Get ready to scream this Halloween, New York! Janna Kennedy Hyten, known as the ‘Halloween Lady,’ transforms her 5-story tall mansion at 313 Clinton Avenue in Brooklyn into a free theatrical extravaganza known as Halloween 313 for all ages. This year’s show 20,000 Screams Under the Sea: A Steampunk Adventure is a spooky nautical spectacle that features many elements made from re-purposed materials from Materials for the Arts.
“Re-purposed materials are vital to our show given our budget constraints, and we’re so happy to have access to MFTA. This show is consistently over-the-top, and we need lots of materials to be able to indulge in that as much as we want to. Clinton Hill/Fort Greene is one of the best neighborhoods for Halloween – with the creative professionals who volunteer to put the show together, enthusiastic neighbors who decorate their houses, the Halloween Walk, and everyone who comes out in support every year…there’s just a great holiday spirit all around,” says Halloween 313 collaborator Katie Luscombe.
Drawn together by their love for Halloween, professional actors, writers, producers, designers, and artists in the Clinton Hill and Fort Greene community collaborate on weekends to create the annual show over the weekends leading up to October 31.
For 19 years, Janna has created a free, Broadway-quality show for all ages that draws in more than 5,000 neighbors and visitors. The show began as a collection of tombstone decorations in the front year of 313 Clinton and has now involved into an elaborate Brooklyn Halloween tradition.
Owner, founder, and creative force Janna says, “I feel having access to MTFA has and will open up the possibilities for our show each year. Sometimes seeing something at MTFA instantly solves a puzzle, or we see something that will enhance something we already began to build, and their supplies take it over the top! The best example is Sycorax’s throne. The plastic lobsters…what a find!”
Here’s a sneak peek at other spooktacular creations made by the Halloween 313 team:
Halloween 313 Theatrical, in collaboration with the Society for Clinton Hill’s annual Halloween Walk presents a free show approximately once every 30 minute from 5 – 9 pm. There will also be sign language interpreters!
Happy Halloween and see you at 313 Clinton!
All photos provided by Halloween 313 Theatrical.