A father in New York won Halloween by building a 50-foot, 20-foot high pirate ship built in front of his home in Rochester.
“I don’t have a background on this, I just do it to entertain my kids, and that’s what makes it so great,” Tony DeMatteo told CNN. “It has been a difficult year for a lot of people too so we decided it would be the perfect opportunity to put smiles on everyone’s faces and give them a sense of well-being.”
The father of three said he was motivated by his children, whose faces “lit up with excitement” every time he saw the Halloween decorations.
A few years ago, DeMatteo’s 13-year-old daughter asked for a Halloween celebration with the theme “Pirates of the Caribbean”;. To make her wish come true, he designed a small pirate ship. But this year’s ship is twice as big.
Made from recycled metal, wood and rope, the ship is complete with black pirate flags and a giant skeleton hanging from bowsprit. It is also equipped with a number of impressive effects, including six glowing cannons, a fog generator and even a flamethrower. DeMatteo said he also produced a soundtrack synchronized with cannon and firecrackers effects.
The entire project costs about $ 3,000 in materials and takes a week to build, he said.
“It looks expensive, but I bought everything used and made a lot of props myself,” DeMatteo said. “It gathered a lot of people and everyone loved it. When people came over they were excited, it was fun to see how much everyone enjoyed it.”
While the pirate ship’s purpose was to bring joy to his family and community, there was a good reason behind this father’s Halloween spirit as well.
DeMatteo asked passersby to bring canned food or another food he provided to those in need in the community. Until now, his garage was completely filled with donated food.
But the fun is not over – on Halloween, two professional pirate actors will be at DeMatteo’s house to steal ships and hand out bags of candy to children.