Things to Do Halloween events in NYC: Parties, tours, parades, haunted houses and more By Shaye Weaver firstname.lastname@example.org Updated October 29, 2018 1:15 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email It's been 200 years since Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" first made its terrifying appearance in pop culture, changing the way we think about science and ourselves. The story has bewitched so many that its anniversary will not go unmarked in New York City. From the Village Halloween Parade to a movie marathon at Nitehawk, Frankenstein's monster will be celebrated this October. Perhaps today's modern version of the monster are robots, according to organizers of the Village Halloween Parade. They're idealized versions of ourselves that we've created with electricity — not far off from Dr. Frankenstein's monster. That's why the parade's theme this year is "I AM a Robot!" Scroll down to start making your Halloween plans. Sir Henri Halloween Masquerade (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: Sir Henri Mixologists will serve Sir Henri's signature cocktails with dry ice to guests, who will take part in a special game of collecting clues to win $100 in Sir Henri gift cards. A mask is required. (Free entry, 6 p.m. to midnight, 37 W. 24th St., eventbrite.com) Jet Blue Halloween (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: Jet Blue Jet Blue is handing out full-size candy at its JetBOO House at Fort Greene Park while supplies last. (Free, 3 to 8 p.m., at Dekalb and Washington Park, Brooklyn, facebook.com The Crystal Method Halloween Party (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: Tommaso Boddi The Method will play tracks from its new album "The Trip Home" at a special Halloween concert at Good Room in Brooklyn. Read our Q&A with Scott Kirkland here. ($20, 9 p.m., 98 Meserole Ave., Greenpoint, ticketfly.com) Industry City Dance Party (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: Industry City / City Farm Industry City and City Farm Presents are putting on a free Halloween dance party with DJ Herbert Holler, costume contests and two-for-one beer, wine, or well cocktails for all attendees in costume. RSVP online. (7 to 10 p.m., Courtyard 1/2, 274 E. 36th St., eventbrite.com) Halloween at Samsung 837 (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: Samsung Get free, pre-designed Halloween makeup by MAC Cosmetics, watch the spooky favorite "Hocus Pocus," trick-or-treat and watch the Village Halloween Parade on the three-story Main Stage screen at Samsung 837. Galaxy phone owners will have access to Heineken and appetizers, too. Arrive early because the event is first-come, first-served. (Free, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., 837 Washington St., samsung.com) Reese's candy trading machine (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: Reese's Did you get candy corn or some less-than-appetizing candy this week? Stop by Reese's candy exchange vending machine on Halloween and insert that yucky candy into the machine, which will pop out a Reese's peanut butter cup. (4 to 9 p.m., Fifth Avenue, between Washington Square North and East Eighth Street) Boos in the Borough (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: ValeShrouds.com by Kate Hoover Hear tales of Brooklyn's ghosts from Boroughs of the Dead founder Andrea Janes, learn about funerary traditions with funeral director Amy Cunningham and try for Best Dressed Ghoul in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Halloween party. (Free, 6 to 9 p.m., 128 Pierrepont St., eventbrite.com) Village Halloween Parade (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: Getty Images / Dia Dipasupil Don your costume and head out to New York's biggest free Halloween tradition. The 45th annual Village Halloween Parade will feature countless floats, wild costumes, dancers and more. This year there is a special VIP Robot Section for this year's theme, "I AM a Robot!" 