Avery Park home offers frightfully good time
by Bradley Hartsell
Todd and Beth Walker wanted to have a place their four (and soon to be five) grandchildren could enjoy when they visited for the holidays.
So what did Todd Walker do? He did a lot of reading online, scouring forums to learn how to build his own light show synchronized with an FM radio station.
'It came about last year before Thanksgiving,' said Walker. 'I came up with an idea for something fun for our kids and grandkids.'
The Walkers, originally from Ohio, have four kids scattered with families of their own throughout the country. The holidays are the only time everyone can gather together, and for Walker, he knew his young grandchildren would find their grandparents' house lit up bright something they'd always remember.
Walker, who works at Delta, built a small 'test-run' for the Fourth of July. The Halloween show is bigger but is still just a sampling of the plans the Walkers have for Christmas. Almost every window in the house holds a light structure, some with cackling jack-o-lanterns, one with big glowing eyes of a black cat. Their yard is littered with lighted gravestones, reading 'RIP,' and glowing pumpkins.
The lights beat and sing along with the music heard on the Walkers' FM station, 106.9. The station broadcast sounds range from blood-curdling screams to Halloween music family favorites like 'Monster Mash.'
'Programming music takes about an hour to two hours for every minute of music,' said Walker, detailing just how much work he's put into making a memorable Halloween experience.
At 7:15 every night, the show starts up and runs until 10 p.m. Walker says at least a couple of people stop by every night to check out the display with more likely to come as Oct. 31 nears.
'People who've driven by, our neighbors, everybody seems really positive about it,' said Walker.
The Walkers live in Avery Park. Their house sits on a corner lot with a field on the left and trees behind it. There's some distance before the next set of houses to the right. Because of this spacing, the light show doesn't distract neighbors.
The Walkers' house isn't accessible by GPS but directions aren't difficult. Those interested in the light show should simply turn onto The Boulevard off U.S. 29 N. in Newnan and enter the Avery Park neighborhood. After about a half-mile of going straight, the house is visible, brightly lighting up the night sky, to the left.
Finding the house will be half the fun and will build anticipation for the kids. Tune in to 106.9 and give them a nice Halloween treat.