Each year around Halloween, Ahwatukee Foothills resident Doug Maldonado says his goal is to make his home light up as brightly as the kids that visit.
Maldonado has been decorating his home at 16806 S. 24th Place for the past four years or so. His house has thousands of Halloween lights and dozens of inflatables on display. All of the decor is family-friendly.
“I’m from the East Coast and back in the East Coast, everyone does Christmas and decorates their houses huge,” Maldonado said. “Here, Halloween seems to be a big deal. Everyone hangs out and parties, so that’s why I do it. I do it because we’ve got 20-something kids down this block. The kids love it.”
The decorations take about a month to set up. Between other activities, Maldonado said he spends about two hours a day in September testing lights and putting them up around the house. He even puts a few strands up for neighbors to help get them into the spirit.
Each year the display changes a little. Maldonado tries to add a few more inflatables and get rid of ones that are starting to fade. He said he’s learned to move quickly when he finds some new decorations in stores.
“When they start putting out the decorations in August, you have to act fast,” he said.
Despite all the work it takes to set up the display, it all comes down in about four hours on Nov. 1.
The house is illuminated each night from about 6:30 to 9 p.m. Visitors are welcome to drive by any time to view the lights.
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