'Spooky Night' at the Brooklyn Fairgrounds delights

By Denise Coffey - staff writer
Brooklyn - posted Mon., Oct. 21, 2013
Edith and Stella Dipippo weren't afraid of Tina Fortina's 'Nightmare before Christmas' costume.
Edith and Stella Dipippo weren't afraid of Tina Fortina's 'Nightmare before Christmas' costume.

The Brooklyn Fairgrounds turned spooky with witches, chainsaw killers and zombies on Oct. 19 and 20. Some crazy curse turned the 300-foot by 60-foot Better Living Building into a haunted house. Graveyards popped up along Canterbury Road and Memory Lane. A ghoulish band played on a darkened main stage, while a coven of witches stirred a scary pot of brew on Ashford Avenue. 

Visitors to Brooklyn’s Spooky Nights were treated to an array of characters, from Sasquatch to Hannibal Lecter. The Halloween extravaganza was put on by the Brooklyn Recreation Commission. It featured wagon rides through the “haunted” fairgrounds, the biggest haunted house in the area, and some kid-friendly “scares,” such as face painted spiders. Mortlake Fire Department kept a huge bonfire under control all evening long. And kids were treated to a corn maze, hula hoops and dancing to the fiendish frenzy of DJ John Donfrancisco.

More than 100 volunteers spent the week preparing the grounds for the show. Interactive scenes were set up, costumes designed, chainsaws readied and rooms constructed in the Better Living Building. Its wide open space was turned into a maze of dark rooms and winding corridors. Severed hands hung from the ceiling and heads were served on plates. Scary clowns with meat cleavers came out of the dark.

Sarah Lussier and her three sons joined more than 2,000 Halloween fans for the show. “The wagon ride was fun and the haunted house was amazing,” she said. “They did a great job.”

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