Jack Skellington’s House Is the Perfect Spooky Season Craft

Welcome to Halloween Town! If spooky season is your favorite time of year, this maker’s video has you covered with an amazing build of Jack Skellington’s house from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Devon, who describes herself as having “Pumpkin King energy,” spent months on the model and won a free hat in return. She uses mostly paperboard and craft foam, with the occasional bead, rock, or spiderweb ring leftover from last year’s Halloween cupcakes to round it out. Down to the eyeball door knocker and spider doorbell, the detailing for this Jack Skellington house is incredible.  

The build, which we saw on Boing Boing, probably has more than a few similarities to the models used for filming. The painstaking work on the house’s siding and shingles is obvious but really pays off. At one point in the video, she asks the questions all craftspeople do at some point in the process. “Where am I going to put this? Why did I make it so big?” 

Other amazing builds on the YouTube channel MechanicalFiend include miniature versions of BTS stages and sets from their music videos. There’s also Studio Ghibli scenes in cookie tins, which is a crossover I didn’t know I needed.  

A maker paints a model of Jack Skellington's house from The Nightmare Before Christmas

The opening of the video is sung in the style of the Nightmare Before Christmas songs, with some clever lyric updates. Which may only serve to get the songs stuck in your head. While you’re at it, check out a heavy metal version or a string quartet cover. Or even hear them sung by Broadway stars. Danny Elfman, who wrote the music and lyrics and provided the singing voice of Jack Skellington, even puts on live performances in Los Angeles. This is Halloween!

Melissa is Nerdist’s science & technology staff writer. She also moderates “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth.

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