Halloween is almost here, bringing giggling ghouls and merry monsters to town. The crisp chill of fall ushers in the warm glow of anticipation for the winter holidays ahead and, here at The Mini Time Machine Museum, we take a running start, celebrating the month of October with true enthusiasm. Between our spooky décor, haunting visitor guides and chilling flashlight tours, there’s a little something for everyone. But perhaps the most wonderful part of Halloween at the museum is in the rediscovery of our fantastical, eerie miniature scenes – giving them a well-deserved spotlight during this spine-tingling time of year.
One such piece is The Hatchling Apprentice (1998), a wizard’s library created by museum founder, Pat Arnell. Housed within a beautiful glass conservatory made by the remarkable Lady Jane1, the scene emanates a sense of otherworldly wisdom. The wizard himself sits contentedly on the floor’s large rug while overseeing his small menagerie of creatures, gathered around him as though awaiting instruction. Ignoring these lessons is a large dragon who is reading off by himself in the corner, munching away on the wizard’s vittles. The scene is calm, in spite of the inevitable squawk and squeak, and altogether inviting to a would-be wizard’s apprentice. Click here to continue reading a pdf of this article >>