MANHATTAN — As New Yorkers pick out their Halloween costumes and prepare for the festivities, whether it’s trick-or-treating on their blocks, venturing to Prospect Park’s popular haunted walk or crowding cheek-by-jowl for the Village’s world-renowned 44th annual parade, many of city’s buildings are already dressed up for the holiday.
While skeletons, spider webs and sinister-looking crows abound along brownstone steps and iron fences, some display are over-the-top, especially in the more suburban-like enclaves such as Ditmas Park and Bay Ridge.
Here are some of the most eye-catching decorations across the city’s neighborhoods.
This townhouse at 314 W. 22nd has a bit of everything amid its lushly landscaped front yard: ghostly characters and all kinds of skeletons — including a bat and dog skeleton (or is it a rat?). This house is so in the holiday spirit, it even changed its door knocker to a skull.
This Ditmas Park house at the corner of Albermarle and Argyle roads upped the eeeeeww factor, with the creepy "Jason" presiding over one side of the house (above) and scary clowns taking over the porch on another side (below).
There’s something almost cheery about this scarecrow with a pumpkin head and pumpkin guts spilling from its arms in this farm-styled scene at 357 76th St. in Bay Ridge.
Some young kids might be afraid to trick-or-treat at this building in Ridgewood, near the corner of Onderdonk and Himrod. Note the body bag hanging over the fence.
A lot of buildings like to keep things classy for the holiday, with gourds, pumpkins and cutely named skeletons, like this one above at 153 W. 82nd St. on the Upper West Side, or with artisanal-looking ghouls like this Park Slope brownstone on Third Street, between Sixth and Seventh streets.
Can you count how many skeletons have taken over the front yard of this Astoria house at 26th Street between Ditmars Boulevard and 23rd Avenue pictured above?
These decorations include a whole skeleton family with a pack of dogs at this Ditmas Park home at 1306 Albemarle Rd.
This Bay Ridge House at 236 73rd St. is all about inflatable decorations looming large in the area.
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Spiders and their webs take over many fences across the city this time of year, like this one on Cumberland Street, near Fulton, in Fort Greene (above) and this one (below) on Ditmars Boulevard and 27th Street in Astoria.
This Park Slope building on Third Street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues put a little bit of everything into its front yard, including a baby doll in the tree.
These skeletons lounge around guarding the stoop at this Park Slope brownstone on Garfield Place, off of Seventh Avenue (above) while these skeletons and ghostly presence guard the recycling at this limestone townhouse on Third Street, off of Eighth Avenue in Park Slope (below).
Local businesses get in on the decorating action, like Q Florist’s eerie display on the corner of Columbus Avenue and West 82nd Street on the Upper West Side.
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