Southern California man Kevin Judd was disappointed when police initially shut down his Halloween themed music and lights show, after authorities received complaints that the display was annoying.
Judd’s display included 12,000 lights synchronized to songs like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and “Nightmare Before Christmas”. Last week, Judd and his friends Melanie and Mark Betty began offering half-hour shows every night. Each show began at 7:30 p.m. and drew crowds of families who often danced outside.
However, on Sunday, police responded by shutting down the residential display in Riverside. According to authorities, enough complaints about the sound and lights had been made to put a stop to the shows.
“The residents who called in felt there was excessive noise and also they complained about people in the streets with cars moving and so forth," Riverside City Councilman Paul Davis said. “It created a public safety issue.”
Judd noted that the shut down was disappointing, and argued that families at nearby baseball games generally make more noise than his show did.
Raul De La Torre, a neighbor, said the shows were great for kids, but that he understood how the display might wear on people.
Despite the initial shutdown, Davis worked with Judd to receive a last minute block party permit from the city, which Davis noted should make the block safer. The permit allows loud noise until 10 p.m. and requires homeowners to set up barricades and cones.
Footage of the light show has accumulated more than 150,000 views on YouTube.