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Every year around this time I get the craving to design and build a scary element into my layout, yet am space-challenged and other layout tasks and household chores, work, etc., take precedent.

I don't have much to contribute in the way of inspiration, and am hoping others do. Last year, I purchased the Addams Family house (Dept. 56) and set it up on the mantle. This, along with Dracula's castle and some figures, was as far as I got. Combing Halloween stuff with O-gauge layouts is a challenge. Eventually, I'll figure something out, and it very well may be a permanent addition as I don't have time to change scenes.

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Our local group has a storefront at our local mall where we run trains for the public the first Saturday of the month. We decorate our layouts in a halloween theme.  This year they hosted MalloWeen the Saturday before Halloween and we had over 2100 kids and parents in three hours.  Here are two shots, one of one of my layout transformed and the other of me, in costume, watching the line of kids and adults streaming through.IMG_3224IMG_6050 2

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Figured I'd "resurrect" this thread vs. starting a new one.  Here's a couple pics of this year's Halloween Diorama.  My first time using a hot wire cutter (man, those are sweet!) I think I'm pretty much done though I might add some more scenery. Anyway, maybe it's a little early for Halloween, but after the summer we had in the Pacific Northwest I'm diving headfirst into Fall!  Hope you all are well!

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Nick, I love the training coming out of the Pumpkin. I had a similar idea with a Skull Mountain.

I've been challenged to make spooky scenes on my existing layout...fitting stuff in that looks good is not easy. I have however been working on making Ghost/Zombie/Haunted structures, though I haven't found the ideal location to install them. First up are a couple of RK structures...trying to get the look of spectral-ghostly feel. These have to be taken apart to adequately weather and add figures. First one was painted and 2nd one is stock colors but heavily weathered. They are lit but they're not currently hooked up...they obviously look better lit up...I should've painted the bulbs orange before re-assembling.

Mr. McCormick is seen walking down the sidewalk, apparently oblivious to the walking dead around the corner and within the store. The 2nd picture shows a structure heavily infested with ghosts and walking dead. Figures are by Arttista and Lionel. I am still searching for Frankenstein monster, Wolfman, and a good Dracula (have the Lionel Dracula, not bad looking). Dennis at Arttista may make a Wolfman...his Zombie figure is the best IMO.

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Hey guys - here's another ghostly type building I attempted the spectral effects with - it's the 3-story job...I went with a glossy finish to denote spookieness...no figures yet in this one; and this shot has another angle of the Walking dead "around the corner" - the skeletons in the 2nd story corner building are from Arttista. I am currently working on modifying another RK building (Funeral Home) and a  casket company. All very macabre but part of the Halloween fun I still enjoy to this day Obviously, you all feel like me, and so does Lionel given their Halloween line of items, including some Legacy engines with decent sound effects.

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Latest Halloween project: New (and mysterious) owner of the Gamer& Thrones. I replaced the toilet on the left (rotating mechanism) with a coffin. Now the coffin rotates - tested and it works! Clearly, the new owner has a macabre sense of humor. Am currently hooking up wiring to power the lights and motor. I also gave the building a light wash of India Ink and alcohol.

Do the workers know the real identity of the owner, an enigmatic man who goes by the name Samuel Boxwell? The two chaps on the right seem to be puzzled at the increased numbers of orders. Stay tuned. Am working on another Halloween-themed building that will help answer this question

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In the process of setting up my 2021 Halloween 4x8 layout while watching the Dodgers vs Giants in the baseball playoffs.

After making a point the past 10 years to make every Halloween 🎃 and Christmas layout different from the year before,  I've decided to do a set track plan and stick with it. I didn't purchase the switches in time so for the Christmas layout in a few weeks the Inner O-31 loop will include a Figure 8.  The Outer Loop is O-42.

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