His collection includes 11 homemade skeletons outfitted in American military uniforms -- from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam.
"I always have a very American theme, with lots of flags," he said of his lawn's graveyard scene. "If anything, I'm going to play it up bigger this year. Kids from schools come by to see my exhibit because it's more of a historical thing."
"Our prison theme is built around the criminal-justice system with prisoners getting their just rewards," he said. "If we could figure out a way to do that to [a depiction of] Osama bin Laden, we would like to incorporate it."
And, as always, part of the proceeds from Stateville and Siegel's milder Haunted Barn for young children go to charity.
Siegel said $10,000 was raised for a youth organization in Joliet last year. This year, Siegel has invited firefighters from Lockport Township to collect donations for the families of New York firefighters killed in the attacks.
Redmoon Theater's seventh annual All Hallow's Eve celebration in Logan Square may take on a more cathartic air, as it focuses on remembering those who have died during the year.
"[All Hallow's Eve] is a celebration of people who have moved from the material world to the spiritual world," said Jim Lasko, event creative director. "We participate more in that spirit than in the exchange of candy and masks."
The events of Sept. 11 have made Lasko rethink his celebration.
"In large part, it made me think the way we were viewing things is more healthy for our society to communally celebrate life and the passing of life," Lasko said. "There is no way anybody coming . . . to an event that is purporting to discuss death in a communal space isn't going to be away [from] the sweeping death that happened Sept. 11 and know that, in part, this event is meant to recognize that and be an opportunity to heal a little bit."
As part of All Hallow's Eve, community-made shrines for the recently passed will be displayed throughout Chicago, including Logan Square.
"I can imagine that some of those communities will choose to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 attack with those shrines," Lasko said.
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