Throughout the rest of the week and weekend there's likely to be a lot of Halloween themed events going on around town. If you don't have prior engagements at the big parade, here are a few of our picks for the big night (earlier this week we suggested where you dine on some ghoulish grub).
COMEDY: Zombies invade the UCB Theater this week with a "super bloody, horror comedy show." Killgore tells the ancient story of "an evil spirit would rise from hell every Halloween and appear incarnate at the UCB Theater." More details here (the run actually began last night).
Friday // 8 and 10 p.m. // UCB Theater [307 W 26th St] // $15
EVENT: Friday head over to the 5th Annual Halloween Jam-BOO-Ree at Chelsea Market where some politically-themed pumpkin carving will be going down at the hands of Pumpkin Master Hugh McMahon. Trick-or-treaters are invited, and clowns and live music will be just some of the entertainment on hand.
Friday // 2:30 to 5 p.m. // Chelsea Market [95 9th Ave] // Free
FOR THE KIDS: Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Theodore Roosevelt are among the characters who will greet costumed kids at the Natural History Museum this Friday. "Guests can wander among 'dangerous' dinosaurs, 'eerie' elephants, and the unearthly universe when more than 30 of the Museum’s halls open after hours on Halloween for trick-or-treating, arts-and-crafts, fun with roaming cartoon characters, and live performances by David Grover and the Big Bear Band, Louie & Subanda, the Big Nazo puppet troupe, stiltwalkers, master pumpkin carver Hugh McMahon, and Big Apple Circus, Circus to Go! Clown." It'll be spooktacular!
Friday // 4 to 7 p.m. // Natural History Museum [Central Park West and 79th St] // $9
Haunted House reviews, and more, after the jump!
PARTY: The scariest thing about Halloween in New York is the overcrowding of Manhattan by drunk revelers. On that note, head to Gowanus for what the Bell House is promising to be: The Greatest Halloween Party Ever. "The ghoulish night will feature free beer, free food, free games and live burlesque, bands and DJs. Brooklyn Brewery provides free beer from 8-9pm. Also, there will be a ball pit!" A ball pit? That is the greatest!
Friday // 8 p.m. // The Bell House [149 7th St, Gowanus] // $15
MUSIC: There's nothing like an Apes & Androids show on Halloween. This Friday they play at (Le) Poisson Rouge for what the venue is calling Satan's Circus: The Gravest Show on Earth. There will also be drink specials, deejays, clowns with stripper names like Amber Ray and Muffin, prizes and much more. Costume mandatory!
Friday // 9 p.m. // (Le) Poisson Rouge [158 Bleecker St] // $25
GROSS: The E.V.E. Project (Earthly View of Eden) might be the most realistically gruesome way to spend your Halloween. What is it? Oh, just the creation of a life size female human made from sewn-together animal parts collected from Chinatown fish markets, garbage, and taxidermy websites.
7 p.m. to 12 a.m. // Silent Barn [915 Wykcoff Ave] // Free
HAUNTED HOUSES (The Good): Blood Manor goes out of its way to make you feel like you're at a Haunted House that is an actual grown-up experience and not just playing upon nostalgia for the corn mazes you grew up in. The performers who come after you feel less like actors, and more like angry freaks who genuinely want you to get the hell out of there. The experience gets bonus points for including a section of the house you have to view with 3-D glasses, and a room out of From Dusk 'til Dawn with legitimate strippers who invite you to lose a few singles in their G-strings.
(The Bad) Nightmare NYC now costs five dollars more for a similar experience to last year's house (a whopping 30 bucks!). The scariest part of your tour through the Lower East Side house will probably be the Bridge and Tunnel visitors who patronize it; one gentleman with a thick Long Island accent even declared to a female ghost: "Looks like we got some jail bait herrre!" Just one of the many audacious twenty-year-olds who made the experience legitimately creepy.
(The Ugly) And we mean "ugly" in a good way. The Gravesend Inn is a terrifying treat of a haunted house; check out our pics and review here. - Billy Parker
But perhaps the best option is party-crashing, which is never easier than on Halloween, as long as you arrive in costume. Just wander around your favorite neighborhood, listen for sounds of revelry from apartments above, and stride confidently inside like you own the place. If anyone questions you—which they won't—tell them you're friends with the girl in the Sarah Palin costume.