Halloween to Return to Sunnyside Gardens in Full Drive Sunday


Dan Maskara, a Sunnyside Gardens resident, has adorned his residence for Halloween this year with a topic from ‘The Shining’ (Image courtesy of Dan Maskara)

Oct. 27, 2021 By Christian Murray

The streets of Sunnyside Gardens will be shut for a number of hours Sunday night to make way for roughly 1,000 kids who will be trick-or-managing.

The once-a-year Halloween occasion by way of Sunnyside Gardens will return this 12 months in total pressure following the pandemic crimped festivities past calendar year.

“I’m expecting 1,000 children to occur this year—and about 500 older people,” said Dan Maskara, who lives on 45th Avenue and has received a reputation for manufacturing the spookiest residence in the neighborhood every single yr. “It’s likely to be massive.”


Costumes at past trick-or-handle functions in Sunnyside Gardens (Picture: Queens Post archives)

Maskara, who has been in call with the NYPD, explained that 44th, 45th, 46th and 47th Streets involving Skillman Avenue and 39th Avenue will be closed for about three several hours Sunday to assure that the participating youngsters are kept risk-free from traffic.

The festivities normally get area concerning 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Halloween night time. “Around 6:30 p.m. it gets crazy and the streets fill ideal up.”

Maskara, who has been decorating his residence every single Halloween for about 15 decades, reported that the number of young children taking part has grown drastically about the years.

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Costumes at former trick-or-take care of situations in Sunnyside Gardens (Picture: Queens Article archives)

6 a long time in the past he arrived at out to metropolis officers to get 45th Street—between 39th Avenue and Skillman Avenue– closed for protection purposes. It was expanded with the support of Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer to the neighboring streets the adhering to yr.

Maskara’s household has received notoriety for its horrors. In simple fact, in 2013, the Sunnyside Publish held a Halloween levels of competition and his household at 39-45 45th St. was voted the “Spookiest.”

He explained that people typically arrive by and say: “I’ve been listening to about your household for many years.”

This year he has adopted the topic of “The Shining,” and his exhibit includes the two infamous Grady twins.

His decorations also characteristic a grandfather clock as well as a rocking chair with a skeleton.

There is also a door that has piece hacked out of it to expose the experience of Jack Nicholson. The door has a hatchet in it and has the word redrum scribbled on it.

Maskara explained that he also has miniature doll house on the front yard with the Norman Bates character from Psycho in it as component of a murder scene. Leatherface from the The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is in doll home also.

On the roof, there is a toy upper body up with a a demonic head sticking out of it and an outdated bassinet with a doll from 1912.

The concept selected just about every yr, Maskara claimed, is a household determination.

“We have a major sit down about a month in advance of [Halloween],” he explained. This 12 months his 10-year-outdated daughter chosen the topic. In modern yrs themes have provided the Exorcist and Psycho.

Maskara will also have projectors playing basic horror films. A single projector will be playing The Skeleton Dance–a 1929 Disney classic—on his second-ground window. On a monitor beside his house, he will have a tremendous 8 projector actively playing flicks this sort of as Frankenstein, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Creature Walks Among the Us and Dracula.

Maskara estimates that at minimum 10 homes for every block are embellished each calendar year. Past year, having said that, Halloween was much more subdued provided COVID-19.


The Maskara family have adorned their Sunnyside Gardens residence for Halloween this yr with a theme from ‘The Shining’ (Image courtesy of Dan Maskara)

Van Bramer, who lives on 46th Avenue, mentioned that the variety of little ones trick or dealing with in Sunnyside Gardens has greater over the years.

He stated that the occasion is a prolonged tradition in Sunnyside Gardens.

“Halloween in Sunnyside Gardens is 1 of my most loved evenings of the year,” Van Bramer explained. “When we moved to 46th Street just about 20 many years ago I couldn’t believe that how a lot of young ones there have been. I had only bought a few of luggage of candy.”

This year Van Bramer said that he will be armed with 2,000 parts of candy offered the amount of youngsters predicted.

He stated that he admired Dan Maskara and his wife Meridith who have performed a job in building the party around the years. “They stand for the spirt of the neighborhood.”


Dan Maskara showcasing his Halloween display screen in 2013 (Image: QueensPost)

Van Bramer stated the occasion has a track record considerably further than Sunnyside Gardens. He stated that when he palms out candy every single 12 months he fulfills family members from Jackson Heights, Astoria and all around Sunnyside and Woodside.

“The neighborhood embraces all people. It’s excellent to see.”

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