It's that time of the year again, where costume-wearing is encouraged and haunted houses are no longer avoidable. And in New York, Halloween parties are just about everywhere.
Here are some of the most spooktacular parties and events around the city.
Coney Island Freak Show at Westlight
Coney Island comes to Williamsburg with this special production at the new rooftop bar, featuring contortionists, snake charmers and more. Also enjoy cocktails, the menu from chef Andrew Carmellini and a DJ spinning Halloween hits. Costumes, as well as reservations, encouraged. (111 N. 12th St., Brooklyn, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., free admission, 718-307-7100, westlightnyc.com) (Credit: Noah Fecks)
Catch a scary flick at Nitehawk Cinema
As usual, the Williamsburg theater is going all out for Halloween, with several screenings of horrors and thillers, including "Silence of the Lamb (Oct. 25 at 7:15 p.m.); "Dracula" (Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m.), "Psycho" (Oct. 29 and 30 at 11:30 a.m.) and "A Nite to Dismember" (Oct. 29 at midnight). (Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, nitehawkcinema.com) (Credit: Nitehawk Cinemas)
'The Addams Family' and 'Monster Squad' screenings
The city's newest movie theater, Alamo Drafthouse, opens just in time for some Halloween-themed screenings, including "The Addams Family" (Oct. 29 at 4 p.m.), complete with a costume contest, and "The Monster Squad" (Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.), with a special appearance from star Andre Gower. (The Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn, 445 Albee Square W., $12-$15, drafthouse.com) (Credit: Courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse)
Bronx Zoo's 'Brew at the Zoo'
For one night the Bronx Zoo is a home for craft beer, with more than 40 breweries serving ales, lagers, porters, IPAs and more alongside eats from Luke's Lobster, Wafels & Dinges and Arthur Avenue restaurants. There will also be live music, costume contests, games, a photo booth and other entertainment at the inaugural event. (Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., the Bronx, Oct. 29, 7-11 p.m., general admission $44.99, includes unlimited beer samplings) (Credit: Drew Albinson)
'Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure'
Bring the kids to this Halloween-themed production from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, which follows the siblings' adventures with mermaids, monsters, pirates, vampires and, of course, a witch. (Central Park, 81st Street and Central Park West, Manhattan, Oct. 25, 27 and 28, 10:30 a.m. and noon; Oct. 26, 10:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m.; Oct. 29 to 30, 1 p.m.,; Oct. 31, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m., $10, $7 under 12, cityparksfoundation.org) (Credit: Justina Wong)
Head to Bushwick for a Halloween night filled with dancing, body paint and live music. Featuring performances from Lilly Wolf, The North Coast and more, this party states that costumes are a must, so come dressed to impress, because the best costume wins a Champagne prize. The trick: This Brooklyn event space's location is actually a secret. Just ask around once you buy a ticket to find where to party. (Secret Loft, Brooklyn, Oct. 29, $10 to $15, eventbrite.com) (Credit: Secret Loft)
Haunted beer garden
Grab a stein and head to Loreley Beer Garden for a Halloween bash filled with mini pumpkin kegs, a DJ and prizes for the best-dressed patron. Head to the bar any time on Oct. 29 for Halloween-themed drink specials, but stick around for the midnight costume contest for a chance to win a $250 bar tab. (Loreley Beer Garden, 7 Rivington St., Manhattan, 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., free admission, facebook.com/events) (Credit: Vivian Huang)
Village Halloween Parade
Put on a costume and head out to New York's biggest free Halloween tradition. The 43rd annual Village Halloween Parade will be just as crazy as ever, featuring countless floats, wild costumes and (of course) lots of New Yorkers. To guarantee a spot at this popular event, plan to get there early. Even better: Walk in the parade yourself. (Route is Sixth Avenue between Spring Street and 16th Street, Manhattan, Oct. 31, 7 to 10:30 p.m., Halloween-nyc.com) (Credit: Getty Images / Jemal Countess )
This indoor rooftop restaurant is hosting a combined Halloween and Dia De Muertos two-day event, featuring face painters, a special Halloween menu and a costume contest. (Cantina Rooftop, 605 W. 48th St., Oct. 28 to 29, free, 5 to 11 p.m., cantinarooftop.com) (Credit: Cantina Rooftop)
