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