5841 w. 88th street, oak lawn, il
Corner of the Cursed is one of the newer yard displays that the Tourers have visited. 2011 was the very first year for this haunt, and it was decently impressive. The haunt is located on a corner lot (hence the "Corner" in the name) and has a lot of space to work with. The font yard of the house consists of various props, including a headless body bleeding into a bucket, various skeletal ghouls on the trees and in the trees, a winged Grim Reaper-like demon, and even a castle-like facade on the front of the house with ghosts hanging out of the windows.
The entire corner of the display that faces the street is decorated like a cemetery, complete with tombstones, jack-o-lanterns, bodies (headless and otherwise), half of a clown emerging from the ground blowing smoke, and a giant spider's web. Both the front yard and the larger open display are complemented by orange and red lights and eerie music playing in the background.
In addition, both years we visited there were live actors to enhance the display. In 2011, there was a creepy clown with a large scythe who followed visitors around scraping his scythe on the ground and creating sparks. If that wasn't enough, there was another ghoul equipped with a chainsaw (a real, bladed one and not a fake one), who ran through the display revving the chainsaw and shrieking at the top of his lungs. It was most effective and a bit frightening, too!
Unfortunately, on our 2012 visit the chainsaw guy wasn't there, but the creepy clown with the scythe was. There was someone lurking on the front porch who had green glowing teeth, but he went into the house and didn't come out again, choosing instead to show the glowing teeth through the front door.
The live actors are actually the owners of the haunt (father and son), who decided to create something interesting for Halloween. Creepy clown guy is the son and chainsaw ghoul is the father. Both are very nice guys and seem to enjoy scaring the visitors, which we found most amusing.
All in all, there is a decent amount to see at Corner of the Cursed, and when live actors are present it's even better. We'd definitely recommend it if you're in the Oak Lawn/Burbank/Alsip area.
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