Archive for Thursday, October 28, 2010

Night lights: Lawrence man uses lights and music to create unique Halloween experience

Lawrence resident Lee Howe talks about his intricately designed Halloween display that is set to music.

October 28, 2010


It’s no secret that it’s easy to catch Michael Jackson’s full-length “Thriller” video this time of year.

But you’ve never seen “Thriller” like it’s being done these days at 2920 Pebble Lane.

Each night until Nov. 1, the Lawrence home of Lee and Mary Kay Howe lights up to a choreographed light-and-sound show set to dark favorites like “Thriller” and “Phantom of the Opera.”

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Lawrence resident Lee Howe has created a light show for Halloween on display at his house at 2920 Pebble Lane. Next up? A big Christmas display.

The show starts at 6:30 p.m. and cycles through a handful of songs for each show, running until 10 p.m. The shows run back to back, and they don’t even disrupt the neighbors.

“I have it broadcasting through a radio station that I created, so it doesn’t have the music, so you have to listen to the car radio,” says Lee Howe of the show’s music.

The project started when Howe decided to throw his energy into a Christmas lights-and-music production. Once he got that designed and planned, Mary Kay suggested he come up with a Halloween display to fill the time until he could roll out his Christmas show. It was obviously a loving suggestion on her part, because it’s Mary Kay who’s assigned to a lot of the dirty work.

“I’m scared of heights. My wife, actually, had to go up the ladder and do the high points somehow,” Howe says. “She’s a co-conspirator.”

Howe says he’ll retire the show after Halloween and then descend to his “laboratory” — the basement — to do dry runs of the Christmas program, which he says is finished except for the hanging of the lights, which will be done in mid-November.

As much as Howe’s excited to start the Christmas shows, he’s also dreading the emptiness that will surely come when it’s all dark again at 2920 Pebble Lane.

“I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do because I’m really going to miss it. I really, really enjoy doing it,” he says. “I don’t know that I’ll do Valentine’s but I at least know I’ll do something about Christmas and Halloween.”


Mikeusa 7 years, 8 months ago

How fun and what a great way to handle the audio!!

I will definitely do a drive by!!

Boo ravo!

leedavid 7 years, 8 months ago

Hey thanks Mike. Please do come by and I hope you enjoy the show.

Toni Brou 7 years, 8 months ago

Why doesn't the article list what to tune the car radio to, in order to listen to the music?

pissedinlawrence 7 years, 7 months ago

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errita 7 years, 7 months ago

Awesome! I can't wait to drive by with my husband tonight and with the kids tomorrow! Thanks for all your hard work!!

Zachary Stoltenberg 7 years, 7 months ago

Way to go Lee! Can't wait for Christmas now that there are three of us! Let me know if you need setup or tear down help. See you Sunday Night ;)

bkreed1960 7 years, 7 months ago

Loved it! Just came back from seeing it and so well orchestrated. Can't wait for the Christmas display.

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