NYC's Most Killer 2019 Halloween Shows

Halloween might be the only thing keeping America together right now. So celebrate it right.

There are many theories on where Halloween came from. The Irish trace the spooky holiday back to the 2,000-year-old Celtic festival Samhain. Comedy Central’s Drunk History says some early 20th-century lady invented the holiday to keep the hooligans in her town out of trouble. Some say it stems from the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos and countless horror movies base their Halloween-set stories off of pagan origins.

Wherever the scariest day of the year truly came from, one thing is for sure: the U.S. parties the hardest for Halloween and New York City is the place to celebrate it. Plus, with all the bullshit happening in this country right now with political mayhem, nazis returning and the planet dying, this Halloween might be the spookiest yet.

So, pick out a killer costume and check out the events  below for serious Halloween fun.

Velvetina’s Vixens: Halloween Special 10/14 @ Beauty Bar

Start your holiday celebration off early with this spooky rock ‘n’ roll burlesque show in Manhattan.

Posted by Velvetina Taylor on Sunday, October 6, 2019


Siren Sound’s Halloweeeee! 10/25 @ The Sultan Room

This all-NYC-based lineup gives you sick DJs (yes, including me), killer bands covering classic groups like MC5, The Stooges and more and a headline set with gritty art punks Gustaf. Earn extra cool points and show up in costume.

Posted by Eventbrite for Organizers on Wednesday, September 25, 2019


Halloween Massacre – 3 Floor Party 10/25 @ Brooklyn Bazaar

The beloved Brooklyn Bazaar closes at the end of November this year, which is a total bummer. But that means they’re partying harder than ever this season, starting with this killer three-floor costume dance party that happens after a killer line up with Rozwell Kid, Thick and Teenage Halloween. Plus, they have a Halloween show of covers on 10/26 and The Tits (Japan) headlining their show on actual Halloween night.

Posted by GBH Events on Thursday, August 15, 2019


Halloween Cover Night 10/30 @ Berlin Under A

Cover shows are kind of a Halloween tradition in NYC. Bands who don’t usually play covers get into full character and dress like their idols and play their songs. Berlin in Manhattan will show you exactly how it’s properly done.

poster by Melodie Rosen !!

Posted by Mima Good on Tuesday, October 8, 2019


New York Night Train’s Halloween Haunted Hop 10/31 @ Knockdown Center

This is where you’ll find me Halloween night. It’s my favorite party of the year, with sick cover bands, killer headliners (like this year’s pioneering experimental punks The Make-Up), a costume contest, tarot card readings, spooky immersive displays and dancing ’till you drop. This will be my fourth year celebrating the best holiday here and my third year DJing it. This Halloween soirée has got it all.

Posted by Jonathan Toubin / New York Night Train on Tuesday, October 1, 2019


Baby’s Halloween Special 10/31 @ Baby’s All Right

This venue is always a guaranteed good time and the headline band Sloppy Jane is one of the best acts you’ll catch in NYC right now. So, if you want a shoo-in unforgettable Halloween night, this is the place to be.

Posted by Eventbrite for Organizers on Monday, October 7, 2019


Halloween 10/31 @ Alphaville

The combination of this dark and gritty Brooklyn dive bar with a lineup of moody and suspenseful music will keep you satisfyingly spooked this Halloween night.

Posted by Your 33 Black Angels on Tuesday, October 8, 2019


Fleetmac Wood’s Sea of Love Halloween Disco 10/31 @ le Poisson Rouge

If you like Fleetwood Mac and want to save the oceans, then this show is for you. Catch this sea-themed costume party with Fleetwood Mac songs remixed to disco dance-tunes to jam the whole night through. It’s single-use plastic-free, with $1 from every ticket going to the Sea Shepard Conservation Society.

Posted by Fleetmac Wood on Monday, August 19, 2019


Webster Hell 10/31 @ Webster Hall

The party institution’s dance party has a $5,000 cash prize costume party and is the official after-party for NYC’s Halloween Parade. So you know it’s going to be a wild time.

Posted by The Bowery Presents on Thursday, October 3, 2019


Anti-Flag 10/31 @ Mercury Lounge

This one doesn’t say it’s officially a show celebrating Halloween. But, it’s on Halloween night and this is a crazy tiny venue for such a popular band to be playing—it would be scary to miss this.

Posted by Anti Flag on Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Meltasia Hallowine Jamboree & Wine Mixer 10/31 @ Lenny Bee Productions & Winery

This show is actually in Woodstock, NY—so if you’re from NYC and feel like getting out of the insanity that is any holiday in this city, then this is the place. Meltasia organizers are always spot-on with their lineups and throw the best parties. (Read about all the wild times we’ve had at Meltasia music festival.)

Posted by Meltasia on Sunday, September 29, 2019