How did a Plainfield family get a Max to drift from ‘Stranger Things’ Halloween decorations?


Plainfield, Ill. (CBS) — In Plainfield, a Halloween decoration goes beyond horror.

We’ve watched TikTok over and over again, like millions of people online, and still, we don’t understand how it’s possible.

It looks like a real girl flying in the sky dressed as Sadie Sink’s character Max Mayfield from “Stranger Things”. It’s not a real person – it’s a book – but the family behind it keeps it a mystery as to how it works

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

Dave Apple and his wife, Aubrey, go big every year for Halloween decorations. This year, they start on August 1.

“And then every moment we get home from work,” Dave Appel said.

Each year, the final product has proven dramatic and gory — giant spiders in the garage, fog blanketing the driveway, the “Stranger Things” giant Demogorgon standing in the middle of the front and lawn.

But this time, there’s one particular prop — also referencing “Stranger Things,” a hit Netflix series that families love — and it’s getting everyone’s attention.



“There are a lot of people out there who are just as fanatical as we are, so we wanted to do something that was the most iconic scene from the show; something that maybe no one else could attempt,” says Dave Appel.

When the family decided to replicate Max from “Stranger Things” flying through the air, it shocked people.

“How – or the choice wonder, you know – ‘Where? Where is it coming from? How are they doing it?'” says Dave Appel.

Dave and Aubrey made a quick TikTok of Max’s display – and it now has over 14 million views. Everyone wants to know what keeps Max afloat.

Dave will tell you what not.

“It’s not a drone. It’s not helium or a balloon,” he said, “and we thought it was more fun to put it under wraps.”

The sense of mystery is what it’s all about.

“We didn’t think it would happen,” said Dave Appel.

If you were hoping to find the secret of Hovering Max in this story, unfortunately, your wish will not be granted. Apple is not yet ready to reveal the secret.

But the display is eye-catching. CBS 2’s Terry ran into some neighbors who saw Max floating on TikTok and wanted to drive by – and who reported that there were a lot of “Stranger Things” fans in line behind them.

Even Netflix has joined in on the fun – calling Apple their “#001 fan for sure”.

Dave Apple seemed a bit in disbelief, but he was willing to claim the title because of the work he and his family had done.

“It makes me feel amazing,” he said. “It’s amazing.”

But even more amazing is the fact that the Apples are doing something as a family – and bringing laughter and shouts to many other families.

“That’s what makes us want to keep doing it, making the kids happy,” said Aubrey Appel