Halloween approacheth y’all, and now that Ebola has hit NYC it’s time to nix that costume you knew was a terrible idea in the first place, which leaves you little time to figure out where you’re gonna be guzzling treats on the big night. Thank Hades we’ve got you covered with a list of bands playing as other bands. And jah, Kurt Cobain is amongst them. More →
With so many wild parties going on tonight, it’s easy to forget that Halloween originates from the ancient festival of Samhain, celebrated by the Celts 2,000 years ago. Before their new year on November 1, they thought the boundary between the living and dead would deteriorate and ghosts could appear on Earth. So, how do today’s pagans and occultists view the holiday as it’s celebrated today? We asked some of them to find out. More →
Cue up Lou Reed’s “Halloween Parade” and click through our photos of the 41st annual installment, which rolled up Sixth Avenue last night with Whoopi Goldberg as grand marshall. Then tell us who wore it better: the humans or thedoggies? More →
Halloween came early this weekend as New York Comic Con took over the Javits Center and surrounding area. I stopped in briefly to see if the Topps stand was selling the new Garbage Pail Kids series, “Disgrace to the White House”, and faced a crush of humanity as I tried to make my way to the Drippy Donald cards. Best thing I saw on the way there was probably the dude dressed as Barf the mog (half man, half dog– he’s his own best friend). Until the Spaceballs sequel actually happens, it’s the only thing we’ve got. Click through our slideshow to see who else made the scene, and then check out scenes from the cosplay cruise that served as an after-party.
Last year’s Halloween party at PS1. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)
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.”
We thought it couldn’t get any better than A Place to Bury Strangers doing a show at Brooklyn Bazaar’s trippy new location, but this just upped our anticipation for Halloween weekend: The folks behind the massive BangOn! art raves just announced that this year’s Warehouse of Horrors is on for Oct. 29, and will take place at a new warehouse location featuring 30-foot-ceilings, two music stages, a Silent Disco, local food vendors, a bouncy house, and a “flesh-suspension zipline show.”
Yesterday Dave Horwitz tweeted, “If I see even one Zombie Lou Reed costume tonight I will burn down an Urban Outfitters” — but, yeah, it happened anyway. Did these folks honor the man’s lyrics: “This Halloween is something to be sure / Especially to be here without you”? Check out the costumes and you decide. More →
Turns out those two Nirvana cover albums aren’t your only chance to hear Kurt brought back from the grave. Wednesday at 285 Kent, Gigawatts is putting on a Halloween show and Dead Stars — last seen paying tribute to Colin Devlin — will be going as Nirvana. Other acts include Butter the Children as the Pixies, Le Rug as At The Drive-In, Turnip King as The Velvet Underground, Honduras as Green Day, and Grand Resort as New Order, in case you missed the real deal a few blocks away back in July. As you can see above, Dead Stars does a pretty spot-on version of “Breed” — watch them tear through the Nevermind track at a show at Dead Herring last year. More →
For a second year in a row, the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade has a bone to pick with the City of New York. The annual canine costume pageant was close to being cancelled due to marketing fees imposed by the Parks Department. Now, a last-minute sponsor has swept in to save the day. More →