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Need a laugh? South Hall family goes all out with Christmas lights for Halloween
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From left, Cecilia Reeves, Amber Moran, Jake Moran, Walker Moran and Chandler Allen stand in front of their Griswold Christmas-decorated home in South Hall on Oct. 28, 2020. - photo by Kelsey Podo

Christmas has arrived early in South Hall. 

Like a beacon of holiday cheer, the Moran family’s home glows in the October gloom with colorful lights expertly attached to the roof, gutters and other nooks and crannies.  

Yes, the Morans know Halloween is upon us, but that's where the humor comes into play.  

Every year, Jake Moran, who is married with three kids, said he takes advantage of post-holiday sales and purchases boxes upon boxes of lights. To counteract the craziness 2020 has brought upon the world, Moran said he decided to go into full “Griswold” mode and decorate his home for Christmas in October.  

“In the Griswold Christmas movie Chevy Chase (who played Clark Griswold) goes completely bananas in putting up Christmas lights all over his home,” Moran said. “We wanted to do something that’s fun, so people can take a load off and not have to worry about everything else.” 

Among all the colorful holiday lights are two signs that read, “The curse is broken baby!” and “Viva Christmas.” Moran said the phrases aims to lighten the year’s mood. 

“The year 2020 has felt like a curse to a lot of people,” Moran said.  

Moran invites trick-or-treaters this Halloween to pose in front of his house and enjoy the eccentric decorations.  

“It would be a fun picture to take photos in Halloween costumes with a house that has Christmas lights,” he said. “I just wanted to do something not controversial where everyone can just laugh together.” 

Those wanting to check out the Moran family’s Griswold-inspired home can find it at the Churchill Downs neighborhood in South Hall.  

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Jake Moran, a South Hall resident, decorated his home with Christmas lights to help "lighten the mood" of 2020 and make for a fun photo op for trick-or-treaters.
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