Hamilton Beach decks out house for Halloween
by Benjamin Fang
Oct 14, 2020 | 202 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
“The Walking Dead” is a new theme that Michael Giglio put up on the left side of his house.
“The Walking Dead” is a new theme that Michael Giglio put up on the left side of his house.
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The lights come on for the decorations every day starting at 7 p.m.
The lights come on for the decorations every day starting at 7 p.m.
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Giglio’s installation includes 40,000 purple and orange lights.
Giglio’s installation includes 40,000 purple and orange lights.
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Hamilton Beach resident Michael Giglio is well known for his annual dazzling and elaborate Christmas light displays, but he’s also drawing attention for his Halloween decorations.

This year’s October installation features 40,000 purple and orange lights. On the right side of his house, located at 102-24 Rau Court, is a “Happy Halloween” setup that is kid-friendly.

On the left side, however, is a new theme that Giglio calls “The Walking Dead.” The decorations include a graveyard, walking zombies, tombstones and more.

“That is brand new for this year,” he said.

Giglio spent eight hours a day, seven days a week over the last month putting up the decorations. He had to overcome usual challenges like flooding by hanging his installations more than two feet above the ground.

“Just in case I get a surge of water down the block, it will not ruin the decorations,” he said. “Everything has to be put up in the air.”

So far this year, the retired Hamilton Beach resident said about 80 cars have visited the light display. Giglio said they usually stand in front of the house “with their mouths wide open.”

Giglio said he will usually sit outside of his home to welcome visitors. He also typically asks them two questions: where they’re from and how they found out about the decorations. He said many hear about it from neighbors or see it on Facebook.

“I wish people would get out of their cars because they cannot view the details of the decorations,” he said.

On the day of Halloween, Giglio said he expects between 150 to 200 people to visit, including kids, for whom he will distribute candy. He said the decorations will stay on until midnight.

Until then, the lights will be on from Mondays to Thursdays between 7 and 9 p.m., and on the weekends from 7 to 10 p.m.

“I welcome everybody from all over to come and admire my hard work,” Giglio said. “The more people I see, the more excited I get.”
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