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Haunted in Illinois

by Terry Sullivan - Lyons-Sullivan Realty

Less than two hours to the scare of your life

Ready for a good scare? Livingston County knows the fear of a superb haunted house and looks forward to Henry Street Horrors each year.

Unfortunately, our own personal fright maestros are taking the year off. From the Henry Street Horrors website:


Henry Street Horrors will not be open in 2015

Posted on September 16, 2015

Sadly, due to a lack of help, Henry Street Horrors will not be open for the 2015 season. The cast & crew of Henry Street Horrors are planning on taking this year off to reorganize, re-energize & recruit so that we can hopefully come back in 2016 & put on a great haunted house.



Luckily, we know our homeowners, past, present and future, still crave the thrill of a good haunted house, so we’ve scouted our favorite haunted websites to bring you scary houses within 2 hours of Pontiac. Read on if you dare...


The Scream Haunted Adventure, Decatur, Illinois. 1 hour, 30 minutes from Pontiac


The Good: This haunted house is produced by Creatures of the Night as a fundraiser for Decatur Celebration, Inc, a 3-day family street festival in Decatur’s downtown business district.

The Bad: This adventure includes a 15,000 square foot haunted house, and a haunted warehouse tour.

The Scary: The house is haunted by zombies, beasts, monsters, and roaming sinister characters and the warehouse tour promises a paranormal experience.

Mazon Dungeon Of Terror, Mazon, Illinois, 30 minutes from Pontiac

The Good: Sponsored by area businesses, this terrifying attraction will have a lights on matinee on Saturday, October 24th from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Admission will be canned goods for the local food pantry.

The Bad: This haunted store front is so scary, the producers installed several emergency exits for those scared out of their wits.

The Scary: Prisoners, ghouls and clowns haunt the Dungeon of Terror, but the Maze of Terror tests your survival skills at every turn.


Baldwin Asylum, Rantoul, Illinois, 1 hour 15 minutes from Pontiac


The Good: The Asylum was renovated for more screams in 2015.

The Bad: Baldwin Asylum is a journey through the aftermath of a witch’s curse. Come with us as we expand her curse from the start to the brutal end!

The Scary: This haunt is 10,000 square feet of long, dark terror-filled experiences.


Happy Haunting!


Plant a Money Tree

by Terry Sullivan - Lyons-Sullivan Realty

Tree planting season has arrived! It may seem odd to be putting in trees when leaves are falling, but late spring and early fall are the best times to plant new trees on your property. 

Did you know that planting trees makes your home more valuable? An article on says  that “a Clemson University study found that homeowners get a 100 percent or more return on the money they put into landscaping.”

The Wall Street Journal reports, “In an analysis of 2,608 real-estate transactions over 10 months, researchers found that homes with ‘street trees’ those planted between the sidewalk and street, sold for $7,130 more, on average, than homes without street trees.”)

The number of trees on your lot is also important. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, “18 percent of repeat buyers and 25 percent of buyers purchasing a new home said that being on a wooded lot or on a lot with many trees was very important to them, according to National Association of REALTORS®' home buyer and seller surveys.”

Before you can increase your property value by more than $7,000, you need to determine what type of tree will fit your property and your part of the country. 

Luckily, the Arbor Day Foundation has created a tree finder that takes the guesswork out of all aspects of choosing a tree. From determining your hardiness zone to types of trees, sizes of trees, growth rate and type of soil, you can’t miss when you try out their Tree Wizard.

The best news is that if you join the Arbor Day Foundation, they will send you 10 free trees to get started on beautiful landscaping in your yard.

Once you receive your trees or purchase trees from a nursery or home improvement store, you will need to learn how to plant them, as good planting makes for good plants.

According to, moderate temperatures and rainfall are ideal conditions for new trees to take root. Additionally, giving the tree time before the harsh winter freeze will ensure healthy roots. 

While digging a hole is instrumental to tree planting, there are a few other steps that will help your tree to root properly and grow strong. Check out this informational video on 

Plant a tree and watch your investment grow! For more ideas on improving your property value, visit us here.

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