Kevin Judd's 'Party Rock Anthem' Halloween House-Display Banned by HOA

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Kevin Judd's 'Party Rock Anthem' house display for Halloween

The party isn't rockin' this year for the home that hosted one of the country's most beloved Halloween light shows.

Kevin Judd made his Riverside, Calif., home "sing" to the soundtrack of LMFAO's infectiously catchy "Party Rock Anthem," using specially programmed, synchronized LED-lit animations that would twinkle and flash to the beat. A YouTube video (which you can see at the bottom of this article) of the "rocking" light display went viral, driving thousands from across the country to flock to the home for the daily light show in the weeks preceding Halloween 2011.

But before the show could resurrect for a long-awaited 2012 run, the party was shut down by an angry neighborhood HOA.

Kevin Judd and his family had a 'Party Rock Anthem' house display at Halloween"I was disappointed," Judd, the homeowner and creative lighting genius behind the now-infamous "Party Rock Anthem Halloween House," told AOL Real Estate. Judd, 40, lives at the home with his wife, Amber, and their two children (all pictured at left). "They didn't even give me a chance to work it out with them and with my neighbors. We just got a letter in the mail addressed to the whole community outlining a new set of holiday rules that basically shut us down."

The letter, sent by the Euclid Management Homeowners Association in Upland, Calif., was particularly disheartening to Judd because he had spent five years conceptualizing and perfecting the light display and its complex programming.

"It takes 10 to 12 hours just to program one minute of song," Judd said. Additionally, the display took eight months to actually create and build, he said.

On the fame that his home garnered, Judd revealed that he had never dreamed that this "hobby" would have given birth to a viral music video covered by "Good Morning America," NBC, the Los Angeles Times and blogs across the world. ("Like many of you out there, I hate that song," blogger Matt Hickman said in a post. "But this viral video in question is nothing short of mesmerizing.") Judd said that he never fathomed that his synchronized light display would draw an average of 2,000 people a day -- from across the country -- to camp out in front of his family's house to catch the show. By 6 p.m. each night, the streets were crowded, and latecomers would be forced to stand far back. (See the gallery below.)

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Judd said that even his neighbors enjoyed the show, with some enterprising families making a quick buck from visitors.

"Many neighbors liked it, they would come out to watch every night," Judd said. "Some of my neighbors would even capitalize on the whole thing! They'd sell parking spaces, food and trinkets."

And the City of Riverside couldn't have been happier. Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge even invited Judd and his family to City Hall in 2011 to thank them for the positive national attention that their display had brought to the city. Loveridge offered to assist Judd in the streamlining of cleaning efforts, traffic control, porta-potties and police presence during the 2012 festivities.

But not if Judd's HOA has anything to do with it. In March 2012, the HOA cracked down on the neighborhood with a new set of "Holiday Display" rules, allegedly because of a number of neighbor complaints. According to the HOA's letter, the new rules outlaw "extreme" holiday light displays across the entire neighborhood -- although Judd is convinced that the rules were drawn up to specifically target his family's home.

When AOL Real Estate contacted the Euclid Management Homeowners Association, a representative of the organization said that no one was available to comment on the matter.

But have these new rules stopped Judd? Maybe -- but maybe not.

"I was thinking about just putting some pumpkins on my lawn this year, but people keep telling me to just forget the HOA and have another display this Halloween. What's the worst they could do?" said Judd, who has since started up his own business selling synchronized lighting display software and equipment. "So ... I'm thinking about it."



See also:
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Listing photos are supposed to put your home in the best light possible. But sometimes, they just make your house look like a den of evil, scary things. We've rounded up some of the creepiest listing photos we could find (seemingly possessed children, bloody bathrooms and crazy dolls, oh my!). Click through the gallery ... if you dare!

This listing is somewhat of a nightmare when you see what's lurking in the corner of this room. It's a figure that is sure to scare off any prospective homebuyer ...

It's Freddy Krueger, who is, for whatever reason, haunting this home. We're not sure you'd want to point that out in your listing photos. (And by the way, if you want to see the real home that Krueger "haunted," click here.)

Five-year-old girls can be precious -- unless they look vaguely possessed. In this listing, the little girl standing limply in the middle of a doorway, staring blankly into open space, reminds us of Cole Sear in "The Sixth Sense." We suggest that she save her creepy movie poses for when pictures aren't being taken to sell the house. Little girls should be the stuff of sweet dreams, not nightmares. 

Would you want a home where it looks like someone died? We appreciate the whole "full disclosure" thing, but now we're sure this place is haunted with the spirit who died tragically there. Let's keep the full-body floor stains out of listing photos, please.

Have you ever seen "Child's Play"? What that movie taught us is that dolls come to life and kill people. So sorry, but we're not chancing it on this listing housing a dozen potential plastic serial killers.

Everyone wants to leave their mark on their home -- but, please, not like this. You might think this is funny, but potential buyers will more likely think it's terrifying.

The creepiness in this photo is on the part of the person taking the picture. We're pretty sure that whatever those people in the bedroom are doing, they don't want anyone else to see.

OK, does this not look like a still shot from "Paranormal Activity"? Not everyone thinks a toddler standing transfixed in front of an eerie, darkened window is adorable. (Although the owners of this home apparently do. "He's such a curious boy!" they'll tell you.) That's nice, but we think he sees dead people.

We really hope something in this house is burning. Because if that's not smoke, then it's your new houseguest.

This home's greatest feature: A bathtub perfect for committing murder.

Are you sure you want to go trick-or-treating at this house? One of the wax figures is bound to be real ...

Haven't we discussed the doll thing already? They are creepy! In this listing, the same doll pops up in every room. First, it's by the fireplace ...

... then it's on the couch ...

... then it's by the tub! Next thing you know, it will be holding a knife to your throat! Don't say we didn't warn you.

Snakes symbolize evil. So if there's one on your bed in the listing photo? See ya!

We can only hope that this is a really good Photoshop job. And even if it is, why is it in your listing?

You know those legs are attached to nothing, so don't even say it's cute. It's terrifying.

That mannequin is so going to come to life and chase you, it's not even funny.

Thanks to cinematic masterpieces like "Paranormal Activity 3" and "The Others," most of America harbors an irrational phobia of little children and old people lurking about in empty houses. So, please, tell Grandpa to steer clear of the camera when you're taking listing photos -- because he looks like he's haunting this home.

We love "CSI" -- on TV. But we don't want to actually live at a crime scene. The "Caution: Do Not Cross" tape on this home in Dover, Del., might as well read, "Caution: Do Not Buy!" And by the way, some of our readers have said that they see a ghostly figure in the top right window....

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