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WAUWATOSA — Wauwatosa's trick-or-treat hours will be 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Halloween. With the pandemic in its second year, some families or neighborhoods may choose not to take part in Halloween events.
For those who are taking part, Halloween decorations are part of the celebration. Here are 10 Halloween homes in Wauwatosa.
This home is decorated with "Georgie" the small child portrayed in the movie "It." (Scott Anderson/Patch)
This Wauwatosa home makes use of an old propane tank to make an alternate form of a jack-o-lantern. (Scott Anderson/Patch).
One Wauwatosa house was decorated in traditional ghosts on either side of their front porch. (Scott Anderson/Patch.)
Gravestones, a spider web, and an inflatable tree fill the front yard of this Wauwatosa home. (Scott Anderson/Patch).
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and School has its own pumpkin patch in its front yard where pumpkins and gourds are for sale. (Scott Anderson/Patch).
A skeleton bearing a burial shroud and a set of chains has been put on the front yard of this Wauwatosa house. (Scott Anderson/Patch).
A Wauwatosa duplex has a front porch adorned in Halloween decorations. (Scott Anderson/Patch)
This Wauwatosa house has a grim reaper hanging from its second-story balcony. (Scott Anderson/Patch)
One Wauwatosa home went all-out with front porch decorations, as well as spiders and spiderwebs. (Scott Anderson/Patch)
The front yard of this Wauwatosa home has skeletons, and headstones — and they're illuminated at night with the use of a floodlight. (Scott Anderson/Patch)
As we have mentioned before Kate LOVES Halloween so it seemed fitting to create a list of the Best Decorated Halloween Houses in Brampton, Mississauga and Georgetown with a map, photos and important details so you can plan your Halloween House Tours. Don't forget there are also lots of Halloween Drive Thrus that are running again this year in support of local charities.
It's time to enjoy the best decorated houses for Halloween in Peel and Halton Region suburbs! Familes like Kate's love to decorate their yard with Halloween decorations and add to the display each year and go all out creating Halloween displays for families to enjoy. My boo crew loves to drive around and checkout local spooky houses and listen to Halloween music and enjoy a Halloween treat! Checking out Halloween houses is a great evening activity with the kids, and you can even bring glow sticks or halloween flashlight along to add to the fun. Want to get some extra wear out of those Halloween costumes then why not put them on for the spooky ride as you enjoy the spooky driving tour. Kate's house features a projection screen, giant spider, graveyard and much more! If you have little kids may I also suggest you checkout our Guide to Halloween Ideas for Kids Under 5. Finish the Spooky drive off my coming home to a Family Friendly Halloween Movie. You can even make your family a Halloween inspired dinner like my Stuffed Pepper Jack-o-laterns.
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Map of the Best Decorated Houses for Halloween
Use our map to find the best decorated houses near you or use this map to plan your route for a house tour.
Georgetown/Milton and Acton Halloween House Addresses:
134 Eaton Cres
64 Duncan Drive
Pennington Cres (3 houses)
Ballantine Drive (multiple houses especially #44)
Jolana Cres (multiple houses)
Silver Pond Pond Drive (Multiple houses)
66 Webber Drive
15307 Argyll Rd
Corner of Calvert and Sinclair
8/10 Lewis Drive
19 Rachlin Drive - Acton
1086 Meighen Way- Milton
Brampton Halloween House Addresses:
8 Adele Court
60 Nottingham Crescent
12 Torrance Woods
2 Erindale Cres
32 Abbey Road
153 Elizabeth St South
19 Regentview Dr
6 Havenbrook Ct
5 Bristol Ave
Terryhill Square and Mount Pleasant
Bartley Bull Crescent
Histon Crescent and Winterfold Drive
Chinguacousy Road and Duffield Road
Mississauga Halloween House Addresses:
111 Sollingate Drive
255 Angelene Street
Maple Avenue South
Maple Avenue North and Queen Street
Mineola Gardens and Atwater Ave
Montevideo Drive and Brasilia Circle
Paisley Boulevard Westand Mason
Cliff Road and Queensway East
Oakwood Ave South
Council Ring Road and Windjammer Road
Displays are listed by location. Please remember that these are family homes in residential neighborhoods, so drive carefully and respect the neighbourhoods. Happy Halloween!
Best Decorated Halloween Houses in Georgetown
Checkout my Halloween Tour in Georgetown (October 27,2021): https://www.instagram.com/stories/the.exploring.family/2694114965994649746/
Spooky Skeleton House - 64 Duncan Drive, Georgetown Put your height to the test compared to this tall skeleton.
Haunted Graveyard - 15307 Argyll Rd, Georgetown Lots to look at in this graveyard with spooky lights.
Spooky Skeleton House - 134 Eaton St, Georgetown Donations to CAS for Cancer. Checkout their Facebook Page for updates.
Spooky Cres- Pennington Cres, Georgetown. There are 3 houses decorated fairly well on this crescent - the photo is the most decorated house.
At the corner of the mall Calvert & Sinclair They have gone to a lot of work setting up a Haunted house/maze in their back yard. Donations to 'Canadian Blood Services' It's in you to give. Running Fri 29th, Sat 30th, Sun 31 evening! Friday and Saturday Halloween weekend it will start once it gets dark. Halloween it will start at 4:00pm, which will allow people who don't like loud noises/flashing lights/scary scenes to go through before it gets dark.
Donations to Canadian Blood Sevices are completely voluntary, there is no cost otherwise. Hope to see you there!
1086 Meighen Way Milton. Team Garber's Charity Haunted House. Raising money and awareness for The Kidney Foundation of Canada
Best Decorated Halloween Houses in Brampton
HUGE Spider House plus an awesome graveyard - 8 Adele Crt Watch out for the recently buried and Spider on the roof, or enjoy the projection show! Checkout their Facebook page for updates.
The Ultimate Spooky Experience - 12 Torrance Woods Lots of spooky things to see - the picture only shows a small portion
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We are dying to bring you our 5th Annual Best Decorated Halloween Houses list with a map, photos, important details (like How scary is it? When will the display be up and ready for viewing? Are there certain hours?), and driving routes for Halloween House Tours!
Hocus Pocus, its time to focus… on the best decorated houses for Halloween in Chicago’s western suburbs! Local families have gone all out this Halloween creating displays for everyone to enjoy. My boo crew loves to pile in the car and drive around looking at giant Halloween displays. We hop out of the car to check out the local spooky decorations and music. The kids love to bring glow sticks, a pumpkin cookie, and hot apple cider for a fun night out. Sometimes we even let them dress up in their Halloween costumes to do our spooky driving tours! Neighbors all over Chicagoland deck out their houses with spooky decorations, punny gravestones, fog machines, and bubbles. Pack up the kids and enjoy a night out this Halloween season!
We think this pack of glow sticks is pretty great and one of the moms on our team found this flashlight that projects a ghost, spider, pumpkin, skull, or bat, which makes it even more fun!
Map | House Photos | Driving Tours
Map of the Best Decorated Houses for Halloween
Find the best decorated houses near you or use this map to plan your route for a house tour. You can also scroll down to find pre-planned driving tours!
Map | House Photos | Driving Tours
Displays are listed alphabetically by town. Please remember that these are family homes in residential neighborhoods, so drive carefully and respect your surroundings. Happy Halloween!
