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Man spends thousands on Halloween decorations

4:32 PM, Nov 1, 2010   |    comments
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Highlands Ranch resident Doug McNeal and his family have single handedly bought more than $10,000 worth of decorations over the last eight years. He says he does it for the thrill of bringing joy to his neighbors and for smiles on the faces of trick-or-treaters.

"When this thing's lit up you can probably see it from space," McNeal said about his quarter acre plot of land on Wheeler Court in Highlands Ranch.McNeal said he started setting up his decorations around the beginning of September.

In all, he has 400 hours invested setting up 2,500 decorations.

"He was never able to do it as a child," said his wife Reeka Fishman-McNeal. "Now his inner child is coming out."

McNeal estimates he went through 2,000 batteries this year and added about $200 to his electric bill. He also has one very nice neighbor.

"He actually put an outlet on his house so I could run the graveyard off his house," he said.

As night fell on Halloween and trick-or-treaters started arriving, McNeal was already thinking about falling prices for decorations on Monday.

"I get most of the things half off," he said.

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