Family in Illinois community north of St. Louis makes Halloween a family affair

Last week, Danielle Sullivan put her family home up for sale, but this was no ordinary listing and may have left some questions.

In almost every picture legendary horror killer Michael Myers lurks with his cold, emotionless face – everywhere from the bathroom to the crawl space in the children’s play room at 141 E. Hoehn Street.

“My husband was working on the house, and so we went over there to scare him to be funny,” she said with buoyancy. “I just took a bunch of pictures of Cole (their 16-year-old son in costume) around the house and thought, ‘You know what, let’s just use these as our listing photos because they’re hilarious.'”


Pretty much makes one wonder why using one of Hollywood’s scariest killers would be so humorous. Well, as it turns out Halloween (the holiday) and horror movies are a family affair for the Sullivans, and it’s not just limited to October – yet when the 10th month of the year rolls around it gets serious, and they pull out all the stops.

“I’m the queen of Halloween in our town, I’ve always been,” Sullivan said.

The Sullivans now live on Elm Street (no, we’re not making this up) in little Carlinville, Illinois located about an hour north of St. Louis, and their humble abode is known throughout town as “The Monster House” – mainly for the way the home is decorated with giant eyes and fangs and teeth.

The Sullivan’s Monster House in Carlinville, Illinois.

Danielle Sullivan / Courtesy Photo

But visitors beware, you’re in for a scare. The structure’s appearance is rather tame compared to what else partakers can experience every October 31.

Sullivan actually hosts two nights in celebration of Halloween. One night for kids she calls her “not-scary-night,” for young trick-or-treaters. All of the horror legends are there in the form of animatronics for all kinds of fun and games.

About 550 trick-or-treaters came last year, but when “not-scary-night” ends that’s when All Hallows Eve becomes a family affair.

“On my not-scary-night, all my characters on the porch are just up there, but on scary night sometimes those guys are people dressed like characters,” Sullivan said. “We dress up – my husband dresses up and we have all kinds of animatronics, and lighting, and sound, and a 12-foot skeleton that stays out year-round.”

And the results are caught on camera.

@elmstreetmonsterhouse Trick or treat. It’s ‘scary night’ #FYP #spookyszn #Halloween #hauntedtiktok #MonsterHouse #TheHarderTheyFall #ElmStreet #trickortreat ♬ Halloween – KenZie DarkStar

Last year was characters from popular films like “Saw,” “It,” “Nightmare On Elm Street,” and yes, “Halloween.” And in years past, the Sullivan’s have dressed up as characters from “Beetlejuice,” and “Harry Potter.”

The Sullivans dressed as characters from the

The Sullivans dressed as characters from the “Harry Potter” series.

Danielle Sullivan / Courtesy Photo

Viewings for the Sullivans’ previous home have halted for the time being but should resume soon, but in the interim Danielle Sullivan said, “We have so many messages, it’s crazy.”

“I had no idea it was going to get this kind of attention,” she added. “Anybody that knows me, knows that listing was very much my personality.”

You can follow Sullivan on TikTok with the handle @elmstreetmonsterhouse.

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