Local enthusiast unveils spine-chilling Halloween displays amidst busy preparations for the festive season

Valley News/Rick Reiss photo
TEMECULA – Halloween 2023 bore witness to the return of Rick Reiss's Haunted Pirates’ Graveyard and Pirates’ Banquet dioramas, alongside the Haunted CSI Crime Scene set up on his driveway. A master of atmospheric design, Reiss infused life into their displays using an array of techniques. Large black lights combined with fluorescent paints lent an otherworldly-fantasy aura to the props, while the addition of green laser lights, video projections, and eerie audio recordings amplified the spooky ambiance. The result was a harmonious blend of creepiness and tastefulness, evoking memories of classic Disney attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion. Although the turnout for this year's Halloween extravaganza was good, Reiss noted a decline in the number of visitor
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