For most people, Halloween is a holiday that comes around once a year. But for Fort Greene resident Andrew Watts, America’s spookiest holiday is a full-time career. For the past 21 years, Watts has helped to realize Halloween 313, the annual musical spook-tacular that takes over an apartment building at 313 Clinton Ave. in Clinton Hill. It’s a longstanding tradition for families of all ages to gather round 313’s standing-room-only lawn to watch a free and reasonably scary show, on repeat every half hour.
Tonight, the 313 rises again with Watts’ Abracadaver, a magic, mystery and murder-filled walk down the Coney Island Boardwalk. And in honor of the occasion, Brokelyn chatted with the 59-year-old writer and composer about how a one-time volunteer gig scaring kids on Halloween became a lifelong career creating accessible spooks in Clinton Hill.
Watts first met 313’s artistic director, Janna Hyten, in college, and the two connected over neighboring hometowns in Florida. That, in addition to their adjacent backgrounds in illustration and a shared love of art and theater, led to near-instant collaboration.
“Plus,” added Watts, “I’m attracted to crazy.” (more…)