Bay Shore haunted cemetery sees 1,000 visitors on Halloween

By RANDALL WASZYNSKI
Posted 10/17/19

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Bay Shore haunted cemetery sees 1,000 visitors on Halloween

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The haunted cemetery on Abrew Street in Bay Shore sees a larger and larger crowd each year. On Halloween night alone, Suzanne and Ed Jackson are expecting 1,000 visitors between dusk and 10 p.m.

The Jacksons’ front yard includes dozens of intricate, homemade displays. Near the end of their driveway, a wooden pirate vessel decorated with treasure and pirate skeletons stands more than one story tall with entrances on either side. The carriage pulled by a skeleton horse is also a favorite.

And then there is Dracula’s Pub. Ed said that the shed was once decorated by a simple figure in the doorway. Now, a vampire dressed in black and red mans the bar while a skeleton wails on the organ. The organ, Ed said, was initially put out on the curb by a neighbor. He decided that he could not pass up that opportunity.

“Suzanne found the Dracula’s Pub sign at Big Lots, and that was the drive behind this whole display,” he explained.

Ed said that all the materials are primarily made of wood, plastic, Styrofoam or a combination of those materials. The cemetery columns and walls that separate the front yard from the road were created to be collapsible for storage purposes, considering the volume of items on display.

He said their display started almost 20 years ago, and gained popularity about 15 years ago; attendance has increased each year since.

WHEN CAN YOU SEE IT?

The Jacksons said that the display will be open for viewing through Nov. 4. It is stressed to not enter the front yard if lights are not on and to only walk on the designated, lit pathways. Additionally, touching props, leaving trash and walking through neighboring yards will not be permitted. The location is simply advertised as Abrew Street, noting that it can’t be missed.

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