78th Police Precinct transformed into Haunted House for kids in Brooklyn

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AJ Ross has the story.

Halloween as a peace maker, it's happening in the basement of a police precinct in Brooklyn.

The police have turned their space into a haunted house for kids, in a way of connecting with the community.

It's happening around the corner from the Barclays Center.

It's a chilling maze of heart stopping surprises lurking around every corner buried beneath the 78th Precinct in Brooklyn.

It's where some of New York's Finest are now inviting neighborhood kids to join in a little Halloween fun.

"It's really nice. You scare the kids and then two seconds after that they're smiling," said Captain Frank DiGiacomo, Commanding Officer, NYPD. "Most people meet the police on negative events, so we're trying to bring kids in and adults to meet the cops in a positive event."

Shedding their uniforms for ghoulish costumes, officers there say the memories and relationships being built through this one of a kind haunted house are priceless.

"You get scared, the kids run into each other, sometimes they hit wall, but it's just a lot of fun for the kids," said Officer Mark Cava, NYPD.

A lot of kids and families were pleasantly surprised by the elaborate set up.

"You see me out of breath right? That haunted house was crazy!" said Daneeka Wilkie, a parent. "Jason, the lady in the chair, Chuckie things are coming out the wall, things are coming up behind you I'm like."

"They opened the doors for us, people in the neighborhood around Crown Heights or Flatbush, I just say thank you to them," said Crystal Betancourt, a parent.

If you haven't visited yet and had your thrills, don't worry! The haunted house will remain open through Friday starting at 2 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m.
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