A Home Alone Holiday


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Four guests got the opportunity to stay at the Home Alone house on December 12th.

Tiana Salisbury, Editor

On December 12th, four lucky fans were able to stay the night at the iconic house from Home Alone located in Winnetka, Illinois. The house was available for rent on Airbnb for one night only. On December 7th, booking for the stay opened at 2:00 p.m. ET, and the cost per person was $25. This astonishing price only caused there to be more competition to secure a booking for this opportunity, making it no surprise that the house rental requests were fully booked that same day.

The four guests’ stay at the Home Alone was hosted by protagonist Kevin McCallister’s older brother, Buzz McCallister. Although Buzz has been recalled to be pugnacious in Home Alone, he claims to have developed a more easygoing personality after growing up. In fact, he remarks, “You may not remember me as particularly accommodating, but I’ve grown up, and I’d be happy to share my family home – my pizza, even – with you this holiday season. Just try not to let my tarantula, Axl, loose this time.”

During their stay, the four guests had numerous unique experiences. According to the home’s description on Airbnb, the house was festively decorated and furnished to provide guests with a nostalgic yet cozy feel. A “meet and greet with a real-life tarantula” was also organized to resemble Kevin’s encounters with Axl. Guests were also able to set the movie’s renowned booby traps, such as the hanging paint cans above the staircase. Buzz comments on this and says, “We may all be older and wiser now, but we’re never too old for holiday hijinks.”

I think the guests who got the opportunity to stay at the Home Alone house are very lucky!”

— Madison Liao (11)

To further provide guests with the movie-like feeling, they were served 90’s style junk food, including “Chicago’s finest pizza” and “a candlelit dinner of microwavable Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.” Guests were also shown Home Sweet Home Alone, a newly released film that is part of the Home Alone franchise on Disney+. The four guests were also gifted a LEGO Ideas Home Alone set to take home with them to remind them of their remarkable stay. Madison Liao (11) responds to this and thinks that “the guests who got the opportunity to stay at the Home Alone house are very lucky!”

The house’s description on Airbnb states that throughout their stay, the four guests were required to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines, including mask-wearing and social distancing. Guests were also responsible for their own travel accommodations to and from Chicago.

Even though the chance to stay at this house was very limited, it definitely offered the guests an incredible and unique experience.