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) The Seville’s Dia de Los Muertos (Oct. 26-31) Photo Credit: The Seville Celebrate the Day of the Dead with your friends by ordering a large-format cocktail served in a disco ball or order signature cocktails include Beaux-Arts Beauty or The Last Rose. Bites include caviar and burrata with crostini, mini short rib tortas, as well as selections of Spanish hams and cheeses. DJ Kate Styles and DJ Dexter Love will spin tunes. (10 p.m. on Friday and Wednesday and 11 p.m. on Saturday, 22 E. 29th St., thesevillenyc.com) Alain Nu magic show (Thursdays) Photo Credit: Getty Images for Playboy / Larry French Mentalist Alain Nu is putting on a free parlor show with new tricks using hypnosis, eastern mysticism and illusions on Halloween. (Free, 5 to 8 p.m., The Lexington Hotel, 511 Lexington Ave., themanwhoknows.tv) Mahaloween at The Polynesian (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: The Polynesian The Polynesian's first Mahaloween celebration (mahalo means thank you in Hawaiian) is themed Shipwrecked, and will have a four-hour open bar with special Tiki cocktails, passed hors d'oeuvres, fun and games. Dress up in costume for your chance to win prizes, which include a private rum tasting, Tiki mugs or a small cache of rum. ($98, 8 p.m. to midnight, 400 W. 42nd St., thepolynesiantiki.com) 'Frankenstein' Off-Broadway (through Nov. 19) Photo Credit: Photo by Adam Smith Jr. See the horrifying classic "Frankenstein" Off Broadway with this two-act musical by composer and physicist Eric B. Sirota and director Clint Hromsco. ($20-$99, 11 a.m. matinees on Oct. 26 and Nov. 9; and 7 p.m. on Mondays; St. Luke's Theatre, 308 W. 46th St., thefrankensteinmusical.com) All Souls Eve at The Ides (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: The Ides Drink speciality cocktails Soul Vibrations or Astonishing Tales while getting your palms or tarot cards read at the Wythe Hotel or dance to a DJ set by The Avant Ghetto. All proceeds will benefit The American Civil Liberties Union. ($10, 8 p.m., 80 Wythe Ave., wythehotel.com) 'Noctem Diaboli/Devil's Night' exhibit (Oct. 30) Photo Credit: Courtesy Stephen Romano Gallery See artwork, historical images, folk art painting and sculpture and vintage photography involving animism, witchcraft, shamanism, voodoo, magic and demonology by both established and emerging contemporary artists at this one-night exhibit preceding Halloween. (Free, 7 p.m. to midnight, Stephen Romano Gallery, 246 E. 4th St., Stephen Romano Gallery) Scary Cover Bands (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: Threes Brewing Hear some upbeat pop songs get turned into creepy tunes at Threes Brewing. The New Restaurants will pretend to be "Taylor Slow," Spritzer will be Madonna, Kung Fu Crimewave will be the Pixies and Plum Dumpster will be the Red Hot Chili Peppers. ($5 suggested donation, 8 p.m., 333 Douglass St., Gowanus, facebook.com/events) Hudson Square Halloween (Through Oct. 31) Photo Credit: Hudson Square BID / Adoro Lei Try some of the city's spookiest drinks during this Halloween with your own bar crawl. Hudson Square's bars that have made creepy drinks for the holiday, including Adoro Lei (pictured, Spooky Syrup), Bar Hugo, City Winery, Mae Mae and others. Businesses in the area are dressing up their windows for the spooky occasion and the Hudson Square BID is hosting a costume contest on its Facebook page and a digital scavenger hunt where you can unlock drink and food specials at eateries in the neighborhood. More information is available at facebook.com/hudsonsquarenyc . Devil's Heaven (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: 230 Fifth Avenue Party and dance on a rooftop with costumed revelers and get a drink free when you buy one from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be special guest DJs until 4 a.m. ($10-$15, 8 p.m. start, 230 Fifth Ave., halloweenstub.com) Greenwich Village Children's Halloween Parade (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: Alex Loayza The 28th Annual Children's Halloween parade, hosted by New York University and Manhattan Community Board 2, will march through Washington Square Park and include face-painting, rides, and live entertainment from Hot Peas 'N Butter and FogoAzul, an all-female Brazilian Samba Reggae drum line, pictured. (Free, 3 p.m., Washington Square Park to West Third Street, nyu.edu) Broken Shaker's Dia de los Muertos (Nov. 2) Photo Credit: Broken Shaker Broken Shaker is going all out for Dia de los Muertos with an art installation by Joaquin Trujillo, music by an all-female mariachi band and DJ Andrew Mason with drink and food specials that will benefit Project Paz. (No cover, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., 23 Lexington Ave.) Oxomoco's Dia de los Muertos (Nov. 