Getting an S-Rank from the Happy Home Academy in Animal Crossing: A Review

I think the Happy Home Academy was on one that day.

The other night, I decided to do a little chill, late night stream with Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a game I’ve played every day since launch, way back at the end of March. The aim: to actually do some Halloween decorating, and get my island and house looking adorably creepy for the best holiday. There are a whole bunch of “Spooky” DIY recipes that went live a couple of weeks back (all Jack-o-Lantern themed), and I rustled up a whole bunch!

Then, of course, I set about creating a few themed rooms. I already had my Scary Spin Studio from months before, but tonight I set about converting my gorgeous little Spa into the world’s most terrifying and not-relaxing spa (complete with a creepy, judging fish and nightmarish murder-bunny toy):

animal crossing spooky spa

I made my boxing gym into an art piece critiquing the ways gym culture reinforces tired stereotypes about ideal bodies. It was also Hereditary-themed.

I turned my kitchen into a set-piece entitled The Folly of Man for Trying to Eat Too Much Candy on Halloween, primarily using all the varieties of Spooky Candy Sets, along with a couple of skeletons and anatomical models.

Animal crossing halloween kitchen

The foyer, however, was all orange and black. All pumpkins. All familiar Halloween theming, and I thought it worked as a sort of small prelude to the true horrors.

animal crossing spooky living room

Lo and behold, a couple of days later, I received an S-Rank from the Happy Home Academy (see the evidence in the header image). Dear reader, I’ve never before gotten better than a B, the weird perverts at the HHA constantly imploring me to just decorate inside a theme or set or at least color palette. But this did it for them.


The act of receiving a coveted S-ranking for your home in Animal Crossing: New Horizons


While I'm glad to finally have an S-rank letter, this was... unexpected.

  • Someone finally understands my beautiful art.
  • My decorating skills are having a moment.
  • This is good for my ego.
  • My spa room genuinely upsets me.

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  1. Want an S rank? Pack your house full, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling. Doesn’t matter what, just fill up every space it will let you. Clothing on walls, whatever furniture everywhere else, and be sure to use tables to maximize your ability to stack.

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