A local Halloween tradition is turning into somewhat of a nightmare as city officials try to stop a group of teens from performing "Thriller" in front of a Florida neighborhood home.
Boca Raton resident Rick Newman goes all out for Halloween, decorating his property with lights and scary props and using high-tech equipment to put on a holiday show for his neighborhood. This year, a teenage dance group offered to perform to Michel Jackson's "Thriller" as part of the extravaganza, but city officials aren't having it, according to the Sun Sentinel.
The highly publicized performance, officials say, is taking a local residential tradition to a commercial level, which is against zoning regulations, the UPI reports. The dance was advertised through emails and flyers.
"Fundamentally, what [Newman]'s doing is not customarily associated with residential use," Deputy City Manager George Brown told the Sun Sentinel. "Performing live dance shows on the property and inviting people into the neighborhood via advertising qualify it as commercial activity."
The teens have been practicing the routine for six months, but if they go ahead with the performance, officials told Newman he could be fined up to $1,000.
But Newman doesn't scare off easy.
"Short of the police showing up or the city coming with a court order, the show is going on," Newman told WPTV.
Newman told the station he would reach out to Brown in an attempt to reach a compromise so that no one is disappointed.
The local extravaganza has been a tradition for four years, and donations go to the Make-A-Wish foundation. The set-up takes Newman two months' worth of preparation to put together.
"Halloween is a big deal here. It benefits the neighborhood, and it involves the community," a neighbor told the Sun Sentinel.
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