371 Canyon TRail, Carol Stream, IL
A favorite of all of the Touers is a stone well that sits in the middle of the display. As visitors pass by they can hear a phone ringing. As the phone rings, the figure of a little girl rises from the well, and as the phone picks up, she can be heard saying "seven days" in an homage to the movie The Ring.
There were also some great new additions this year. The most obvious were the giant Jack-O-Lantern figures, which were all rigged to move in various ways. While there have always been such figures at Canyon Trail, this year there were several more, filling out the display and adding to the whimsical, Disneyesque feel of the entire setup. There were also some light up Jack-O-Lanterns synched to music on the side of the display, and in the middle of the display there were several pumpkins with animated faces projected onto them that sang songs.
As mentioned, there's so much to see here that you really have to see it for yourself. Words and even video can't really encapsulate the entire experience. It's like going to Disneyland, both for adults and for children. We could spend hours here, just taking everything in. From the lighting to the effects to the quality of the carvings on some of the props, it's all top notch, and it's a true testament to the heart and effort the owners put into the setup, all for the benefit of visitors.
Canyon Trail has always been an excellent display, but this year really puts it over the top. It provides good, wholesome entertainment for kids young and old and for Halloween fans, too, and it's done all without charge (although you can donate to a worthy cause each year). As such, we're happy to welcome Canyon Trail into the fold as our very first yard display in the Horror Tourers Hall of Fame! Congratulations!