate Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with a laboratory based in a conservatory and use some finishing products to fill the test tubes?

There are so many interesting ways to create a Halloween scene we’re sure you’ll enjoy the miniatures we’ve got to help you, coffins, scythes, brooms and gargoyles, there’s plenty to chose from!

Pumpkins and Gargoyles! Pumpkins and Gargoyles!

Harry Potter inspiration sparks stonemason diorama

17 December 2012

Here at The Dolls House Emporium we enjoyed the dark humour of this Creative Competition entry.

Using The Corner Shop it was based around a coffin-maker and stone masons' workshop - with some of the workers trying the goods out for size!

Ann Ashcroft, from Lancashire, gained inspiration from making Harry Potter-type miniatures for her grandsons.

Ann Ashcroft, Dolls House Emporium, Creative Competition 2012

Ann Ashcroft, Dolls House Emporium, Creative Competition 2012

Ann Ashcroft, Dolls House Emporium, Creative Competition 2012

Ann says: "All the family had an input in my coffin makers/stone yard.

"My seven-year-old grandson did the stippling on the wall, my grand-daughters doing the graffiti on the back wall. We all had a lot of fun and lots of laughs.

"The coffins are made from wood, cardboard, balsa wood and bass wood, as are the gravestones.

"Small pieces of stone were in the reduced tin at the local DIY store.

"In all it hasn't cost very much but provided hours of fun during the wet summer holidays."

Ann Ashcroft, Dolls House Emporium, Creative Competition 2012

Ann Ashcroft, Dolls House Emporium, Creative Competition 2012

Ann Ashcroft, Dolls House Emporium, Creative Competition 2012
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