Halloween NYC: Three Halloween costume ideas

We picked three Halloween events and found the perfect costumes to wear for each—including awesome pet outfits.



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  • Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus costumes from Spirit Halloween

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Victorian ensembles from Gothic Rennaissance

  • Zelda Dog costumes from Ricky’s Upper East Side PUP-UP Shop


Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus costumes from Spirit Halloween

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Go here: Hallowmeme Costume Party
The Bell House, 149 7th St between Second and Third Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn (hallowme.me). Thu 24 8:30–11:30pm; free. We’re anticipating plenty of girlfriend-less Manti Te’os, Ylvis foxes and creative representations of the government shutdown at this social-media–savvy soiree, which invites participants to dress as a meme.

Wear this: Reprise the most-talked-about VMA moment since Beyonce’s bun-in-the-oven reveal with a Twerkin Teddy ($39.99), Party Finger ($8.99) and striped Twerk Suit ($39.99) combo from Spirit Halloween (multiple locations; visit spirithalloween.com for details). 

Go here: PhantasmaGorey: Edward Gorey Grand Halloween Ball
1 Hanover Sq between Pearl and Stone Sts (dancesofvice.com). Sat 26 at 9pm; $40, advance $25–$30. Dances of Vice never messes around when it comes to dressing up, especially for its annual Gothic Victorian bash dedicated to writer-illustrator Edward Gorey.

Wear this: Drop some major coin at high-end alternative boutique Gothic Renaissance (110 Fourth Ave between 11th and 12th Sts; 212-780-9558, gothren.com), which stocks corseted lace Ophelie dresses ($169.99), embroidered Versailles men’s coats ($409.99), ruffled York shirts ($79.99), and a range of hats (men’s English topper $99.99; ladies’ deluxe riding hat $359.99) and accessories (glass-bead choker $49.99; steampunk goggles $119.99).

Go here: Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade
Tompkins Square Park dog run, E 9th St between Aves A and B (dogster.org). Sat 26 noon–3pm; suggested $5 raffle ticket. Bulldogs in wigs, Chihuahuas in tuxedos, Pac-Man poodles and “Mutt Romney” were just some of the creative concepts at last year’s canine-costume convention.

Wear this: For a shot at taking home the Best in Show prize (an iPad mini), visit Ricky’s Upper East Side PUP-UP Shop (86th St at Lexington Ave; rickyshalloween.com) for a four-legged ensemble such as Pirate Zelda Dog ($23.99) or Prisoner Zelda Dog ($27.99).

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