2804 186th Street, Lansing, IL
Lansing's Living Dead is another in a rather long line of haunts and yard displays that have cropped up in the south suburbs. We at Horror Tourers are always excited when new displays show up, especially when they are close to Horror Tourers home base. Thus, we made a point of checking this one out.
This display consisted entirely of various static figures of all types, most looking at least partially homemade. The figures didn't represent any famous movie monsters or other types of characters, but rather more generic Halloween figures, like zombies, pirates, and clowns. However, all of them were creative in one way or another, and certainly were unique.
Some of the more creative creatures included a large birdlike creature propped up on a pole, looking out over the entire display, a figure in a bloodstained shirt and what looked like a hickey mask with bleeding eyes, and some type of surgery victim lying with his insides exposed.
Also present were jack-o-lantern headed figures, tiny clowns and demon children, and even a painted wooden figure of a "swamp thing": amusingly located near a sewer pipe. A stone birdbath was made up with a sign proclaiming "Fountain of youth" and featured a skeletal pirate leaning on top of it, and a nearby tree was covered in large spiders and webs.
The most interesting setup ion the entire display was a real car chassis with what looked to be a real homemade engine in front, decorated to look like an old time hearse from "Dyrtnap Mortuaries" - get it? Kind of cool and different from the standard hearses that you normally see at some Halloween displays. The entire setup was surrounded by a large black fence and complemented by numerous homemade tombstones.
Overall, Lansing's Living Dead was quite creative and provided a lot too look at, even if the displays were static. Aside form one figure that resembled Beetlejuice, we didn't see any props that were conventional, nor did we see any of the more common tombstone phrases, like "I told you I was sick" and others. For a first year haunt we really enjoyed it, and it's worth a visit, especially if making the rounds of the other fine haunts in the south suburbs. Check it out!