Every year, the graphic artist Anthony George, who has lived in Dyker Heights for 17 years, goes all out decorating his house (on 79th Street between 11th and 12th avenues) for Halloween. He calls it Dyker Frights, and it has become a neighborhood favorite—an October counterpoint to the neighborhood’s famous Christmas decorations. We emailed with George.
How did you get started with Dyker Frights?
I started decorating for Halloween a few years after we moved to Dyker Heights from Bay Ridge. When large-format printing became widely available at a low cost, I came up with the idea to wrap my house. I’ve never seen this done before and thought it would give my Halloween decorations an edge. The name “Dyker Frights” was a no brainer; I’m all about the Fright, and I live in Dyker.
This year I have added a larger extension on my neighbor’s property. I’ve added a few additional props, additional lighting, and, of course, the characters that will come to life on Halloween will be new and even more terrifying.
What kind of reactions do you get from people in the neighborhood?
All good, as far as I know. I haven’t heard anything negative. People are always surprised at how realistic everything looks. At first glance, they see a scary house, but then when they take the time to really look, they can’t believe all of the intricate details that go into creating the display.
Have you always been this into Halloween?
Yes, ever since I was a child. I loved to watch scary movies; the first one was Night of the Living Dead. I was hooked from that point. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. Everyone in Dyker Heights decorates for Christmas, but there were no elaborate displays for Halloween.
Do you also go all out for Christmas, too?
No. Wiped out from Halloween.