Regan Rigsby loves Halloween.
So much so that he and his wife, Carrie, have a huge Halloween light and projection display at their residence in Seymour.
Rigsby puts the yard decorations up himself, and his wife provides moral support, he said.
"We started up the display during the first week of October," said Rigsby, who lives at 108 Meadowlark Drive East near Zion Lutheran Church on the city’s south side.
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Rigsby said he has always decorated for Halloween, just not at the same level he did this year.
"Something that makes mine a little different than the other displays is the projections," he said. "They are actually little videos, which makes them look kind of neat."
Rigsby said Halloween is definitely his favorite holiday, but he puts up a Christmas display, too. Last year, it featured Santa’s workshop along with lights and a few projections, which people really liked.
"I’m good friends with Brett Hays, and I’ve worked at Fear Fair with him," Rigsby said. "He’s got the market cornered on Christmas lights, and they’re going to be phenomenal this year, really world-class stuff."
Rigsby’s Halloween display is unique, featuring 1,000 lights, six movie projectors showing videos and five preloaded projections that show the same images over and over.
"I haven’t seen the move projectors in other people’s displays," he said. "That’s what everyone loves to watch."
Not only do the Rigsbys enjoy Halloween, but they also enjoy their two dogs, which led them to place a donation box for Red Sky Rescue outside with their current display.
"Some people suggested putting a donation box out, so I put one out a couple of weeks ago," he said. "Then I took it back in because I couldn’t guarantee the safety of it, but as Halloween gets closer, I’ve put it back out."
He said his original plan was to split the donations, where half would go to Red Sky Rescue and the other half would help toward a bigger and better show, but he decided to let it all go to the not-for-profit rescue organization near Medora.
Red Sky Rescue offers a safe haven to stray and abandoned dogs, providing food, shelter and medical care. Manager Ruth Riley explores every resource in finding new loving families for the homeless pets that have found their way to the shelter.
Rigsby said they choose to take up a collection for Red Sky because he knows they are always needing help and the weather is getting colder. So far, the Rigsbys have raised around $100 for the organization.
Margaret Wilson of Seymour said there are quite a few nice Halloween displays around town. She took a lot of photos of Halloween decorations, including at the Rigsbys’ home, and posted them on her Facebook page.
"I took my mom out to see the decorations. Since she is a very high risk, we pick activities that she can enjoy while social distancing," Wilson said. "We loved Regan’s. Our favorite thing of his was the hands coming out of the garage door."
The Rigsbys’ Halloween display will be in operation through Monday. Hours are normally around 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., but tonight, the hours will be extended to 2 or 3 a.m.
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What: Rigsbys’ Halloween display
Where: 108 Meadowlark Drive East, Seymour
When: Approximately 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. tonight and 8 p.m. to around 1 a.m. Sunday and Monday
Help out: A donation box will be set up for Red Sky Rescue