Where to Celebrate Halloween in New York City

No matter what type of New Yorker you are, there's an event for you

Your liver might not be in the fighting shape it was in when you were in your early 20s, but that doesn't mean Halloween has to be spent on the couch with Beetlejuice (not that there's anything wrong with that). Whether you're looking for a flashback to your college days or something a bit classier (but equally celebratory) that will get you in bed before midnight, there's a Halloween event for you.

All Weekend

Alamo Drafthouse

Downtown Brooklyn's dine-in movie theater will be showing special screenings of holiday-appropriate films (including Steven Spielberg's scream-worthy masterpiece, Poltergeist). Be sure to visit House of Wax, the theater's gory museum/bar hybrid dedicated to replicas of dismembered body parts. 

Threes Brewing

After an all-ages-welcome pumpkin carving, the Gowanus-based brewery will be hosting a late-night, costumed dance party. Don't worry if you've overbooked your weekend: Round two goes down on the actual day of Halloween.

Friday, October 27

Art After Dark: Halloween

Yes, we're telling you that spending Halloween inside a museum is a cool idea. The Guggenheim's first Art After Dark event will include a live DJ performance while you peruse the latest exhibitions in a private, after-hours viewing. (Plus, when else will you get the chance to enter the Guggenheim in a Wonder Woman costume?) 

Saturday, October 28

Haunted Beer Garden Halloween Party

For those who've spent all their cash on a Pennywise costume, note that Loreley Beer Garden's outdoor patio party will be free of cover charges. Aside from special pumpkin beer (appropriately served from a pumpkin keg), the beer garden's midnight costume contest includes prizes such as $250 to spend at the bar. 

The Haunted Crown Halloween Party

New Yorkers flock to rooftop bars like fish to water, which is why there's no better place to sip Halloween-themed cocktails than at Dale Talde's skyscraping lounge. Expect live music, passed apps and an entertaining, birds-eye view of all the shenanigans on the streets below. 

Pizza Zoo Halloween

There's nothing more welcome than greasy carbs to get you through a night of dancing and orange-tinted shots, which is why the unlimited pizza supplied by Little Italy and Williamsburg Pizza at this 21-plus event is sure to be a godsend.

Tuesday, October 31

Sunday in Brooklyn 

Williamsburg's go-to brunch spot will be hosting its inaugural Halloween party, and while the sword swallowers and tarot card readers on hand should be nice, it's the inventive cocktails and chef Jaime Young's food that are the reasons we're booking tickets.

The Tuck Room

Once you grow tired of candy corn Jell-O shots, make your way to the costumed cocktail party at this NYC drinking den, where master mixologist Adam Seger will be shaking up imaginatively crafted drinks.