Monster Mash & NY’s Night Train's Haunted Hop

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This past Monday was Halloween and I hope you didn’t think we’d skip out on all the festivities just because it was a weekday. If you thought that, then you really don’t know us, do you?

Of course, I went out-—Halloween is only the best holiday of the year! (Apologies for the poor photos, I was drunk…).

I’d been going out starting a week earlier—shows, parties, haunted adventures, you name it—I was there and decked out in full costume. However, what I’m writing about for you guys today was the epic Monster Mash & NY’s Night Train’s Haunted Hop that was on the actual day of Halloween, October 31st.

Located in the spooky hollowed-out factor, The Knockdown Center, which is now used as an artist space and to hold events, the Monster Mash & Haunted Hop is a Halloween show you don’t want to miss! Not only does it feature live bands covering your favorite Halloween music, but it also includes spooky artist installations, a booth to record and cut your own vinyl, macabre decorations, tarot card readings, a costume contest, and tons of art all over the place! Not to mention that building is just a fun and spooky place to explore.

It was the reasonable price of $10, however, it was $20 if you showed up not in costume—cause they don’t fuck around, pardon my French. Everybody brought their A-game when it came to costumes. The bands that were playing were covering groups like The Cramps, The Mummies, Siouxie Sioux, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Alice Cooper, The Damned, Black Sabbath… the list goes on and on, so they had to dress up like them.

The Othermen, a NYC-based punk/garage band covered The Cramps—impeccably playing classic tracks like “Goo Goo Muck” and “Human Fly,” dressed to a tee in full Cramps get-up (fishnets, leather, and leopard print, of course)! The crowd of ghouls, monsters, and niche characters was moving and grooving and screaming along.

I feel the need to add that I was dressed as a very good-looking man—-Johnny Depp in John Water’s film “Cry Baby” to be more specific. So yes, I was a niche character, but I’d like to mention a few of my favorite costumes: One, Lizard-alien Hillary Clinton; Two, the Chrysler Building w/ actual lit up windows; and three, the costume contest winner, an alien from Mars Attacks! (Honorable mention: the guy who was dressed as the host, Andy Animal, and everyone kept thinking it was actually him—I lol’d every time I saw him.)

After the live music there was a DJ spinning great tunes for the rest of the night and everyone got down in their costumes, no matter how complicated or intricately they were dressed. The art installation was also bumping all night with a tarot card reader right in the middle of it all and art immersion from all around.

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I could go on forever about this event and how much of a blast it was, but to give you the overall scoop of it, there was dancing, booze, ghouls, live music, costumes, decorations, and a party-till-you-die vibe—how could you not have a good time??

I highly suggest that if you missed it this year, you plan on attending next year. (Event was sponsored by Main Drag Music and Meltasia).

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