By Shamce Ahmad |Staff Writer|
Creative Lighting Displays have taken the festivities of Halloween to the next level with their extravagant home light-show set to a myriad of Halloween tunes and themes.
The corner of Deercreek Drive in Riverside, was a busy one this Halloween season thanks to the work of Kevin Judd and his team.
The show incorporates a bevy of LED light strips running along the frames of the front of the house and also designed in the shape of spooky Halloween themed faces.
Two large television screens and large sets of speakers provide the crowd with an idea of what’s going on in the show exactly.
The annual show ran from Thursday through Sunday nights for the final two weeks of October, as well as Halloween on Monday.
The whole event is a great time for children and adults alike.
“It’s a place for all these kids to come and have a good time,” said Henry G, a first-time viewer of the show.
The show was laid out with 6 different songs that had thematic skits and light patterns cued to them, which culminated in a 30-35 minute show.
“My favorite part of the show had to be the Ghostbusters skit, but the kids loved the Sponge Bob skit the most, of course,” said Marvin S, who was here with his family.
The owner of the show, Kevin Judd, shared how the show came together back in 2008.
“It originally started off as a plan for Christmas lights,” Judd said. “We ended up starting with a small pumpkin lighting display and added faces and full strips of lighting in the following years after the popularity rose.“
The show went viral across the Internet about six years ago, with videos of the shows collecting up to 14 million views on YouTube.
Since then the crowds have been massive for the shows. “We get thousands of people a night coming around to see the show on average,” said Judd. “ The 28th of this month was huge, with around 3,000 folks showing up.”
It’s clear that the show has a massive following in the community and across the nation. The company has expanded to do shows around the U.S., as well as sell products for shows through their website.
The motivation behind doing the show resonates among the community, as Creative Lighting Displays employs volunteers from the city and has the support of city councilman Paul Davis.
“We work with the Park and Recreations department to get all the proper equipment for set up and road closures,” said Judd.
He also mentioned that, “the neighbors have all given written consent and have been great as well about the whole event down here.”
Judd has a big part of life involved in this great display.
He noted that, “when you turn on those lights for the first time, and see all the programming and work go into motion, that’s when we feel really special.”
It’s big for him to put together something this big for the community.
Creative Lighting Displays has created a great event for the community to come together and appreciate for years to come.