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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.

By Collier Sutter

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

Tiki Disco
Photograph: Courtesy David Cova/Cova Images

1. Tiki Disco Halloween

Things to do

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.

Jenny Anderson

2. Sleep No More Hitchcock Halloween Party

Things to do

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.   


3. 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

Kenny Rodriguez

4. Dirty Thursday: Zombie Prom

Things to do

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.

Courtesy The Cityfox Experience/Bryan Kwon

5. The Cityfox Halloween Festival

Things to do Festivals

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.

The Blond, 11 Howard, hotel bar, little italy
Photograph: Courtesy J Public Relations

6. The Blond presents 7 Deadly Sins

Things to do Quirky events

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.

Courtesy MoMA PS1/Ryan Muir

7. Moma PS1 Halloween Ball: Valley of the Dolls

Things to do

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. 

8. Music for the Masses: New Wave Halloween Party

Music Dance and electronic

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.

Fleetmac Wood
Photograph: Courtesy Lisa Jelliffe

9. Fleetmac Wood presents Sea of Love Disco

Music Dance and electronic

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 Thursday night. This is a plastic free event. "Aquatic elegance, maritime marvels, submerged splendor within the wings of a storm" looks are encouraged.

Saint Vitus
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

10. NightWav - A Synthwave Halloween Party

Music Dance and electronic

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. 

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