CLIFTON, NJ (CBSNewYork) — Police are cracking down this weekend in one Clifton neighborhood to keep out-of-towners from checking out a house that draws hundreds of visitors each year with its massive Halloween display.
LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports
The elaborate display at 562 Grove Street features some of the scariest sights around, with scores of bloody corpses on the ground and the roof, tombstones, zombies, ghouls and goblins and more.
Many of them are robotic that move and make spooky sounds as people pass by.
There are snakes, spiders and creepy crawlies hanging from wires and trees and even actors dressed up in costumes who walk the sidewalk.
It’s been a popular attraction for the past decade that some neighbors say has become too popular.
“It gets really congested and kind of dangerous, people crossing the street,” said one neighbor.
“Traffic is blocked up on both sides of Grove Street,” said another neighbor.
That’s why this Halloween weekend, the city has posted no parking signs around the neighborhood as a safety measure.
Homeowner Wayne Gangi, who sets up the spooky display, says he was contacted by the city.
“The city reached out to me at one point trying to find out how they could mitigate complications of last year of which I’m not sure what they were speaking of because there were traffic accidents that I’m aware of and no injuries that I’m aware of,” Gangi told 1010 WINS. “But they were trying to insist that I be paying off-duty police officers to control the traffic in front of my home.”
Gangi said he met with officials to work out a compromise, but had no luck. He said he’s worried about people having to walk to see the display.
“Is this actually going to better the situation or worsen the risk to the injury of children,” he told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams.
Nevertheless, visitors will have to park far away or view the carnage as they drive by.
The no parking rule will be in effect from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday through Monday.
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