Jessica and Francis Brown love Halloween so much they got married a couple of days before the holiday. Now, their love has manifested itself as an enormous Halloween home display in south Tempe for everyone to enjoy. Stop by the home just east of Rural Road on El Freda Road to see the Browns’ fantastical interpretation of “Nightmare Before Christmas.”
The house is alive with giant teeth and windows that are glowing eyes and a doorbell that becomes a green roaming eyeball. In the yard are Tim Burton-style stand-ups depicting the Brown family. Jack Skellington talks to you when you touch him. A spiny Christmas wreath growls. Christmas trees move.
It’s family-fun. Most kids likely won’t be scared by any of it. The Browns would know – they have young kids themselves.
The Browns invite the entire community to see the decorations, free of charge. But beyond decorating this beautiful house as a seasonal gift, on Halloween night, if you stop by, there will be a donation bin so that people can donate toys for a non-profit. Bring the kids. If you can, bring a toy.
After Halloween, the house will begin to transition to a more yuletide theme. Be sure to stop by again during the holiday season.
The home is located on East El Freda Road between Elliott and Warner Roads, to the east of Rural Road.
Besides enjoying the decorations, are you looking for a fun and safe way to trick or treat with the kids in South Tempe? The 40th Annual Halloween Carnival will be held at Kiwanis Park in Tempe on October 28th from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Families can participate in carnival games and enjoy live entertainment, face painting, food booths, train rides, inflatables, a toddler play area and more. Wear your best costume to participate in the annual Halloween costume contest for your chance to win prizes. Admission to the Family Halloween Carnival is free. Tickets for attractions, games and food booths can be purchased for 25 cents a piece. Most activities require 3 to 4 tickets.
Source: City of Tempe and Tempe Tourism Office