Halloween is on a Monday this year, so many of the major events are on Friday and Saturday. That said, The Brooklyn FRIGHT Bazaar runs all week in Greenpoint. Things start early on Thursday at The Gateway with Del Caesar (as Ceasar Clearwater Revival), No Ice (Bruce Springsteen & The E St Band) and more. There’s a great list of haunted houses here. And of course, classic Halloween events include The Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade on Saturday and the Village Halloween Parade on Monday.
Here’s our rundown of this year’s best events:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2016
• Brooklyn Fright Bazaar Halloween Party feat. Tragedy, A Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees & Beyond
Venue: Brooklyn Bazaar, Greenpoint
Description: Throw on a costume and some dancing shoes for the new Brooklyn Bazaar’s first ever Halloween in Greenpoint, Brooklyn! The former Polish hall will be filled with live music including:
~Evolfo playing The Cramps~
~Tragedy playing Bee Gees hits~
~Late night dance party with the mysterious Dr. Shornstein~
• Famous In Bushwick — Horror Ball 2016
Venue: The Starliner, 1446 Myrtle Avenue, Bushwick
Time: 10pm – 4am
Description: We’re back once again for our annual Halloween Celebration — Horror Ball 2016. If you’ve been before you know we bring a high engergized experience every Halloween. Nothing but your favorite tunes all night hip-hop, trap and more. Formerly celebrated at Tandem Bar this year we will be @ The Starliner
• Stranger Things (With Candy) Halloween Party
Venue: Littlefield, 622 Degraw St., Gowanus
Description: A Stranger Things-themed Halloween party. Brooklyn’s littlefield turns Upside Down with a nearly-All Hallow’s Eve blowout featuring nostalgia-inducing tracks from 1983 and beyond spun by DJ Steve Reynolds (mix master of Party Like It’s 1999), a supernatural photo booth by Ventiko, video projections, and so many flashing Christmas lights that your inner Winona might just lose it.
• Que Bajo?! de Los Muertos
Venue: House of Yes, Bushwick
Price: $20 – $40
Description: Prepare to shake your bones, calaveritas! On Friday October 28th, NYC’s original Tropical bass party returns to the House of Yes to bring you a tremendo tropi-goth extravaganza with our first edition of Que Bajo de los Muertos.
• DFA Records Ghost Dog No 1
Venue: Good Room, 98 Meserole Ave, Greenpoint
Price: 9:00pm – 04:00am
Description: Dance your Halloween away with DJ sets by the DFA family + guests and some scary good live performances!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2016
• Halloween 3000
Venue: House of Yes
Price: $30 – $60
Description: Looking for a Halloween party that’s truly out of this world? On Saturday, October 29th, hit House of Yes’s space-themed Halloween 3000 event, featuring music from Chicago house heavy hitter, Moon Boots, plus futuristic aerial performances, squads of dancing astronauts, dope eats from Alien Food and a costume contest that puts on the atmospheric pressure – the winner takes home a bottle of Moet and a private hot tub party at a future House of Yes event!
• The Great Pupkin Dog Parade
Venue: Fort Greene Park
Description: Interested participants can register early through eventbrite for $5. Day-of registration starts at 10:30 on the monument plaza for $10. Registration will be limited to the first 120 people. Email [email protected] for more information.
• Kickstarter presents: Ghost Arcade
Venue: BRIC House, 647 Fulton St., Fort Greene
Description: Join us at the Kickstarter Games Festival: Ghost Arcade for an all-day gathering of mind-bending proportions. Try out video and tabletop games from New York-based creators. Experience otherworldly magic. Wear your costume.
• HallowZINE hosted by Brooklyn Draw Jam
Venue: 640 Classon Ave., Crown Heights
Description: Many vendors! Zines! Comix! Prints! Live drawing! Tricks! Treats! Candy! Beer and BBQ in the backyard! All are welcome! Come in costume if you wanna! The Brooklyn Draw Jam has been a great way of bringing folks together, but we feel like we can do more. Shoestring just opened a new space with a focus on drawing and painting-based work, so we’ve decided to partner with them to host this small festival, in addition to Shoestring’s slate of art classes and BDJ’s monthly meet-up.
• Stranger Things Halloween (8th Annual Masquerade Macabre)
Venue: Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Douglass St, Brooklyn
Time: 9 PM – 4 AM
Description: We’re transforming a two-floor 10,000sq ft warehouse into an immersive environment directly inspired by Netflix’ horror hit “Stranger Things.” Enter the upside down…if you dare. Get lost in the forest. Face off with a mind reader. Jump into an epic Dungeons & Dragons game. Chill in the blanket fort. Eat all the Eggos. Join a seance to find the missing kids. Indulge in handcrafted absinthe and specially themed drinks.
• BangOn!NYC presents: Warehouse of Horrors 2016
Venue: 485 Johnson Ave, Bushwick
Time: 10pm – 6am
Price: $50 – $130
Description: Our 7th annual Halloween spectacular set inside a massive East Williamsburg warehouse with 30ft ceilings!
Featuring 2 stages + silent disco, freaky performers, hair-raising interactive art, mutant vehicles, delicious food vendors, a bouncy house, a flesh-suspension zip line show, multi-room haunted house inspired by classic horror films, trick-or-treating, massive custom video mapped skull main stage, abundant ghastly curiosities and much much more!
• ROCK is DEAD. The Halloween Show
Venue: Unit J, 338 Moffat St., Unit J, Bushwick
Price: $25 – $39
Description: A raging Halloween show featuring some of your favorite revived rock acts! We’ll have a costume contest, cricket brownies made with real crickets (seriously), alcoholic blood punch (made without real blood) and plenty of room on the dance floor. With music by The Zombie Beatles, The Talking Deads, and The Ghost of Patsy Cline.
