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The best Halloween parties in NYC

Looking for Halloween parties? NYC’s 2019 calendar has the best fetes to get down in your spookiest costumes.

Courtesy The Cityfox Experience/Bryan Kwon
By Collier Sutter |
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Halloween 2019 is nearly here, which means it's time to party. Does the spooky season evict a spirit in you to groove until the wee morning hours? Even if you think you are more homebody than party animal, this is your chance to get loose. Since Halloween falls on a Thursday this year, you'll be ready to party in costume both weekends. Instead of breaking out your sewing kit, New York's greatest Halloween stores have plenty of options to choose from. Then, you know the drill: Before dancing all night, grab a meal for sustenance at one of NYC's best new restaurants, top it off with killer cocktails and head to any of these parties for late nights of wild abandon. 

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Halloween parties in NYC 2019

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Tiki Disco
Photograph: Courtesy David Cova/Cova Images
Things to do

Tiki Disco Halloween

icon-location-pin Good Room, Greenpoint
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If you’re hoping to wear your clown costume to something less warehouse-y and more Greenpoint bar meets intimate euro club, this beloved two-room venue will greatly serve your needs. Tiki Disco resident DJ’s Eli Escobar, Andy Pry, Lloydski will be delivering hot disco-house beats all evening long. Make your way under the giant disco ball alongside dedicated househeads or cozy up in their leather booths when your legs need a break.

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Jenny Anderson
Things to do

Sleep No More Hitchcock Halloween Party

icon-location-pin McKittrick Hotel, Chelsea
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Ever wanted to party like the Hollywood Golden Ages? This Halloween, the McKittrick Hotel is throwing three late-night bashes in Hitchcockian style. They’ll be transforming the hotel to fit the suspense and revelry, while shocking guests with live performances, bright installations, an open bar and a dance floor to get down. To make a full night of it, you can grab a package to attend both Sleep No More and a posh dinner banquet in The Club Car before the party even gets going.   

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ELEMENTS by BangOn!NYC

BangOn!NYC: Warehouse of Horrors

Every year, BangOn!NYC packs a Brooklyn warehouse with mesmerizing, horrifying and totally entrancing art, performances and silent disco sets. This year you'll have your night of dancing in a hundred-year-old warehouse, Queen's Knockdown Center, and that's not even the spookiest part. There will be freaky performers, massive art installations, interactive experiences, a silent disco, food vendors and more ghastly curiosities. The weekend boasts sets from Claude VonStoke, The Glitch Mob, San Holo, Ekali, Justin Martin, and more. Yeah, don't miss it. 52-19 Flushing Ave

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Andrew Fu
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RAMONA X Gertie: A Bloody Good Night

icon-location-pin Gertie, Williamsburg
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Greenpoint cocktail bar Ramona and Williamsburg’s trendy luncheonette Gertie are teaming up to throw a Halloween bash. Consider this the event to ring in the spooky holiday if you’re trying to not stay out past midnight, but want a festive place for you and your crew to strut your costumes. A ticket will get you access to the open bar which includes Ramona's new packaged beverage, the Blood Orange Spritz, flowing all night. There’s also a costume contest with prizes and tasty desserts from Gertie’s pastry chef, Nick Sanchez.

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Kenny Rodriguez
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Dirty Thursday: Zombie Prom

icon-location-pin House of Yes, Bushwick
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Come rise from the dead—or from your bed—and head to this Bushwick hotspot for a night dressed in your best high school cliché: zombie cheerleader, jock, geek, teacher and so on. Plus, there will be free drinks for those best dressed, which sounds way better than winning a prom queen tiara. This event is free, but go early—it’ll be no surprise if the entry line runs the block.

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Courtesy The Cityfox Experience/Bryan Kwon
Things to do, Festivals

The Cityfox Halloween Festival

icon-location-pin Avant Gardner, East Williamsburg
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Cityfox is known for their killer production and top talent at every show they put on. Combine that with a party holiday as big as Halloween and you’ve got yourself a monstrosity of a festival. Stepping into this event you’ll find 5 tricked-out stages, interactive rooms and a lineup of killer DJ’s and live acts like Lee Burridge, Bedouin, Art Department, Behrouz, DJ Hell,Mathias Kaden, Santé, Atish, Stimming,Monolink, WhoMadeWho, Rodriguez Jr. and Gui Boratto to name a few heavy hitters. Dancing shoes and costumes strongly advised.

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The Blond, 11 Howard, hotel bar, little italy
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Things to do, Quirky events

The Blond presents 7 Deadly Sins

icon-location-pin The Blond, Little Italy
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One of the most iconic hotel bars in Manhattan, The Blond, is throwing an all out immersive theater experience centered around the 7 Deadly Sins. The Blond, along with professional actors and actresses, will personify each of the Sins; Pride, Envy, Lust, Wrath, Sloth, Greed and Gluttony. Each of the sins will be spread out through the venue and the hotel, with Lust being the star of the show on the main floor with an epic dance party. Your $40 tickets includes a 2-hour open bar courtesy of Ketel One and Don Julio. Halloween is the one holiday to enjoy those vices, my dear.

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Courtesy MoMA PS1/Ryan Muir
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Moma PS1 Halloween Ball: Valley of the Dolls

icon-location-pin MoMA PS1, Long Island City
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Lock in an outrageous night the weekend before Halloween at the eighth annual Halloween Ball at MoMA PS1. With nightlife legend Susanne Bartsch behind the bash, expect the VW Dome venue to be decorated with anarchic sex dolls and candy-popping nurses. Pro Tip: Incase this event sells out or you’re not done tripping the light fantastic, snag tickets to the epic Valley of Dolls afterparty at Bushwick’s Elsewhere which starts at 11pm. There you can get down until the early morning. 

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JOY DIVISION (2004)
Music, Dance and electronic

Music for the Masses: New Wave Halloween Party

No Mamma Mia costumes here. Dance it out to the darker hits of Depeche Mode, New Order, Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division, the Cure and the Smiths at the Halloween edition of Greenpoint's popular new wave soiree helmed by DJs—and serious goth aficionados—Andi Harriman and Alex English.

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Mr. Purple
Photograph: Noah Fecks
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Mr. Purple Temple of Horror

icon-location-pin Mr. Purple, Lower East Side
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If you’re more in the mood to clink well-crafted cocktails while shoulder-shimmying music plays in the background, the 15th-floor stunner above the Hotel Indigo is your spot. Show up in costume to the rooftop bar, which will be transformed into a Temple of Terror for the whole week leading up to Halloween. There, you’ll find spooky specialty drinks and DJs spinning tracks.

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