October 16, 2013
For the last six months, a Fluvanna County man has been preparing his yard for Halloween.
Jeff Spinello's house on Lewis Court at Lake Monticello has become known for massive holiday displays, but this year is his biggest yet.
"There's a lot of people who come every year who have said this is the best," said Spinello.
Monsters, skeletons and ghosts can be seen in the trees, on his porch and covering the grass. And while the decorations fill his property, cars fill the street.
"A lot of traffic. There's a lot of traffic that comes through here during this light show," said neighbor Terri Arroyo. "Usually it's a lot of vans with a bunch of kids and you hear the kids just enjoying it. You can see the excitement. They stop. They pull over."
Arroyo and her step daughter, Patrisha Naylor, don't have to go far to enjoy it. They simply line up their lawn chairs across the street to take in the scenery.
"It's our own private concert every night," said Arroyo. "We get to hear the music, we get to see the lights."
Spinello says the Lake Monticello community has been supportive of his festive efforts.
"The neighbors are pretty good about it," he said. "There's some issues with people that can't get into their driveways sometimes. We've had some comments at Halloween about the amount of candy people have to buy because of the number of people we draw."
But that large crowd is helping out a local group used to lights of their own -- the Lake Monticello Fire & Rescue.
Spinello has set out a small donation box amid the display, and all of the money collected will go to the volunteer squad. About half of the squad's operating budget comes directly from community donations.
The Halloween display is located at 4 Lewis Court in Lake Monticello. It will run through Halloween.