GILBERT, AZ - Robert Cox's home certainly stands out in the neighborhood -- at least during October.
Lighted skulls lay stoic atop make-shift pillars that surround his house. A make-shift graveyard is on the left side of his yard along with a red-eyed werewolf, while a skeleton horse and unnamed rider stand on the right.
As fog rolls through the graveyard (and out into the neighborhood), an estimated 12,000 multi-colored rope lights flicker from the house and change color as Halloween-themed music echoes from the speakers.
During the week he takes on the role of director of financial management for a real-estate company.
He began his Halloween decorating adventure in 2013 with the hope of winning a neighborhood contest. He came in second that year.
Now four years later, he's added more decorations and lights, even retrofitting the front porch and a section along the side of the house into a less-intense haunted walk. Theatrical spiders and undead creatures hang from the ceiling.
Still, he wanted to make sure it was an attraction that the little ones could enjoy.
The lights "dance" to a mix of Halloween-themed songs, like "Monster Mash" and "Thriller," but also less Halloween-y songs, like Usher's Yeah! and the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (are made of this)."
The lights run daily from about 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. During the week, the lights flicker, but the fog and music are turned on on Friday and Saturday nights.
Depending on weather and when the sun sets, those times could change slightly, said Cox.