Quick: What do Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Rahm Emanuel and Senator Ted Cruz all have in common?
They occupy center stage in one Wilmette family’s spooky Halloween decorations.
Mark Weyermuller and his family have been creating Halloween displays out of life-sized political figures and celebrities for years. He says the idea began years ago as a family project with his three children, who are all now in college. After a few years, they began adding life-sized figures and kept them due to their neighborhood popularity.
Besides traditional standbys such as Barack Obama and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, this year’s display also features some up-to-the-minute names such as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and former IRS official Lois Lerner.
“It changes all the time,” Weyermuller, 53, says. “I just added Lois Lerner and Kathleen Sebelius the other day, for example. I get all of my ideas from watching C-Span. All I have to do is watch for like 10 minutes, and I have a lot of new ideas.”
When asked how he makes a life-sized figure with a face for someone like Sebelius, he has a simple answer. “For her, I just used a Madonna mask and made some changes.” He notes that since he’s been doing it for a while, he does have some original masks he uses, such as those for Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel and disgraced former governor Rod Blagojevich.
He also notes that while it’s a Halloween display, there’ really isn’t too much gore.
“We don't have any death,” he said. “We do have a tombstone, however, for the dead Chicago voter.”
Besides the likes of Rahm, Barack and Blago, the Weyermuller yard also contains Russian president Vladimir Putin, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, Duck Dynasty and Walter White from “Breaking Bad”.
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