Epic Halloween Light Show Shut Down, Then Permitted to Reopen
UPDATE, 1:30p ET: Good news! A permit has reportedly been granted to allow the show to resume.
This is a major Halloween bummer for people in Riverside, California.
Police shut down a popular event in which a house was turned into a 12,000-light show.
YouTube is filled with videos from residents who had flocked to Kevin Judd's house in years past for the synchronized light-and-music show.
Judd put on the show from 2008 to 2011, then had to stop in response to a rule by his homeowners association. This year's show was being held at a friend's house.
Police, however, shut down the show after getting complaints from neighbors about noise, blocked roads and spectators watching from other residents' lawns.
More details from the Riverside Press Enterprise:
Facebook lit up late Sunday and Monday with people expressing outrage at those who had complained. Mark Betty said he wished anyone bothered would have come to him first so they could have worked something out.
Some neighbors interviewed Monday noted the increased traffic in the area, and one complained about someone parking in his driveway, but many liked having the show in their neighborhood.
“It’s great for the kids,” said Raul De La Torre, who lives next door. “But I could see that it wears on people.”
De La Torre praised Betty and Judd for their communication with neighbors.
Brandi Justice, who lives four doors down from the Bettys, said her family can’t hear the music unless they step out on the porch. She said her family enjoys the shows.
“There’s been some grumbling. Some of the neighbors are not as happy,” Justice said.
Denise Gastelum, who said Judd is a friend, said she has seen his shows in three different years.
“We’re really bummed. The kids are bummed. Everyone was just really disappointed,” she said.
Judd said he isn’t certain whether he will stage more shows next year. He will look into getting a permit. He figures he might have to find a commercial space, which would likely cost money to rent.