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Johnny Lee Sandoval, 49, stands in front of his home in southwest Denver. Mr. Sandoval loves Halloween. Almost every year for the past 11 years, he has set up an elaborate Halloween puppet display in small front yard in southwest Denver. He makes all the puppets, nearly 30 now, Frankenstein, Dracula, Jason, Freddy and a supporting cast of ghouls, demons and skeletons. At dusk, Sandoval puts on the music, turns on the lights and starts pulling strings. "The community has responded to me in a way that I never expected," he tells me. "It makes them happy and if a man can do that in his lifetime, that's a dream come true to have your community love you." Recently a neighbor complained about, as Sandoval puts it, "bringing out the riff-raff out on the streets", and disapproved his music and special noise effects that bring his characters to life- or in this case, out of death. His neighbor even called the police to his home, and threatened to complain to the county commissioner if he didn't stop the sounds coming from his front yard. (JAVIER MANZANO / ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS) Johnny Lee Sandoval (cq)

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