At 1306 Albermarle Road skeletons are climbing up the clapboard and into the windows of the turret, clowns are cackling on the porch, and Micheal Myers is lurking in the shadows. This mansion in Brooklyn’s historic Prospect Park South neighborhood is decked out for Halloween. The iconic Queen Anne style home is a local favorite that draws neighbors and visitors out to see the frightfully fantastic decor every year.
The historic home is owned by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. Lindsay-Abaire started decorating for Halloween in 2013 when he and his wife began organizing the annual Prospect Park South Halloween Parade. Since then, the over-the-top decorations have become a beloved annual attraction. Even in light of the pandemic, the tradition continues this year. Visitors who wish to stop by the house to admire the spooky scenes are reminded by signs around the property to maintain a safe social distance.
Nearly every inch of the home’s facade is covered or filled with something creepy. A series of vignettes on the wrap-around porch feature groupings of animatronic clowns, dancing dolls, ghoulish ghosts, gruesome zombies, menacing demons, and evil witches. At night, the home takes on an eerie glow as its unique silhouette is illuminated by glowing orange and purple lights wrapped around the porch columns and windows.
1306 Albermarle Road is a noteworthy home even without all the festive decor. The Queen Anne style home was originally built for local businessman John S. Eakins in 1905. Like many other homes in the area, it was designed by John J. Petit, chief architect of Prospect Park South, an exclusive suburban development created by developer Dean Alvord in the 19th-century. You may recognize the home from its small-screen role as a filming location in HBO’s Prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire.
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