When it comes to Halloween parties, NYC in 2016 will have four chilling nights of spooky activities, since Halloween falls on a Monday (and obviously you’ll be partying all weekend). First, find your creepy costume of choice at a great Halloween store (or borrow one without breaking the bank at the best Halloween costume rental stores). Then scream your way through some of the spookiest haunted houses in NYC. But before the wicked weekend is over, be sure to buy you and your ghoul squad tickets to an epic Halloween party where you can sip on killer cocktails as you monster mash all night.
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Halloween parties in NYC 2016
The Blood Ball: Dark Glamour
Hosted by one of Manhattan’s most sought-after venues, Diamond Horseshoe, the Blood Ball is an exclusive Halloween-themed benefit that’ll put the fun back in fundraiser. Attendees will experience an exceptional evening of music, dancing, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and special performances by acrobats, aerialists and famous Hollywood ghosts. But the absolute best part? This party’s going down in the name of charity, as proceeds from the Blood Ball will support the work of DKMS, the international non-profit that connects blood cancer patients with bone marrow donors who hold the key to a second chance at life. Thur Oct 27, 8pm. Tickets start at $500.
The Halloween Masquerade Ball: A Sexy Venetian Carnival Affair
Don your craziest mask and sexiest cocktail attire and transport yourself back to 13th-century Venice at STAGE48’s second-annual Halloween Masquerade Ball. This mystical evening of mystery and intrigue will include a sponsored open bar from 9 to 10pm, world-renowned DJs, multiple dance floors and cash prizes for best mask and best couple. Fri Oct 28, 9pm. 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.
For monster-metal pioneers Gwar, it’s Halloween all year round. With fellow purveyors of evil and really loud-playing guitarists Darkest Hour and Mutoid Man in tow, the Virginia shock-rock institution is taking its blowout stage show to Brooklyn’s House of Vans, where the band’s elaborate freak-show outfits and graphic enactments of violence are augmented by giant bizarre mascot installations courtesy of visual artist Dennis McNett.
Music Hall of Williamsburg: HALLOQUEEN
The Washington, D.C., power pop band Jukebox the Ghost returns to the Music Hall of Williamsburg for its second annual HALLOQUEEN—a two-set show featuring original Ghost songs marked by punchy drum samples and rhythmic synthesizers paired with classic Queen covers. Feel mesmerized by the haunting vocals of “Undeniable You” and “Show Me Where It Hurts,” then sing along to Ghost’s ethereal cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Sat Oct 29 8pm. Tickets start at $25.
The Headless Horseman: Halloween
There’s nothing sleepy about this Sleepy Hollow–inspired tavern. With flaming lanterns, exposed wooden beams, an open bar and a live DJ, this colonial New England–style haunt promises a Halloween so thrilling it’ll make you lose your head. The dress code is Halloween festive, so don your spookiest vintage threads for this killer party. Sat Oct 29 9pm, $10.
House of Yes Halloween 3000 with Moon Boots & Friends
It’s the year 3000, the future is now and Halloween is forever—at least it will be on this Saturday at Bushwick’s boundary-pushing House of Yes. Dress in your most futuristic fatigues and get down on the dance floor to Moon Boots, David Kiss, Zephyr Ann, Ryan Clover and Fabi Jugo. Explore the beauty and terror of outer and innerspace as you experience intergalactic aerial acrobaticxxx, abduction stations, secret science chambers, cyborgs and cyborgettes, space spiders, skeleton ghost aliens, strange edible delights, atmospheric oddities, dance party astronauts and unidentified floating objects. Sat Oct 29, 10pm. Tickets start at $30.
Halloween 2016 at Dream Downtown Hotel
Explore after-dark antics at Dream Downtown’s 6th annual Halloween celebration taking place across three different levels of the hotel. Dance to world-famous DJs in the Gallery, which boasts over 4,300 square feet of dance floors, bar space and lounge seating. Head down to the Electric Room for a subterranean speakeasy vibe, complete with gothic-style chandeliers, leather sofas and custom back-painted antique mirrors. Just make sure to head up to the twelfth floor before the night’s over—the PHD Rooftop Lounge touts uninterrupted views of the Empire State Building and Hudson River. Sat Oct 29, 9pm. Tickets start at $82.
Villain’s Ball at Gotham Hall
There’s no Halloween party more diabolical than New York’s Villain Ball at Gotham Hall. Formerly known as the Greenwich Savings Bank, Gotham Hall preserves its former opulence, flaunting double brass-embossed doors and a Grand Ballroom marked by soaring ceilings and a 3,000-square-foot stained glass skylight. Deviant ticket holders will be privy to a five-hour premium open bar, live DJ performances by DJ Mossel and DJ SCRVP, and special bottle service for villainous VIPs. Sat Oct 29, 10pm. Tickets start at $79.