We can’t believe it’s already Halloween in NYC! If you haven’t purchased your costume yet, we feel you. With this gut-wrenching election, terrifying clown sightings and abnormal weather, it’s hard to think about anything, let alone how to pull-off a sexy grape costume.
RECOMMENDED: Full Halloween in NYC guide
But all of the aforementioned circumstances are the reasons why you deserve to let loose and celebrate Halloween in true NYC fashion. It might be too late to plan an over-the-top costume idea (unless you really want to spend your happy hour braving the crowds at Ricky's or a Halloween Store). But it's certainly not too late to find killer Halloween parties (pun unintended) to attend. Here are the Halloween events that you can still snag tickets for!
Supercinema's Inferno at the McKittrick Hotel
A monster mash gets the Sleep No More treatment during this spooky interactive dance party, which is, appropriately, named after the hotel in Alfred Hitchcock’s fright-night classic Vertigo. In keeping with the venue’s creaky antique charm, this Halloween shindig has a classic Hollywood movie monsters theme, and revelers are asked to dress up like the Wolf Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and other iconic old-school freaks. (Big spenders can book the VIP Studio Tour package, and the pros at the hotel put together your ghastly wardrobe and makeup for you). Plus, there’s an all-night open bar and wandering performers, so you’ll feel like a party devil soon enough. Fri 28, Sat 29, Mon 31, 10:15pm. Tickets start at $115.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square Halloween Party
Ripley’s is unleashing a decadent array of hellish delights at this grisly dance party. Between the drinks and dishes, participate in ghoulish reverly such as a maze of lasers and step through the perception-altering Black Hole. The museum, which is no stranger to the macabre, will be pulling out all the stops for a wild night of dark festivities for those 21 and over. Fri 28, 8pm. Tickets start at $25.
The Bell House: The Sons & Heirs, a Tribute to the Smiths and Morrissey
Ring in Halloween with the Sons & Heirs—the No. 1 Smiths cover band that “brings the spirit that makes the music immortal.” Sing along to Morrissey-mimicked classics like “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” and “How Soon Is Now?” as you drown your indie outsider sorrows in the Bell House’s lofty line-up of draft beers and craft cocktails. Fri Oct 28, 7pm. Tickets start at $15.
Boo Yourself at Output with Danny Tenaglia and Danny Krivit
Adorned with major new renovations—including reconstructed stages, dance floors and prototype Funktion-One sound systems—Brooklyn’s favorite club is well-prepared for a Halloween lineup of epic proportions. With New York legends Danny Tenaglia and Danny Krivit performing in separate rooms, club-goers will get two amazing shows for the price of one, having the ability to seamlessly float between Tenaglia’s old-school tech house and Krivit’s soulful classic house sets. Sat Oct 29, 10pm. Tickets start at $30.
Nightmare on 12th Street
Head to the McCarren Hotel & Pool for a tasteful night of Halloween raging, featuring DJs LoveStory and Jay Xero, a costume contest hosted by America’s Next Top Model’s Stacy Ann and an open bar from 7–9pm. Indulge in scream-themed food specials like Crispy Blood Pops ($7) and Pig Head Bahn Mi ($10). Sat Oct 29, 7pm. Tickets $10.
BangOn!NYC: Warehouse of Horrors
BangOn!NYC is packing a secret Williamsburg warehouse with mesmerizing, horrifying and totally entrancing art, performances and silent disco sets. There will be freaky performers, delicious food vendors, a bouncey house, a flesh-suspension zip line show, a haunted house and more ghastly curiosities. Just make sure your costume has room for headphones. Sat 29, 10am. Tickets start at $80.
“The Killer Inside” Halloween Art Show at Verameat
If you would rather not spend Halloween partying and braving the crowds, this Williamsburg boutique is hosting an art event that sounds pretty killer. Check out the fantastically edgy and irreverent illustrations by Anja Silbar, while enjoying treats and other Halloween-appropriate goodies. Silbar’s prints will be for sale if you’re simply dying to get your paws on them. Sat 29, 4–9pm. Free admission.