Animal Crossing: New Horizons Graveyard Design Ideas & Custom Cemeteries

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Do you have a spooky island, but it just seems to be missing something?

If you don’t already have a graveyard on your island, this is your sign to create one!

Thanks to the ‘Western-style stone’ which similarly resembles a grave, it’s now easier than ever to create your own graveyard or cemetery.

I’ve compiled some of my favorite graveyards designs to get you started, so if it’s inspiration you’re looking for, well you’re in the right place.


10. Fallen Villagers

Lost Villagers Graveyard Idea in ACNH
Image Source by @leah

Wish you had a way to commemorate the fallen villagers of your island?

Do you need a way to remember those villagers that asked to move away to start their life somewhere else?

Well as morbid as it is, now you have a way to remember them.

This creative cemetery design features a tombstone for each villager that has left the island in the past.

If you want to try this idea to pay homage to your beloved villagers, you can start by wrapping an iron fence around the area to create a space for your graveyard.

Lay down some stone flooring and leave small squares around the area where you can place your tombstones.

Place your chosen villagers’ photos by each gravestone, and complete by adding some flowers. There won’t be a dry eye on the island.


9. Forest Cemetery

Forest Cemetery in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Image Source by @grimcove_acnh

This design is for those times when you fancy a quiet stroll through the cemetery in the forest.

You can start by finding a custom wooden plank design, then just lay this down in a path that spirals around your forest area.

To keep the forest looking natural, be sure to add a mix of cedar and hardwood trees.

You can then throw in some western-style stones situated around each corner, along with some candles scattered throughout the area too.

Lastly don’t forget to add some flowers here. Black and white flowers fit this design well and help keep the sombre vibe.


8. Skeleton Grave

Skeleton Grave Area in ACNH
Image Source by @jinxville

Want to give your cemetery the extra spook-factor? Why not try this creepy skeleton design?

You’ll need a custom design slot to be able to add the skeleton, so keep that in mind.

The secret to creating this design is building your cemetery up on top of a cliff. When constructing the cliff be sure to have this design in mind. Basically keep a couple squares on the ground, then build the cliff “around” this hole.

When you finish with your cliff it should look like your skeleton in deep inside the grave.

You can then add some stone flooring around the area to create a path. And finish by adding some western-style stones lined up next to your design.


7. Hilltop Cemetery

Hilltop Cemetery Design for New Horizons
Image Source by @AC_Meowkittah

This hilltop cemetery gives me all the chills.

If you want to add this cemetery to your island, here’s how!

First choose the area and mark it out with an iron fence.

You’ll also need a host of western-style stones, and you can place these inside the area in any pattern you like.

Don’t forget to add lots of flowers and trees too.

Then add a skeleton model for an extra creepy touch, and of course don’t forget to place some flowers in there as well.

It’ll look extra spooky on a misty night!


6. Elegant Graveyard

Elegant Graveyard Design Idea - ACNH
Image Source by @mushparasol

Everyone has space on their island for this elegant graveyard.

You can make it by placing the iron fencing around a small patch on your island.

Next, lay down some stone flooring, and you can give it that classy touch by rounding some of the edges and making a pattern running down the middle.

Add the valiant statue to the middle of your cemetery to stick with the theme.

And don’t forget to add some western-style stones, and lots of flowers and shrubs too.


5. Mega Tomb

Mega Tomb Incline Idea - New Horizons
Image Source by @labbear84

Set you cemetery apart from others with this mega tombstone area!

Although this design will take up four of your eight inclines allowed on your island, it looks amazing.

If you want to do this, create a square cliff and situate an incline along each side. Technically you could even do fewer inclines if you want.

Then decorate the top with some tall lanterns to illuminate the area.

Lastly, surround the bottom of the cliff with western-style stones all around.


4. Spooky Graveyard

Spooky Graveyard Design Idea - ACNH
Image Source by @Mettuar30

If you’re not ready to let go of Halloween just yet, this is the cemetery you’ll want to make.

To create this, pick any area on your island and section it off with the spooky fence.

Lay some stone flooring down, then follow by adding western-style stones dotted around the inside.

Fill empty spaces with a collection of spooky hats, and also add some candles in there for good measure.

Finish by adding a skeleton model and also some lampposts to illuminate the entrance.


3. Tiny Cemetery

Tiny Cemetery ACNH Idea
Image Source by @reiujis

If you like the idea of a graveyard, but want to try something a bit smaller, well here you go.

To make this cemetery, start by sectioning off an area on your island and surround it with some iron fencing.

Add your western-style stones in a line through the middle of your cemetery and add a small path running around the outside of the stones.

You can finish by adding some flowers outside the entrance, and the black tulips in this design look amazing. It all really ties in with the theme.


2. Multi-Level Graveyard

Multi-Level Graveyard Idea for ACNH
Image Source by @faeholloww

If scaling down isn’t your thing, why not go all out with this extravagant idea?

This multi-level graveyard is the perfect addition to any island.

Start by creating a series of cliffs, and also add in some waterfalls running down through the cliff edges.

Then add some western-style stones dotted around your cliffs, and also some single pieces of fencing to complete the look.

Of course, you can’t forget to add lots of tea lights around the cliff edges to give it that eerie glow.


1. Glowing Cemetery

Glowing Cemetery in ACNH
Image Source by @SaltySabrinaTTV

This is by far my favorite cemetery design.

To create this you’ll first need to choose your favorite custom path to swirl around the area.

Line the edges of your cemetery with plenty of western-style stones, and lots of black flowers too.

To add to this eerie vibe, place the valiant statue in the very center.

And don’t forget to add lots of candles and nova lights! It’ll look eerily spectacular on any evening.

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