Halloween events 2011
The most frightening time of the year is almost upon us, and you don't have plans? No need to freak out---there are plenty of events to keep you spooked all month long.
Wed Oct 12 2011
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The Talent Show Whore-O-Ween Spectacular
Reggie Watts, Eugene Mirman and Jessi Klein are just some of the funny folks who'll perform wacky feats—or make shocking confessions—during this Halloween-themed show. Fair warning: There will also be a costume contest. Littlefield, 622 DeGraw St between Third and Fourth Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn (littlefieldnyc.com). Oct 26 at 8pm; $7.
Sassy, green-haired host Hedda Lettuce presents a different campy film classic each week. After the screening, bring your ticket to XES Lounge (157 W 24th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves) for one free drink. Be sure to shower before you see tonight's screening of Psycho; you won't want to for days after. Hedda's trotting out the legit-scary stuff for these Halloween-weekend midnight screenings: The nightmare-inducing The Exorcist wraps up horror month. Clearview Chelsea, 260 W 23rd St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-505-2463, clearviewcinemas.com). Oct 27 at 7, 9:30pm, midnight; $7.50 (midnight screenings $10).
Halloween Is Happening
After knocking back a few cocktails during happy hour from 5pm to 7pm in the churchyard, head inside for a screening of Metropolis. A live soundtrack, courtesy of organist Peter Krasinski, will break the eerie quiet. Trinity Church Wall Street, 89 Broadway at Wall St (212-602-0800, trinitywallstreet.org). Oct 28 4--10pm; free.
If the thought of facing off against supernatural beings doesn't get your adrenaline going, perhaps confrontations with otherworldly life-forms will. Sigourney Weaver kicks alien ass in this 1986 classic, directed by James Cameron. Landmark's Sunshine Cinema, 143 E Houston St between First and Second Aves (212-330-8182, landmarktheatres.com). Oct 28, 29 midnight; $9.99.
The Muppet Vault: Monsters!
If you're after something that's not particularly scary, good news! This party is all Muppets all the time, with holiday-related video clips (including ones featuring Vincent Price), a trivia competition, themed drinks and more. Union Hall, 702 Union St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-638-4400, unionhallny.com). Oct 29 at 2pm; $8.
A Haunted Hot Tub Halloween
Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler's much-beloved variety show welcomes the funny, funky Andres du Bochet, and John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, to its Halloween spectacular. Littlefield, 622 DeGraw St between Third and Fourth Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn (littlefieldnyc.com). Oct 29 at 8:30pm; $20.
Halloween Eve Comedy Cabaret
This event, hosted by Kenji America, promises a "sing-along to the resurrection of Jim Morrison." We don't know if it'll be scary, but we're intrigued. UCBEast, 155 E 3rd St between Aves A and B (212-366-9231, east.ucbtheatre.com). Oct 30 at 7:30pm; $5.
Thunder Gulch Presents: Monster Night Live!
Some of the UCB's best improvisers—including TONY fave Shannon O'Neill—gather for this spooky take on a variety show. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W 26th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-366-9176, newyork.ucbtheatre.com). Oct 31 at 9:30pm; $5.