16409 George Drive, Oak Forest, IL
If you're ever looking to get a lot of bang for your buck and to hit a lot of Halloween themed events in one night, you need to make a trip to Oak Forest. In this suburb alone there are almost half a dozen home haunts/yard displays of very good quality, one of the best of which is Frankenstein's Wedding.
True to its name, Frankenstein's Wedding features the Frankenstein monster and his bride being wed by a preacher as one of its scenes, but that's far from all. The entire front yard of the house is decorated with various scenes and characters, including obvious ones like Mike Myers and Freddy Krueger to local Chicago legends like Resurrection Mary (who gazes down on visitors from her perch on the house roof).
Additionally, the haunt features cannibals, mummies, hapless torture victims, and even Elvira! Yes, a figure of Elvira makes an appearance, presenting a functioning guillotine. Did we say "guillotine?" Yes we did. It's just one of several homemade authentic torture and execution devices to be found all around the front yard. Visitors can look at a torture rack, a stockade, the aforementioned guillotine and more. For not only is Frankenstein's Wedding fun, it's also educational. Each of the torture devices is historically accurate and there are even flyers next to each one that visitors can take with them that explain the history of each device. It's certainly not something one finds at most haunts.
All of the front yard displays are complemented by a multiple speaker sound system that plays music and sound effects, colorful lighting, and various fog machines, all of which combine to produce a great atmosphere. It's creepy and funny and creative all at the same time.
And that's not all there is to see, either. The entire garage and backyard of the house form a home haunt, filled with animated and static props and even live actors on certain nights. Inside, visitors will find pirates, life size animated figures of Jason Voorhees and others, phantoms, ghouls, and other characters. The haunt continues through the backyard, where visitors can see victims drowning in a pool of blood and even one submerged in the owner's pool, along with more pirates, jumping spiders, and even a decent facsimile of the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
And if that wasn't enough, the owner is more than happy to come out and chat with visitors and show them around. He even cooks up free hot dogs for visitors on Halloween night. It's a great setup, and one that's fun for kids and adults alike. If you go on Halloween night, though, be sure to go early, as the lines get pretty long. We highly recommend Frankenstein's Wedding for creativity alone. It's well worth a look!