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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Halloween Haunted Village Event - PART 1

The 2015 Haunted Village Event is here!!!  Plan to spend your day shopping at The Thrifty Witch.  Then it is off to the Grizelda's for a new quaff and on to the Retching Toad Eatery for dinner.  Ring in at midnight at the Happy Bat Tavern.  In the morning (if you survive), on your way out of town, stop at Ghoul & Sons Chemist for whatever ails you.
The Happy Bat Tavern has been under the management of the house of Dracula for centuries.  Herman, Dracula's younger brother, decided not to go into the family business but instead opened this tavern.  You'll find Blood Beer, Hair of the Dog, and Black Cat Brew on tap.  If your tastes run to wine, there is Dracula's Reserve and Witch Wine which has an unusual and indescribable aroma of rotten fruit.
Here are two regulars leaning on the bar getting an early start.  Rottie, the bartender, is ready to serve your favorite libation.
Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this house of beauty is more of a house of pain.  Grizelda insists on payment before service just in case….just in case you don't survive the treatment.
At this salon, you'll find state-of-the-art electroshock therapy, the invigorating chair of nails, and the nail press.  Grizelda carries the ever-popular Zombie line of cosmetics, which I think she secretly brews herself out of who knows what.
And the lovely Grizelda is showing another happy customer the results of their makeover.
Well, the name says it all at a restaurant where roadkill is served daily, and specials include; Shrunken Head Soup, Brainloaf, Eyeball Casserole, Rat Fondue, Ghost Souffle, and Earwax Pie.
Ah, two young lovers out on a date.  I can tell the woman spent some time in Grizelda's House of Beauty.  I can just hear in her best southern accent say, "I'm overwhelmed by your attention."
I've got a feeling that the cook's missing hand ended up in the pot.
A trusted name for 500 years and all of its best customers are underground.  You can see the boys are hard at work in the lab.
I see the local constable is out for a stroll.
Inside, Mr. Ghoul is busy creating who knows what, and I think he's got a skeleton in his cabinet, maybe a secret ingredient of one of his potions.
The go-to place for all your magic needs.  I see a happy moon man dancing with the broom he bought on sale.
I see Belladonna, the owner of the Thrifty Witch, in the front window.

They have lovely crystal balls, pumpkins, magic books, and an Ouija board.  

The Thrifty Witch carries all kinds of potions.  The black cat hissing in front of the cabinet is Belladonna's pet, Sheba.
It's an interesting town, particularly for zombies, ghouls, skeletons, and ghosts.  I hope you will be inspired to create your own version of a haunted town, business in the town or a haunted house to add to your Halloween display.  For those who made Halloween Carnival pieces from the past event, these village pieces are a perfect complement, and I will be tying in the carnival in Part 2.


There is a collage sheet for each of the 5 village pieces covered in PART 1, plus collage sheets with architectural elements like doors and windows and a couple of collage sheets with spooky pumpkins and people.  I'll be using the architecture-related collage sheets throughout the event (Parts 1-3), and for the remaining parts, there will be additional new collage sheets for each of the village pieces.

For those who purchase PDF collage sheets, you might find this older video tutorial of mine that covers how to how resize PDF formatted collage sheets and how to cut and paste individual images from the collage sheets (which is great for only printing the images you want and printing multiple version of the image) and how to resize images.


  • 3 Panels that measure various sizes but are sized for the houses.
This set includes a total of 20 images :
  • 14 Roofs that measure 7.5" wide by 4" high– they are sized to fit the largest roof
  • 6 Chimneys
This set includes 29 images.  All of the images from the Old Doors, Old Windows, and More Old Windows collage sheets are included in this set.
This set includes 38 Images which are the same images as on the collage sheet, plus three extra images; a stack of barrels and two different beer mugs.
This set includes 42 images, the same ones you will find on the collage sheet.
This set includes 29 images, the same images as on the collage sheet, and 3 additional images; a second table, a blank sandwich board sign, and a log fire.
This set includes 36 images that are the same as on the collage sheet, 2 additional images, a clock, and the "We Carry" sign.
This set includes 33 images that are the same on the collage sheet and 9 additional images; 5 pumpkins, 2 finials, a witch, and an "Open" sign.

The Haunted Village Collage Sheet Set contains all 11 new Haunted Village collage sheets.  Click on the image below for more details.


There are two videos; be sure to watch them both.


Feel free to download the images and use them in your projects.

Below is a free collage sheet of wood trims in a PNG format.  The sheet contains 8 different wood patterns in 2 sizes.  You can use them to trim doors and windows as baseboards or paneling.

Below is a sheet of the umbrella template I used for the Retching Toad Eatery.  Feel free to download the template.  Click on the link below to see the tutorial on how to make paper umbrellas.

Halloween Haunted Village - PART 2
The first stop is the Black Cat Emporium, where you'll find unique, strange, and sometimes ghoulish items.  If you want to stay the night, you can always get a room at the Buzzard Bed & Breakfast, and should something unfortunate occur, Cadaver & Digger Undertakers will take care of everything.

