Rev up your engines, because Halloween has gone HOG wild! That’s HOG…as in Harley Owners Group. Not since the introduction of the Haunted Rails train series in 2007 have I been so excited to see Department 56’s new introductions to the Halloween Village series. In fact, between my excitement and a great Memorial Day sale, I went out and made my single biggest Department 56 purchase ever.
Now my Halloween Village is getting its very own Hell’s Angels, a biker gang so bad it strikes fear into a town that’s already undead. The Harley theme started at the beginning of the year with the main group of 2015 introductions. At the core we have the bikers’ center of operations, the Harley Davidson Ghost Rider’s Club.
The bike club is a full-sized building, clad with the classic Harley Davidson logo and the words “Dying to Ride” above the front door. A variety of signs plaster the rest of the walls, bearing slogans that combine the spirits of both the dead and the road. Mixed in with the signs are a variety of skull images. Even the jack-o-lanterns at the club are part of the gang, gathered in front of the building and dressed to ride.
Along with the club house, the club also got its first two riders. The first member, The Headless Harley Rider, received his own write-up as Skeleton #9 in my Department 56 Halloween Village.
The Headless Harley Rider’s right hand man is Ghost Rider On The Road, a leather-jacket clad zombie with a ghoulish-green ride. The undead have no need for helmets, but I get the sense that this guy chose his ivy cap over safety even in life. Now that I think of it, could that be how he died in the first place?
Now, two riders hardly make a club, so I couldn’t help but pre-order Department 56’s mid-year additions to the gang. If I wasn’t sold before, Full Moon Ride would have put me over the moon; the wolf man is one of my favorite Department 56 characters yet. The hairy dude with the headband and ripped jeans is definitely a standout even in a village full of monsters. Add in the classic black Harley and he is one crazy animal.
Rounding out the gang, at least for now, is Forced Fit. This piece features a Jekyll and Hyde style duo that shares a bike and sidecar. The mad doctor, being the brains of the operation, obviously drives the operation. There’s just one little problem: the doctor forgot to measure his sidecar before creating his monster.
It’s well known that bikers like their spirits, and I’m not talking about the kind of spirits normally found in Halloween Town. I’m talking about the kind that the gang drinks over at the Harley Crow Bar. After a long night of riding and raising hell, the riders park down at their favorite dive to sample some of the witch’s brew. Whether hanging out on the front porch or throwing each other off the balcony, there’s no better place to “eat, drink, and be scary.”
Add in my other new addition, Lady & The Vamp, along with the town’s veteran rider, Bone to be Wild, and my Department 56 Halloween Village definitely has gone Whole HOG!