Chris Birkett's Haunted Graveyard in Scottsdale Opens Tonight

Chris Birkett is used to people driving slowly past his North Scottsdale home around this time of year.

Not only do folks lay off on the gas pedal, they also have a tendency to make hasty U-turns to get another look.

Such driving maneuvers shouldn't come as a surprise, since the front yard and garage is decorated with a massive illuminated Halloween display. Every year, the 36-year-old mobile DJ transforms his five-bedroom residence into a popular attraction called the Haunted Graveyard. It that attracts hundreds of visitors from throughout the Valley and puts other yard displays to shame.

Unlike any of the half-assed collections of Styrofoam and plastic Halloween decorations you might buy at Wal-Mart, Birkett's DIY digs are an impressive combination of a haunted house and ghastly graveyard, encompassing the front yard, garage and other portions of his amply sized five-bedroom residence.

"I like doing things as big as possible, and every year the graveyard gets bigger and bigger," he says. "It's a Disney-esque whirlwind of Halloween fun."

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.