FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
You Are So Lucky
Oct. 27 and 28 at a “secret location” in Yonkers; tickets $99-$250.
This party will once again bring an epic, immersive experience to the 33-acre grounds of Alder Manor, a 72-room Gilded Age mansion. This time, it’s a two-day affair with no less than 125 performers, including members of the House of Yes and The Danger families. Saturday’s throwdown is sold out, but you can still get tickets for Friday’s masquerade ball, inspired by the “bohemian history of decadence.”
Oct. 27 and 28 at The Gutter, Williamsburg; free.
Tom Petty is no longer with us (RIP), chances are slim of a Fugazi reunion, and you missed that secret Nirvana show at St. Vitus, but there’s still a chance to see all of these acts– or, at least, rough approximations– at the Gutter’s free Halloween shows, Saturday and Sunday. Live Ones will pay tribute to the Heartbreakers while Layne Montgomery Paper Company will go as Pavement. Other bands will go as Dinosaur Jr, Oasis, and, naturally, Danzig and Marilyn Manson.
The Shining at Videology and Metrograph
Oct. 28 at Videology, Williamsburg; tickets $25.
Oct. 26, 28, and 31 at Metrograph, Lower East Side; tickets $15.
If you can’t make it to the annual Shining Ball at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, which inspired Stephen King’s novel, Videology’s party is the next best thing. Not only is the Williamsburg microcinema screening Kubrick’s classic, but it’s transforming into the Overlook’s Gold Room and inviting you to come and play, forever and ever… The film is also showing at Metrograph, whose upstairs bar has a vaguely Overlook feel.
Cthulhu Canoe Haunted Boat Tours
Oct. 28, North Brooklyn Boat Club, Greenpoint, tickets $30.
As if a canoe ride down Newtown Creek wasn’t hair-raising enough, the good folks at the North Brooklyn Boat Club are taking you down the creepy creek at night, with some theatrical scares planted on the shores. There’s a bonfire for telling ghost stories, and food and drink, too.
Rock Is Dead II
Oct. 28, 9pm, Unit J, Bushwick; tickets $12-15.
There are many cover shows on Halloween, but only one of them is promising an eight-piece Bowie tribute and a zombie version of The Band. Scary monsters and super creeps!
MoMA PS1 Halloween Ball with Susanne Bartsch
Sat, Oct 28, 8pm, MoMA PS1, Long Island City; tickets $18.
Calling all club kids. Susanne Bartsch, the nightlife doyenne who’s the subject of a new documentary, is hosting this ghoulish gathering with some help from Amanda Lapore, Jeremy Kost, Fischerspooner’s Casey Spooner, and many others who dress up for a living. There’ll be live performances by cabaret stars like Julie Atlas Muz and sets by the likes of Eli Escobar of Tiki Disco. If past installments are any indicator, this’ll be the only party employing a geodesic dome.
Underworld Circus Halloween Ball
Oct. 28, 9pm, at Down Town Association, 60 Pine Street, Financial District; tickets $95.
This is another pricy soiree, but given the involvement of Bushwick-based immersive theater troupe Company XIV (known for their trippy, erotic adaptations of The Nutcracker and Snow White), it’s bound to be lavish. The party, produced by masquerade masters Dances of Vice, will take over the stately, landmarked clubhouse of the Down Town Association. The private club has been in operation since the 1850s, so there are bound to be some ghosts lurking amidst the circus, sideshow, opera, and theater acts.
Oct. 28, 10pm, Knockdown Center, Maspeth, $25 advance, $30 doors.
Those looking to get lost in Knockdown Center’s multiple rooms and immersed in spooky beats will have a spine-chillingly good time at this party, which features live performances by Peaches (yes, that Peaches) and Asian Doll, plus DJ sets by Juliana Huxtable, LE1F, Sadaf, Abby, and more.
BangOn! Warehouse of Horrors
Oct. 28, 10pm, 1 Ingraham Street, East Williamsburg, tickets $85.
There’s a good chance a ticket to this art rave thrown by the folks behind the Elements festival will cost more than your entire costume, but it’s always epic. This year’s installment, in a mysterious East Williamsburg warehouse, features headliner Fatboy Slim, the usual silent disco and Burning Man-esque art cars, human bowling, and more.
City of Gods Halloween
Oct. 28 and 29 at Paper Factory Hotel, Long Island City; tickets $50-$80.