If you are interested in the other Grimsley Village pieces, you can find the video tutorials and supply list by clicking the links below.

Grimsley Village Part 2 (which includes)
Black Cat Emporium
Buzzard Bed & Breakfast
Cadaver & Digger Undertakers
Village Square


johala said...

You're really a genius, a source of inspiration!
I've no time to make it, but , be sure, I keep everything you make and one day, I WANT to make something like this!!!!
Hugs and kisses

Marfi-topia said...

This is fantastic!
Wow, you sure put in a lot of work with it all.
You're a genius!!
I'll put your button on my blog ASAP:-)
Thanks for doing all this.

georgina said...

Love them sooooo much,need you in UK.

silvergran said...

Spookilious village! Love the attention to detail!
You appear to have a wonderful sense of humour and vivid fantasy life - excellent!

Kerstin F. said...

I'm totally impressed, that is really fantastic, brilliant and spectacular!!! such love to the detail makes my day,many, many thanks for this ingenious facinating creation!

Cobblestone Prims said...

Ohhh wow...i love to win

Cobblestone Prims said...

I love all this great pices...your are amazing

Deonna B said...

OH Wow, this is totally amazing! What a Work of Art. I hope that i have time to play. I've already posted your badge on my blog with a link back to your site. I love Halloween projects and love that i found your site. So much fun and possibilities here. Thanks for a chance to win some of your amazing work.

Theresa said...

outstanding village. love all the detail. thank so much for sharing.

Sharon said...

A wonderful celebration for the Halloween Season -- and a cool Halloween badge for our blogs as well!

traci said...

I love your fantastic Halloween creations-every year they get better and better. I love the way you make the papers look like the actual thing. The buildings look like buildings not chipboard shapes-amazing. >^..^<

Ginger said...

Laura, you work so hard and share so much! Thank you and we LOVE that you LOVE Halloween!

Diane at Craftin Your HeART Out! said...

Again I am speechless. Your talent is endless. This Village is fantastic and definitely compliments the Halloween Carnival you created before for all of us. I wish I had a Blog to post your Badge on but since I don't, and since I recently started working part-time at a leading Craft Store, mainly to just get out of the house because I have yet to take home a full paycheck, LOL, I plan to let everyone I come in contact with know about your Event. I can't wait to see Part 2 and Part 3. AMAZING, but then again all your work is.

Angie said...

This is amazing! I can't imagine how much work you put into creating the haunted village. I have to participate in this, it looks like so much fun :) and I love love love Halloween.
I also put your badge on my website: angiescraftystuff.com. My email is angie@angiescraftystuff.com

Teresa said...

This is spectacular, I can't wait to see the village grow!! So much inspiration, and a chance to win....thankyou xx

Unknown said...

Your village is wonderful. Love all the collage sheets.

Unknown said...

Laura, your village is so wicked awesome. It's beyond wonderful, and I can't believe that just up the road a few minutes from me, all this spookiness resides. I have no more words, so I think I shall just say Trick or Treat, from your neighbor in Glendale.

2amscrapper said...

Wowzers, Laura! So much to absorb! Your attention to detail is striking! I think I want to tackle the tavern first and then the chemist's. I will need to visit often to get all the info sorted out in my mind! Love your latest project! In addition to the time taken to make all these things, I know it also takes a lot just to write up the blog post, not to mention creating videos. Cheers to you! Thanks for all the freebies too! Helene

HMax said...

Laura, you have really outdone yourself with the haunted village this year (and even more we haven't seen yet)! I can't wait to get started on it!

Tristan Robin said...

I have just spent an hour pouring over this post! I am totally beside myself with enjoyment - what incredible cleverness and skill and vision on display! Charming beyond words. Brava Brava Brava!

Oh - I put your badge on my blog because EVERYBODY must see your wonderful Hallwe'en event!!1

Felica Tortorici Duryee said...

Well you are amazing! I'm absolutely participating in the swap, but I've picked up enough goodies to start working on a village with my husband as well. I've also put the badge up on my blog along with adding a little blog post with a couple of links back to you. Thanks for being so generous!

dyeandpigment said...

wowza, wowza, wowza! My jaw is sitting on my keyboard. Don't know where you get all of your ideas but I lurve them. All I can say is congrats on all the hard work and fun and pick me, pick me :)

gsgail said...

Laura, Wonderful - I am speechless. This is just amazing. I love every aspect of your village and I am going to have to make myself one!

Anonymous said...

Eeek! Aamazing and inspiring as always! I love your Haunted Village, so many wonderful details. Most of all I'm fond of the thrifty witch!
hugs Irmgard

lee said...

Just posted your link on my blog Dark Moon Mysteries. I think people will enjoy your artwork and be inspired by it.

smokeysmom said...