Haunted Graveyard of 218 (Addison)
Haunted Graveyard of 218 218 N. Pioneer Drive, Addison
This yard is packed full of ghoulish fun! Opening for the season October 4 – 31, 2021. The lights are on Sunday through Thursday from dusk – 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday from dusk – 11:00pm. Featured on WGN news. This is family friendly and great photo ops!
Halloween Town (Algonquin)
Halloween Town 1821 Hartley Drive, Algonquin
The Halloween Town display can be seen starting on October 9 – October 31, 2021. Algonquin is outside of the regular Kidlist area, but we thought this one was too cool not to mention! Inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas, the display features a 10-foot Jack Skellington, his dog Zero, his true love Sally, and the trick-or-treaters Lock, Shock, and Barrel. There is also a walk-through cemetery with moving and pneumatic props. Click here for the Facebook page.
Haunted Circus (Bartlett)
Haunted Circus 235 N Eastern Avenue, Bartlett
This house has a haunted circus maze you walk through in their front yard. They have a ticket booth, clowns, and more!
Midnight on Morton (Batavia)
Midnight on Morton714 Morton Street, Batavia
Kid friendly display with some adult humor! Most of their items are made from 75% recycled materials. Midnight on Morton is already up and running Sunday – Thursday 7:00pm – 9:00pm and Friday – Saturday 7:00pm – 9:30pm.
969 Ekman Drive (Batavia)
Lights on Ekman969 Ekman Drive, Batavia
This is a spectacular lights show with music! Fun for all ages. Tune in to 99.1FM when you arrive.
3252 Maple Ave. (Berwyn)
3252 Maple Avenue, Berwyn
This apartment owner creates shadow box displays in her apartment windows. There are six gruesome window displays that will make you scream! Halloween lights are on nightly from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. Best viewed after dark. She not only does it for Halloween, but you can check out her windows at Christmas and Easter too.
150 Fairfield Way (Bloomingdale)
150 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale
This Halloween house is stirring up some potion in their witches caldron. Watch out for the recently buried and the spiders on the roof! Family friendly display that is already up and running.
250 Euclid Court (Bloomingdale)
250 Euclid Court, Bloomingdale
This Jack-in-the-Box is sure to spook everyone on Halloween. This family’s display is up and running through Halloween with monsters, graveyard, and skeletons.
156 Wellington Dr. (Bloomingdale)
156 Wellington Drive, Bloomingdale
Family friendly display built with the help of their two little girls!This house has witches, spiders, lights and projected dancing skeleton videos. They will be adding a 12 foot skeleton next year!
5 Speckman Ct (Bolingbrook)
5 Speckman Court, Bolingbrook
This family friendly display has been invaded by spiders, has glowing giant skelton, and a serpent in their lawn!
3211 Harrison (Brookfield)
3211 Harrison, Brookfield
Ghosts, skeletons, a corpse bride and groom , and a cemetery. Both the front and side yards of this house are decked out will all kinds of ghoulish figures. There are spotlights to make it spooky at night and they even have ghosts hanging from the trees above the street!
Alive Inside on Maple 4208 Maple Avenue, Brookfield
Alive Inside is up and running (weather permitting) from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. Special lighting, fog, and audio featured!
Pirates on Elm (Brookfield)
Pirates on Elm4412 Elm Avenue, Brookfield
This pirate display will have Jack Sparrow jealous! The spiderwebs, treasure chest, and skeletons will ship you into Halloween shape in no time!
Canyon Trail Cemetery (Carol Stream)
Canyon Trail Cemetery 371 Canyon Trail, Carol Stream
“Canyon Trail Cemetery” has its own Facebook page with more photos and tons of information. You can stop by all day, but animatronics are on from October 3–31, 2021 from dusk until 9:00 pm on Sundays through Thursdays, as well as from dusk until 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. This award winning house is one of my kids’ favorites with smoke and bubbles! If you do enjoy the display and want to say thanks, they are accepting monetary donations for Just Giants Rescue, Inc and non-perishable food for Humanitarian Service Project in Carol Stream.
The Haunting of Carol Scream (Carol Stream)
The Haunting of Carol Scream 1214 Easton Drive, Carol Stream
The Haunting of Carol Scream is an award-winning yard display. with static props, motorized components, and other display elements. More details on Facebook. They are scheduled to be open October 2, 2021.
Creepers on Carlton (Crest Hill)
Creepers on Carlton 21526 Carlton Street, Crest Hill
Look for skeletons everywhere (even on the roof!) and figures in the door and windows in this packed display. Open October 3 – 31, 2021. Weekdays dusk – 9:30pm. Friday – Saturday dusk – 10:30pm. Family friendly yard display that was also featured WGN News in 2020.
Khaos on Kathleen (Des Plaines)
Khaos on Kathleen 641 W. Kathleen Drive, Des Plaines
Up and running October 10 -31, 2021! This home haunt has a lot of animatronics and is running on weeknights from 6:00pm to 10:00pm and weekends 6:00pm to 11:00pm. On Saturday, October 30, they will operate from 2:00pm until 10:00pm and on Sunday, October 31 from 2:00pm until 10:00pm.
Notes from the Homeowner: Masks are required- social distancing is enforced. Scare factor 3 out of 10.
The Last Stop Haunt (Des Plaines)
The Last Stop Haunt2050 Fargo Street, Des Plaines
Open October 5 – November 5, 2021 from dusk until 9:30pm Sunday – Thursday and until 10:30pm Friday- Saturday. This display has sound effects, music, static and animated props, and lighting!
217 Norman Court (Des Plaines)
217 Norman Court, Des Plaines
Watch out for the butcher shop, haunted Christmas, and more! Some gore, so best not for little kids.
5235 Park Avenue (Downers Grove)
5235 Park Avenue, Downers Grove
Skeleton pirates, spiders, and a sign where you can find your pirate name and your Viking name! This display is fully assembled at this time with only some minor details to add. The focal point of the display is the Giant Spider facing off against a Dragon. The best viewing would be after dark when the lighting effects can be seen.
It’s A Pirate’s Life For Me! (Downers Grove)
It’s A Pirate’s Life For Me! 4506 Fairview Avenue, Downers Grove
There are skeletons all over this front yard! The pirate scene is really impressive and there are a lot of fun vignettes to see. Fairview is a busy street, so we recommend either carefully driving by or parking on a nearby side street and walking by. Kid friendly! Open in October dusk – 10:00pm.
Schiffers Halloween Insanity (Downers Grove)
Schiffers Halloween Insanity 4113 Williams Street, Downers Grove
This display will be running by October 16, 2021. Hours for sound and animatronics are Sundays–Thursdays from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. This house features a cemetery, multiple moving parts, and a haunted house walk through. Check out their Facebook page for more information.
Pershing Avenue (Downers Grove)
6001 Pershing Avenue, Downers Grove
At first glance, this walk-through Halloween display is unassuming, but as you look closely, there is a graveyard, many skeletons, and zombie children playing on the playground. Spooky! This display is kid friendly and they will keep their display spooky and not terrifying. Hours are dusk to 9:00pm on the weekdays and dusk to 10:00pm on the weekends. This display will run from October 1–31, 2021.
