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Halloween decor 'above and beyond' at Draper home

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DRAPER — Drive through any neighborhood right now and you'll see a lot of Halloween decorations -- spider webs, witches, orange lights and such. But some people, like Dan Farr of Draper, like to go over-the-top with their decorations.

For the month of October, Farr calls his house "Southfork Sanitarium." His decorations include a man in an electric chair, some singing heads, a shaking skeleton, a guy trapped by a locked cellar door, and more. Needless to say, Farr loves this time of year.

"It's not that I love Halloween. I actually love the ‘event' of Halloween," he explained.

For the past five years, Dan and his wife have transformed their home -- inside and out -- into a "much-better-than-average" Halloween display. It's complete with tombstones, static window figures and animatronic props.

He loves "the opportunity to really put on a show for people, bring kids into the neighborhood, have people scream and have a fun time."

Dan and his business partner, Randy Anderson, run a 3-D design company which is working with a Colorado firm that specializes in making large props for haunted houses, movies and the like. This weekend their work will be featured on the Travel Channel's "Making Monsters" series.

Computer-generated "monster"
Computer-generated "monster"

Anderson designed one monster on a laptop in about an hour.

"I sculpted it in 3D and they sent it to a computer-controlled CAD program that used a drill bit to carve it out of a block of foam," he said.

Back at the house, Farr and Anderson are preparing other props for Halloween night. Believe it or not, there's a lot more stuff still in the basement that they won't have time to set up this year.

"If I did that, I'd probably double the size of what I have going now," Farr said.

Farr is a member of the Utah-based Rocky Mountain Haunters Association. It has more than 350 members who love going that extra mile in terms of scaring people.


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