Top 7 Outrageous Halloween Houses of 2012


If you miss the spectacularly spooky light show earlier the night, have no fear, because he has it on a loop where the production runs about seven or eight times in a night.

His neighbors love the show. "They're either outside every night or looking out their windows, looking at how many people are watching, or how many cars are pulling up. They enjoy it," Johnson said. "A couple neighbors want to join in, want me to make pumpkin houses for their houses."

Johnson's favorite part is watching his audience's reactions to the whole show.

Haunted Halloween Lair - Spanish Fork, Utah

Matt Champneys said his "neighbors would be disappointed" if he stopped creating his Haunted Halloween Lair. Although there are a select few neighbors that complain about the amount of people that show up to walk through his family's creepy corridors, Champneys is comforted by the fact "there's no law against having people to your house" and said the police have always been really nice about it.

Champneys' daughter, Jessica, first decided she wanted to start elaborately decorating their home for Halloween when she was eight years old.

"She called it a 'Spooky Hollow Fright.' She just decided to do it by herself, so I decided I should help her. Now she's 19 and she's having a lot of fun. She's still doing it," Champneys said.

There is no charge to take the five-minute walk-through of their home. The Champneys family, along with a little help from friends, act as tour guides telling jokes and stories of the set-up as they take you from one point to the next.

"We have a graveyard and one of my favorite jokes is that we have a famous composer buried here, but now he's just decomposing," Chamneys laughed.

The family has been doing this for 10 years. When they first started they only had about 100 people walk through the home. Now, Champneys said, "We're overrun. It's a lot of fun."

Mansion of Macabre - Palm Harbor, Fla.

Dr. Paul Duryea is an orthodontist by day, Halloween-aficionado by night. He's been decorating his "yard haunt" for so long, he's gotten to be friends with some big-name players in the decorating industry, such as people that manufacture props for Six Flags and other large scale events.

"It's been a lot of fun. For me, it's a hobby and I do it to entertain my patients," Duryea said.

Dubbed the 'Mansion of Macabre,' the yard haunt accepts donations for the Florida Suncoast Hospice. Duryea's neighbors are "very cognizant of the fact" he wants to respect their privacy, and explains "they've been extremely tolerant and gracious because it's for charity."

Duryea believes Halloween is a great holiday for kids, and a great excuse for parents to get out and spend quality time with their children.

He tries to make his haunt as realistic as possible, saying, "Most people think they're going to come here and just see a bunch of pumpkins, but I've got over a ton of smoke machines. The smoke is scented like swamp. It's not bloody, it's not gory. It's just very realistic. Everything from an electric chair to hangmen, and every year I keep trying to improve, making it better and refining it."

Pirate Ship Halloween Yard - Chesapeake, Va.

Cindy Matthews, 40, has been decorating her mother's and her own yard for 12 years straight. She got inspired by playing around online looking at Halloween DIY projects and videos, and her passion grew from there.

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