Best Things to Do in NYC to Get into the Halloween Spirit―That Don't Actually Suck

Anyone else feel like Halloween seriously snuck up on us this year? 

Maybe it's because it was so warm last week or because Central Park is basically still green, but it's been a little hard to get in the Halloween zone.

So basically, we've still all been procrastinating our costumes.

You too? Well, before you end up digging out last year's cat ears (not cute) last minute, get yourself hyped at one of these amazing pre- Halloween events.

Most of these want you to wear a costume anyway– and don't we all work better under a deadline?

1. Marshmallow Wine Costume Party (October 26th)

Proud Wineaux is a team of Certified Sommeliers and Wine Experts dedicating their lives to educating people about wine in the coolest ways humanly possible. #NOBLE. Don't miss their Halloween party at the Penn Station WeWork at 315 West 36th Street.

Join them for a cozy night of campfire fun #adulting style. If there was ever an event made for those fluffy costume onesies, this is it. Enjoy “build-your-own” kabobs, marshmallow roasting bars, and learn how to pair wine with delicious gourmet tapas. 


$25 gets you unlimited wine and the invaluable knowledge of how absurdly amazingly well roasted marshmallows pair with wine. Weird? Oh, most definitely. Purchase your tickets here.

2. Midtown Love: Halloween Edition - Where the Wild Things Are (October 26th) 


Get ready to get down at the W Hotel's monthly series in Midtown, Midtown Love. The W is all about bringing back the love and vitality of Midtown, reclaiming it from all of the negative associations we've attributed to it, and helpin' you get down.

This month, wil' out to the sultry sounds of Halley Hiatt, whose newest music video, "Open Door," is a stunning display both visually and musically. Then, just keep on dancing to the sounds of spoiled's Creative Director, Rodney Hazard, and the incomparable Nicole Rosé. 

Oh, and you can get down for free (cash bar, btw). All you gotta do is RSVP right here

3. Little Cinema No. 25: Carrie Immersive Halloween Special (October 26th) 


If you've seen Carrie then chances are, the idea of an immersive Carrie experience should sound a little off-putting– don't worry, we can (almost) promise you that you won't leave this prom night covered in pig's blood.

The screening of the classic 1976 (sorry, Chloe Grace Moretz) will be accompanied by ballet dancers, a live cellist, fire performers, and an Audio/Visual DJ for a mixed media spectacle like you've never seen. Of course, donning your frilliest '70s prom ensemble is encouraged.

Re-live your teen angst at House of YES at 2 Wyckoff Avenue in Brooklyn. Don't forget to grab your tickets here.

4. Acid Free (Octobter 27th)


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, don't worry, the exhibition will be up until November 1st. Head to Lazy Susan Gallery at 191 Henry Street. See more details here.

5. WeWork Halloween 3016: A World Evolved (October 28th)

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.

6. Kickstarter Games Festival: Ghost Arcade (October 29th)


Looking for some low-key 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, it's Halloweekend guys, so 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.

7. Free Halloween Movie Screenings (October 27th- October 31st) 


Check out the NYC Parks website for a full schedule of all the Halloween movies they're screening for FREE this week at different parks all over NYC.


Highlights include The Rocky Horror Picture Show (especially if you need to be cleansed after watching the FOX special) at McCarren Park, Pan's Labyrinth at Maria Hernandez Park, and where all our '90s kids at– Hocus Pocus at Conch Playground.

8. You Are So Lucky (October 29th)

Soo if you haven't already snagged tickets, you actually aren't so lucky because this insane party is already sold out, unfortunately. 

A gorgeous seventy-two room gothic manor will be transformed into a victorian era masquerade experience, featuring 1920's performances and rituals, as well as jazz, turn of the century pop, and ragtime.

Yeah, this is one party you won't want to miss– and it's gonna be pretty hard to crash considering the location is secret (not sure how you hide a mansion but...).

[Feature Image Courtesy Daily Bruin] 

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