Shiver me timbers! Arrr you ready for not one but two 50 foot pirate ships this Halloween season? The wait is finally over. The ships will light up Friday, October 22.

How do you top a pirate ship Halloween display that went viral in 2020? You build two for 2121. Two Pirates of the Caribbean-themed ships with 20-foot tall masts sit on a lawn in Rochester, New York. "I built rum barrels, 9ft Kraken tentacles, the sails, tiki torch skulls, and more all from scratch," explains creator Tony DeMatteo.

The pirate ships are more than just another Halloween display. They look like something you'd see at Disney rather than on a lawn in Rochester. The cannons light up and blow fog every time a cannon blasts. There are fire special effects and music DeMatteo created himself. "The music is a custom-made soundtrack from all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies I pieced together. More than 30 lights are programmed to respond to every beat of the music, every cannon blast and ship battle, and even lightning flashes and thunder."

All the supplies to build the massive display DeMatteo gets for free or second hand, which he says take a year to gather. "I spend almost a full year of nights and weekends working on the setup."

The ship is surrounded by handcrafted pieces from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. There's Captain Jack Sparrow's Cannibal Chair, Captain Davy's treasure chest, octopus tentacles, and a dock that leads right up to the pirate ship.

Credit - Tony DeMatteo
Credit - Tony DeMatteo

Kids can meet Captain Jack Sparrow and although the display is free, parents are asked to bring canned goods or donations that DeMatteo will donate to local food pantries. "This year's display will benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital PICU and the Open Door Mission."

The pirate ship comes to life at 15 Ambush Lane in Churchville, New York.

Fri Oct 22 6-9PM
Sat Oct 23 6-9PM
Sun Oct 24 6-9PM
Fri Oct 29 5-10PM (Meet the Captains 6-9PM with Kona Ice and Macarollin Food Trucks)
Sat Oct 30 5-10PM (Meet the Captains 6-9PM with Kona Ice and Macarollin Food Trucks)
Sun Oct 31 5-10PM

You can also visit during the week but only the lights will be on at night. Get more details
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