GREEN Tony Biviano is no stranger to decorating for Halloween or Christmas. His display each year at 4781 Wildflower Drive always draws a crowd.
This is the fourth year he has been doing the display on Wildflower.
This year, Biviano’s Halloween display has new songs including 24K Magic by Bruno Mars and the Ghostbuster theme. The songs can be listened to through the car radio at 93.5 FM.
New this year also are four LED dancing skeletons, three LED pumpkin stacks and an LED ghost to the light show. Biviano said he also added a 7-foot Pennywise The Clown and other decorations. There are also skeletons climbing up the side of the house.
With all these decorations Biviano has to devote an area to store it.
"We keep all of our decorations at our house, above the garage, in our basement, and in our shed," Biviano said. "I'm really good at shoving a lot into a small space. I pack it in like a professional Tetris player."
A lot of hours goes into the display, but Biviano said it is worth it. One aspect of the show he works on year-round is sequencing the songs with the lights.
"There's days where I get up at 5 a.m. to work on the light show on my computer," Biviano said. "As for the physical setup outside, it takes a couple of weeks. I manage a restaurant, so there is little free time, and I decorate when I can."
Without distractions he said he could probably get it all set up within three days if he worked from sun up to sun down. This year, he had some help from friends and neighbors.
Through the years, the display helps raise money for Akron Children’s Hospital, but this year a second cause has been added, the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank.
"A big reason we do this is because families love our show," Biviano said. "For some, it's a family tradition to see the light show each year. Most know about the Christmas show, but every year more and more people learn about the Halloween show, and its popularity has grown immensely."
Biviano said he enjoys getting feedback about the show, but most of all he enjoys seeing parents taking pictures of their children in front of the props.
Donations for Akron Children’s Hospital can be placed in the donation box affixed to the mailbox through Jan. 1, 2018, and food donations can be placed in the green barrel.
"A huge shout out to the neighbors across the street, Peter and Clarissa Tsarnas," Biviano said. "Every October and December they deal with the lights and the traffic, and not once have complained. They offer nothing but praise for what we do."
He asks those coming to see the lights to keep the volume at a reasonable level, turn off their headlights, stay out of the way of the flow of traffic and never block driveways.
The Halloween light display runs Sunday through Thursday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. through Oct. 31.