In late September Haunted Illinois visited “Haunt With A Heart”, which is an elaborate yard display / home haunt located at 14330 Keating Avenue in Midlothian. This event was created by Andrea Kirkton and her boyfriend Tommy, who have been decorating for Halloween for nine years. They started this tradition at his brother’s house for six years, then moved to Midlothian in 2018.
When asked how they got started, Andrea stated “I've always loved Halloween; the dressing up, the being scared, the trick or treating, the scary movies. And I've always admired other people that have decorated their yards or had haunted houses. It just amazed me. And then when me and Tommy started doing it ourselves, I saw the pure joy it brought to people of all ages. It is one of my greatest passions in life.”
Their front yard features more than 150 static characters and 75 animated props. Planning usually starts in June or July and the display starts going up in early August. While most Chicagoland yard displays only open for the month of October, Haunt With A Heart is one of the few to open in early September. After their opening, the display evolves with more props and scenic elements added to their haunt, as it gets closer to Halloween.
The event was named “Haunt With A Heart” with the goal of eventually being used to support a charity, after it becomes more established in the community.
In preparation for Halloween, they have already bagged up candy (and toys to support the Teal Pumpkin Project) and will have safety measures in place for trick-or-treaters including contact-free treat bags, social distancing and plexiglass barriers to protect their small ghoulish guests. Hand sanitizer will also be available for visitors.
Here is the address, if you want to plan a visit:
Haunt With A Heart ❤️
14330 Keating Avenue (Driving Directions)
Midlothian, IL 60445
We hope you enjoy the picture gallery below! If you have questions or comments about this event, you may call 708-829-9741 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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