Plainfield 'Stranger Things' display reopens amid controversy with visitors showing up in costume

After receiving approval from the City of Joliet, a popular Halloween display in Plainfield reopened Friday night.

A home in the southwest suburb started gaining attention after the homeowners decorated it in the theme of the hit Netflix series "Stranger Things."

It quickly became an internet sensation, but was temporarily shut down this week after a neighbor complained about the large crowds the home was drawing and the traffic it was causing.

While the house is in Plainfield, it receives Joliet city services. On Wednesday, the homeowners went to Joliet City Hall and were granted the green light to continue. 

Now, visitors will see Joliet police on site to help direct traffic.

After that bump in the road, the focal point of the display – a floating Max Mayfield – is back.

"Everybody is here because we’re all big ‘Stranger Things’ fans, like I am, and they just want to see the house, like I do," said Gio Buono.

The attraction was resurrected Friday night and drew hundreds of people to Whispering Oaks Court.

"This is what we want to see, we want to see people coming here as if it were Halloween because we love it so much, and they get to enjoy it with us, and it’s a blast," said Dave Appel, homeowner.


The crowds were so big, visitors parked blocks away and walked just to see it.

"The display is great, and we just really appreciate the family and all the work they did to put it on, the kids love it, and it’s just great for the community as well," said Chrissy Pagonis, who visited the display on Friday.

Some visitors are such big fans, they even dressed the part.

"My favorite character is Dustin, as you can probably tell, and I really like the season 3 costume of Dustin, so I decided to dress up like him," said Buono. "I just think it’s awesome, and I really like the floating Max."

Like Buono, some are so fascinated by it, they’ve traveled quite the distance to see it.

"We woke up on Sunday morning, going to breakfast and there was a note that said, ‘Cheers from Brazil, you’re viral there too,’" said Aubrey Appel, homeowner. "It’s really incredible having people come up to us and say, ‘thank you,’ like no thank YOU for coming."

The house will be lit up for visitors each Friday, Saturday and Sunday night until Halloween – and of course, one last time on Monday, Oct. 31.

Visitors can see the home from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.