New York’s most extravagant Christmas lights are in Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights – where residents spend up to $20,000 on decorations every year

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Most of the elaborate decorations are erected not by homeowners, but by local decorating companies, including B&R Christmas Decorators and Creative Christmas Decorators. Small signs posted on each lawn signify which company was used.

Made famous in the PBS documentary Dyker Lights and seen on TLC’s Crazy Christmas Lights, the glitzy light displays draw more than 100,000 visitors each December.

The tradition began in the Eighties on 84th Street when resident Lucy Spada irritated the neighbors with her garden decorations.

But residents quickly decided that what they couldn’t beat, they would join. Now every year from the week after Thanksgiving to the first weekend in January, an eight-block section on the neighborhood’s south side becomes a glowing winter wonderland, with the corner with 12th Avenue having the highest concentration of festive lights in the area.

Houses display motorized dolls, miniature villages, giant snowman, moving carousels and thousands upon thousands of strung Christmas lights.

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Spook-tacular! From decorating your pumpkin with FAKE NAILS to cooking up a fiendishly tasty feast, MARTHA STEWART shares her tips for hosting a perfectly horrifying Halloween


I cannot remember one single year that I personally did not celebrate Halloween. As a child, I was a devoted trick-or-treater.

I loved it when neighbors went to the trouble to spook or scare or delight, letting us children know that fun, games, and tongue-in-cheek behavior were acceptable and expected.

Nowadays, I get dressed up in a costume, apply a bit of special-effects make-up, even tinted contact lenses. I’m thrilled by each otherworldly transformation. And I enjoy nothing more than sharing timeless spine-tingling tricks and lots of brand-new takes on treats.

I hope you’ll be inspired to spook something new and different this season!

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PASSENGERS – Official Trailer (HD)

Synopsis: Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are two passengers onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. As Jim and Aurora try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction… only to be threatened by the imminent collapse of the ship and the discovery of the truth behind why they woke up.

In theaters December 21