Backwoods of Sterling (Downers Grove)
Backwoods of Sterling 3937 Sterling Road, Downers Grove
Open October 7-10, 14-17, 21-24, 28-31 from dusk until 9:00pm. This display has static and motorized props. They have great photo ops and places to walk through and explore. The scenes in the garage are a scary for younger viewers.
4947 Wilcox Ave (Downer’s Grove)
4947 Wilcox Avenue, Downers Grove
This display has skeletons as tall as their house! Lots of lights and family friendly. A Halloween house with lots of details and fun!
Greenbriar Cemetery (Gilberts)
Greenbriar Cemetery49 Greenbriar Drive, Gilberts
This cemetery is spooky! Moving monsters, spooky fog and full graveyard. This homeowner has brought Greenbriar Graveyard to life!
307 N. County Line Road (Hinsdale)
307 N. County Line Road, Hinsdale
Yikes! Monsters are fighting over a little girl. There are also more tall figures on the left side of the walkway and spooky characters on the front step along with inflatables, lights, and pumpkins galore.
218 E. Walnut Street (Hinsdale)
218 E. Walnut Street, Hinsdale
This display is full of giant inflatables and skeletons (way more than is captured above). The Venus flytrap moves and talks and you can walk thru the big black cat tunnel!
215 E. Walnut Street (Hinsdale)
215 E. Walnut Street, Hinsdale
Right across the street from the house above are more inflatables, lit up monsters, skeletons, and purple creatures with moving eyeballs (my favorite part). Great for younger kids and families!
Count Kuhajda’s Haunted House (Joliet)
Count Kuhajda’s Haunted House 1112 Nicholson St, Joliet
Walk through the front and back yard of this haunted house (you will need to get out of your car). Many animated characters, but nothing live to “spook” the younger visitors.
Note from the owners: “Open Oct 9th – 31st, Fridays 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Halloween 3:00pm – 9:00pm. Closed if raining. We’ve been haunting for over 20 years and have over 1000 visitors every season. Our haunt includes about 39 characters, many animated, in a variety of venues. Our creatures and tombstones are hand made. We do accept cash donations for 1Pet 1Vet, Rescue Service Dogs for our Veterans! Hope to see you this Fall! Check out our Facebook page. Happy Halloween from Mark & Nancy!”
21538 S Nadia Drive (Joliet)
21538 S Nadia Drive, Joliet
This display is full of skulls, pumpkins, ghouls and much more!
Novinger Cemetery (La Grange)
Novinger Cemetery by Creepy Ash Productions 5646 Willow Springs Road, La Grange
This year’s display includes a haunted cemetery walk-through. Be prepared for some jump scares! The homeowner, Andrew Novinger, has a Facebook page called Creepy Ash Productions, that you can check for updates. Open October 3 – October 31, 2021. Sunday – Thursday from dusk – 9:00pm and Friday – Saturday dusk – 10:00pm.
Haunted Mansion on Homestead (La Grange Park)
Haunted Mansion on Homestead 836 Homestead Road, La Grange Park
The third year of display, this handmade display glows at night and is best viewed when the black lights are on, which is daily from dusk – 10:00pm. This one is a hit with younger kids! When there are a lot of kids around, the Coglianese family plays music for the display and will have it during the day on Halloween. Video and Audio (speaker and 88.7 FM) from dusk to 9:00pm, weather pendent. This display is a loving recreation of Disney’s Haunted Mansion. As a bonus, pass by 816 Homestead to see the Haunted Mansion Butler pointing the way. Check out the video of their house here! Also new for 2021: Make a donation to AUTISM SPEAKS and a custom homemade glow-in-the-dark souvenir ghost will follow you home! (While supplies last).
829 Barnsdale Rd (La Grange Park)
829 Barnsdale Road, La Grange Park
This house has a 12 foot skeleton named Jerry Bones with a strobe light & fog machine, a changeable colored spookyway (archway), 12 foot inflatable Oogie Boogie and a 10 foot inflatable Jack Skellington & Zero!
Grace Street Graveyard (Lombard)
Grace St. Graveyard 629 N. Grace Street, Lombard
Grace St. Graveyard will be up and running October 3, 2021. Moving props will be on from Sunday – Thursday, dusk – 9:00 pm and Friday – Saturday, dusk – 10:00 pm. For more information you can check out their Facebook page.
Scary Potter (Lombard)
Scary Potter 305 E. Morningside Avenue, Lombard
Visitors to Scary Potter start at Platform 9 3/4 and then travel to Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where they can watch Professor Snape make potions, meet Harry, and his friends and even watch a quidditch match! Just be careful as the Hungarian Horntail Dragon is around and the giant spider. Aragorn, lurks in the Forbidden Forest. But have no fear, Hagrid and his trusty companion will protect you! Open 7 days a week, dusk until 10:00pm, through 10/31. Music on the weekends.
Sinister Sinset (Lombard)
Sinister Sunset239 E. Sunset Avenue, Lombard
Opening October 8 – 31, 2021 has a static display all season and adds actors on Halloween night! They are open from 4:00pm – 10:00pm, nightly.
Holiday House Projections (Manhattan)
Holiday House Projections24361 Shawnee Lane, Manhattan
We will be running every night (weather permitting) from dark until 10pm, 11pm on weekends. This family creates multiple scenes every year for Halloween and Christmas. The homeowner created a custom scary movie montage set to music, including singing pumpkins. The audio is broadcast over FM radio so people can watch from the safety and comfort of their car. To keep things fresh, he adds news scenes throughout the month leading up to Halloween!
Monee Manor 24066 S. Cicero Avenue, Monee
This front yard display has elaborate scenes and many home-built props. In it’s 9th year in operation, it runs every day through October 1 – 31, 2021 between dusk-Midnight (every night).
Muirhead Cemetery 703 Muirhead Court, Naperville
This Halloween display has so many details, you do not want to miss! There are multiple skeleton scenes, monsters, and witches! This house will be all set up by October 8, 2021!
The Crypts in Countryside 2156 Countryside Circle, Naperville
Open from October 1 – November 1, 2021. Hours are dusk–10:00 pm. Animatronics out on weekends, weather permitting. A new and small crypt full of spooky and sinister forces. Skeletons, dark spirits, spiders, and a creepy graveyard. Static and animatronic props. Check out their Facebook page for more information.
Nightmare in Naperville
Nightmare In Naperville 2612 River Woods Drive, Naperville
Open October 1 through Halloween from dusk to 11:00 pm. Yard display containing giant static props, multiple digital projections, graveyard. On weekends they will turn on the fog machine, soundtrack, and projector. Nightmare In Naperville is on Facebook for updates.
NaperWade Graveyard (Naperville)
NaperWade Graveyard 220 N Whispering Hills Drive, Naperville
This haunted yard features a mausoleum and a foggy graveyard. They are up and running now through October 31, 2021. Hours are 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Check their Facebook page for more details.
Evil’s Nightmare Haunted Experience (Naperville)
Evil’s Nightmare Haunted Experience29 W Spring Lake Drive, Naperville
Full walk-though experiences from October 29 – 31, 2021 with lots of animated props, actors, scenery and effects. Super scary and not for young children during the walk though.
