The procrastinator's guide to Halloween 2008
Zoinks! It's almost here and you've got nothing planned. Here are ten last-minute ways to spend the freakiest night of the year.
Mon Oct 27 2008
1. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde screening
Best for... First dates, cheapskates, fans of that Christian Slater show
Bring both of your personalities to Trinity Church for a screening of the 1920 silent classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, accompanied by organist Cameron Carpenter, best known for playing anime scores. FREE Trinity Church, 89 Broadway at Wall St (212-602-0800). 8--10pm.
2. All Hallow's Eve at the New Museum
Best for... Macabre musicologists, trivia geeks, people who can't dance
Muso Brian Dewan drops aural treats, including Daniel Johnston's "Casper, the Friendly Ghost," while Rob Schwimmer performs a composition written for teenage werewolves. New Museum, 235 Bowery at Prince St (212-219-1222). 7:30pm; $10, members $8.
3. Ghostly Halloween
Best for... Any DJ who isn't playing there already, E-tards
Ghostly International and Throne of Blood team with Justine D. for a bash featuring Audion, James Fucking Friedman and and DJs from the Rapture. Studio B, 259 Banker St between Calyer St and Meserole Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-389-1880, ghostly.com). 10pm--4am, $15--$20.
4. Village Halloween Parade
Best for...Voyeurs, exhibitionists, ex-nuns
It's year No. 35 for the city's largest and lewdest event: Join 50,000 of your closest friends for the ghost-themed ruckus. FREE Sixth Ave from Spring St to 21st St (halloween-nyc.com). 7pm.
5. Halloween Murder Mystery
Best for... Flappers, neoromantics, mustachioed throwbacks
Dances of Vice's dandies bring their powdered-wig sensibility to the Montauk Club, where there's been a murder and you're tasked with solving it. Wear vintage to match the night's entertainment: This Ambitious Orchestra, Stumblebum Brass Band and the tap-dancing Minsky Sisters. The Montauk Club, 25 Eighth Ave at Lincoln Pl, Park Slope, Brooklyn (dancesofvice.com). 8pm, $13--$15.
6. Creepshow & Midnight Horror Movie Party
Best for... Rockabilly kids, tattoo junkies, Tisch students
No one does creepy better than Coney: Join the C.I. crew for horror flicks and the "Creepshow at the Freakshow" haunted tour. Coney Island Sideshows by the Seashore, 1208 Surf Ave at 12th St, Coney Island, Brooklyn (718-372-5159, coneyisland.com). 7pm, $15.
7. Space Monster Mashup Ball
Best for... Trekkies, a lost and confused Brian Greene
Houston, we don't have a problem: The Space Tourism Society's outta-this-world party boasts a futuristic fashion show, a NY Jedi lightsaber battle and a performance by singer Aileen Morgan. Pink, 199 Bowery St at Spring St (718-725-7586, spacemonstermashup.com). 9pm--4am, $21--$30.
8. 94 Presents: Greatest Halloween Party Ever IV
Best for... Pin-ups, playboys, Hamburglars
This fling may be immodestly named, but its promoters make a good case: Expect burlesque acts, bands, Skee-Ball, strength games, free beer from 8 to 9pm, and burgers while they last. Still uncommitted? Two words: ball pit. The Bell House, 149 7th St between Second and Third Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-643-6510). 8pm, $15. Costumes required.
9. "Aliens & Zombies and the Worlds They Live In"
Best for... Gore gurus, lowbrow art collectors
This 15-artist show features vampire oils and alien autopsies done in acrylic, complemented by wine and electropop. FREE Agni Zotis Gallery, 170 E 2nd St between Aves A and B (reflect-arts.com). Fri 31 7--10pm. Through Nov 12.
10. The Mare Vitreum Investigation
Best for... Sims-ites
Become an undercover agent, infiltrate a doomsday cult, and save the world from evil—in under five hours! The starting point of this alt-reality game is top secret until you sign up. Registration closes at noon on Fri 31 (prototype-161.com/registration). $40; use promo code tony31 get 20% off.