You could go to the meet up with some friends, fight the crowds at the annual East Village Halloween Parade and drink in a bar while re-wearing the same questionable mermaid costume you accidentally flashed your co-worker in last year, OR you could switch it up by attending any number of all night ragers that fabulous New York City has to offer. You’re in the Big Apple, and on a night like Halloween, you deserve to really GO BIG. From house to Dubstep and warehouses to decked out piers, there’s a party that’s sure to make you freak out in the best kind of way.
If you want to kick it in Brooklyn . . . You’ve got to check out BangOn NYC!’s annual “Warehouse of Horrors” party. As a follow up to this summer’s Elements Festival (which took place in Red Hook and was quite possibly the best day party of the entire summer) comes a debaucherous, secret warehouse all-nighter, carefully curated to spook and delight. The fourth annual event will take place at a secret East Williamsburg warehouse location and will feature 2 music stages + silent disco, hair-raising interactive art, performances, Burning Man style “mutant vehicles” and perhaps most enticing, the BangOn Sideshow Zone, a Coney Island-style extravaganza featuring freaky performers, a bouncy castle, games, popcorn, cotton-candy, and flesh-suspension show as well as Funktion-One Soundsystems on Two Stages. Get advance tickets for $65 HERE.
If you prefer to hide behind a mask . . . then Verboten’s Halloween Masquerade Ball, appropriately featuring the famously masked German DJ and producer Claptone, is the party for you. As part of his acclaimed Charmer World Tour, enjoy a packed night of house music and mystery, at a really reasonable price. Third tier GA tickets are only $30, and you can get them HERE.
If you’re down to brave the Top 40 crowd . . . Be warned, the annual Pier of Fear party is known to attract some undesirables (especially since it starts at 9 PM and takes place at the 18+ Pier 94), but if you’re anything like me, you just can’t say no when Skrillex comes to town (I went to Billboard Hot 100 Festival for God’s Sake). Then add a performance from acts like the much buzzed about Marshmello and local favorite SLiiNK to the mix, and it’s already worth the fact that you’re almost certainly going to end up punching a few drunk kids in the face. Lucky you! The babies haven’t snagged up all the tickets yet. You can get advance tickets for $85 HERE.
If you want to keep a low profile . . . HARD is hosting perhaps one of the most under the radar parties of the night, especially considering the high-profile talent and venue. If you didn’t have a chance to catch UK Drum and Bass collective Gorgon City at this summer’s Governors Ball, now is your chance to rectify that self-inflicted injustice. Also on the lineup is Chicago DJ Lee Foss who you may remember from last year’s BangOn NYC! NYE party. He’s also released a number of killer singles on popular labels like Culprit, Wolf+Lamb and No.19, not to mention this new remix of POPOF and Animal & Me’s Going Back (Feat. Arno Joey).
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Of course one huge perk of attending a low-profile party means you’re going to rave with one of the coolest in-the-know crowds. The show starts at 9 PM, which means you’ll still have plenty of time to paint the town red . . . with costume blood. This show is also great if you’re Halloweening on a budget. Get tickets for $30 HERE.
If your out of town friends refuse to miss the 42nd Annual East Village Halloween Parade . . . tell them to go to Webster Hell. I’m not being rude, I’m just saying they might as well make a whole night of it by snagging tix to the Official Afterparty, held at Webster Hall. This annual event is always a popular attraction, largely thanks to the $5,000 costume contest (holy sh*t that’s a lot of money), virgin sacrifice (da fuq?) and scary good lineup of “undead DJs”. The advance tickets always go fast. GA Tier 2 and tables are still available starting at $85 HERE.
If you want to skip town completely . . . there are plenty of national Halloween-themed music festivals worth checking out over the next two weekends. One of our personal favorites is Something Wicked in Houston, TX, taking place October 24-25th. This year’s event also features a number of local DJ’s, making the trek out to TX because they heard the Halloween parties (among other things) were bigger there. Catch NYC favorites like The Chainsmokers, Audien, Liquid Todd, Cash Cash and headliners like DJ Snake, Jack U, Above & Beyond and more, all of whom have decided to get their Halloween celebrations in a little early this year. Check out their super creepy official trailer above. Single day ($94+) and 2-Day Weekend passes ($159+) are available HERE.