Halloween 2022: West Chicago teen creates incredible display with more than 100 animatronics

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Monday, October 31, 2022
West Chicago teen creates incredible Halloween display
A St. Charles East High School student created an incredible Halloween display at Lehman Manor in West Chicago.

WEST CHICAGO, Ill. (WLS) -- A 16-year-old Halloween influencer created an incredible display in West Chicago.

Miles McCabe, AKA "Brick Thunder," is a St. Charles East High School student and mastermind behind the display.

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A teenager in DuPage County has been working day and night so visitors to his home can behold an eerie sight.

The display is located at Lehman Manor, 2760 Lehman Drive in West Chicago.

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The Halloween wonderland features more than 100 animatronics, which he started collecting when he was only nine.

"I definitely did not think it would get this big," he said. "It started with one animatronic. It was from Home Depot. It was a little five-foot witch. I don't own it anymore, but that was the first and it built up from there."

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Lehman Manor is expected to draw thousands of visitors from all over the country this year.

"It's a lot bigger than I ever thought it would be," McCabe said. "My favorite part would be right after this, into the garage. I think that part always turns out really scary, definitely probably the scariest part."

"I always say, it's just my garage," said his father Jesse McCabe.

Jesse works closely with Miles to help bring his son's creepy creations to life.

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"I definitely did not think it would get this big," the St. Charles East High School student said.

"For me the best is the parents who are freaked out, who don't want to admit it. They try to be tough and force their kids to go first," he said.

"I actually had a friend walk through a few years ago and she was crying," said Mia McCabe, sister.

Mia said she's never really been afraid of the life-sized props haunting her home; it's just part of what makes her family special.

"Once I was the age of 6,7, when I started to really know the real world, the real world was already this," said.

It will be open to the public starting on Saturday through Monday, with family-friendly hours from 3-6 p.m. and a darker-scarier display from 6-9 p.m. The cost is free, but they do accept donations to help defray the costs.