Visit Tempe’s “Nightmare Before Christmas” House
Drive down El Freda Road in Tempe and you’ll see one of the most elaborately decorated houses in the city. Jessica and Francis Brown decorated their house after the 1993 classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. From the street, garland and Christmas lights illuminate “Nightmare Town,” large fangs hang from the monster house, and color-changing eyes peer down at passer-bys from the second-floor windows.
“We’re big Disney fans,” said Jessica in a Facebook Live with ABC15 on Wednesday evening. Her favorite attraction at Disneyland is the Haunted Mansion.
“We’ve wanted to decorate our house for the longest possible time,” she said. “So why not have Halloween and Christmas together which is perfect for “Nightmare Before Christmas?”
The husband-and-wife team collaborated with Aerin and Eric of Therascapes Design, a local design company, to design, build and stage the display.
Each of the character statues and snow-covered stone walls was carved and hand-painted, said Aerin. It took the two-person team about eight weeks to complete.
The lights and music will be turned on nightly at sunset (typically 5:30 p.m.) and will stay on through 10 p.m. Since the display covers both holidays, Jessica said the plan is to keep it up through New Year’s Eve.
They want people to get an up-close look at the house and are encouraging people to park along the street and walk up to the house. The porch has been decorated with Halloween-themed Christmas trees, skeleton figurines, and an interactive Jack Skellington.
The homeowners plan to collect toys to donate to a charity for the holidays, but those details were still being finalized.
Visit the house at 1001 E El Freda Road, Tempe AZ 85284 – lights on at sunset through 10 p.m. Please be mindful when parking and going up to the house as it is in a neighborhood.
View the original article here to see a 360 degree view of the house before you go!