Halloween Sleep-In Cinema
Take watching a scary move in bed to the next level, with Casper and The Standard's "Sleep-In Cinema" partnership. The mattress company will provide the seating in this unique theater experience. Watch a variety of Halloween-themed flicks, from "The Addams Family" to "Halloween" on a bed, complete with concessions and a choice of cocktails. (The Standard High Line, 848 Washington St., Manhattan, Oct. 28 to Oct. 31, $70 to $110, showtimes vary, sleepincinemahalloween.splashthat.com) (Credit: Casper)
'Scarecrow Nights' at New York Botanical Garden
Head to the Bronx for a creepy journey through scarecrow history. Walk along the New York Botanical Garden's Wild Wetland Trail, where sculptor and artist Ray Villafane created an art installation to show the evolution of the scarecrow -- from the farm to the silver screen. Though the trail is open during the day, be sure to visit the "Scarecrow Nights" for extra surprises. (New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx, Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., $15-20, nybg.org) (Credit: Photo by Marlon Co for The New York Botanical Garden)
MoMA PS1 Halloween Ball
The fifth annual spooky bash is back. With this year's theme, "White House of Horror," the entirety of MoMA PS1 will be decorated with creepy fictional and historical figures that have roots in politics. The ball includes a "State Dinner" tableau vivant (silent live performance), DJ and musical performances in the courtyard, plus special museum exhibitions. Enjoy beer, wine, cocktails and a party punch throughout the night, and head to a Williamsburg location for a Susanne Bartsch-hosted after-party. (MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Queens, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. to midnight, $18 to $20, with $33 party/after-party combination tickets, momaps1.org) (Credit: Charles Roussel)
New York Haunted Hayride
Head to Randall's Island for an experience that may haunt your dreams -- or nightmares. New York Haunted Hayride is back with even more activities to scare you. Besides the hayride, which is filled with plenty of horrifying characters to frighten, head to the "House of Shadows" maze, where the only thing between you and some creepy characters is a dim lantern to guide your way. Take a break from the jump-scares at the haunted village where you can enjoy a variety of eats, and act out some of the most iconic moments from horror films at the Macabre Theater. (Randall's Island, 20 Randall's Island Park, now through Oct. 31, Sunday to Thursday from 7 to 11 p.m.; Friday to Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight, newyorkhauntedhayride.com) (Credit: Ten Thirty One Productions)
'Reel Soul' Halloween dance party at Syndicated
Syndicated is teaming up with the Hogstead Brothers to bring a dance party featuring audience-interactive projections throughout the bar. Head to this late-night event and dance the night away in Bushwick. (Syndicated, 40 Bogart St., Brooklyn, Oct. 29, midnight, RSVP is required, eventbrite.com) (Credit: Michael Tulipan)
'Halloween 3000' at House of Yes
Get futuristic this Halloween with the House of Yes' space-themed dance party with performers, "The Dream Lab." Complete with everything House of Yes has to offer -- DJs, dancing, acrobatics and more -- come dressed up in your extraterrestrial attire for a solid prize. The best costume wins a VIP hot tub package for nine people for an upcoming House of Yes event. (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave., Brooklyn, Oct. 29, 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., $30 to $60, eventbrite.com) (Credit: Chris VMP, the robot performers as 'The Dream Lab’)
Haven Rooftop 'Game of Thrones' party
Winter is coming: Celebrate Halloween at this GoT-themed bash, featuring $5 shot specials, a "Witches Brew" cocktail and, of course, a costume contest. Winners will receive prizes including a dinner for two and specialty prosecco and liquor bottles. Head to this party early -- the first 100 guests get their first drink free. (Haven Rooftop, 132 W. 47th St., Manhattan, Oct. 29, 10 p.m., $20, eventbrite.com) (Credit: Haven Rooftop)
This Upper East Side beer hall is hosting a devilish Halloween gathering, featuring Avery Brewing Co.'s Demons of Ale beer. Enjoy a variety of snacks, including a "season your own" popcorn station, as well as activities including face painting, a costume contest and more. (Treadwell Park, 1125 1st Ave., Oct. 29, 6 to 10 p.m., free, treadwellpark.com) (Credit: Treadwell Park)