Halloween in Brooklyn: 10 ways to celebrate this week and next


Last year’s Haunted Hop at Knockdown Center. Photo: Jeannette D. Moses

Some complain that Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year. But really, this just means more parties the weekend before, the weekend after, and Halloween night. Hell, you may need to get yourself a few different costumes!

Whether you’re into club night with dub tunes (Lee Scratch Perry at Elsewhere), fancy cocktails and spooky tarot (Tarot club at The Ides), psychedelic tunes and cover bands (NY Night Train at Knockdown Center), or a getting ghoulish with artists (Hallowanus at Gowanus Studios Space) we’ve got you covered. Enjoy the festivities and look out for each other!

East Williamsburg

Halloween + One-Year Anniversary PartiesElsewhere, October 27 – November 3

While Elsewhere’s October 31 Halloween show with Beach Fossils and Wavves is sold out, there are still plenty of ways you can lean into Elsewhere’s incredible programming. They’re celebrating their one-year anniversary with parties throughout the week including Saturday, October 27 with Lee Scratch Perry, November 2 with Awesome Tapes From Africa and DāM-FunK DJ, and November 3 with Dennis Ferrer. ($15-$25)

Sunset Park

Halloween Dance Party, Industry City, October 31

On Halloween night, October 31, from 7-10pm, Industry City is teaming up with the Bell House to host a dance party with DJ Herbert Holler and a costume contest, not to mention 2-for-1 drinks for those in costume. (Free with RSVP)


Hallowanus VIII: Love Never Dies, Gowanus Studios Space, October 27

A bonafide artists studios dance party. Cool DJ Chewie and DJ Scribe playing tunes, with promises of a photo booth, Threes Brewing beer and “Fear.” ($12-$20)

Prom from Hell, Littlefield, October 26

This Friday night, October 26, our friends at the skint invite you to channel the proms of your past, and come in your finest costumes to dance to tunes from the 1980s-2000s to the backdrop of horror movie projections by Music Video Time Machine. They’ll also have 100 pounds of candy on hand to help get you in the spirit. ($7-$10)


SLIMEBALL – A Halloween EventA/D/O, October 31

Large-scale, slimy installations by Brooklyn-based artist Misha Kahn and an open bar!? Yes, please, let’s get weird shall we? Music by Lupe Fuentes and Occupy the Disco. ($15-$30)


Three Nights of Gutterween!, The Gutter, October 27-29

Starting tonight, Thursday, October 27, and continuing Friday and Saturday nights, The Gutter is hosting over 30 Halloween cover bands performing as Van Halen, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, David Bowie, Nirvana, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, and Amy Winehouse to name just a few. (Free)

Wythe Hotel x Tarot Society Presents: All Souls Eve, The Ides, October 31

After imbibing on a few specialty drinks like Soul Vibrations and Astonishing Tales, you’re guaranteed to enjoy a Halloween tarot reading (beginning at 8pm) in the beautiful Wythe hotel rooftop bar, The Ides. A live DJ set by The Avant Ghetto provides atmosphere and all ticket proceeds benefit The ACLU. Cocktails, tarot, tunes, and supports a good cause! ($10 at the door, make reservations ahead of time on Resy.)

Image: House of Yes


House of HallucinationsHouse of Yes, October 27

Costumes mandatory, dancing inevitable, with music by Eli Escobar and David Kiss, this party includes true HOY pandemonium: aerial illusions, acid trip tarot, games of imagination, edibles, elixirs, and performances of perversion. (Free-$40)

All Hallows Seance, Catland, October 28

For the first time ever, Dakota, one of Catland’s co-owners and Brooklyn’s premier witches, will be offering a group seance where attendees will be connected with the spirits that surround them. Oh hell, yes, this is gonna be good. “Messages will be delivered and questions will be answered as they work with each and every attendee in order to provide guidance.” Bring a single white candle. ($50)

Halloween 2018 w/ Evolfo, Night Powers, Six Time UsersRubulad, October 26

Garage-soul band Evolfo, the dancefloor “agitprop” of Six Time Users, and DJ Drew Redmond are sure to make for a great party among the hallowed confines of Rubulad… twin gogo girls keep y’all dancing, and VJ Spermwhale keeps the lights… interesting, let’s say? I can’t speak to this new location, but I will say the Rubulad community is perhaps the best party in town. ($TBD, RSVP for address: RSVPnightpowers@gmail.com)

Photo: Knockdown Centr

Maspeth, Queens

13th Annual NY Night Train Haunted Hop feat. Roky EricksonKnockdown Center, October 31

It’s dance party helmed by the psychedelic guitarist Roky Erickson with live cover bands performing as Alice Cooper, ABBA, Salt-N-Pepa, Buddy Holly, Blondie, and… hell, you had me at Alice Cooper and ABBA! This party is guaranteed to make a wonderful nightmare out of the cavernous Knockdown Center. ($20-$30)

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