Every year, there is one event that brings out the silly, whimsical side to young and old alike. No, it’s not Arbor Day, it’s Halloween. Some people even go the “sexy” route, as this holiday is a great excuse to dress however you want without repercussions. For those of you looking for fun times, free candy, and maybe a drunken hookup, read on for a list of the best Halloween costume ideas, parties and events in NYC.
WAIT! Before we dive in to the party scene, we need to talk about your Halloween costume. The following is a list of places to scope out some original (and not-so-original) Halloween costumes ideas.
Abracadabra: If you want to shop local and get some personalized attention, head to this store. This place is not only known for it’s rentals, wide array of adult, children’s, and couples’ costumes, but also for it’s props and makeup for theater. This store is the real deal. Head to 19 West 21st Street and check it out for yourself.
Ricky’s NYC: Throughout the year, Ricky’s is the place to go for your beauty needs. Once Fall hits, this store transforms into a costume super-store. They also open temporary locations, as they tend to get mobbed. Go early and have your pick of the best cheesy and cheap Halloween costumes. Located in nearly every neighborhood in Manhattan and one location each in Brooklyn and Queens.
Costume Super Center: This online shop is perfect for someone looking for cheap Halloween costumes, couples’ costumes, special sizes, or even something very specific. They aren’t kidding when they call themselves a “super center”. There are always special discounts and free shipping. Check it out!
New York Costumes: Another local NYC place to get great Halloween costume ideas. Open year-round, they are in the East Village and provide a wide array of costume ideas, as well as theatrical props and makeup. Prepare to be overwhelmed at 104 4th Avenue.
Now that you have your perfect costume, you’re ready to find the perfect Halloween party. Whether that means hitting up a bunch of bars or going to a haunted house, we have you covered.
The Village Halloween Parade: Now in its 44th year, this Halloween parade is a New York City staple. A must for locals and tourists alike, the spirit is always alive at this spectacular procession that travels up 6th Avenue from Spring to 16th Street. If you’re brave and have a killer costume, you can also join in this amazing Halloween parade NYC. Let’s get weird!
New York Club Crawl: If you’re looking for something a little more booze-friendly, your best bet on this night of overflowing pubs is to sign up for one of LA Epic Club Crawl’s banging nights of partying. Having had great success out in LA and Vegas, LA Epic Club Crawl has expanded to New York. There’s no better way to sample the goods than turning Halloween NYC into one never-ending Halloween party. You meet a tour host at a designated meeting point (the lineup is posted the week before), and as a group you will go to 4-5 venues. Your ticket includes one limo ride, admission to all venues, drink specials, and an amazing party host!
Blood Manor: If you are one of those people who doesn’t consider it Halloween until you’ve had the bejeebus scared out of you, look no further than this Halloween New York staple. Walk through Blood Manor’s labyrinthine structure and prepare for a very special kind of Halloween party. Since the manor is located at 163 Varick Street, you still have time to sign up for a New York Club Crawl afterwards.
New York Haunted Hayride: If you are the adventurous type, check out this haunted hayride in Randall’s Island Park. Yes, it’s quite the schlepp, but trust that it’s worth it. Every year, this hayride competes with Blood Manor for Halloween supremacy. Try out both and see which one forces you to sleep with the lights on. This is one unique Halloween party experience that you will never forget.
Tompkins Square Dog Parade: For those of you who can’t leave the house without your furry best friend, there is a party for you. Usually a week before Halloween proper, you won’t have to miss out on the aforementioned scary, fun times to be had during Halloween NYC. Creativity and cuteness usually win top prizes, so it would hurt to do a hilarious couples’ costume with your pooch.
Beetle House: If you like custom-made “potions, poisons, and elixirs”, then Beetle House is for you. An homage to all things Tim Burton-esque, this creeptastic bar will not only keep you in the Halloween spirit all night long, but it will also get you blotto. Dining is by reservation only, but it might be worth it to try the “Edward Burger Hands”.
Sleep No More and The Manderley: If you want to experience something eerie, but not blood-curdlingly frightening, get your tickets STAT for Sleep No More, an immersive, self-guided tour that is a film-noir take on Macbeth. This has been a must-experience since the show opened. Now, you can finish off your night at The Manderley, a jazzy cocktail lounge that opens after the show. A great place to toast to a sexy, spooky Halloween.
Whether you’re looking for a boisterous, all-out party atmosphere or to be scared nearly to death, the above list gives you great options as to how to spend your Halloween NYC. Pick a killer costume and head out into the night knowing you have a stellar game plan. Don’t forget to buy discounted candy at Duane Reade the next day: sugar is a great hangover cure.
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