The best Halloween parties in NYC

Looking for Halloween parties? NYC’s 2017 calendar has the best fetes for dressing in your spookiest costumes.
New York Night Train Haunted Hop
Photograph: Courtesy Joel Henderson
By Time Out editors |

When it comes to Halloween parties, 2018 will have a week of chilling nights, since Halloween falls on a Wednesday (and obviously you’ll be partying both weekends). 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 2018

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.

Saint Vitus
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Music, Dance and electronic

NightWav - A Synthwave Halloween Party

icon-location-pin Greenpoint

Fans of Lazerhawk, Perturbator and John Carpenter, don't miss the opportunity to dance en masse to the dark, synth-driven selections of DJs Valentine, BLK SLK and Khadija. If you want to feel like you're living inside the Drive soundtrack, this is the place for you.

Music, Dance and electronic

a place both wonderful and strange Presents Halloween in the Black Lodge

icon-location-pin Bushwick

The lowercase-loving a place both wonderful and strange returns for another night of David Lynch–inspired fun. Costumes are encouraged (prepare for more than one Dougie Jones) and the event promises fun and twisted DJ sets, live performances, giveaways and plenty of Lynchian surprises.

Photograph: Courtesy Santiago Felipe

Ladyfag Presents Get Ready


Supreme empress of NYC nightlife Ladyfag elevates the Brooklyn warehouse party to new and outrageous heights for this Halloween bash. Join 1,000 decked-out divas for a nasty night of costumed conflama, featuring DJs Michael Magnan, JD Samson, Nelleke, Keenan Orr and Olive T. We'd say to keep your getup impeccable, but it's like you're going to sweat through it by the end of the night regardless. 111 Gardner Ave, Brooklyn.

Soul Clap & Dance-Off
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Nightlife, Nightlife

13th Annual New York Night Train Haunted Hop

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Mr. Jonathan Toubin celebrates thirteen lucky years of the annual haunted hop edition of his rock & roll party machine, New York Night Train. Here Toubin is fittingly joined by 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson alongside the typical circus of live music, horror cinema, art, food and drinks.

Photograph: Courtesy Manish Gosalia Photography
Things to do, Quirky events

Madonnathon Halloween Party

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The quintessential celebration of the Queen of Pop celebrates fifteen years of existence with a Halloween soiree. The night features a star-studded cast, including Tammy Faye Starlite, Amber Martin, Shanon Conley, Brian Charles Rooney and creator Cathy Cervenka, strutting its stuff to the tunes of the Material Band while you express yourself on the dance floor. Dress up in your best Madge-inspired or Halloween look to win prizes and attract the attentions of your lucky star.

The Bunker, Good Room
Photograph: Luis Nieto Dickens
Music, Dance and electronic

The Crystal Method

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The Crystal Method downsized from a duo to a solo act when founding member Ken Jordan retired last year, but if this year's The Trip Home is any indication, Scott Kirkland is committed to making TCM's beats as big as ever. Come screw up your face—in a good way—at this Halloween party in Greenpoint.

Fleetmac Wood
Photograph: Courtesy Lisa Jelliffe
Music, Dance and electronic

Fleetmac Wood Presents Rhiannon's Revenge

icon-location-pin Greenwich Village

The Fleetwood Mac obsessives return for another jaunt through the band's extensive back catalogue. DJs Roxanne Roll and Smooth Sailing serve up endless remixes and edits; you go hard to soft rock on a Wednesday night. "Otherworldly" looks are encouraged.

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