Brooklynites deck their homes in spooky garb as Halloween returns in full force

A 12-foot pumpkin head reaper towers in front of this house on 80th Street and 11th Avenue in Dyker Heights.
Photo by Paul Frangipane

Call it Boo-klyn!

With the spectre of socially-distanced frightfests now in the past, Brooklyn’s ambassadors of spookiness are pulling no punches in ensuring the borough sufficiently scares all who dare walk its streets on Hallow’s Eve this year.

Trick-or-treating, parties, and parades have triumphantly returned in full force for Halloween, which is this coming Sunday, but there is perhaps no October tradition more beloved in Brooklyn than over-the-top, spooky home ornamentation. Every year, dozens of Brooklynites spend thousands of dollars turning their homes into portals to a frightful realm of lights, animatronics, and other bizarre spectacles.

Some create such a spooktacle that people from all over the city come to check it out. While the famous Dyker Frights on 79th Street has taken an off-year after last year’s socially-distanced soiree, plenty of other houses have more than picked up the slack. For other homeowners — like those behind the storied “Undead Cemetery” in Greenpoint — this year has breathed new life (so to speak) into their displays.

Check some out below, if you dare:

16 Engert Ave. in Greenpoint.Photo by Caroline Ourso
The grand Halloween display at 1306 Albermarle Road in Ditmas Park.Photo by Caroline Ourso
Characters take centerstage at 1306 Albermarle Road in Ditmas Park.Photo by Caroline Ourso
A house on 12th Avenue between 76th and 77th streets in Dyker Heights sports a spooky entranceway.Photo by Paul Frangipane
Oogie Boogie stands guard in front of this house on 78th Street between 11th and 12th avenues in Dyker Heights.Photo by Paul Frangipane
Sally stands in front of a 12-foot skeleton outside a home on 78th Street in Bay Ridge.Photo by Paul Frangipane
Skeletons shoot the breeze at a house on 78th Street in Bay Ridge.Photo by Paul Frangipane
The Undead Cemetery in Greenpoint returns.Photo by Caroline Ourso
Tony Auriemma with his 16-year-old son Steven Auriemma. Tony had stopped decorating the lot for the past six years because he had double knee replacement surgery but started it up again this year with his son’s help.Photo by Caroline Ourso