Horror Around the Corner
Welcome to Tony and Barbara Macak's little corner of hell in Burbank, with proceeds from their 6,500- light display going to ComEd. Part 4 of Oak Lawn Patch's tour of local ghoulish yards.
The road to Hell's Corner is paved with good intentions, like Tony and Barbara Macak's vision of Hades in on the 8100 block of South Newland in Burbank. Hell's Corner runs through Oct. 28 from 7-9:45 p.m. and Oct. 29-31 from 7:30-11:30 p.m.)
When it comes to staging a haunted front yard display, most homeowners are limited by the typically cramped confines of their lawns. But not Tony and Barbara Macak, who benefit from having a corner lot and a wide stretch of turf on which to depict what can only be described as a dark and twisted menagerie of the damned.
Welcome to Hell's Corner, home of all manner of wretched souls, accursed creatures and—ahem—blood-vomiting villains.
Nearly every square inch of the Macak family's front lawn is occupied by evil eye candy—from skeletal squatters and grinning zombies to an electrocuted ghoul who failed to heed the "Danger: hazardous voltage" sign prominently displayed. All are hand-made and distinctively personalized.
A plethora of tombstones litter the yard, illuminated by eerie colored lights. Even the home's windows are decked out to flaunt fiends, including Chucky, his bride and his demon seed looking down on you from the second level.
For eight years, Hell's Corner has terrorized the neighborhood, earning a reputation as one of the best front yard Halloween displays in the south suburbs. But Tony and Barbara raised their vision of Hades to a whole new level two years ago when they built a walk-through haunted house—admission completely free—off their garage to complement the already immensely popular outdoor attraction.
Take a stroll through its narrow passages—if you dare to ignore the "Enter at your own risk" warning scrawled across the entryway—and you'll discover one nightmarish vision after another across seven different rooms. It's only a matter of time before you find a cadaverous bride and groom, rotting away in marital bliss. Hopefully a man of the cloth performed the last rites on a poor soul—apparently long on his way to the road to perdition—silently decaying in a real upholstered coffin. Leatherface is here, ready to dissect another hapless victim, chainsaw-style. And whatever you do, don't feed the animals, especially the one railing in rage within a cage prior to your exit.
Aiding Tony and Barbara is a small army of up to 30 volunteers. Having a large crew is necessary to entertain the hundreds of fans who visit this haunted attraction on busy evenings.
"We're a little crazy, and we like to have fun," said Tony of his crew. "Hell's Corner started off with just a little chain fence and a couple characters, but we kept getting bigger and bigger every year."
The very first spooky slugger Tony ever displayed in his murderer's row is the infamous white-haired figure puking blood in a barrel (a crimson stream made all the more effective with the use of a strong strobe light), which remains Hell's Corner's most iconic and memorable character.
"Our kids love it," said Barbara of her daughters Jessica, 16, and Cheyenne, 5, and son Kyle, 13. "We also have a lot of friends and family who join in, and they make it easier for us."
Additionally, the Macaks are appreciative of any patrons who stuff the donation box.
"Our proceeds go to fund Com Ed," joked Tony, gesturing to all the electrical devices, including 6500-watt floodlights, involved in his prodigious exhibit.