1) Photo Credit: Oxomoco Dress up for this party featuring a tarot card reader, a costume contest and bites. A portion of the proceeds will go toward charity. ($25, 10 p.m., 128 Greenpoint Ave.) 1980s party at The Happiest Hour (Oct. 30) Photo Credit: The Happiest Hour Transport to a time before personal computers and when hair was really big at this tiki-inspired venue. "The Goonies" will be screened as guests sip on a Blue Hawaiian cocktail from a slushie machine. Specials include free French fries, $10 cocktails, $5 Pino Grigio, Malbec, Rose, Tiger and Red Stripe bottles and Einbecker, $10 burgers and sandwiches, 50-cent wings and $5 sliders. Call 212-243-2827. Director's Cut of 'Little Shop of Horrors' (Oct. 30) Photo Credit: Fadi Kheir Catch a rarely seen director's cut of the cult 1986 musical film starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia and John Candy. There will be a costume contest before the screening at 6:30 p.m. ($20, 7:30 p.m., the Schimmel Center, 3 Spruce St., schimmelcenter.org) Weird New York Tour (through Nov. 3) Photo Credit: Hidden New York Tours This Halloween tour takes you through the city to see the sites of some of the grisliest murders, where the CIA used prostitutes to dose unsuspecting men with LSD and where a hippie got cut in half and stuffed in a boiler, according to Hidden New York Tours. ($25-$35, 6 and 8 p.m., hiddennewyorktours.com) Ghost Donkey's Day of the Dead party (Oct. 31-Nov.1) Photo Credit: Ghost Donkey Tequila and mezcal bar Ghost Donkey is throwing a party for Dia de los Muertos with a costume contest, a dance party, a pinata, face painting and more. Tickets include unlimited Montelobos mezcal, Altos tequila cocktails and bites, including chicken nachos, suckling pig, tacos and access to a sugar skull cupcake altar. ($95, 9 p.m., 4 Bleecker St., eventbrite.com) It's Alive! Frankenstein at 200 (through Jan. 27) Photo Credit: The Morgan Library & Museum, gift of Jeffrey P. Dwyer, Pennyroyal Press This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's dark novel "Frankenstein" and the Morgan Library and Museum and the New York Public Library is putting on what could be their creepiest and largest exhibition ever called "It's Alive! Frankenstein at 200." From portions of the original, handwritten manuscript to movie memorabilia, original macabre artworks and even early scientific instruments and surgical tools that Dr. Frankenstein would have used, the story is brought to life before your eyes. ($20, Tuesday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., free after 7 p.m.; and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; 225 Madison Ave., read more here) Hospital 849 (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: Second NYC This creepy asylum-themed Halloween ball hosted by Sonja Morgan and Sophia Lamar will commit to the Tourondel Psychiatric Hospital, where you'll be diagnosed by a team of specialists. You'll wander the clinic, passing medical oddities, psychotic patients and mysterious medical staff. Don't worry, there will be dancing, open bars and music by The Misshapes, Lil' Kim and more. ($140, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., Second at Kimpton Hotel Eventi, 849 Sixth Ave., hospital849.com) Madonnathon (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: John Huntington It's all about Madonna at this Halloween party at the Highline Ballroom with live covers and performances of the Material Girl's repertoire. There will be a costume contest for the best Madonna look, so pull out your cone bra and dance the night away. (8 p.m., 431 W. 16th St., highlineballroom.com) Brooklyn Cider House Halloweek (Oct. 27-31) Photo Credit: Brooklyn Cider House Catch a scary-movie marathon, including films like "Nosferatu," that'll run each day with free tastings of cider for those in costume and mulled cider and candied apples. There will be a costume contest from 8 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 27 with a $100 gift certificate prize and tunes by DJ Octopus Kid from 9 to midnight. (Free entry, starting at 11 a.m., 1100 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn, facebook.com) Trick-or-Treat with East Midtown (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: East Midtown Partnership Children 12 and under and their families are invited to trick-or-treat at businesses in midtown east and get their