To help get in the Halloween spirit, I decided to create a home for Jack!
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In designing his home, I was inspired to strive to live up to his title, “the Czar of Halloween,” by using Halloween-themed items & ideas in the grandest, most elegant ways possible. (For the most part…you’ll see that his bedroom isn’t super fancy.) Jack even tends to talk in a very regal way that you don’t see much from other seasonal characters like Jingle, Franklin, Zipper, etc. When you discuss the prospect of building a new home for him, he says:
“As you’ve heard, I am Jack, the czar of Halloween. … For you see, my home is a dreadful wretch these days. I don’t know how it got so bad, but it pains me. One thing I will not tolerate is insubordination, and my home smacks of it. It shall be replaced!”
So with a title and talk like that, it just seemed fitting to give him the grandest home possible: a palace, elegant gardens, and a throne room.
When finished working on his home, this is what the exterior ended up looking like in the daytime, but I like it a lot more when I visit it at night after finishing a day’s project! 🙂
Here are some views of Jack’s palace gardens at night:
To the left and right of Jack’s home, I tried to incorporate tiny little graveyard features into the garden, but there’s only so much space to do so.
I also made a path for his home, a fairly easy-to-make one compared to the paths I’ve made for New Leaf (the mosaic ones, fairytale bridge one, etc). But for the most part, I plan to not really make many of my own paths & patterns for AC:HHD, because if I was strict about only making my own patterns for all 400+ villagers, I’d probably be playing this game for the rest of my life. >_> Okay, maybe exagerrating, but I want to have time to focus on AC:NL & AC:WW too. I couldn’t find a Halloween path that had the feel I wanted, though, so I made this diamond-tiled one to match the spooky roof, and the path has little bats & jack-o-lantern faces printed on the tiles if you look closely.
Now for the inside:
This is the throne room, which has a mix of Halloween items, lots of candelabra, and cypress plants. I thought the cypress trees would help with the ~elegance~ factor, and they are associated with mourning/death symbolism; you can see that symbolism with cypress trees in the painting “Isle of the Dead” as well.
Here is the room from some other angles:
Zoomed out 😛
Jack & his loyal subjects
A close-up of the candelabra & cypress plants lining the throne room
In the basement, there’s a spooky little study. I was going for one of those rooms you see in movies where the villain or whoever is sitting in a high-backed chair in front of the fire, as the firelight flickers on the stone walls and he plots and broods on his plans xP
At one point when hanging out in this room, Jack started playing the piano, which together with the music (Hypno KK) and the wilderness sound effects I added, was so…atmospheric, in a haunted house sort of way, I loved it.
For Jack’s bedroom I used his own furniture brand, and he looks very much at home ^_^
Playing with his jack-in-the-box 🙂
Sleep tight and enjoy your new bedroom, Jack~
Jack’s reaction to his new home 🙂
Getting to have some casual chit-chat with special NPCs like this is a fun little aspect of AC:HHD (though I guess you do have to have the amiibo cards).
I hope you all are doing well and have a Happy Halloween! 😀