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13 Things To Do For Halloween In NYC If You Haven’t Made Plans Yet Because You’re A Boring Adult Now

Dance parties, pumpkin catapulting, and more ideas for the holiday you’re still not entirely sure you’ll celebrate this year or ever again.

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Whether you genuinely love dressing up or you feel pressure to half-ass a “sexy WFH employee” outfit on account of there being nothing else to do this weekend, Halloween is fast approaching. We’ve got 13 ideas for ’70s dance parties, family costume contests, themed dinners, and pumpkin catapulting. Pick your figurative poison, fill your biggest kitchen mixing bowl with tiny Butterfingers, and strap in. Happy Halloween.


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Aldama

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$$$$ 91 South 6th Street

In case celebrating Halloween on Sunday night seems too arduous, go to Aldama’s Saturday night dance party by the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn. It starts at 10pm, and we highly endorse drinking at least one copita of mezcal and trying some of their excellent Oaxacan food.

Nowon

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$$$$ 507 E 6th St

We predict that Squid Game costumes might outnumber Scream masks this year, so it’s no surprise that there’s a dinner themed around the show. Nowon in the East Village is hosting a six-course outdoor dinner on Saturday and Sunday with dishes inspired by the series, like dalgona ice cream, ddeokbokki, and doshirak sets. You don’t have to dress up as a character, but if there was ever an occasion to, it’s now (plus people wearing costumes get a special surprise).

Hombres Lounge

$$$$ 85-28 37th Ave

This gay bar in Jackson Heights is hosting an evil island-themed party on October 31st. Show up in costume if you’re interested in participating in the 1:30am contest (and then maybe show up to work as undoubtedly the best version of yourself the next day?).

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Socrates Sculpture Park

$$$$ 32-01 Vernon Blvd

There’s an adorable harvest festival taking place in Long Island City’s Socrates Sculpture Park on Saturday, October 30th. From 1-4pm, there will be a pumpkin carving competition between Team Children and Team Adults. And then, most importantly, you can watch as the winners’ pumpkins get launched into the air at 4:30pm. Expect dogs in Halloween costumes, art workshops, a live band, and lots of tired parents wondering what life could have been like without children.

Bronx Night Market

Bronx Night Market

$$$$ 1 Fordham Plaza

It’s the last weekend of the Bronx Night Market, and they’re going out with a big Halloween party. Expect trick or treating, costume contests, a hot wing eating competition, and something called “bloody pie eating contest” (plus DJs and new vendors). It’s happening Saturday, October 30th starting at 4pm, and entrance is free.

The good people at CBS New York spent what was probably hours rounding up the best-decorated houses on the UES. And we thank them for their service. If you’re less into dressing up than you are into looking at million-dollar townhouses decked out in ghoulish garb, use our guide to the best restaurants in the neighborhood and wander around.

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Ding-a-ling

$$$$ 116 Avenue C

This new bar on Avenue C will be throwing a Halloween dance party on Sunday, October 31st starting at 7pm. There’s no cover charge required. If you’re feeling ambitious, Joyface (another great dance bar a block down on Avenue C) is also hosting a Sunday night party. It’s 1979 prom-themed and “costumes are mandatory.” We don’t make the rules.

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On Friday, October 29th, Rooftop Films is hosting a free screening of the 1992 version of Candyman in Courtyard 5/6. The show starts at 8pm, and you can buy drinks and snacks from Industry City’s brewers and distillers like Big Alice and Brooklyn Kura.

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Hester Street Fair

$$$$ Pier 17, 89 South Street

In case you missed it, Hester Street Fair recently moved from their Lower East Side location to the South Street Seaport. This Saturday the market is Halloween-themed, which means there’s going to be a costume contest and a pumpkin painting tent (in addition to a slew of vendors selling vintage clothes, tchotchkes, and art). If you’re in the area already for the fair, you may as well get some cider at Fulton Stall Market.

Kindred

Kindred

$$$$ 342 E 6th St

Kindred in the East Village is hosting a Witchy Wine Festival on Sunday, October 31st. For $150, you get 10 two-ounce pours of wine made by women, plus a five-course vegetarian dinner. Pick your seating (12pm, 3:30pm, and 7pm) and snag some tickets online. They’re also giving out a free bottle of wine to the person wearing the best costume. We assume you have an orange wine-related costume hiding somewhere in your closet, correct?

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Bandits

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$$$$ 44 Bedford St

A night at Bandits in Greenwich Village feels fun regardless of whatever holiday the calendar indicates we should celebrate. But this weekend they’re throwing ’70s-themed Halloween parties every night this weekend (“Jungle Boogie” on Friday, “70’s Wrestle Mania” on Saturday, and “British Invasion” on Sunday). As of Wednesday afternoon, they still have some daytime reservations open (the party starts at 4pm on Friday, and 1pm on Saturday and Sunday), but all of the night time slots are sadly booked. You can always opt for walking in, though.

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Talea Beer Co.

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$$$$ 87 Richardson St

If you’re looking for something to do with your kids in Brooklyn, this woman-owned brewery is hosting a family Halloween event from 11am-5pm on Sunday, October 31st with plenty of beer and La Rossi Pizza. They’ll also have an egg roll pop-up and vintage clothing for sale on Saturday, October 30th.

After skipping last year, this massive (and genuinely terrifying) neighborhood costume parade is back on. Don’t you dare try to drive or walk across 6th Avenue from Canal to 16th Street between the hours of 7pm to 11pm. We made that mistake in 2019.

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