A trip to the police station can be terrifying, but one New York precinct is turning into an actual horror house.

By Cailey Rizzo
October 14, 2016
NYPD Haunted House
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Spending a night at a police station is always a scary thought, but imagine visiting one that's actually trying to be terrifying. For the 78th Precinct in Brooklyn, frightening visitors is the goal—but it's all for a good Halloween spook. From October 26 through October 30, the Park Slope police office is transforming its basement into a haunted house.

The annual event, now in its second year, was designed as a community outreach program for the precinct patrolling Brooklyn’s Park Slope and Gowanus neighborhoods, Detective Jerry Galante told Travel + Leisure.

Many years back, the precinct hosted a haunted house to connect with the community—but somewhere along the way, the tradition was lost. When Deputy Inspector Frank DiGiacomo joined the precinct last year and became commanding officer, officers told him about the tradition. DiGiacomo loved the idea and decided to bring it back.

Free and open to the public, the haunted attraction is created entirely by officers and takes months of preparation. A dozen police officers come in on days off and volunteer their time to convert the subterranean space into a winding labyrinth of jump scares, plastic guts, and really creepy clowns of death.

The exact details of the haunted house remain under wraps, but Galante promised it will be completely different from last year’s massacre themed-experience. Depending on how easily visitors are spooked, the basement will take a few, nerve-racking minutes to walk through.

While the main space is probably too nightmarish for small children, there will be a separate kids room with more mild scares and friendlier ghosts, along with a DJ (one of the precinct’s lieutenants) spinning Halloween-themed music.

And no New York attraction would be complete without a celebrity appearance: Marky Ramone is scheduled to hand out candy and greet attendees. “He likes Halloween stuff, [and] likes helping out the cops,” Galante said. “He shows up a couple days and is part of the event.”

It's not just the officers (and Marky Ramone) who volunteer to make the haunted cop shop a success. Local hardware shops donate materials, and a nearby pharmacy donates candy.

“It’s a whole neighborhood thing,” Galante said. “Everybody’s coming together just like we used to in the old days.”

The haunted house, located at 65 Sixth Avenue in Brooklyn, will be open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., October 26 through 30.