Lights on David Street: A Wichita Halloween Must
An amazing Halloween light display. Set your car radio to 106.9 FM and stop by 409 N. David in Northwest Wichita for the Lights on David Street Halloween show!
409 N. David
Dark - 9 p.m. Weekdays, Dark - 10 p.m. Weekends
Lights on David Street
This year’s show is filled with Halloween favorites. It kicks off with the “Monster Mash”, followed by “Ghostbusters”, and a thunder and lightning track. The show closes with Ozzy’s “Crazy Train.”
“My Favorite part of the show has got to be Crazy Train,” said Terry Flory, who builds and runs the show each year. “Everybody loves Ozzy,”
Flory started the Lights on David Street Halloween light show eight years ago in an attempt to draw in trick or treaters.
David Street used to be very dark on Halloween, so the area didn’t see many trick or treaters.
“The first year here, we had about 20 kids, and that just wasn’t enough,” Flory said. “So I started putting together the show as a way to tell the kids, ‘Hey! We have candy!’” Now, Flory sees about 200 trick-or-treaters per year.
The show has grown so much over the years that it was named one of KWCH’s Top 10 Things to Do This Halloween in Wichita in 2013, and is one of ICT’s best-loved Halloween traditions today.
Behind the Scenes
The display uses RGB LED lights and floodlights with over one million possible colors. In addition to this, Flory uses a laptop, video tracks, audio tracks, 10 AC and DC light controllers, a custom 100 amp electric panel, an FM radio transmitter, thousands of lights, Inflatables, various props, and a projector.The projector has been upgraded for this year's show.
“I got a new projector this year, higher power because there’s a lot of ambient light in this neighborhood.” Flory Said. “It’s about five times brighter than the old projector.”
Each year, Flory spends hundreds of hours orchestrating his show, which runs on 126 electrical channels. Each light is manually programmed and timed to the music.
“Big mouth up there is the hardest to program,” Flory said, referring to the spooky light-up face above his garage. The face features five different mouth positions that allow it to sing along with the show. It also blinks from time to time.
In addition to programming and hanging the lights, Flory designs the set-up, and even builds his own weatherproof casings for projectors and channel boxes so the show can continue to run in the event of bad weather.
Flory runs the show from a laptop, using a commercial software program called Light-O-Rama. The program shows each of the lights on a timeline and allows Flory to program them individually by the second.
Check it Out
“I know a Halloween light show seems a bit uncommon compared to Christmas. Who's ever heard of a Halloween light show? Right?” Although they are few and far between, Flory notes that Halloween shows present some unique opportunities for visitors. “The weather is warmer for Halloween; kids can get out of the car and dance if they like, and there’s candy!” Flory said.
If you’re looking for fun and free Halloween fun, stop by and check it out.