faces painted, hop in a photo booth and grab some bags to stash your candy at the plaza at Third Avenue and East 56th Street. (Free, 3 to 7 p.m., eastmidtown.org) Día de los Muertos Halloween party (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: Bar Hugo Enjoy happy hour specials all night at Bar Hugo after 5 p.m. at this rooftop bar, which will be decked out in Día de los Muertos fashion. (No cover, 5 p.m., 525 Greenwich St., hotelhugony.com) 80s GLOW at Sunday in Brooklyn (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: ALEX KIKIS If you're into the 1980s female wrestling thing, as seen on Netflix's "Glow," head to Sunday in Brooklyn, where there will be neon face painting, tattoo artists, impersonators, break-dancers, an LED robot and more. Domino's will deliver a stack of pizzas and there will be food specials like chicken liver "brain" and spooky cookies and drinks like the Jason Takes Manhattan (pictured) and the Season of the Witch. Costumes are required. ($55, 8 p.m. to midnight, 348 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, resy.com) Mascureaids Ball (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: Cure AIDS Dress up for fun and for a cause (to benefit the Research Foundation to Cure AIDS) at Mascureaids Ball, where you can compete for the best costume (and $5,000), be wowed by Penny Arcade artists and be serenaded by Broadway Inspirational Voices and NYC Gay Men's Chorus. There will also be a makeup tent and music by DJs Steve Zehentner and Pickles. (Starting at $200, 7:30 p.m., 150 First Ave., eventbrite.com) ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’ Photo Credit: Getty Images / John Phillips Created along with the British Library, this celebration of the 20th anniversary of the U.S. debut of the boy wizard includes original drafts and drawings by real-world sorcerer J.K. Rowling, along with an array of the historical drawings, documents and works that inspired the author, including those of Leonardo da Vinci and Nicholas Flamel. ($21, New-York Historical Society, harrypotter.nyhistory.org) Nightmare Machine (Oct. 3-31) Photo Credit: @handjo_bandjo | Kelsey Thomas A trip through this nine-room experience takes you into weird and culturally inspired spooky spaces centered around alien abduction and cockroaches. One room is dedicated to creepy clowns, while the once-colorful hallway becomes a "Clockwork Orange"-themed tunnel. ($38, 5 to 10:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, 93 N. Ninth St., Brooklyn, visitdreammachine.com) Edgar Allan Poe at Merchants House (Oct 10, 12-31) Who better to celebrate Halloween with than Edgar Allan Poe? The Merchant's House Museum has two events that'll chill you in Poe style: Edgar Allan Poe in a Greenwich Village walking tour with Boroughs of the Dead: This two-hour tour will trace Poe's time in Greenwich Village during the 1840s, where he lived and wrote some of his famous works. ($25, Oct. 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., merchantshouse.org) Killing an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe: Murder at the Merchant's House: John Kevin Jones will perform Poe's tales "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Raven, and "The Cask of Amontillado" in the parlor, which will be made up with a coffin and mirrors in black crepe. ($18, 29 E. Fourth St., merchantshouse.org) The McKittrick Masquerade: 'Inferno' (Oct. 26, 27, 31) Photo Credit: giafrese Known for its long-running performance, "Sleep No More," the McKittrick Hotel is bringing back its annual Halloween party, "Inferno," in late October. Guests will have access to an open bar, live music and special performances. Those who attend should wear a costume or dress in all black. ($125-$350, 530 W. 27th St., mckittrickhotel.com) Catch a scary flick at Nitehawk Cinema (multiple dates) Photo Credit: Nitehawk Cinemas The Williamsburg theater is going all out for Halloween, with several screenings of horrors and thrillers, including a "Frankenstein" film series and "The Monster Mash," which will screen other monster movies. Don't miss "Young Frankenstein" on Sept. 29, the "Frankenstein" and "The Bride of Frankenstein" double feature on Sept. 25, "An American Werewolf in London" on Oct. 26 and more. (Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, nitehawkcinema.com) By Shaye Weaver email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.