Spooky Nights coming to Brooklyn

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Brooklyn - posted Mon., Oct. 14, 2013
(L to r) Heather Phillips, Nicky L'Heureux, Drew Daley, Ben Carbone and Steve Phillips planted gravestones for the event. Photo by D. Coffey.
(L to r) Heather Phillips, Nicky L'Heureux, Drew Daley, Ben Carbone and Steve Phillips planted gravestones for the event. Photo by D. Coffey.

Travelers on scenic Route 169 might be surprised to discover that a graveyard has sprung up on the grounds of the Brooklyn Fairgrounds. More than 60 slate gray headstones bearing such names as Ted N. Buried and Will B. Back lie just off Memory Lane.

For the folks who brave Spooky Night on Oct. 17–19 at the fairgrounds, their memories will be frightfully good ones. That’s the promise of Steve Phillips and his crew, who were preparing for the Halloween extravaganza on Oct. 13.

This is the second year in which the Brooklyn Recreation Commission has sponsored the event. Last year, almost 2,000 people showed up for a scare. This year, commission members expect even more to attend. They are planning accordingly. For the first time, the event will include a kiddie land with rides, a kid-friendly maze, face painting, a magic show and musical games for children. There will also be a haunted trail for young children.

Wagon rides through the haunted fairgrounds will be offered. Riders will be taken through a series of interactive sets or scenes. Afterwards, they’ll be dropped off at the door to the haunted house for a walk-through. That is, if they don’t get scared while waiting for the doors to open. “It’s not tame,” Phillips said.

The haunted house will take up the entire Better Living Building, a 60-foot-by-300-foot space. Rooms have been constructed, furnished and decorated with props. But everything is upsidedown. The rooms are dark, the hallways long, and surprises lurk around every corner. 

If you go, expect the unexpected. Severed heads, gargoyles and gremlins aren’t out of the question. Neither are witches or caskets or mummies. If it’s creepy, crawly, spooky or scary, it will probably be on the grounds.

The Mortlake Fire Department will set a huge bonfire to blaze. Vendors will serve up food and drink, and a DJ and the band “With Eyes Closed” will be on hand.

Tickets are $8 in advance, $5 for admission to kiddie land and bonfire. Tickets are $10 on day of the event. Rain date announcements will be made on WINY radio. Tickets are available at Hank’s Restaurant, Brooklyn Recreation Dept., Danielson Surplus, Hurmes Radio, TV and Appliances, The Courthouse Restaurant, WINY and Sweet Evalina’s.

For more information, contact the Brooklyn Recreation Department at 860-774-5464.


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