This 24-hour fete takes over the artsy Paper Factory Hotel and brings dozens of performers to nine stages spread across the hotel. Several Burning Man camps are involved, and in the spirit of the Playa the lineup hasn’t been announced. But the producers, House of Yes and ZERO, promise a Halloween experience “far beyond what either of us have ever done before.” Considering their track record, that’s all we need to know. They had us at “Kali Ma’s Chamber of Blood.”
Talk and Music With Members of GWAR
Oct. 30, 7pm, at Brooklyn Bazaar, Greenpoint; tickets $15.
If you’re gonna go to a panel discussion on Halloween, make it a panel discussion with members of GWAR. Before their Halloween show at Irving Plaza (see below), Pustulus Maximus, The Beserker Blóthar and Jizmak da Gusha will sit down (presumably on toilet bowls) to offer an update on their latest album and answer questions about life post-Oderus. There’ll also be a “stripped down short performance,” for those who want less talk, more rock.
Dirty Looks: Kembra Pfahler
Oct. 30, 8pm, at The Kitchen, Chelsea; tickets $15-$20.
Who better to celebrate Halloween than with than the mistress of horror rock? At this night dedicated to the performance artist and future feminist, queer experimental film collective Dirty Looks will screen 80 minutes of shorts by or featuring the East Village firebrand, including a new video. Plus, Pfahler will perform solo as well as with her shock-rock outfit, The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black.
— Irving Plaza (@IrvingPlaza) October 18, 2017
GWAR at Irving Plaza
Oct. 31, 7pm, at Irving Plaza, Gramercy; tickets.
The ultimate shock rockers are back for what has to be the quintessential Halloween show. Expect to be soaked in fake blood (and worse) as a parade of evil-doers get the toilet treatment. Have these guys had enough time to concoct a mutant Harvey Weinstein costume? If so, dismemberment will be swift.
Hooves & Horns: A Satyr’s Samhain
Oct. 31, 9pm, at Catland, Bushwick; tickets $15.
This Halloween, there’s a perfect answer to the question “Which party?” It’s: Witch party! Our favorite occult bookstore and witch hang, Catland, will host a “group ritual,” tarot readings and performances by bands like the aptly named A Place Both Wonderful and Strange. Guests are asked to wear costumes “inspired by the Satyr,” so bone up on your Baphomet.
New York Night Train Haunted Hop
Oct. 31, 8pm to 2am at Knockdown Center, Maspeth, tickets $15-$25.
This party at the spooky, sprawling Knockdown Center had us at “mummy go-go dancers,” but if that’s not enough, how about soul master Jonathan Toubin bringing some 45s back from the dead; B+B favorite Kid Congo Powers of morbid acts The Cramps and Nick Cave; cover bands dressing and performing as Wire, the B-52s and more; a “special secret band”; and an interactive haunted house. To get in the mood, play Kid Congo’s new Halloween song, “Spider Baby,” above.
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Elsewhere Grand Opening Party
Oct. 31, 8pm, at Elsewhere, East Williamsburg; tickets $30-35.
To celebrate the opening of their new venue, the folks behind bygone DIY show space Glasslands have conscripted a band that is Halloweeny only in the sense that they’re scary good: Battles. Costumes are strongly encouraged, and going as a math-rock nerd doesn’t count.
Halloween S(t)inging Spooktacular
Oct. 31, 9pm, Sid Gold’s Request Room, $10.
Joe McGinty, the Psychedelic Furs piano man who held court at Greenpoint’s Manhattan Inn before it closed, presents this night of live “scare-aoke” at Sid Gold’s Request Room. There’ll be b-movies, a “robotizer” that lets you sing the “Monster Mash” a la R2-D2, and downtown gogo dancer Anna Copa Cabanna will don several costumes.
Village Halloween Parade
Oct. 31, 7pm to 11pm, from 6th Avenue and Canal Street to Sixth Avenue and 16th Street; free.
The theme of this year’s parade is “Cabinet of Curiosities: An Imaginary Menagerie.” Think Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster, Chupacabra, PT Barnum’s Fiji Mermaid, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
The Ridgewood Slaughterhouse
Through Nov. 1, 7pm to midnight, at The Deep End, Ridgewood; tickets $8-$10.
If you’re not about to wait in line with all of New Jersey to get into a haunted house, here’s a DIY alternative to the Blood Manors of the world. The folks behind The Deep End have put together an experience that evokes “the most gruesome massacre in recent memory,” which, their legend has it, occurred in a Ridgewood slaughterhouse in the ’70s.
Additional reporting by Cassidy Dawn Graves.