A labor of love leads to a Halloween show for all

Howard County Times

Kick off Halloween with a real visual treat by checking out a homemade holiday light display.

The Browns Bridge Light Show presents festive lights set to seasonal music that the whole family will enjoy. Designer David Wood has been creating the Halloween light show at his house for four years. He also produces a Christmas display.

“I was inspired by a combination of other animated light displays in the area and by watching too many Christmas light fight episodes on TV,” Wood said.

It takes Wood a year to build and prepare updates to the displays. After ordering lights from China in January, he builds new props in February and March and then tests them in April and May. The summer is spent synchronizing the lights to music. Coordinating the elements can take anywhere from 10 to 15 hours per song. This year he plans to add eight new songs for the Christmas show.

“I started researching how to do lights, where to find the vendors for the hobby and put together my first show five years ago,” Wood said. “It was about that time I realized how deep this rabbit hole goes. So I have slowly added and built up my show over the course of the last few years.”

Wood has added an interactive element to the Halloween display this fall. Audience members have the opportunity to start the show by pressing a “big red button.” The full show includes 10 songs interspersed with spirited jokes for a 42-minute run time.

Visit the display at 7621 Browns Bridge Road in Highland. Viewers are invited to pull into the driveway to watch and tune their radios to 87.9 FM to listen to the music. The show runs nightly from 7 to 10 p.m. through Oct. 31.

Local establishments have Halloween happenings planned as well.

Haunted Hallow’s Eve will take place at the River Hill Village Center on Friday, Oct. 26. The Village Center Shops will offer trick or treating from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. A haunted house, crafts and games will be hosted in Claret Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is sponsored by River Hill Community Association, KIMCO Realty and River Hill Village Center merchants.

River Hill Grill also will host its Halloween party that evening.

The merchants, restaurants and businesses of Clarksville Commons, 12230-12240 Clarksville Pike, will welcome trick or treaters on Oct. 31, from 3 to 5 p.m. Only treats will be handed out … no tricks!

Looking ahead to the gift-giving holidays, a Beat the Rush craft show will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the St. Louis Pastoral Center. Artisans, crafters and direct sales vendors will give shoppers an opportunity to get a jump start on their holiday shopping.

Mark your calendar for River Hill High School’s fall drama production, “Anne of Green Gables.” The adaptation of L.M. Montgomery’s beloved story will be performed in the newly renovated high school auditorium on Nov. 1 and 2, at 7 p.m., Nov. 3 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. They may be purchased online at rhhs.seatyourself.biz.

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