5S670 Heather Ct (Naperville)
5s670 Heather Court, Naperville
There is a giant window video projection that includes the sewer scene from “It”, a scene from the 2018 remake of “Halloween”, people trying to escape the window, dripping blood, and ghosts. Definitely freaky and not for young children. Their neighbor also does a more family friendly display.
544 Gateshead Drive, Naperville
This display has graveyards, skeletons on motorcycles, and more. Family friendly display with the hours are 6:30pm – midnight, daily.
4016 Champion Rd (Naperville)
4016 Champion Rd, Naperville
Colorful lights and witches galore! Family friendly display that keeps growing as the season goes on.
1128 Candlenut Dr. (Naperville)
1128 Candlenut Dr, Naperville
Lots of spooky skeletons and details at this Halloween House!
The Horror on 13th (Naperville)
Horror on 13th10 W 13th Avenue, Naperville
Not for young children. This bone chilling house is not for the weak of heart. Even the promotional video scares me! Ahhhh!!!
Curse of the Glas House (New Lenox)
Curse of the Glas House 573 Lenox Street, New Lenox
Front yard display of Halloween tricks opening October 3, 2021. The 2021 marks the 18th year with witches, vampires, and a haunted pumpkin patch. On weekdays, the display is open from dusk to 9:00 pm. On weekends, the display is open dusk to 10:00 pm. Some weekends live actors are present, so be prepared for a scare! They are accepting monetary and toy donations for Advocate Childrens Hospital.
248 Lenox Street (New Lenox)
248 Lenox Street, New Lenox
This creepy house is back at it again! There are details everywhere in the yard, porch, windows, and grass! Watch out for this spooky house!
The Long Nightmare and Inferno Manner of Tanner Trails (North Aurora)
The Long Nightmare 2648 Mc Duffee Circle, North Aurora Inferno Manner of Tanner Trails 2552 Mc Duffee Circle, North Aurora
These neighbors both have haunted houses you don’t want to miss! Just a few houses away, check them out. Lots of details in the electric chair, and skeleton dinner, graveyards, and more!
2524 South 8th Avenue, North Riverside
This house has a lot to look at, complete with a coffin on their parkway! There is an awesome electric chair that lights up at night. Watch out for the home owner, the grim reaper, he will be out taking pictures outside! Can you find the giant black cat?
406 Royal Glen Court (Oak Brook)
406 Royal Glen Court, Oak Brook
Open for viewing October 1st. Cute, kid friendly display created by Vinny (age 10) and Frankie (age 5).They have fog machines, strobe lights & lawn displays.
16041 Long Ave (Oak Forest)
16041 Long Avenue, Oak Forest
This pirate ship display is so cool! Kid friendly display with a pirate theme and lots to view. They will be open October 1, 2021.
Achter Acres (Oak Forest)
Achter Acres5901 Liberty Sq., Oak Forest
Open September 1 – October 31, 2021. This extensive display has two front yards taken over with decorations. Hours are Sunday – Thursday from dusk until 9:30pm and Friday – Saturday from dusk till 10:30pm.
Spirits on Sproat (Oak Lawn)
Spirits on Sproat 9028 Sproat Avenue, Oak Lawn
Love classic monsters from the movies, TV and pop culture? Come visit Spirits on Sproat, marking its 18th season in 2021. Enjoy humorous museum-like signage describing each character, creepy horror movie music mixed with sound effects, live scarers, two fun “find the monster” scavenger hunt games, front window music-and-lights show, and more. Check out Spirits on Sproat, which was named to the Horror Tourers Hall of Fame and featured on Svengoolie’s TV program. Dates open: October 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-31. Closed: Oct. 4-7, 11-14, 18-21. Hours: Open 7:00 – 11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays; open 7:00 – 10:00pm on Sundays and Oct. 25-28. Caution: This display is recommended for those 5 .
Nightmare on 90th (Oak Lawn)
5273 West 90th Street, Oak Lawn
This display contains multiple animatronics, scary scenes, and occasional actors! Opening October 2 – 31, 2021! Hours are Sunday – Thursday 7:00pm – 10:00pm and Friday – Saturday 7:00pm – 11:00pm.
Oak Lawn Haunted Barrens
Oak Lawn Haunted Barrens 5133 W 101st Street, Oak Lawn
This family has been haunting for 6 years. Mostly homemade props, all ages display static and homemade motorized props fog and music.
Bungalow Boo (Oak Park)
Bungalow Boo1015 N. Mapleton Avenue, Oak Park
Open October 1 – November 1, 2021 from 5:00pm to 10:00 pm. Lights and animations come on at 5:00pm. They have over 30 carved pumpkin on display!
Scares on Sequoia (Orland Park)
Scares on Sequoia 7631 Sequoia Court, Orland Park
Running October 1-31, 2021 between dusk and 10:00pm, 11:00pm on weekends. This is the 13th year running and they have been featured on FOX “Scares” with over 60 animated props!
8215 Wheeler Drive (Orland Park)
8215 Wheeler Drive, Orland Park
Running by October 8 – 31, 2021! Coffins, an electric chair, clowns, and other figures cover this front yard.
Sally’s Nightmare on Melvina (Palos Heights)
Sally’s Nightmare on Melvina 12407 S Melvina Avenue, Palos Heights
Running October 1 – 31, 2021. Hours are Monday – Thursday dusk – 10:00pm and Friday – Sunday dusk – 11:00pm. This display is a family friendly Nightmare Before Christmas themed yard. Fun for the whole family and any Disney fan. Optional Monetary Donations for Project Fire Buddies.
140 North Delaplaine, Riverside
The Duffs set up a graveyard scene with a lively funeral. Kids and families are invited to walk through to take pictures! They enjoy sharing their love of Halloween with the community.
Dead End Cemetery (Roselle)
Dead End Cemetery Roselle 23W411 W. Ardmore Avenue, Roselle
This displays is open starting October 8, 2021. Sundays–Thursdays, dusk to 10:00 pm, and Fridays–Saturdays, dusk to 11:00 pm. Legend of Sleepy Hollow scarecrow oversees yard with several motorized props & many homemade props. Check out their Facebook page for more details.
Fear of the Dark (Schaumburg)
Fear of the Dark 1017 Aegean Drive, Schaumburg
Opens Saturday night, October 2 and runs through October 31. Runs Sunday – Thursday 6:00pm – 10:00pm and Friday – Saturday 6:00pm – 11:00pm. This display can be viewed during the day as well, but no lights or special effects running. Their Halloween yard display changes every year with a new theme. Most animatronics are hand made, all scenes and backdrops are constructed and painted by owner. Homeowners are collecting monetary donations for Orphans of the Storm Animal Shelter, and collecting non perishable food to benefit Schaumburg Township food pantry.
Voodoo on Vassar (Schaumburg)
Voodoo on Vassar805 Vassar Lane, Schaumburg
Only for older children and adults. This walk-thru experience is live actors and very scary. Open October 17th (Blackout Night), 20th (Comedy Night), 22nd, 23rd, 24th (Blackout), 27th (Comedy), 28-31. Sundays, Thursdays, & Wednesdays: 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Fridays & Saturdays: 7:00pm – 11:00pm and on Halloween from 5:00pm – 11:00pm.
This house won Schaumburg’s spookiest house award last year! Open all of October from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, nightly.