• GWAR, Darkest Hour, Mutoid Man at House of Vans
Venue: House of Vans
Time: Doors at 7:30PM ~ Show 8PM
Price: Free with RSVP
Description: GWAR! HALLOWEEN WEEKEND!!
• Dance Yourself Clean: Halloween Edition – An Indie-Pop Dance Party
Venue: Warsaw, Greenpoint
Description: Music inspired by: LCD Soundsystem | CHVRCHES | Miike Snow | Haim | Charli XCX | MØ | Empire of The Sun | Purity Ring | Twin Shadow | Icona Pop | Grimes | Bag Raiders | Kate Boy | Holy Ghost! | Cut Copy | Neon Indian | Capital Cities | The Knife | St. Lucia | French Horn Rebellion | Goldroom | Cherub | STRFKR | Is Tropical | RAC | Beat Connection | Sleigh Bells | Miami Horror | Tigertown | Blood Orange | Roosevelt | Penguin Prison | Chromeo | Holychild | and many, many more
And right off the L…
• GOTHAM: City of Blood
Venue: Webster Hall
Price: $20 – $35
Description: The Lunatic Tour, featuring the mysterious, masked, Malaa, and Mau5strap up and comer Rezz, will have Manhattan’s Webster Hall bubbling over with gruesomely good sounds during GOTHAM: City of Blood. Webster’s new immersive GOTHAM events are some of their grittiest yet. Artists are set at the floor level, bringing an intimate vibe to the iconic club which, adopts an industrial, NYC-theme every Saturday night.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2016
• Cover Bands at The Glove
Venue: The Glove, 885 Lexington Ave, Bushwick
Description: STEELY DAN (and other stuff you listened to with your dad) in the style of SLONK DONKERSON, OPERATION IVY in the style of Stringer, THE SHREK SOUNDTRACK in the style of Yucky Duster, THE SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER SOUNDTRACK in the style of Professor Caveman
MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2016
• Brooklyn Bazaar Halloween with A Place To Bury Strangers, Honey, Way Out, Vinyl Williams
Venue: Brooklyn Bazaar, Greenpoint
Description: Ipsum Presents Brooklyn Bazaar Halloween Party with A Place To Bury Strangers, HONEY, WAY OUT, and Vinyl Williams
• Monster Mash & New York Night Train’s Haunted Hop
Venue: Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth
Description: TWO OF THE BEST HALLOWEEN PARTIES COMBINE TO HEED A HOLY NIGHT OF HORROR! Jonathan Toubin / New York Night Trains HAUNTED HOP vs Alana A Amram‘s MONSTER MASH
HAUNTED HOUSE with Phantom Creep Theatre LIVE, Max Roseglass & Adam Fithers’s KISSING BOOTH, Gregory Stovetop’s LAND OF 1000 SCARECROWS, Stephanie García’s SCREAMING HORSES, Gary Balaban’s CINEMA OF SIN, Joseph Jagos’s DUNKING BOOTH OF BLOOD, Andy NotAnimal’s CANDY APPLES, Kara Kinsey’s TAROT, Alana Amram’s WITCH HUT & SPIDER DEN, Jenn Warren’s BALES OF HAUNTED HAY
• SAMHAIN ritual + celebration at Catland Books
Venue: Catland Books, Bushwick
Description: Occult bookstore with live music by Espejismo, Mandy & The Mandys, Coven of Mima Good; a Midnight ritual by Mima Good and interactive art
• Scream 20th Anniversary Halloween Party
Venue: Rough Trade, 64 N. 9th St., Williamsburg
Time: Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm
Description: “Do you like scary movies?” Rough Trade NYC and Music Video Time Machine invite you to celebrate the 20th anniversary of SCREAM with a throwback night full of classic horror movie trailers and 90s dance floor hits that would make even Ghostface smile. Dress up in your best horror movie costumes! We’re giving away prizes all night, just don’t forget never to say “I’ll be right back!”
• Cover Bands at Shea Stadium
Venue: Shea Stadium, 20 Meadow St., Bushwick
Description: Charly Bliss as Josie and the Pussycats, Emily Reo (10″ release show!) as Carly Rae Jepsen, Pouty as Madonna, Sharpless as Kate Bush
• Simpsons Club: Halloween Treehouse of Horror-A-THON
Venue: The Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg
Description: For decades, Halloween has fallen on days that weren’t Mondays (don’t check a calendar), but this year, Hallow’s Eve falls on Simpsons Club night and we’re celebrating with an all-night all-out Treehouse of Horror marathon. Our ghoulish presenters, Nitehawk’s Kris King & WFMU’s Thru The Debigulator host Amanda Nazario, will present their favorite treehouse segments, plucked from their episodes and distilled down to just the bloody good stuff. What will be shown? You’ll have to come to find out (We haven’t decided yet)…
• Halloween 313
Where: 313 Clinton Avenue (between Lafayette & Dekalb)
Description: Welcome to the home of Brooklyn’s most elaborate Halloween spectacle! It was 1994 when 313 Clinton Avenue kicked off the celebrations that would evolve into the theatrical extravaganza we now call Halloween 313. It began as a partnership with the Society for Clinton Hill to make a safe trick-or-treat event for neighborhood kids, and has grown into an elaborate live show for thousands of visitors, performed on the front lawn every Halloween night. We continue to be humbled by and thankful for your unwavering support. This year’s show is currently bubbling on the back cauldron, and in the meantime we want to wish you a happy, productive, and HAUNTED year ahead.