Oct. 16, Oct. 19, Oct. 20
When the dress code is “spooky, scary, blood-curdling and bone-chilling,” you know you’re in for a night. The party experts at House of Yes are teaming up with Little Cinema to create an immersive horror movie experience complete with aerial dancers, 3D animation, and an audiovisual DJ show. So go ahead and soak that wedding dress you found at the thrift store in red corn syrup and dance until morning.
Cost: General admission starts at $30
This adults-only Halloween party lets you fulfill your lifelong dream of getting boozy at the zoo. There’s a costume contest (although stilts aren’t allowed, so I’m afraid your giraffe costume won’t work out), a haunted trail, mentalism shows, food trucks, live music, karaoke, beer, and wine. The lemur and gorilla exhibits will close right before the Brew, but the sea lions will stay up to party with you all the way until 11pm.
Cost: Tickets start at $80 and include unlimited beer samples
For more of an Eyes Wide Shut vibe, the Titanic Masquerade is a three-hour party cruise with DJs, multiple bars, and a strict dress code. Come in all white -- cocktail attire for women, collared shirts for men -- and a masquerade mask. If the club gets a little rowdy, you can always step outside to take in the view of the skyline. Just saying, though, standing on the deck of a Halloween yacht cruise sounds like the beginning of a slasher film.
Cost: Tickets start at $28
Live your best goth life as you attend a reenactment of the 19th-century funeral service of Seabury Tredwell. You’ll learn about funeral customs, Victorian mourning, and the brand-new (to them) world of undertaking. After the service, you can tour the museum and view A Good Death: 19th Century Lessons in Dying Well, where -- if you dare -- you can pose for a photograph inside the museum’s 19th-century coffin.
The co-owner of Catland, a metaphysical boutique and event space, is hosting this intimate group seance during October, when “the veil is at its thinnest.” The veil between us and the spirit world, that is. Attendance is limited, as the hosts will work with every guest one-on-one to help you achieve contact with the great beyond. All you have to bring is a white candle and some burning questions.
Hosted by the Wasabassco burlesque troupe, this Halloween party features a costume contest at 7:30pm and a burlesque show at 8. Come early and have dinner, or just sip a few glasses of their locally sourced wine -- it’s ideal for exploring the uninhibited side of Halloween without having to stand on the street or shout in a crowded club. Plus, if you win a prize, you’ll get a bottle of wine to drink on the comfort of your couch.
Cost: General admission is $22
The Wild Honey Pie, an artist collective, hosts dinner parties where musicians can connect directly with their fans. Their Halloween-themed dinner at Le Fanfare is your chance to meet jazz duo Salt Cathedral all dressed up in your homemade costume. It’s the perfect way to celebrate actual Halloween in a low-key, date-worthy way. Your $50 ticket includes booze and three courses of Le Fanfare’s Italian menu.
Cost: General admission is $50
With the beloved Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade recently canceled by The Man, you need a new place to show off that dog costume you spent 30 hours hot-gluing together. The Great PUPkin is a worthy replacement: It’s got dogs in wigs, a leafy park, and your best chance of making your dog Insta-famous. Only registered dogs can enter, so sign up online starting October 1 or day-of at the Fort Greene Park monument plaza. Judging starts at 11:30am, so this is a pre-brunch kind of thing.
Cost: Suggested donation is $5