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By Charlotte Kovalchuk, Hello Georgetown Contributor
After creating dazzling holiday light shows at his home for the last eight years – a long, arduous process involving thousands of lights and props – Erin Spindler decided to take a much-needed break in 2020.
He didn’t know it would become his shows’ most important year yet.
When news spread of the events’ cancellation, fans tried to save their beloved displays, noting that this year, the shows are needed more than ever.
“I couldn’t even tell you how many people told me, ‘This is not the year to take a break. You have to do this for all the families who have been stuck in their houses since March.’ I said, you know what? They’re right.”
He posted on Facebook, “During this pandemic and what our country has been going through, I feel not taking the year off would be right. Our town will need joy and happiness.”
One lady told him the events are a family tradition and her kids would be sad if they didn’t happen. “I’m getting choked up now,” Erin said, recalling the moving encounter. “I’m definitely not going to take the year off.”
The latest show kicked off this month at his house at 2441 Candle Ridge Trail, a spooky display featuring all things Halloween, from creepy spiders and cobwebs to eerie ghosts, tombstones and skeletons. Visitors can check out the show from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. each day until Halloween night. The best night to visit is Halloween, which will feature a smoke-filled show.
How It Started
When the Spindler Family Light Show started, it was simply a distraction for Erin after he quit smoking, but it has since turned into a much-anticipated holiday tradition for the Georgetown community. A fellow light shower inspired him to create his own displays and he threw himself into buying lights and props – the 6,000 bulbs he bought the first year have grown to almost 38,000 today. He also created his own holiday radio station and programmed the lights to coincide with the music, urging drivers to tune in to 88.5 FM to enjoy the full show experience.
With so much work involved in putting on the shows, Erin enlists the help of his six kids, who are happy to pitch in especially at Christmastime, when they get to dress up as elves and hand out candy canes alongside their father.
The event wouldn’t be a Georgetown event without a good cause at its heart, and Erin’s is collecting unwrapped toys for Williamson County Brown Santa, which gives toys, books and other items to children from low-income families so they can enjoy a merrier Christmas.
Even though he just finished the Halloween display, Erin already has plans for the Christmas one, envisioning dancing arches made of PVC pipes wrapped in thousands of lights.
“It’s a lot, but it’s fun,” Erin said, adding that visitor reactions make all the hard work worth it, from kids screaming “Awesome light show!” to a rap band featuring one of the shows in a music video.
“That keeps me going,” he said.