Pioneer Trail Halloween Hutch: Everything you need to know

For the past couple of days now, we've been told that Fanny Wildcat in Pioneer Trail had a deep, dark secret. This secret was apparently so foul that she couldn't even share it with her new husband Hank. However, with Halloween approaching, Fanny's been unnerved enough to finally come clean. The secret, while a bit far-fetched, will see the game's Halloween theme really taking a turn back to a focus on the Homestead.

If you're not too busy dealing with the evil Mayor in Ghost Town, you'll be happy to learn the following: Fanny Wildcat is a Vampire! While that's crazy enough (after all, why has she not burned to a crisp standing in the sun all of these months?), it looks like Hank might have a secret of his own, and it revolves around him howling at the moon. To unravel all of these mysteries, we're asked to build the Halloween Hutch, a building that looks a bit like a coffin when first placed on your land (fitting), but then turns into a spooky cupboard of such as it's built. It looks like you might need to collect different amounts of ingredients depending on your level, as I'm a fairly high level and have to collect more items than my friends (as an example). For your reference, I'm level 93, and must collect the folllowing:

  • 12 Grimoires

  • 12 Apothecary Shelves

  • 12 Preserved Lizards

  • 16 Mortar and Pestles

  • 16 Bunsen Burners

  • 16 Glass Beakers

Regardless of the quantity, the Grimoires, Apothecary Shelves and Preserved Lizards are earned through general news posts placed on your wall, while the other three items are earned through individual gift requests sent to friends.

Once the Halloween Hutch is complete, you'll be able to use it to craft Vampire and Werewolf potions, that will allow you to "try out Hank and Fanny's powers for yourself." In other words, you'll be able to craft potions that will then let you look like either a Vampire or Werewolf, depending on which one you choose. If you choose one side of the argument (since Vampires vs. Werewolves is a heated argument in pop-culture), and then change your mind, you'll need to wait four hours for your potion to expire, or, you can craft another potion (including a hybrid potion) to change your look to something else before the timer has expired.

To go along with the release of the Halloween Hutch is a series of goals. We'll make sure to give you a complete look at these goals just as soon as we can, so keep checking back!

Check out the rest of our Halloween 2011 coverage right here.

Are you excited to see yet another project to complete as part of Halloween in Pioneer Trail, or do you have enough to work on with simply completing Ghost Town? Sound off in the comments.