How did Plainfield keep Max out of his Stranger Things Halloween decorations?

Plainfield, IL (CBS) — At Plainfield, Halloween decorations aren’t just spooky.

Like millions of people online, we’ve seen it on TikTok time and time again, but we just can’t fathom how it’s possible.

A real girl dressed as Sadie Sink’s Max Mayfield character from “Stranger Things” appears to be floating in mid-air. But the family behind her remains a mystery as to how it works.

CBS 2’s Jermont Terry went to see it all for himself on Friday night.

Dave Appel and his wife, Aubrey, go big with Halloween decorations each year. This year he started on August 1st.

“And from the moment you get home from work,” said Dave Appel.

Year after year, the finished product proves to be both dramatic and terrifying. The giant spider in the garage, the fog covering the driveway, and the Stranger Things monster Demogorgon standing in front and in the middle of the lawn.

But this time, there’s one particular prop that’s getting everyone’s attention, even referring to the family-favorite hit Netflix series Stranger Things.



“There are a lot of fanatics like us, so we wanted to create the most iconic scene of the show. We wanted to create something that probably no one else could try,” said Dave. Appel said.

People were baffled when the family decided to replicate the levitating Max from Stranger Things.

“How – or you know – the wonder, ‘Where does it come from? How do they do it?’

Dave and Aubrey created a simple TikTok for the Max display. It currently has over 14 million views. Everyone wants to know what keeps Max afloat.

Dave tells us otherwise.

“It’s not a drone. It’s not a helium balloon,” he said.

It’s all about the sense of mystery.

“I never thought it would happen,” said Dave Appel.

If you wanted to know the secret of Hovering Max in this story, unfortunately that wish won’t come true. Appels isn’t ready to reveal the secret yet.

But the display is the center of attention. CBS 2’s Terry happened to see Max floating on TikTok and ran into a neighbor who tried to walk past.

Netflix was also on board, calling Appels “the #001 fan no doubt.”

Dave Appel looked a little incredulous, but he was willing to claim the title given the work he and his family had done.

“It makes me feel great,” he said. “very.”

But what’s even more amazing is that Appels are doing something as a family. And it has brought smiles and screams to many other families.

“That’s why we want to keep it going, to make the kids happy,” said Aubrey Appel. How did Plainfield keep Max out of his Stranger Things Halloween decorations?

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