West Chicago haunted house created by teen to be featured on 'The Great Halloween Fright Fight'

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Friday, October 20, 2023
West Chicago haunted house created by teen competing for best in US
The West Chicago "Lehman Manor" haunted house, created by a teen, will be featured on ABC's "The Great Halloween Fright Fight."

WEST CHICAGO, Ill. (WLS) -- A local family is about to get national attention for their spectacular Halloween display.

The McCabe family of West Chicago will be featured on ABC's "The Great Halloween Fright Fight" Sunday night.

Miles, 17, is the teenager behind all of this. His family's yard features more than 150 animatronics.

"This is by far our biggest, so very excited to see what people think," he said. "It's our whole life. The whole year is Halloween here because just every day we're either planning, building or moving stuff to different places all for this holiday."

He's competing in a contest to find the best Halloween display, and the winner gets $50,000 and a trophy.

ABC7 Chicago's Christian Piekos had a front row seat to the fright Friday morning.

ABC7 Chicago's Christian Piekos got quite the scare at a local haunted house.

Halloween for most starts mid- to late October, but, for the McCabe family, the spooky holiday starts during the summer.

ABC7 Chicago gave viewers an inside look at the famed "Lehman Manor" last year.

The haunted house is packed with over 100 terrifying animatronics, a walk-through and live actors.

"We have cameras everywhere, so we get about eight hours of footage for every section, and we can look through all of that and see a ton of crazy scares," Miles McCabe said.

Now in its eighth year, Lehman Manor has welcomed thousands of people from across the state and around the country.

Some have waited in line for hours just for the terrifying thrill.

"This is not ending anytime soon. We want to actually bring this to a professional level, so we can continue doing this for everyone," Miles McCabe said.

"Lehman Manor" is one of four haunted houses across the country that will be featured on ABC's "Great Halloween Fright Fight" that's airing this Sunday night at 9 p.m.

The McCabe family is squaring off against families in Michigan, Colorado and Nevada.