Every year on October 31st, crowds gather in the street in front of 313 Clinton Avenue, home of Janna Kennedy (aka "The Halloween Lady"), for the legendary theatrical extravaganza known as Halloween 313. Now in its 19th year, this free, Broadway-quality show for all ages runs continuous performances throughout the evening, drawing an attendance of more than 5,000 neighbors, visitors, and trick-or-treaters (the show coincides with the Clinton Hill Halloween Walk).
The increasingly-elaborate show is made possible by the collaborative efforts of a dedicated and talented group of volunteers, including professional actors, writers, producers, designers and artists from around Clinton Hill and Fort Greene who pool their skills and give up their weekends to make each year's show better than the last, all for the love of their community and the Halloween spirit. What began as a collection of tombstone decorations in the front yard of 313 Clinton years ago (which still go on display every year) has evolved into a Brooklyn institution beloved by generations of local kids.
Halloween 313 Theatrical is a self-funded, not-for-profit community group that depends on donations , t-shirt sales, and a partnership with the Society for Clinton Hill for all operating costs. Please visit our Timeline or our Twitter page for updated information on where to get a t-shirt.
See behind the scenes at 2013's show is "20,000 Screams Under the Sea: A Steampunk Adventure", and Janna's perspective on the evolution of an exciting neighborhood tradition.
More Info: facebook.com/Halloween313Theatrical?ref=br_tf
This doc was produced and directed by Aimée Lutkin for CUNY Hunter's IMA-MFA program.