By Sage Lazzaro
While we certainly maintain that NYC is one of the best cities in the world for Halloween, it can also be one of the most difficult. If you find yourself without reservations, tickets, or a special “in” when the weekend comes, you might spend more time traipsing around the city, stuck in traffic, or getting denied at every door then you will drinking festive cocktails and reveling in the fact you finally got to wear your yellow fur coat and disco boots. Basically, to maximize fun, we strongly suggest planning ahead. Here’s a list of some of the best clubs, concerts, rooftop parties and bars throwing down for Halloween weekend.
Wednesday, October 26
Carrie Screening at House of Yes
2 Wykoff Avenue, Brooklyn
Tickets: (Only the “Clawfoot Bathtub” tickets remain, $100)
Classic horror from 1976. House of Yes describes this screening as an “immersive experience” that will include a cellist, dancers, and fire performers, so yeah, the $100 ticket sounds worth it.
Friday, October 28
Carnevil at Mr. Purple
180 Orchard Street – 15th Floor, Manhattan
Tickets/Table service: $35/$125+
Circus performers including a sexy snake charmer, a juggler, a stilt walker and a contortionist will be entertaining throughout the evening along with DJ Morsy. “Carnevil” themed costumes strongly encouraged!
Raise the Dead at CLUB b66
6612 New Utrecht Avenue, Brooklyn
If you’re looking for more of a warehouse vibe, CLUB b66 will deliver with music, pool tables, stripper poles and a costume contest.
Hello Devils at The Wick
260 Meserole Street, Brooklyn
The hollowed-out music venue right off the Montrose L train with DJ Louie XIV spinning. Costumes “not required but strongly encouraged.”
Saturday, October 29
Haunted Lazar Brunch at Social Drink & Food, Yotel
570 Tenth Avenue, Manhattan
1 – 6pm
Tickets: $20 – $75
It’s costumes, lazer tag, cocktails and live music all in one. Outside the arena, street food stations will offer globally inspired street fare while the adjacent modern Israeli restaurant Green Fig will host an a la carte brunch.
Haunted Insane Asylum at The Roof
124 West 57th Street – 29th Floor, Manhattan
Not ticketed, but reservations are strongly encouraged: firstname.lastname@example.org/212-707-8008.
Boasting a brand new terrace awning that brings the roofdeck indoors, The Roof is hosting a Haunted Insane Asylum-themed party with Halloween themed cocktails. DJ Chazz Rockwell will be spinning all night, and insane asylum costumes strongly encouraged!
Dia de Los Muertos at Whiskey Blue
541 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan
Not ticketed, but reservations are strongly encouraged: email@example.com/call 212-407-2947
This swank lounge is throwing a Dia de Los Muertos party complete with a costume contest, a DJ and drink specials.
ROCK is DEAD. The Halloween Show at Unit J
338 Mofat Street, Brooklyn
9pm – 4am
This raging Halloween show features some of your favorite revived rock acts as well as a costume contest, cricket brownies made with real crickets (seriously), alcoholic blood punch (made without real blood) and plenty of room on the dance floor.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Party at Cannibal Beer & Butcher/The Cannibal Liquor House
600 11th Ave/113 East 29th Street, Manhattan
9pm – 1am
Playing the part of Dr. Jekyll, Liquor House will feature a three-piece band, proper cocktails and English snacks. At Beer & Butcher, a.k.a. “Mr. Hyde,” guests will experience “bloody and horrible with all the trimmings,” draft beer, wine, and whole roasted animals. Costumes are required and a ticket gets you entry to both parties.
Halloween – Monday, October 31
Halloween Costume Boat Party at Harbor Lights
2430 FDR Drive Service Road East, Manhattan
Forgo traffic jams and 10x Uber surge pricing by setting sea on this party cruise. Hookah bars and more than a dozen DJs on two floors of dancing. Do remember though: if you drink too much (or your friend does) you’re on the boat till 12am.
Creepy Cloudy 28 at Hotel Indigo
127 W 28th Street, Manhattan
5pm – 12am
The rooftop bar atop Hotel Indigo is throwing a Halloween bash with one of the most affordable covers in town. Views and music are included and hookah is available as well.
Fixed Halloween with S U R V I V E (Live) at Good Room
98 Meserole Ave, Brooklyn
9pm – 4am
Obsessed with Stranger Things? The band behind the hit show’s score is playing at this Brooklyn Halloween bash.
Halloween! A Place To Bury Strangers at Brooklyn Bazaar
150 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn
The newly-opened Brooklyn Bazaar’s Halloween party is all about the music. A Place To Bury Strangers, Honey, Way Out and Vinyl Williams will all perform live Halloween night.
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