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Bringing the nightmare to life: Local home celebrates ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ with Halloween decor

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Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012 7:00 am

Jack Skellington and many old favorites from “Halloween Town” have taken over “Ahwatukee Town” once again at the Powers home.

The Ahwatukee Foothills home, located at 2537 E. Amberwood Drive, is celebrating Halloween with an all out nighttime light and animatronics show every Friday and Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. through Halloween night.

Steve Powers, an airline pilot for US Airways, began the tradition of decorating his home for Halloween when his daughter was very young. Now his 12-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn, is just one of many people who encourages him to keep it going each year.

“I say every year, ‘I think this will be the last year’ and I get parents coming out from all over saying, ‘You can’t do that. The kids love it,’” Powers said.

He has done many themes over the years, including “Pirates of the Caribbean,” but four years ago after a trip to Disneyland he was told he should try “Nightmare Before Christmas.”

All of the characters and most of the decorations are hand-made by Powers. He studied countless still shots from the movie to make everything as exact as possible. He also searched the Internet for the best tips and tricks on how to bring his characters to life.

Now his seven-minute show is narrated by a skeleton and recounts the story of the “Nightmare Before Christmas” with flashes of light and characters that talk and sing. Each year he tries to do something a little different and says kids from the neighborhood take note of every little change, which makes it fun.

Powers estimates he gets between 70 and 100 visitors each Friday and Saturday night. The most common questions he gets are, “Where do you store everything?” (It all comes apart and stores very nicely), “What do you do for Christmas?” (He does simple Christmas lights), and “What do your neighbors think?” (They’re all very nice. The next door neighbor even turns off their porch light so it doesn’t interfere with the show).

“Halloween is just so fun,” Powers said. “You can get really creative with Halloween. You can go anywhere with it. Also, all the kids are out walking around so you get more of an audience than with Christmas.”

The show runs as often as there’s an audience for it. It’s meant to be a family-friendly show and will be up through Halloween night.


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