Halloween homes in the Southland 2013
By Jessi Virtusio email@example.com Twitter: @JessiVirtusio October 23, 2013 4:02PM
Rick and Care Herpich have their home decorated for Halloween at 9400 S. Mobile Ave., Oak Lawn.
Updated: November 26, 2013 6:07AM
With Halloween on the way, some Southlanders have gone all out in decorating their homes for the holiday.
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Now, here is a look at some spots to check out in the region.
BURBANK: The Nephilim, 8211 and 8215 S. Mulligan Ave., by Mike Whitty, Russ Szeszycki and Lou Harrison.
This third annual display is available from 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7-10 p.m. Sundays with live ghouls during the weekend and special ghouls slated for Oct. 29-31.
“They enjoy coming up with new ideas, which makes their display different from other houses. They say, ‘Halloween is my Christmas,’ ” Michelle Whitty said.
“Along with assembling the props, they, too, dress up and scare on the weekends. They have their regular patrons who come out each weekend just to see Ghost Rider, Chainsaw Ghoul and Army Ghoul.
“Our neighbors the Carlsons are nice enough to let us use their yard for props, which makes a bigger area for display.”
BRIDGEVIEW: 7821 Columbia Drive, which is in the Garden Homes subdivision on the north end of the village.
“Alice and myself have been decorating our home for well over 30 years throughout the year for different holidays such as Easter, Halloween and Christmas,” Marty Vilimek said. “Perhaps Halloween is one of our most favorite holidays because we get such a kick when parents bring their kids by our house for trick-or-treat goodies on Halloween and see all the fun but not terribly frightful, but more like delightful, ways we come up with each year to show off Halloween.
“We think the parents have as much fun hanging around looking at it as the kids do, but they haven’t seen anything yet. Wait till they see our Christmas display we start working on the day after Halloween. Please stop by and enjoy our spooktacular display. It is sure to bring a smile your way.”
CHICAGO: 7019 W. 64th Place, which features a cemetery scene with scary-looking people, body parts, rats and some other animals.
HOMEWOOD: Monsters on Morris Ave., 18425 Morris Ave., which is put together by Sean Roberts.
“Making the props and designing the scene gives me an opportunity to bring my nightmares to life,” he said.
“Watching the people scream and run makes it all worthwhile.”
HOMEWOOD: 18145 Riegel Road by Karen and Phil McHugh, who planned the display and built it with their daughters, Meagan and Katie.
“I think collectively our favorite part of Halloween is how happy it makes people to see our ‘grave yard,’ ” Karen McHugh said.
“We have people saying as early as August, ‘You putting up your Halloween display this year?’ and then planning and building any new additions.
“We love to watch the cars pull over and kids getting out to have a look and the surprise on their faces when we set off the fog machines.
“We know we’re not the scariest out there, but we like it that way. We don’t want to scare little ones too much.”
(Updated 10/24) LANSING: 18033 Oakwood Ave., Lansing.
Art Martin and his wife, Stefanie, will be married five years this Halloween.
“My wife loved the scary things in life growing up, and every year for the last eight she makes me build something new every year,” he said. “I’ve built the electric chair, jeeper creeper stand, the horse-drawn hearse and the cemetery entrance to our yard.”
OAK LAWN: 9400 S. Mobile Ave., which is decorated by Rick and Care Herpich.
“Our favorite thing about Halloween is seeing everyone in their costumes being someone different for a day, some scary and some cute,” Care Herpich said.
ORLAND HILLS: Dark Shadows Home Haunt, 16741 88th Court, where there is a graveyard with many animations and a walk-through display in the garage.
Mike Yazumbek’s display, which is open from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 25-31, also is collecting canned goods for the Haunts Against Hunger food drive to benefit Together We Cope in Tinley Park.
“My personal favorite thing about Halloween is getting scared,” he said.
“That’s the first thing that comes to my mind thinking about Halloween, well, besides candy.
“Whether it’s scaring people or getting scared, it’s such a rush and thrill.”
PALOS HEIGHTS: Raven’s Nest Manor, 12302 S. 68th Court. Thom and Lisa Kramer and family’s high-tech family-friendly yard haunt is open from dusk-10 p.m. to Oct. 31.
Donations of nonperishable food items are welcome at this Haunts Against Hunger spot, which features a secure drop box to benefit the Worth Township Food Pantry.
“This year, we hope to not only entertain fellow Halloween lovers, but to try and help our community as well,” Thom Kramer said.
“Our lights are computerized and synchronized to music including ‘Vampire Dance’ and ‘Bad Things,’ tunes from ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘The Walking Dead,’ and many more.
“If you are in your car, make sure to tune your radio to 90.7 FM and enjoy the show. Most props are one-of-a-kind handmade.
“(There’s) no need for blood and gore here; it’s spooky enough without it. We hope you enjoy the 2013 show as much as we enjoy displaying it.”
Billed as the official page for some of the best decorated homes, Dark Shadow’s Chicagoland Haunt List at darkshadowshomehaunt.com includes these Southland spots:
EVERGREEN PARK: Resurrection Graveyard, 9421 S. Country Club Drive., with a $5 entrance donation that goes to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
HOMEWOOD: Nightmare on Page St., 18613 Page St.
JUSTICE: Endless Road, 7350 S. Banks St.
LANSING: Haunted 4 Life, 18042 Oakwood Ave.
LANSING: Misdom Manor, 18326 Grant St.
MOKENA: Fear on Fiona, 19783 Fiona Ave.
MOKENA: Grant’s Graveyard, 19801 Scarth Lane.
MOKENA: Krohns House Of Terror, 18909 Parkway Lane, which runs Wednesdays-Sundays only.
OAK FOREST: Frankenstein’s Wedding, 16409 George Drive.
OAK FOREST: Graveyard on Roy Street, 16411 Roy St.
OAK FOREST: Moe’s Graveyard, 6961 W. 156th Place.
OAK LAWN: The BoneYard, 5904 W. 97th St.
OAK LAWN: Midnight Terror, 5755 W. 97th St.
OAK LAWN: Spirits on Sproat: The Gallery of the Dead, 9028 S. Sproat Ave.
OAK LAWN: Terror on Tulley, 8729 S. Tulley Ave.
ORLAND PARK: Shurley House of Dead, 17404 Deer Creek Drive.
Haunts Against Hunger
Southland sites participating in Haunts Against Hunger include these official drop-off locations listed on hauntsagainsthunger.com:
LOCKPORT: Thanatophobialand, 305 MacIntyre St., beginning at dusk Fridays and Saturdays and running from dusk-8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays to Oct. 31. All proceeds will benefit the Lockport FISH Food Pantry.
PARK FOREST: Shabbona Cemetery, 127 Shabbona Drive, Park Forest, from dusk to 10 p.m. to Oct. 31. All proceeds will benefit the Rich Township Food Pantry.
SOUTH CHICAGO HEIGHTS: The End, 3027 Miller Ave., from dusk-10 p.m. to Oct. 31. All proceeds will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
STEGER: Darkside Studio, 3204 Phillips Ave., from dusk-10 p.m. to Oct. 31. All proceeds will benefit the Worth Township Food Pantry.
WORTH: Horror Land, 11560 S. Nagle Ave., from dusk-10 p.m. to Oct. 31. All proceeds will benefit the Worth Township Food Pantry.
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