Five of the Best Halloween Light Shows
Check out the houses with some of the most mysteriously alluring musical displays of the past few years
It's the time of year for ghosts, goblins and spooky light shows. For the past few years, homes covered with lights flashing in sync with some of the year's most popular songs (and spooky classics from years' past) have become viral sensations, with YouTube videos of the displays amassing millions of views and the shows themselves drawing thousands of spectators. Get in the Halloween mood by checking out some of the best displays from this and past years.
Kevin Judd's "Party Rock Anthem" Show
Kevin Judd's Riverside, Calif. light shows became a viral sensation after he created one that synced up to LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" in 2011. The YouTube video, which has more than 12 million views, features lit-up faces singing along as the lights flash to the beat. The display was so popular that thousands of people a day reportedly camped out in front of the house to catch the show and LMFAO visited the house to film a commercial and used the show as part of their American Music Awards performance. Judd also created light shows to go with "Thriller," a light show staple; "This Is Halloween" from The Nightmare Before Christmas, another popular choice; and "Monster Mash." But in 2012, his neighborhood homeowners association shut down the light display. It looks like the Judds have moved, though, and his company, Creative Lighting Displays, has been teasing a 2014 show on its Facebook page. Until that one debuts, take a look at his 2011 masterpiece below.
Edwards Landing Lights' "Gangnam Style" and "What Does the Fox Say?" Shows
With Judd shut down for the past two years, the folks at Edwards Landing Lights took up the torch for viral Halloween light shows set to some of the year's biggest hits, setting their 2012 and 2013 shows to "Gangnam Style," with more than 3.7 million YouTube views, and "What Does the Fox Say?", with almost 7 million YouTube views. Their 2014 show — to "Bang Bang," by Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J — hit YouTube on Friday and already looks to be a classic.
Steve Jandick and Nick Thomas' Naperville, Ill. Shows
In the Chicago suburbs, slightly more obscure choices soundtrack equally captivating displays created by Steve Jandick and Nick Thomas, who told ABC News that they spend all year working on the project, something they've been doing for 15 years. The elaborate decorations at Thomas' Naperville, Ill. home include a lawn filled with ghosts, goblins, skeletons, coffins, tombstones and pumpkins.
The house has light shows set to several songs from various genres, with some of the best ones being light displays synced to Fall Out Boy's "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark," Rob Zombie's "Dragula," The XX's "Intro," Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Lady Gaga's "Poker Face." Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz even praised the show. The shows draw thousands of people each year, according to reports.
Odessa West's "Crazy Train" Show
The sights are a bit spookier in Odessa, Texas, with eerie light shows set to Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train," which has amassed 1.4 million views since 2011, Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Thriller" and other tracks. Watch the "Crazy Train" show below.
MarkH3474's "Ghostbusters" Show
The forces behind this spooky 2011 light show set to the Ghostbusters theme are a bit of a mystery. But the "Ghostbusters" show created by MarkH3474, as he's known on YouTube, has amassed 1.2 million YouTube views with lights flashing out from the darkness like ghosts emerging from the shadows. The pulsing lights also tap into the alarm-like sounds strewn throughout the Ray Parker Jr. classic.
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MarkH3474's YouTube account shows that he previously created displays to "I Put a Spell on You," "Thriller, "I Got a Feeling" and more. The frenetic Black Eyed Peas-soundtracked clip, embedded below the "Ghostbusters" video, is also particularly engaging.