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Make a Tiny Haunted Village with Graveyard - Upcycle Crafting Demo Using Boxes and Scraps
The DIY grave of Prince Vlad
Tiny towns tell terrible tales.
I was thinking it would be fun for Halloween to do a tiny haunted town project. Is there any town in America that doesn't come complete with a history of at least one haunting?
Being blessed, I was born in the south and grew up on tales of hauntings both past and present.
From the woods behind our house, said to be the property of a young plantation mistress who hung herself during the war, to the Vicksburg National Military Park's own prestigious offerings of haunted battlegrounds and cemetery, I was wonderfully surrounded in local legend.
I grew to believe every location with any history attached comes with a certain lingering of presence from that which came before.
Come along with me to discover how easy it is to make your own haunted tiny town. It's great for parties, English Language Arts class activities and projects or just plain old scary type crafty goodness.
The whole tiny town with Prince Vlad watching over
Here, you will find two ways to build tiny houses for your tiny town.
Terrifying tales optional, of course.
Two of the houses, namely the two smallest structures, were assembled from pre-made cutouts, while the four others, including the single service graveyard were all made from upcycled boxes and paper. The picture galleries give instructions for assembling both types.
One of my favorite things about having a haunted town is that each architectural component can have its very own haunted tale, a history of how it came to be as it is.
Such projects are great fun around the scary season for English classes, parties or group activities. Each person can contribute to the town not only his or her very own scary structure, but also a short story to go with it explaining the past and current state of the building in question.
Follow along to see how the basic parts of Tiny Town were made. After the construction documentary galleries, a short background for each will be given as an example of how to use the concept to help tiny imaginations grow huge with tales of daring do and scary boo.
Disclaimer - Examples are in no way express, written or implied represented as good examples of anything related to proper literature.
Prince Vlad chilling out in his coffin
The Prince Vlad of Tiny Town; A Taste of Terror.
His spirit is said to still watch over the town at night.
He was born here.
Dates upon Vlad's grave were thought to have been obtained from one of the many books confiscated from his home and subsequently burned on the night of his death.
Rumor had it the church had evidence of vampire activity which, of course, sealed our dear vamp's fate considering the time in question.
A young nun reportedly showed signs of corruption and upon torture admitted that young Prince Vlad was indeed nothing as he appeared, but rather an ancient, sinister figure feeding off the blood of the innocent. Vlad was abed when thirteen monks descended from the tiny church. One drove a stake through his heart while at the same instant another took his head.
The remaining church contains the only documented notation of the occasion, written over fifty years after the incident, by a young apprentice. It states that the only remains of Vlad to actually go into the solid silver coffin consisted of a single organ, his heart. The monk's apprentice noted no matter how much fuel was added to the fire, the tiny, shriveled, black organ simply would not burn.
Scope out the photographs below for detailed instructions.
This is so easy and affordable any class, group or hostess can provide the materials needed in a snap.
Click through the pictures to see in depth construction information in the captions.
How the graveyard was assembledClick thumbnail to view full-size
Was Vlad the Impaler the original vampire? Was he a human murderer or perhaps a misunderstood vampire merely seeking to defend his home?
Some posit the historical figure known as Vlad the Impaler was the actual basis for the Dracula character first made famous by Bram Stoker. History has painted him a most brutal figure, bathed in blood as it were. But then, to the victor goes the spoils including the right to write history.
Is it possible Vlad has been misrepresented historically?
Missunderstood or just plain bad?
Many say Prince Vlad of history was the basis of the Dracula character. Do you think he was possibly a missunderstood guy defending his home?
The house used in Tiny Town.
This is the exact house you see in the pictures. These tiny little kit houses are actually designed to be Christmas ornaments, but really, you can paint them any way you wish as I did. The hangers are included and they are the perfect size for hanging on the tree, but I like them for Tiny Town.
Watch the church being built. Every town no matter how tiny needs a church.Click thumbnail to view full-size
The tiny town old church
History of the old church
No one knows for sure how old the church is, though it is said to date to before the birth of Christ having been built, burnt, ravaged and rebuilt many times over the centuries.
Throughout its tenure in Tiny Town, it has been whispered to house many a clandestine organization from the Knights Templar to the Order the Black Rose to members of the Illuminate themselves.
Since that fateful night, so long ago, when young Prince Vlad was dispatched by the holy guard of the church, at least three monks have stood guard over the graveyard at all times. Through war, famine, plague and civil upheaval the monks have always remained. They are a silent order, seldom seen and never heard, yet always there watching, waiting.
The deceptively innocent home, said to be the birthplace of Prince Vlad. The ancestral home still survives all of these years later.Click thumbnail to view full-size
What little is known of Vlad's home.
There is no written record of the home of Prince Vlad before the note mentioned in the old church. The little history we have came down in the form of rumor and story told to children late at night by old people years ago.
Such stories are known to change with the slightest, most tiny omission or addition repeated over generations morphing history into legend and legend into tale as details wax and wain with the changing of the ages.
The home is said to be the oldest standing structure within Tiny Town. Originally built by Peter the Great, Vlad's father, it was lauded to have been the launching spot for the civilization of the entire European continent.Prior to Peter carving out his spot in the wilderness, warring tribes took turns ruling over the lands at the whim of blood and ash, but Peter's rule would not relinquish to tradition past.
When Vlad was but fifteen, the last horde attacked, after five years of quiet, killing both of his parents. Some versions say Vlad was taken captive, others that he went mad, but all have him killing the small band of remaining attackers. In the former version, he slit their throats in their sleep, in the latter, drunk with blood lust over seeing his mother's body, he and the remaining few servants slew the combatants.
The tiny little town was said to have prospered under his rule for seven years, until that last fateful night when the monks came. Though blood curdling tales of terror sprang from disappearances plaguing the forest in all directions, the common folk who lived in the town had thrived. None had ever again dared to attack.
Immediately following Vlad's dispatch by the church, the home was seized. Ironically, the nun who brought charges against Prince Vlad, Lilleth, was sent to live in isolation within said home until her death.
The Tiny Town Pub; The pub is said to have been built in the 1700's by illegitimate descendants of Prince Vlad and Lilleth.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Tiny Town Pub
History of the pub is widely disputed.
The pub can be proven to be as old as the early 1700's by a stamp found upon the foundation blocks. Various owners over the years have disputed this claim. All have steadfastly declared the building to be much older having been rebuilt upon its own foundations many times.
Behind the bar, hangs an old painting. No one knows exactly how old but everyone alive and everyone they can remember has said it has always been there. Supposedly, it is of the Prince himself. Ironically, the current owner could be a direct descendant when you consider how much he and the figure in the painting look alike.
Local gossip holds the pub has been handed down through generations of traveling gypsies all springing from Vlad's illegitimate lines.
What terrors lay about in your town?
Ghost stories and terrifying tales are what the scary season is all about. Bring some life to a few of your own with a tiny town of terror.
Delve into the deeply scary and terribly twisted for the Halloween season by creating something with your hands and your mind. What tales will come from your town?
All of Tiny town stands aghast at the crime recently perpetrated upon the good people of this quaint village.The historical grave of Vlad has been desecrated. Local authorities are asking for the help of anyone who has knowledge of the crime or saw anyone around the graveyard on the night of 8/29/13. The only clue police have at the moment is one tiny kitty paw print.
Image credits; Rhonda Lytle a.k.a. Poetvix
© 2013 Rhonda Lytle