720 Boxwood Drive (Schaumburg)
720 Boxwood Drive, Schaumburg
This house has lights, skeletons, spiders, and more! There is a car covered in spiderwebs in their front lawn! They are open for the season on October 9, 2021.
Crypt of Kipling Estates (Shorewood)
Crypt of Kipling Estates1109 Butterfield Cir W, Shorewood
This haunted graveyard is family themed/oriented so nothing is overly scary for the kids. This house feature skeletons trying to escape their resting place, including the king of all skeletons! The rotten pumpkin king has joined the party this year too and he’s brought along some pumpkin friends to sing and tell jokes. Lights are on every night from dusk to 10:00pm, but projections and spooky music are featured on Friday-Sunday night. Two picture spots are also available; sit in an electric chair or pose at their haunted night background for a photo op.
House of Creeps (Streamwood)
House of Creeps 106 Somerset Drive, Streamwood
If you want a good scare, this terrifyingly creepy carnival is full of talking animatronic figures. The homeowners will have candy, creepy music and a small haunted house from 7:00pm – 10:00pm on October 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31.
Dark Shadows (Tinley Park)
Dark Shadows 16322 64th Court, Tinley Park
This Halloween house will feature skeletons, and zombies that jump, spit, and talk to you. October 15 – 31, 2021 between 6:00pm – 9:00pm weekdays and 6:00pm – 10:00pm on weekends.
Meadowlark Haunt (Tinley Park)
Meadowlark Haunt 17901 Meadowlark Drive, Tinley Park
Running October 15 – 31, 2021 from 5:00pm – 10:00pm. Loaded with animated and static displays. There are also live actors on select nights and on Halloween! Meadowlark Haunt accepts new or used children’s costumes for donations.
Timbers Pointe Cemetery (Tinley Park)
Timbers Pointe Cemetery8907 Woodbrine Court, Tinley Park
Open October 7 – 31, 2021 from dusk until 9:00pm, Friday/Saturday until 10:30pm. This display is made up of an elaborate graveyard of spooky skeletons!
Horroween333 (West Chicago)
Horroween333 333 Church Street, West Chicago
Embrace the scary side of West Chicago with rotten zombies, terrifying pumpkin demons, creepy skeletons, and plenty of spooky gravestones. There are many handmade decorations in this display as well as animatronic figures.
5332 Fair Elms Avenue (Western Springs)
5332 Fair Elms Avenue, Western Springs
This display is out all month long. The headless horseman is weather dependent, but look for it Halloween weekend!
Possession on Park Street (Winfield)
Possession on Park Street 0s185 Park Street, Winfield
This yard display is hoping to be open the the first weekend of October, including animations. Sundays–Thursdays, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Fridays and Saturdays, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Check the Facebook page for more information.
2393 Autumn Creek Blvd (Yorkville)
2393 Autumn Creek Blvd, Yorkville
From October 1st through the 31st- the house is available for viewing daily starting at 7:30pm until 10:00pm (on non-rainy days). Shows run every 15 minutes. The lady of the house has always been a Halloween enthusiast since she learned how to build her own gravestones as a kid. Over the years it evolved into a hobby and collection, and as technology has advanced so too has the presentation. With her husbands love of IT and her little knowledge about video editing it has only been elevated to turn into quite the spectacular show. Together they have taken their knowledge and skills to create a unique family friendly Halloween evening show for the city and surrounding area using video projection and whole house mapping. Tune to station 89.9 to hear the show. Or check them out on YouTube at https://youtu.be/wbsmCy7Eig4.
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Halloween House Driving Tours
We prepared routes for you so you can take a Halloween House Tour of different areas across the Chicago suburbs! Simply check out the maps below and enter the addresses in your GPS. They are all in order to maximize your enjoyment and minimize driving time.
Please note that some of the houses are scarier than others, so if you are taking sensitive eyes with you, we highly recommend going through the list above to narrow down your tour to houses that you feel comfortable with.
All driving times are using the step-by-step directions and don’t take into account stopping and/or getting out of the car.
A: 3252 Maple Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402
140 N Delaplaine Rd, Riverside, IL 60546
B: 2524 S 8th Ave, North Riverside, IL 60546
C: 3211 Harrison Ave, Brookfield, IL 60513
D: 836 Homestead Rd, La Grange Park, IL 60526
E: 4208 Maple Ave, Brookfield, IL 60513 (Poltergeist on Maple)
F:4412 Elm Ave, Brookfield, IL 60513 (Pirates on Elm)
H: 5646 Willow Springs Rd, La Grange Highlands, IL 60525 (Novinger Cemetery by Creepy Ash Productions)
I: 218 E Walnut St, Hinsdale, IL 60521 (look across the street too!)
Downers Grove Halloween House Tour (18 minutes)
A: 3937 Sterling Rd, Downers Grove, IL 60515 (Backwoods of Sterling)
B: 4113 Williams St, Downers Grove, IL 60515 (Schiffers Halloween Insanity)
C: 4506 Fairview Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515 (It’s A Pirate’s Life For Me!)
D: 4947 Wilcox Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515
E: 5235 Park Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515
F: 6001 Pershing Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60516
A: 305 Morningside Ave, Lombard, IL 60148 (Scary Potter)
B: 629 N Grace St, Lombard, IL 60148 (Grace Street Graveyard)
C: 239 E Sunset Ave, Lombard, IL 60148 (Sinister Sunset)
D: 218 N Pioneer Dr, Addison, IL 60101
E: 371 Canyon Trail, Carol Stream, IL 60188 (Canyon Trail Cemetery)
F: 1214 Easton Dr, Carol Stream, IL 60188 (The Haunting of Carol Stream)
Naperville Area Halloween House Tour (68 minutes)
A: 5S670 Heather Ct, Naperville, IL 60540
B: 703 Muirhead Ct, Naperville, IL 60565 (Muirhead Cemetery)
C: 5 Speckman Ct, Bolingbrook, IL 60440
D: 2612 River Woods Dr, Naperville, IL 60565 (Nightmare In Naperville)
E: 2156 Countryside Cir, Naperville, IL 60565 (The Crypts in Countryside)
F: 544 Gateshead Dr, Naperville, IL 60565
G: 1128 Candlenut Dr, Naperville, IL 60540
H: 220 N Whispering Hills Dr, Naperville, IL 60540 (NaperWade Graveyard)
E: 21526 Carlton St, Crest Hill, IL 60403 (Creepers on Carlton)
F: 21538 S Nadia Dr, Joliet, IL 60404
G: 1109 Butterfield Cir W, Shorewood, IL 60404
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Use bushes to your advantage. Add eyes or zombie hands. Rake your leaves and fill trash bags that you can decorate.
Not everyone likes carving pumpkins. If you’re in that category, paint your pumpkins with funny faces. Or if you want more of a polished look, give this zigzag pumpkin tutorial a try.
Pumpkins are an “all fall” decoration. If you want to make your uncarved, unpainted pumpkins and gourds last longer, some suggest a bleach bath.
Take your kids to your local dollar store and stock up on fun things like window clings, candle holders, etc. to decorate your house. This is also a fun way to decorate your office or work space!
Stock up on orange, white, and black balloons and some Sharpie markers. Decorate the balloons with scary faces for a fun and fast decoration idea!
