Costume Up! 12 Best Things Going Down in NYC This Halloweekend

Okay, weren't we just complaining about a heat wave? How was that only last weekend? Is New York City not allowed to have a happy, moderate, fall temperature for just like, ONE weekend?

While it's totally cramping our costume style, having to be all bundled up (ya hear me, ladies?), we have faith you'll all still be cute AF this weekend (so long as you're not a d*ck).

Show off your style at one of these dope parties– and hey, if Halloween isn't your thing, don't worry, we didn't forget you.

Make the most of these next couple of days though. You want to go to an epic party? Do it. Here ya go. Godspeed. 

Trying to mix it up a little with something that's not already assumed as overrated? Go for it! You do youAnd what about just a nice little Halloween-themed dinner? Oh, even better. We got you.

You're trying to make sure you hit up the annual Halloween Parade in the Village? Sure. Go for it. They do it every year. 

After this, it's officially holiday season; party it up this weekend before you have to brace yourself for all the family reunions. Remember though, we do have all the discounted Halloween candy at Duane Reade to look forward to on Tuesday. YAS!

Thursday, October 27th

1. Acid Free 


Check out this group exhibition of pieces shown for the first time by Christybomb, MAVA, and Sally Ko, curated by Jill Conner.

The works fuse craft materials with tactile imagery to portray both intimate and distancing relationships– the artists use all use atypical materials such as pipe cleaners, yarn, different fabrics and embellishments, glass, and even peacock feathers.


If you can't make it to the opening reception October 27th, don't worry, the exhibition will be up until November 1st. Head to Lazy Susan Gallery at 191 Henry Street. See more details here.

Friday, October 28th

2. Sunshine at Midnight: Spirited Away

Catch a midnight showing of the beloved Hayao Miyazaki masterpiece Spirited Away at Sunshine Cinema (143 East Houston). 

They'll be showing the original Japanese version of the film with subtitles because who do you think we are?

They're selling advanced tickets here.

3. No. 8 Haunted Bash


Get ready to get down at No. 8’s creeptastic annual Halloween party Friday night at 10 p.m. Enjoy a ticketed two-hour open bar courtesy of Stoli Elite, the haunted vibes of Just Crow and Regg Ruck, and an unforgettable night in the Meatpacking District.

Get rowdy. Get lit. Get down with the #CultOf8. And, most importantly, get weird. Don’t forget your tickets

4. WeWork Halloween 3016: A World Evolved

WeWork is hosting a futuristic bash at Hammerstein Ballroom (311 West 34th Street) featuring Empire of the Sun, R3HAB, and Tim Martell.

Tickets for their VIP Elation Balcony are sold out but you can still fast forward to the new millennium in General Admission. Put on your best post-post-post modern get-up and party it up at their premium open bars until 2 a.m. Buy your tickets here.

5. So Far Gone: Halloween Drake Night

This semi-annual Drake dance party is back with a Halloween edition. Whoever rocks the best Drake inspired costume wins a $200 cash prize!

There will be DJ sets by Dity South Joe, Gun$ Garcia, and Magglezzz.

This party's at Baby's All Right at 146 Broadway in Brooklyn. Heads up, it's 21+ and you can grab your tix here before they're sold out.

Saturday, October 29th

6. Free Pierogi Tasting Day 2016


Ease your Friday night hangover with free samples of some of the best pierogies from the Ukrainian community. They'll be Potato, Cheese, Buckwheat, Sauerkraut, Short ribs, Pumpkin, and more. There will also be pierogies available to purchase.

Head to East Village Meat Market at 139 2nd Avenue.

7. Kickstarter Games Festival: Ghost Arcade 


Looking for some good, clean Halloween fun? Nothing wrong with that.

Grab some friends or get ready to make some new ones while you try out video and tabletop games from New York-based creators. Also, of course, wear your costume.

Plus! Blackbox, from the Cards Against Humanity team, will also be setting up shop so you can take home some games when you leave.

They'll be at BRIC House at 647 Fulton Street in Brooklyn. Learn more here.

8. Brew at the Zoo 


Enjoy 100 varieties of beer samples from over 40 beer vendors, and munchies from a bunch of NYC fave food trucks– at the Bronx Zoo!

DJ's will be spinning the soundtrack for this fun-filled night, where you'll also get to see lemurs, sea lions, snakes, and more... because well, you're gonna be at the zoo, duh. Also, if you come to this bash decked out in costume, you have a chance to win a costume contest too.

There are three types of tickets available, General Admission, VIP, and Designated Driver (snaps for the Bronx Zoo!). Grab them here.

Sunday, October 30th

9. Goth Swap


Pre-game for mischief night at this clothing swap– all-black clothes ONLY.

So fill up a bag with some clothes you don't wear anymore (lol please wash them first) and exchange them with some fellow children of darkness.

They'll be at The Silent Barn at 603 Bushwick Avenue; the swap begins at 7 p.m. and admission is free.

10. The Only Bloodbath


Now a NYC drag legend, winner of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8, Bob the Drag Queen, is hosting a scream of a Halloween party with Season 8 runner-up and makeup wunderkind Kim Chi at The Copacabana, a four-level megaclub in midtown on Sunday, October 30th at 10 p.m.

The spectacle level of this party is off the charts, as some of NYC's biggest and scariest drag queens, such as Monet Exchange, Brita Filter, Tina Burner, Dusty Ray Bottoms and Holly-Box Springs, will be scouring the crowd for the night's best costume, which will receive a $3,000 cash prize. Ka-ching!

Head to the bloodbath at The Copacabana at 268 West 47th Street. Nab your tickets right here.

Monday, October 31st

11. Halloween at Rebelle


When Halloween's on a Monday night, we get why you might want some low key plans. How about dinner and a movie?

On October 31st, you can enjoy a three-course meal and a Wes Anderson film for $50 per person– you have the choice of seeing Fantastic Mr. Fox at 7 p.m. or The Royal Tenenbaums at 9:30 p.m.


The entire Rebelle team will be dressing up as Wes Anderson characters and encourage guests to costume themselves as well. The winner of the Wes Anderson-themed costume contest will receive up to $200 towards dinner for two. 

Rebelle is at 218 Bowery in Nolita. Don't forget to make a reservation!

12. 6th Annual Night of the Living Drag