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Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2005 10:42 am | Updated: 7:18 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A mock cemetery that has haunted a Scottsdale neighborhood for years is moving out. Chris Birkett, the Scottsdale man found guilty of disturbing the peace with his 2004 Halloween display, will put up his ghoulish show next year at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek.

Birkett announced the decision Wednesday at a news conference at his former home on East Montebello Avenue, which he decorated in September as a cemetery, complete with ghouls, goblins, gravestones and pumpkins.

For the conference, Birkett put up a 5-foot-tall plastic snow globe, which included two penguins, a snowman and fake snow whirling inside.

Birkett also made it official that, as the Tribune reported on Oct. 11, his 150,000-light Christmas display would be at Schnepf Farms farm this year.

Wednesday was the first time in months Birkett has spoken to the press.

He said the media frenzy around him last year turned his life upside-down, and that’s why he has "been in hiding."

Last October, a neighbor complained to Scottsdale police about Birkett’s Halloween display, which included sound effects and creepy music. The neighbor, Alicia Majercin, told police the display kept her children up at night and made her sick to her stomach.

A Scottsdale City Court judge ruled in June that the display disturbed the peace and banned Birkett from making an unreasonable amount of noise in the future.

Although he has found a new home for his decorations, Birkett said he will continue to appeal his conviction.

"Now I’m a convicted criminal," he said. "I want to be freed . . . I didn’t do anything wrong."

The Halloween display will be inside a 10,000-square-foot barn, and will be the best in the Valley, said Carrie Schnepf, co-owner of the 300-acre farm.

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