Okay, so this is scary, but flowers always give your home a welcoming vibe. You can even use a pumpkin or plastic skull for a vase.
Nothing spooks party goers or trick-or-treaters like a coffin. You can build one yourself out of wood or heavy cardboard, or you can even buy a kit! Just be sure to make it big enough to hide in so you can pop out and scare people.
Consider dressing up your pet to compliment your Halloween decor. Make sure to consider their safety when choosing a costume. Remember, if they don’t like it, don’t make them wear it!
Paper mache goblins, monsters and mummies make classic Halloween piñatas. No time for DIY? You can buy one if you prefer!
Why should typical Halloween monsters have all the fun? Have a UFO theme this Halloween! You can even create an alien landing pad in your yard!
Photo: Courtesy of Jolly Mom
You can repurpose old wood pallets to make a scary graveyard or empty cans to make lanterns. Check out your scrap bins for miscellaneous materials that would make cool decor this Halloween.
This is the perfect holiday to add some glitter to your decor. Buy a plain skull and use spray glue and glitter to make it glitzy!
This time of year you can find skeletons at every store selling decor. Stage them around your house, chatting on the phone, sitting at the table or even hanging out on the front porch. Interested in eerie stories?
Originally Published: July 14, 2021
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When it comes to the holiday spirit, it seems everyone saves their decorating energy for Christmas – it’s not often that people go all out for any other occasion. Well, with Halloween just around the corner, we decided to prove that there are a few October diehards out there. Enjoy these impressive Halloween homes.
1. The Pumpkin Palace
This home is one of the subtler of the bunch but if you look closely, you’ll see well over 100 neatly carved pumpkins lighting up the night. Though the other houses might be a bit more chaotic in their approach, imagine the time it took to carve each and every Jack-O-Lantern!?
2. The Haunted House
While most of the homes on this list go for a more cartoon-ish appeal, this spooky place takes a legitimate crack at the classic haunted house. Sure, by day it’s probably a nice suburban home but with some creative lighting, they’ve managed to turn their upper-middle-class home into an eerie site.
3. The Neighborhood Favorite
Here’s a video of a lady in her neighborhood that has earned the reputation of dominating when it comes to Halloween decorations. Relaying mostly on lights and a few props, this is a pretty impressive display of holiday cheer.
4. The Casa de Cartoons
Speaking of cartoon-ish, the owners of this home definitely went for the novel look over the authentic. Showcasing a twelve-foot Homer Simpson, Sponge Bob Square Pants and a pair of life-sized Incredible Hulks (moonlighting as Frankenstein), there is nothing subtle about this Halloween home.
5. The Vegas Holiday
Whether this is a quaint suburban home or a tacky Vegas hotel, we may never know but it’s impressive nonetheless. Who knows what flamingos and frogs have to do with Halloween but what is certain is that the decorating team behind this crazy Halloween house certainly left their shame at the door and went all out for the holiday.
6. The New York Nightmare
You know you’ve done a substantial job of decorating when you can’t even see the house itself! Yep, this New York City residence definitely went all-in for the holiday when they slathered their tiny lot with more decorations than square footage.
7. The House of the Living Dead
It’s probably a more impressive site by night but this place has done a great job of covering such a large lot with plenty to see. Aside from the impressive amount of skeletons, zombies and tombstones occupying the home, you have to wonder where they keep that 6-foot tarantula for the other eleven months of the year.
8. The Hungry House
Leading the Less is More campaign, this Halloween home doesn’t have a lot going on but it’s most definitely one of the more ominous of the bunch. Boasting nothing more than a couple stylish Jack-O-Lanterns, the fact that this home looks alive (and out to kill you) is reason enough to make this list.
9. The Tiny Terror
Judging by the picture, there’s not a lot of room at this small home for extensive decorations but that doesn’t seem to limit the visionaries. Getting the most bang for their buck, this humble home has enough Halloween eye candy to compete with the big hitters.
10 . The Suburban Graveyard
Making the list as the last private residence, this friendly home turned eerie graveyard is a site to see. Though it’s nothing more than a collection of store-bought tombstones, you’d have to be pretty brave to be caught there after dark.
11. The Corvinestilor Castle
Of course, you can’t have Halloween and haunted houses without Count Dracula and the iconic castle that started it all. Topping the list for most impressive Halloween decorations is the Corvinestilor Castle in Transylvania because it doesn’t need decorations to make it any spookier than it already is – the legend and the architecture speak for themselves.
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Halloween Houses: The fall is here. A haunted house awaits you with the leaves turning, the apple cider brewing, and the undead in pursuit. We’ve got you covered if your idea of a fun Halloween involves being scared out of your wits. There are haunted houses all over the country, from lightly spooky to nightmare terror, that open their creaky doors in September. Purchasing tickets in advance is the best bet this year since COVID-19 safety measures have changed the rules. It’s also a good idea to read up on any required safety precautions, such as wearing a mask. This fall, enjoy 26 of the most haunted attractions around the country, from family-friendly fun to adult-only haunts.
These spooky dwellings went all-out!
We all know someone who takes annual traditions too far, and when it comes to Halloween, there are countless ways to go big. From shrieking ghosts to maniacal clowns and spooky skeletons, too much was just enough for these over-the-top Halloween homes. Click on, if you dare…
Artist Vile Kyle transformed this home in Atlanta, Georgia for Halloween. Adding slime to each of the porches, the home is impressively decked out. We dare you to walk under the dripping gunk to reach the front door!
This house in Indiana installs this huge spider web decoration every year for Halloween. Covering the front porch and finished off with the spider’s prey in the top right corner, we would certainly avoid this house come October!
This house in Cleveland is always a huge hit with the kids at Halloween, and it’s not hard to see why. Reddit users marvelled at the size and detail of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee; don’t they look like they could spring into action at any time? If you’re wondering where they get stored for the other 11 months of the year, then don’t. They turn into cars and head to the nearest multi-storey car park, of course!
Local pharmacist Ric Griffith started carving pumpkins with his three daughters in 1978. The following year they carved 20 pumpkins and now over a 1,000 volunteers show up to scoop out hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns. It’s become an annual spectacle that draws people to this gorgeous house in Kenova, West Virginia, and long may it continue. They must be the envy of the street with their pumpkin decorating idea!
This is one of the simplest and most effective ideas to transform a house for Halloween. Artist and master crafter Megan decided to use all of her empty moving boxes as Halloween decorations. These ghoulish shapes were cut out, painted and positioned in the windows, so they look cool even in the daylight. However, you can use all sorts of materials like paper or trash bags to get the same effect at night.
This little Hobbit House in Spokane, Washington, was made for Halloween. Not much is needed to turn this magical little dwelling into the stuff of fairytales. Built by resident Tolkien fan Ryan Oelrich, the hobbit house, which puts The Shire to shame, usually functions as a home office and reading room. Every Halloween, he opens up the pocket-sized space to trick or treaters on the proviso that they donate books to children in foster care. Now that’s a hero to rival Bilbo Baggins!
If the Hobbit House wasn’t enough, Ryan also decorates his main house for Halloween – and he doesn’t hold back! From dragons to giraffes, the façade is covered in spooky creatures from all realms, with jack-o’-lanterns and dancing skeletons to boot!
