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The Case Of The Haunted Dollhouse Week #3 Review – November 2017

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The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse is a 5-week subscription to an interactive mystery game, from the creator of Letters from Dead People

An utterly unique experience awaits within The Haunted Dollhouse. Original designs and antique objects weave a gorgeously immersive puzzle, imagining an alternate history of New Orleans played out across a tiny stage.

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

The Subscription Box: The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse

The Cost: $175 for five boxes. (This works out to $35/box.) Shipping is $19.99 within the US for a box containing all five parcels or $49.99 to have a box sent each week as the mystery unfolds. 

The Products: ‘Each mysterious parcel contains 10–30 pieces: word games, puzzles, simple DIY projects and various miniature & antique objects.’

Ships to: Worldwide

Check out all of our Letters From Dead People reviews and the Subscription Box Directory for more mystery and crime-themed boxes!

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

This is the third installment of a five-package subscription that tells a story about an old building in New Orleans that was the site of a mysterious death and that is also said to contain hidden treasure. I’ll show all the items, but will be keeping some of the secrets hidden for subscribers who want to be surprised. If you want to catch up on the story, check out my earlier reviews of this box.

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

The first thing I read was this note from L, regarding the history of some letters that were given to Necrissa Bellamy ‘as a matter of discretion.’ 

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

The letters were delivered in beautiful envelopes. They appear to be written by Clare Bellamy, who lived in the house with her parents. 

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

The first letter is addressed formally to Monsieur LaFon, thanking him for his visit. 

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

The second letter addresses him as Barthelemy and reveals that he is a childhood friend who is studying medicine. 

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

The final letter addresses him as ‘my darling’ and is more serious than the others. It mentions ‘the picture you asked for in the little golden frame,’ which was included in an earlier box. 

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

This telegraph was a notification of death. The text is blurry as if tears fell onto it.

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

This library card for Spanish Moss: Its History and Magickal Uses contains a mysterious list – is it for a spell? Spanish moss was also included in an earlier box, as was a scrap of red cloth. A note was written on the back of the card.

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

This messy (and mysterious) letter from ‘P’ had candle wax dripped on it: ‘The storm has knocked out power and I’ve upset my candle.’

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

Here we have a receipt for an engraved pocket watch, with another note written on the back. I love the old-fashioned logo at the top!

This week’s story was a bit sad, focusing on death and bereavement. At this point I’ve become invested in the characters and their lives, so I didn’t want anything bad to happen to them – but it’s a good story all the same, and it’s definitely holding my attention.

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

A second bundle held items for the dollhouse!

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

But first, this page from a book. I know it’s just a random page (or is it?), but it makes me want to read the rest. 

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

The wall and floor coverings are for a library.

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

There’s a desk, a chair and a lamp to make. These are trickier than you’d think –  an x-acto knife is helpful for cutting out the fine details. 

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

There was a selection of miniature book covers, as well as miniatures of many of the paper items from the subscription! 

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

There was one more thing hiding in the shredded paper. Do you see it?

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

A ladder with a tiny key attached! But what’s it for?

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

After finding the ladder after I thought I’d cleared out the box, I sifted through everything else carefully, but only found flower petals. Still, I urge subscribers to go through the boxes very carefully. I’ve kept everything so far, even the packing materials, just in case I’ve missed something. 

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

Certain that there was nothing else to discover, I moved on to making the papercraft items. I first cut out the little pieces of ephemera and made the envelopes. I also folded some of the other papers the way they were folded in the original box. 

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

Next, I cut out the book covers. 

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

Then I folded the covers using a straight edge for a precise line. 

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

There were no directions for making the books, but I happen to know how to do it. I made a little accordion out of paper. 

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

Then I glued the ends of the accordion to the inside of the book. This works better than trying to glue the edges of the paper to the spine. It looks a bit messy in the picture, but the book is very tiny in real life. 

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

Here’s the finished room! I do think the scale is a bit off with this one, as the windows are oddly close to the floor. Or is that some quirk of the building? I think the ladder is meant to reach high shelves, but I wonder what else it could be used for.

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

Here’s the messy desk with the key, a book and some of the papers. 

The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse Package the Third

This is what the house looks like at this point. I left books strewn about the middle floor, but I’m sure there’s something great on the way to decorate it. I haven’t permanently affixed the walls yet, as I am not sure which floor goes where.

Verdict: I loved the story of this week’s box – it was compelling and I really felt for the characters. Initially, I just saw this subscription as a dollhouse delivered in installments, but it’s more than that. It’s like being part of a book, and I know I’ll be sorry when it ends. The library was fun to put together and I enjoyed making the books, though I think a little more instruction would have been helpful for most people. Some hints in this box have helped me make sense of items from the last one, so I’m hoping a future box will shed light on the mysteries of this one.

I believe this subscription runs once or twice a year, so if you miss it this time, there’ll be a chance to do it again. However, sign-ups are still open on their website.

What do you think of this third installment of The Case of the Haunted Dollhouse?

Written by Désirée Eien

Désirée Eien

Désirée has survived the subscription box rollercoaster since 2013. Her other hobbies include meticulously over-researching minor purchases, crafting things she hopes to pass off as gifts, and dressing her cat up in silly costumes.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

3 Comments

  1. The window is strange. We don’t have architecture like that on bottom floors, like one would in NY or MD, for instance, in row houses or brownstones. Our water table is such that we hit water almost immediately that we cant have basements without serious sump pumps and waterproofing, so windows just wouldn’t handle it. I think that floor is not the bottom floor…just a gut feeling. I’d send you some Spanish moss from my 100-year-old oak trees in the front and back yards, but you wouldn’t be happy with the bugs, and there are strange laws on the books about things indigenous to the state. I don’t know if there’s one about Spanish moss. Who knows…it could be our state moss, lol. That’s totally a joke, by the way.

    I LOVE that you’re reviewing this. She’s doing a great job of this doll house. It is definitely the feel of several friends’ houses on Esplanade Ave. This is a gorgeous subscription and excellent review.

  2. That shipping fee though!!!

    • The shipping works out to $4/box when you purchase all 5 at the same time.

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