Every Scary, Sexy NYC Halloween Party You Need to Attend This Year

Updated On 10/25/2017 at 05:42PM EST Updated On 10/25/2017 at 05:42PM EST
every halloween party in NYC
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Friday - Tuesday
Oct 13-31
Halloween comes to Nitehawk Cinema early this year, with classic horror flicks screening all month long. The series that started with Friday the 13th Part 2 on, well, Friday the 13th, will conclude on Halloween night with a screening of Carnival of Souls, set to a live musical performance of the score.
Thursday - Tuesday
Oct 19-31
Brooklyn Heights
Produced by students at City Tech, this annual haunted house in Brooklyn has high-tech scares and terrifying (but decidedly not-too-gruesome) frights triggered by guests. Head to the New York City College of Technology to explore this year’s haunted house. Tickets are $10.
McKittrick Hotel
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Friday - Tuesday
Oct 27-31
Six weeks before the McKittrick Hotel was slated to debut in 1939 as New York City’s most luxurious hotel property, the property was shuttered. Today, the McKittrick is an interactive theater venue where -- befitting its eerie beginning -- the Halloween dance party is without rival. Explore off-limits areas of the hotel while showing off your most infernal costume (think: demons, vampires, and wicked sorcerers).
Friday - Wednesday
Oct 20-31
A perfectly preserved home from 1830s, this landmark building is said to be haunted by the family that resided here for nearly a century. During candlelight ghost tours, guests can watch for signs that Gertrude Tredwell -- the last Tredwell to reside in the mansion -- is creeping on the tour. Tickets start at $40, and include a 50-minute tour of the house and the fourth-floor servants’ quarters.
day of the dead
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Friday - Sunday
Oct 27-29
East Village
Hosted by Mano a Mano, a non-profit that advances Mexican culture, the three-day Day of the Dead festival in New York City is designed to recreate the traditional Latin American celebration of life and death. Build an altar, sample authentic Mexican dishes (dig that pan de muertos), and rock your best sugar skull costume.
house of yes
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Friday - Tuesday
Oct 27-31
Brooklyn’s most outrageous club, House of Yes, begins celebrating Halloween on Friday, October 27 with a freak show-inspired circus. The fetes continue with psychedelic hallucinations and the multi-venue City of Gods Halloween party. On Halloween, dance until the witching hour during the Gala of the Gone, where costumes are mandatory and entertainment includes séances, Ouija boards, tarot card readings, and music by Curses and Lauren Flax.
Oct 28
Head to the second floor of the Eventi Hotel to see the space reimagined as the mansion that once stood at the same address. Manor 849 is an all-night masquerade party, where guests can explore the manor while enjoying live entertainment (burlesque dances, musical performances) and access to a series of open bars. Tickets start at $125.
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Saturday - Tuesday
Oct 28-31
Lower East Side
Sip pumpkin beer from a pumpkin keg (or more macabre cocktails, like the Bloody IV Bag with rye, grenadine, and bitters served in an actual IV bag) at Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten. The parties will also feature a midnight costume contest with a $250 bar tab as the grand prize. Admission is scary-cheap: totally free.
Oct 31
Hell's Kitchen
If being scared out of your mind isn’t your idea of fun, the Skivvies -- the irreverent Nick Cearley and Lauren Molina -- will perform hilarious covers of popular songs during a Halloween(ish) concert at the Green Room 42. While guests are encouraged to wear costumes, the scares more or less end there. After all, the Skivvies will be donning just their underwear. Don’t overdress.
Oct 31
West Village
Even people who hate Halloween (yes, seriously, they exist) love the city’s annual Halloween parade. Now in its 44th year, the parade snakes up Sixth Avenue, and has a strict policy on costumes: You have to wear them if you want to participate... but that means if you’re wearing a costume, hop on in. The 2017 theme is "Cabinet of Curiosities: An Imaginary Menagerie," and will feature massive puppets, theatrical costumes, and live music.