When you’re blessed with a fabulous front porch and a historic house, you don’t need to go too crazy to create a spooky display on All Hallows’ Eve. We love the little hand-painted ‘Ghost Manor’ sign and the array of pumpkins in front of this New Orleans house – we counted 38!
An eerie sight to behold, the owners of this brownstone in New York City went all out in October 2016, when they adorned the outside of their house with a monstrous devil, surrounded by giant spiders scaling the facade. It’s enough to make our skin crawl…
The front of this house in Sierra Madre, California, takes All Hallows’ Eve to another level, with a garden decorated with a giant neon Day of the Dead zombie and quirky Mexican-inspired décor.
The residents of this grand house in New Orleans put on a truly outlandish Halloween, covering their garden with comical, skeleton figures that you might just recognise. From Annie to the Rolling Stones, these homeowners certainly didn’t hold back when dressing their ghoulish gang, turning their garden into a local attraction for All Hallows’ Eve in 2015. We only wonder where the homeowners store all these skeletons when Halloween is over…
How many pumpkins is too many pumpkins? Clearly for this homeowner, no amount could ever be enough! To welcome in the spooky season, this lawn in Vermont was covered in countless pumpkins — hopefully the owners made a giant pumpkin pie after the festivities were over!
You know your neighbour has gone too far when their home is no longer visible. The owners of this property in America covered every inch of their house with boards, which were then painted to resemble a spooky pirate ship. Complete with portholes, cannons and a ship wheel, climb aboard this ghostly vessel if you dare!
This haunted home in Washington DC features a quirky array of spooky decorations, from a haunted telephone box to a coffin and even a zombie bride! The terrifying tableau is encircled by the vast web of a giant spider.
The owners of this home in Los Angeles not only decorated their entire home with spiders, webs, and tombstones, but they even went so far as to design their own spooky lighting system, complete with a homemade fog machine. The front lawn is adorned with sound-activated devices to keep passing trick-or-treaters on their toes. The homeowners also built a full-size coffin to hide in and catch unsuspecting visitors off-guard.
With a skeletal cowboy and characterful zombie businessmen, this San Francisco home erred on the side of comedy when it came to decorating their front garden. We can’t help but smile at this humorous tongue-in-cheek tableau, complete with deckchairs and zombie businessmen.
This garden in Boston, Massachusetts, was transformed into the surprise setting for a ghostly wedding celebration, featuring a skeletal bride and groom, and a hair-raising priest. We’re not sure we want to be on the front row for this one…
What’s better than one pumpkin? A whole field of pumpkins! The owners of this New York City townhouse adorned their front steps with unique and unusual marrows, as well as two rather bizarre pumpkin art installations. Each to their own!
At first glance, there’s nothing out of the ordinary about the lawn of this home in America, but on closer inspection, the residents relaxing in those deckchairs look a little lifeless… Our favourite part of this deceptively spooky scene is the small skeletal dog!
When it comes to this much-loved annual festival, even POTUS gets into the spirit of things. In 2014, former president, Barack Obama and his wife Michelle decorated The White House with giant pumpkins and invited local children from military families around for a special Halloween party.
We’re heading right back to the creepy corner now, with another frighteningly imaginative front garden. This New Orleans Halloween house features terrifying clowns, a garland of bloodied daggers and an angel of death casting black magic over unsuspecting passersby!
There’s no happily ever after in this haunting yard. Excessive cobwebs, Grandma’s old rocking chair, jars filled with peculiar liquids and poison apples make this dark fairytale home in Churriana truly chilling!
These American homeowners certainly weren’t feeling deflated at Halloween. They spent hours inflating a comical cemetery scene to adorn their front garden, complete with spiders, ghosts and skulls.
Taking inspiration from The Addams Family, this yard in America was made over into a gruesome graveyard, brimming with creepy corpses, bats and tombstones.
The owners of this home in Bristol, Connecticut, utilised rusty vintage cars and an expanse of cobwebs to create an eerie entrance to their Halloween house party. It might look like spare parts, but we wouldn’t rule out the chances of this creepy car springing back to life on All Hallows’ Eve…
The owners of this home in North Tonawanda, New York, could never be accused of playing it safe! Their pirate’s graveyard is filled with tombstones, while a sinister skeletal captain keeps guard. We wouldn’t want to meet him on a dark night!
Each year, Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-On-Hudson, New York, hosts a rather spectacular – and illuminating – Halloween festival. Known as the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, this annual celebration is renowned for its use of more than 7,000 intricately carved pumpkins. The manor itself is also impressively decked out for the festivities, with dozens of pumpkin lanterns alight, each hand-carved thanks to the work of over 1,000 local volunteers.
The owners of this dwelling in the UK turned up the black humour with this graveyard garden, featuring a host of tombstones, from the horrifying to the downright hilarious. They boarded up their property’s windows, covered the lawn with fake rats and cats, and decked out their doorstep with a creepy butler and a haunted organ, a truly harrowing combination!
The owners of this attractive property in Uptown New Orleans transformed their home with one single spider and a giant web, which spans from the top of the dwelling to the bottom!
Each year, homeowner Chris Donaubauer sets up this vast display of Halloween decorations in September. Extending up his driveway and into his garage, Chris has kept up this spooky spectacle for a whopping 16 years!
This spooky home in New York City features a terrifying display of pumpkins and skulls, set within a ghoulish graveyard. Passersby are greeted by a bloodthirsty bat who’s ready to strike! We’d steer clear of this one…
Artist Christine McConnell takes the concept of Halloween decorating to the next level every year when she transforms her parents’ house in Highland, California. In 2015, she spent weeks painstakingly creating the eyes and fangs from Styrofoam for this house monster and then hand-painting them to add depth and definition. To top it all off, she dressed as a very glamorous witch for a photoshoot that she shared on her Instagram account, a fitting resident for this scary house!
Christine, who has her own Netflix series where she creates Halloween-themed confectionary and crafts, took inspiration from Tim Burton for 2013’s spooky look. Oogie Boogie – AKA the Bogeyman from A Nightmare Before Christmas – has been immortalised in a giant roundel that hangs front and centre, as beautifully rendered bats swoop around him.
Built to promote her Netflix series The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell, it took the spooky artist and baker a full month to make. She fabricated a false front to the house to completely change the entire appearance of it, opting for black tiles and adding glowing Gothic windows and a pair of evil orange eyes to the monster’s face. The scariest bit? The sharp fangs painted to look like candy corns.
WITH TRICK-OR-TREAT cancelled in Milwaukee this year, we all will have to find another way to spend Halloween. If you’re looking for a safe, fun and free way to spend the spooky holiday this year, you could drive around to some of the creepy, freaky and fun houses that we’ve found throughout the Milwaukee area.
1. A & J’s Halloween House
2943 S. CLEMENT AVE.
Who you gonna call? A J’s Halloween House in Bayview to see the elaborate and oh-so-fun Ghostbusters display that these homeowners worked so hard to put together! Okay, that’s a mouthful compared to the original song, but you know who to call! A & J started installing their fun-filled, ghostly display back on September 25, after building much of it themselves, and now it is on view to the public until Halloween! Keep an eye out for ghosts all around and make sure to let the Ghostbusters do their work! You can go to A & J’s Halloween House donation page to donate to Pathfinders Milwaukee, an organization that fights against homelessness and abused youth in our city.