OMG Laura, your Haunted Village is so amazing! I already spread the word at ATCSFORALL.com and on my Facebook Page (Maggie Mannwieler). Your tutorial videos are great! I don't usually "do" Halloween projects but after viewing your tutorials, I just might try something with the chipboard houses:) You are a creative genius and provide so much inspiration - many thanks. Can't wait for #2 and #3!!

Words and Pictures said...

I'm completely and utterly blown away! What a joy of a post... as the daughter of a dollshouse collector and maker, who gets roped in a lot, I've enjoyed walking the streets of your Haunted Village no end. I'm off to put the badge on my blog sidebar, and really hope to be back to play along. I'm also going to send my mother along for a look!

I arrived here after seeing your gorgeous apothecary background being used by Deb Paxton of Valley Folk Art, and I'm so glad I followed her link.
Alison x

My Side of Oz said...

Loved the apothecary and potions event! Looking forward to participating this time!

Deb said...

Awe-mazing Laura, you never cease to delight us with your incredible creations! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us all. Deb xo

Chark said...

so exciting...glad to see the videos and pics since I wouldn't know where to start!

Unknown said...

I am absolutely in amazement of your fabulous talent and creativity! The Halloween Taverns are fantastic and now I find myself needing to create one of those too!! Keep inspiring us with your magical projects!

I placed your badge on my blog and added the link!


L Mahaffey said...

Such a huge and wonderful undertaking, Laura!
Lots of fun to stroll around your village and take in all the details.
Love the humor and appreciate all the work!

Elizabeth said...

Absolutely wickedly wonderful! txormt@yahoo.com

mberry117 said...

This is so awesome!!! I love your stuff, so talented!!

Sandi said...

Terrific!!! Your attention to detail is great! Love the whole village!!!

Lynn Stevens said...

Hey Laura, I'm just now getting our here to check out your haunted village! Amazing as always.
Must have taken forever to create not to mention photographing and writing up the post.
Kudos to you~!
Hugs Lynn

Elizabeth said...

So incredibly creepy-cool! I'm sure I'll be making many visits to your village to take in all of the amazing details. I'm totally blown away!

Nana said...

Fantabulous Halloween Village! I love this post ...so much information...great! I wish I could make it...winning these awesome collage sheets would be a great start! Thanks for this post and chance to win. What fun if I won!😀 (email I know use is kkzgardenmum@aol.com)

MK Chisum said...

You've done it again! Wonderful!! Beautiful! And so much fun! I can't wait to get started!

Enchantments and Giggles said...

This is amazing, as all your projects are! Sign me up!

Granny Char's World said...

WOW this is stupendous! I love everything you have to offer for this season. I do so love Halloween and a bit witchy all year round. Thank you so much for these designs!

Sue J said...

Oh how we need your fabulous creations in the UK! Happy Halloween :-)

GailPellegrin said...

Oh my word, this is awesome. Love all your creations. Keep them coming.

Gidgetwitch said...

HI Laura, I would love to win the Haunted Village Collage sheets! I love EVERYTHING you do!

nelda said...

Wow! What a generous giveaway! I love Everything, especially the 2 skewed on a date!

Tanya said...

Wow! This is amazing! I just love it all!!

Unknown said...

What a fabulously spooky village...love, love, love it! And thank you for the opportunity to win the incredibly detailed collage sheers!

Mary Ann Fry said...

You are amazing! I love this spooky village! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

geri said...

So inspired by all the Halloween goodies!
Love the new sheets and hope to create my own spooky eerie village

Nancie said...

This is so amazing and wonderful..I would love to win this set...I love all Halloween themes...thanks.

Unknown said...

The entire village is amazing! Thanks for a chance to win the collage sheets!

Christi Conley said...

The link has been on my blog since I saw it :) I love, love your creations - the detail amazes me!! Thank you for being so giving with your talent ~ Happiest Halloween!!

Tarnished Rose said...

I posted the image a bit ago when you first announced and I did receive a free collage sheet. I just wanted to make sure I also got entered for the drawing!

Since I received a house and window as part of the monthly kit I get via subscription, I think I'm going to enter this year. I just have to order the collage sheets.


smokeysmom said...

Hi Laura! Hey, I posted your Haunted Village info. at ATCForall.com (under Announcements) and on my Facebook page. How do I go about getting a free collage sheet from you? I have purchased your set of 11 collage sheets from AlphaStamps and I am waiting for my order to arrive, so I don't need any of the collage sheets that come with your set of 11. I am also waiting for my chipboard houses and some decor items from AlphaStamps so I can enter your contest. As soon as I receive my AlphaStamps order, I'll get to work on my entry:) I love all of your wonderful inspiration, you're the best I always say:)

The Sparkly Fairy said...

OOh so want to make this!!

Carol said...

Oh, I want this the most ever. Halloween is my thing!

Wonderful project and tutorials.

Thanks soooo much.