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Volume XXVII, Number 5764
Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012

Brooklyn’s 3-D Haunted House Room On Display At Ripley’s

Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

One of the highlights at each year’s Pumpkin Fest is the haunted house, created by borough recreation teams and set up at Central Park’s Bethesda Terrace. This year’s version – the Haunted House Space Chase – was visited by about 4,000 people during Pumpkin Fest and its Friday evening preview.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square was one of Pumpkin Fest’s sponsors and the haunted house was so well received, they provided space at their museum for one of the rooms to be on display. From December 10 to 14, the Brooklyn room was set up at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square for the public to enjoy. This room had the distinction of being our first haunted house room to be in 3D! It also received the Best Visuals and the People’s Choice Award at the Appreciation Awards Ceremony that took place on November 14.

Members of the Brooklyn Recreation Team who helped create the three-dimensional odyssey included Wanda Mojica Acosta, Tyrone Fosmire, Jamil Hakime, Nathan Keitt, Thomas Pringle, Jose Rivera, Ryan Ruiz, and Ahmad Sarwary.

In addition to Brooklyn’s room, each borough’s recreation team also created a room for the Haunted House Space Chase that featured an imaginative theme. The Bronx had a Containment Room, Manhattan created the Area 51 Recreation Center, Queens launched Alien Nation, and Staten Island celebrated with the Cosmic Cantina.

At the awards ceremony, the Bronx’s Containment Room was honored with Best Make Up, Manhattan’s Area 51 Recreation Center received Most Creative, Queens’ Alien Nation picked up the Scream Award, and Staten Island’s Cosmic Cantina received Best Costumes and the Guild Award which was voted on by the staff.

While all of the boroughs were secretive with each other about their rooms, they did not let this competitiveness get in the way of helping each other out. From helping carry heavy equipment, to borrowing ladders, to helping cover each other’s rooms with tarps, they demonstrated cooperative generosity.

Every year, Pumpkin Fest gets bigger and better. There are more partners, the activities get more varied, and more New Yorkers come out to see what great events the Parks Department can put on, all for free!

Special thanks to all Parkies who worked to provide thousands of New Yorkers with a wonderful day, giving families a way to come together and have a good time without breaking the bank.


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