Halloween light shows at River Valley, Fort Smith, Greenwood Arkansas
The scariest time of year is here and the residents of River Valley are making the most of it.
A love for Halloween and pixelated lights has led some residents to turn their yards into colorful displays full of lights, decorations, and even music.
From Fort Smith to Greenwood, here are some light shows put on by the residents.
Extreme Light Shows – Fort Smith
Kyle Speegle’s love for Christmas lights was taken to a new extreme last year when he searched for something to get people out of the house safely during the pandemic.
Months of planning culminated in a Christmas show that left people sending her thank you notes and supportive comments online. The reaction to her first show inspired her first Halloween show.
Speegle officially launched the Halloween Extreme Light Shows exhibit on October 8.
âThe turnout has been phenomenal,â said Speegle.
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Speegle said it’s normal to watch and see 15-20 cars outside his home at night.
“When I go out to look at the lights or something and see kids hanging out the windows or in the street dancing to the music and stuff, that’s what I said to my wife is why I’m doing it. “
There are over 19,000 lights in Speegle’s Halloween exhibit that he started in mid-July.
âI put so much work into it, I’m glad people are enjoying it,â Speegle said.
Visitors can watch the light show every night from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 8005 Bridgewood Lane in Fort Smith and must tune into 101.3 FM.
Bourne Bright Light Show – Fort Smith
The Bourne family decided to put on a Halloween show after doing their first Christmas show in 2020.
With the help of Whimsical Light Shows in Barling, Kelsey McGee and her family dive head first into the world of light shows.
âWe had just moved into this house last year and we knew when we moved in that we had the idea to do a light show,â McGee said.
Whimsical Light Shows hosted their Christmas show last year and Halloween this year.
âOur favorite part is seeing how much fun the kids are having,â McGee said. “We have two kids of our own and we love it for them, but then we’ll have videos of people or sometimes, if we’re at home, we’ll see kids hanging out their windows, or sometimes they’ll get out of the car and dancing in the yard. We love to see how excited the kids are. “
The Bourne Bright Light Show currently has four songs the lights are on, but there will be two more soon, McGee said.
Catch the Bourne Show from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Saturday at 8804 Canopy Oaks Dr. in Fort Smith. Tune your radio to 101.3 FM.
Dedmon Fright Lights – Greenwood
While this isn’t the first year Shanyn Dedmon has outdone herself in the Halloween decorating department, this is the first year that she’s put on a full show for the spookiest night of the year.
A love for the holidays and seeing her sister-in-law and her friends put on Christmas shows inspired her to create Dedmon Fright Lights.
The show features thousands of lights, a projector showing Frankenstein in his living room, an 8 foot tall hand painted Jack and Sally from Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride”” with a 6ft tall Beetlejuice and Lydia from the classic “Beetlejuice”.
Dedmon said the biggest question she’s received so far about the show was the cost of her lighting bill.
âIt really stays the same,â Dedmon said. “All of the lights in my show are powered by a 12-bolt power source. Of all those lights that are powered, they are powered by a single plug-in.”
Visitors can watch the light show daily from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 1680 Plumbark Dr. in Greenwood. Tune in to 97.5 FM for the spooky tunes with the lights on.
Lights on Locust- Greenwood
Just down the road from Dedmon Fright Lights is another family going all out for one of their favorite seasons.
Lights on Locust secured a staple spot for the holiday season in Greenwood with their first show last Christmas. This year, Mikey Whisenhunt is also shifting his efforts towards Halloween.
Whisenhunt has always decorated for Halloween and uses a projector every year to show a family Halloween movie in his garage, but he wanted to do more this year.
âIt’s a labor of love,â Whisenhunt said.
The show is scheduled to begin on October 22 and will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Saturday at 190 Locust Drive in Greenwood. Visitors must tune to 101.3 FM.
Whimsical light shows – Barling
Visitors can drop by Barling for a show to pop tunes and with Mickey Mouse influence scattered through the lights and the setting.
What started out as a hobby has turned into a registered LLC where they help others create light shows, said Matthew Stout.
This is the eighth year that Stout and his wife have put on a show. Their show features around 17,000 lights, beams attached to the roof, and Mickey Mouse for kids to snap photos on on Halloween.
Stout has plans for what they want to add to each show scheduled through 2025. Programming for this year’s show began in August 2020.
Hearing the children’s parents say how excited they are for the show and how much they loved it is one of Stout’s favorite parts of doing shows every year.
âIt’s just to build these memories that families can enjoy and do something together,â Stout said.
Visitors can watch the light show, Sunday through Thursday, and 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, at 2012 Yukon Drive in Barling.
Abbi Ross is the town’s reporter for the Southwest Times Record. She can be reached at aross @ swtimes or on Twitter at @__AbbiRoss