2. The Nightmare on East Vogel
2615 E. VOGEL AVE.
If you enjoy the creepy, haunted, scare-the-crap-out-of-you decorations, you won’t want to miss this house! Follow the red balloon… if you dare, and the creepy clowns and terrifying animatronic ghosts and ghouls guide you through this yard haunt. Donations are accepted and encouraged, whether that’s a few dollars or some kitty goodies off of the wish list; it will be going to the Second Hand Purrs, a cat shelter in Milwaukee.
3. Who Let the Skeletons out?
2909 E. NEWBERRY BLVD.
It looks like some skeletons took over this house over by Lake Park! Watch out for the nicely dressed skeletons running through the yard and their friends coming out of the ground to join them! Don’t dare to go past the sidewalk, or the ghoulish figures guarding the house’s entrance may try to remove you from this very exclusive, ‘spooktacular’ party of the undead.
4. Creatures, Crawlers & a Huge Skeleton
7530 N. LAKE DR., FOX POINT
Beings of all kinds haunt this yard! Beware of skeletons as tall as the eye can see and werewolves that come alive as night draws near. There may even be a dragon lurking through the shadows, so keep an eye out for that too!
5. Halloween Overload!
4870 N. OAKLAND AVE., WHITEFISH BAY
We all have fun on this walkthrough! As you walk through this haunted yard, you’ll see ghosts flying through the yard and witches making ooey-gooey brew. See the skeleton greeting you – he’s “here for the boos,” as his cup says. Kids can also drop off Halloween drawings and notes in the Halloween mailbox. From 3:30 to 8:30 p.m., the lights and path are open, so you might want to wear a mask.
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Halloween Candy Bowl: Halloween is all about going all out. Is it even possible to celebrate the holiday without being at least a little bit extra? Joining in on Halloween announces your festive spirit to the world. Whether you do that through the elaborate Halloween décor that certainly stays up longer than socially acceptable, or […]
On summer weekends, Liz Roth and her family eagerly pack up the car for the two-hour drive north to their cool cabin in the woods and a reprieve from Phoenix's 115-degree temperatures. But in the fall, as the weather cools and Halloween nears, they're happy homebodies—and overall just happy. "Something about Halloween sets the tone for fall and all the holidays to come," Liz says. "It gets us excited about a new season."
And so begins the chili cookouts, baking with kids, and for Liz, the decorating. A pro at seasonal design; she shares decorating stories on Instagram @desertdecor. Toward the end of September, she dresses rooms in an autumn layer. Neutrals, like feathery pampas stems, keep the look low-key and complement the home's subdued palette. A few weeks later, she's in Halloween mode, hanging witch hats and accenting fall displays with spiders. "This way, it's easy to just take away the Halloween layer and leave the fall décor through Thanksgiving," she says.
Indeed, simplicity is part of Liz's strategy. She's light-handed with Halloween decorations in most rooms, giving her time to focus her energy on the front entry, the most-seen space. "It's my signature area to style," she says.
home foyer halloween decorative details
"When people walk in, this is what they see, so I like it to be impactful," Liz says. She reimagined the family's catchall space as a witch's drop zone. The broom, shoes, and hat on the stool give the impression of a witch having just arrived. "I always shop my home first and try to get creative with what I have," Liz says. In the entry, for example, a pair of black dress shoes stand in as witch shoes. Fishing line (tied to an upper staircase railing) is the secret behind hats that magically float in the air. Faux spiderwebs are an easy-on, easy-off backdrop.
fall decorated table space pampas grass center
Feathery plumes of wheat-tone pampas grass are the star attraction on the formal dining table. The neutral elements, including pumpkins and chunky candlesticks, stay out all fall. A golden spider is a classy nod to the spooky season.
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buffalo plaid chair halloween home decor
The buffalo plaid chair in the family room was part of the inspiration for the bold black-and-white scheme that threads throughout the Halloween decor. The custom hocus-pocus sign plays into the high-contrast look. A skeleton hand on a stack of books and faux spiderwebs draped on the antique-inspired clock reflect Liz's keep-it-simple decorating approach.
home book cabinet living room halloween decor
A propped-open door, encourages second glances at the skulls, golden spiders, and graphic faux pumpkins displayed in a living room cabinet. Books with their spines turned to the back conjure images of worn and dusty tomes that have survived generations. Black gauzy fabric adds instant gloom.
small pumpkins halloween home decor gold spider
Pumpkins play prominently in both seasonal layers - mix real and faux pumpkins. "I think it elevates all of them," Liz says. For simplicity, her fresh pumpkins tend to be easy-to-transport mini or small ones. She uses real pumpkins sparingly and strategically, partially to avoid javelinas munching on them on the front steps and also to prevent another storage mishap. One year, Liz delegated post-Halloween packing to her husband, Mike. The following October, she opened a plastic storage tote to discover mold and realized her helpful hubby had accidentally packed real pumpkins in with the faux ones. "Lesson learned," she says.
home office fall decor pumpkins
In the name of good-natured menacing, Liz leaves her mark on Mike's home office, when he's traveling for his job. He was pleasantly surprised with the scaled-down fall arrangement that includes a bouquet of fresh eucalyptus, pumpkins, and a faux eucalyptus garland. The pumpkins pop against the dark wall.
living room halloween decor pumpkins bats
Liz's obsession with bats shows in the media room, where paper bats seemingly take flight from behind the sofa and swarm onto the ceiling. "I've been collecting them for years," she says. "Over time, it evolved into 'Let's make it as grand as possible.'" Paper that isn't too stiff—or too flimsy—lets Liz bend the wings for an organic and realistic in-flight look. Double-stick tape holds the bodies in place. The buffalo plaid rug (7, Wayfair) was a new purchase to help keep the graphic scheme flowing.
stairway halloween decor cutout rats and pumpkins
Liz considers stairs another decorating opportunity. "I had this vision to have a little whimsical situation on the staircase," she says. Paper mice, scamper on the risers and along the baseboard. She cut the silhouettes from cardstock and secured them with double-stick tape. The only problem: The family's new puppy kept pawing them off and chewing them. Purchased vinyl cutouts are a quick way to get stair risers, walls, or windows in the spirit—an alternative to cutting your own. Stacks of old books, along with pumpkins and white candles ( for 2, Target), complete the scene.
woman sitting gray white kitchen crow halloween decor
The remodeled gray and white kitchen is typically upbeat, but a Hitchcock-esque eeriness enters courtesy of crows. After propping the custom crow artwork on the range hood shelf, Liz let the theme soar by attaching paper crows to the wall, giving the appearance of birds flying in formation. "I always say less is more in the kitchen, but in this case, I was liking lots of crows," she says.
bedroom decor bat halloween wall
"You don't need to go over the top, but I love to surprise my kids with a few holiday accessories," Liz says. In 11-year-old Owen's bedroom, has self-adhesive bats ground a white wall and visually connect with the black bed and wall-mounted lamp. The custom-made Haunted Mansion sign and seasonal pillows are easy-to-remove layers. Liz finds most of her small seasonal accents and inexpensive Halloween items at chain stores.
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