Halloween in New York really is the most wonderful time of the year, and this year, it gets started a bit early--and runs all week long. Here's a selection of the city's more intriguing Halloween bashes that incorporate food and drink, celebrate the human DIY spirit, and steer clear of the parade.
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A spooky fundraiser for the Halloween Parade
It's the Halloween season once again, and weather permitting (guess what ... IT'S NOT PERMITTING) soon the streets will be flooded with people of all ages in costumes, ready to party. This year, there's a surprising number of costume options for the discerning music fan, so we decided to investigate ... More >>
Trick or--wait, what? You only have Mike & Ike's? No thanks. Oh to be young and have your candy options controlled by those oddball neighbors. We know, it was a drag. But grown-up Halloween means never having to eat anymore off-brand Good and Plentys. So we've taken a Fork in the Road poll to find ... More >>
Go biking with ghouls
Good parenting or bad? Depends on how how much you like hamburgers. Too early to start thinking about your Halloween costume? Hardly. Remember there are only two more weekends until the sainted holiday, and some of these costume ideas will take some sawing or sewing. What case can we make for at ... More >>
Christian FreedomI didn't even need to wear blades of glory for this dazzling ensem-bleh. It had glory written all over it.
Scary security guard at Chelsea Market The Fork in the Road staff takes Halloween quite seriously. As evidence, here's a rundown of the gruesome-holiday coverage we've offered so far this year, and a chance to catch up with the posts that you missed.
foodnetwork.comFrankly, dancing cupcakes are the stuff of our nightmares all year long, but on Halloween, dress a dead-looking kid up as a cupcake and cover her with what appear to be an overdose of tranquilizers, and we feel like we're about to pass out with fear. And here are four more of t ... More >>
With nothing between you and the sugar and artificial flavoring, lollipops have long been a Halloween favorite. Halloween is America's number one candy holiday -- way ahead of Christmas, and slightly ahead of Easter. Kids dream about it for weeks beforehand, and spend weeks afterward parsi ... More >>
Remember being a little kid, and Halloween was so awesome? (It's still awesome in a different way, or actually kind of terrible. Alcohol changes everything.) You would wear your little costume to school and maybe there would be a parade down the block and in class you would eat orange cupcake ... More >>
Maid service may be lacking at this place.You know how sometimes you just want to get away from the daily grind and relax in a fancy hotel room somewhere, where you can hide away and order room service and lie in a giant, plush bed that you pray doesn't have bedbugs? Well, the Marriott's Rena ... More >>
Joining the pantheon of groan-inducing 2011 Halloween costumes, which already includes an anatomically incorrect Anthony Weiner outfit and an Anna Rexia eating disorder getup, is this gem. The "Men's Gay Costume Wig" allows you to dress up...like someone's idea of a gay man. Only $14.99!
Simple, elegant, easy.Ack, Halloween is on Sunday! Which means if you're even remotely socially astute, you need a costume for Saturday. And today, in case you're not fully there, is Friday. Which means, oh, crap, the last-minute Halloween costume rush. Why does this always happen, and what c ... More >>
Wax lips and fangs presented us with our earliest childhood paradox: Lying in the vast gulf between candy and gum, how could facial features made of wax taste so good? And at what point do you stop wearing them and start chewing?
All you need is Saran Wrap.There are many ways to orchestrate and execute a great Halloween prank. You can go big and obvious, or small and subtle. Sometimes the "trick" (foil to the treat) may lie latent for years, only to be discovered when its recipient least expects it (see: planted vomit ... More >>
juushika/FlickrCandy country. Candy on Halloween is as American (
Looking for snacks for your Halloween party beyond candy corn? How about this bleeding zombie brain? You could even spike it, for a drunken bleeding zombie brain.
Bug costumes: Scary. New album: Way, way scarier.
Waiting in line at New York Costumes, Broadway and 11th, Friday night. Good morning. Did you have a nice Halloween weekend? On Mischief Night, a bunch of teenagers in Washington Heights were jumping out of a cardboard box on West 170th street to frighten passers-by. One of the passersby, unfortu ... More >>
As you may remember, I was pleased to discover that, even though priced at $400 per pound, a single black summer truffle could be acquired at Buon Italia for a mere $10. What to do with it, though? As one commentator pointed out, this sort of truffle is hardly the most odiferous or loamy of ... More >>
If you haven't figured it out already, Halloween is on a Saturday this year! This means a whole two nights of ghoulish punch, "scary" dance parties, and punny costumes. I've already spotted a few Michael Jacksons and Sarah Palins (SO last year!) walking the streets of the Village, and thought it o ... More >>
Here to ruin your Halloween is Chirstian Kimberly Daniels who, in an essay on "The Danger of Celebrating Halloween," calls the frightfest "dedicated to darkness and is an accursed season," and maintains that "Curses are sent through the tricks and treats of the innocent whether they get it by goin ... More >>
Alison, one of many CMJ street fashion stars shot by Sam Horine. Find the rest here.In the week Jay-Z made it all about him, we made it all about Jay-Z, from the first deplorable word that he'd be attempting to demoralize the Phillies at Yankee Stadium all the way though his overshare-y and u ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Tim Fite, photo by Cybele Malinowski.Brooklyn folk-punk crypto-rap oddball Tim Fite is unleashing the third installment of his free Halloween EP trilogy, Watch Your Mouth, on October 31. And just l ... More >>
A New York Times article today revealed that playwright Paul Rudnick lives on candy--virtually nothing but candy, plus the occasional handful of Cheerios. He's been repulsed by most regular food for his whole life, and has always craved refined sugar. Incredibly, he's not fat, still has his teeth, a ... More >>
Our 10 Worst Halloween Costumes list and all its updates did not take into account the geek community, some members of which have actually devised a giant iPhone you can wear. It is powered by a car battery that goes between the wearer's legs, and can take a feed from an iPod so you can show an ac ... More >>
NYS leaf peeper map - Bear Mountain reaches peak leaf If it's outdoors, call ahead. A lot of things are being cancelled due to the rain. Saturday NYC Dumpling Festival and eating contest - benefits Food Bank NYC Kid's Day, Nightmare: Vampires: the very-not-kid-friendly Museum of Vampyric ... More >>
The conspiracy to render Halloween miserable proceeds apace. For those of us who must politicize everything, including harmless children's holidays, Right Wing News provides "10 Horror Movies For Conservatives To Watch This Halloween." These include The Exorcism of Emily Rose ("treats Christi ... More >>
FYI: Dressing up as a slut is not cute
Leaf peeper map of New York State Saturday Stinky Cheese Man author Jon Scieszka and five others read at Books of Wonder Hayrides at the Carl Schurz Park Harvest Festival Mask making at Kate's Paperie Craft fair, Chelsea, with PS11 and a group of local Etsy sellers Madison Square Fall ... More >>
When we listed the 10 worst Halloween costumes of the year, we hadn't yet heard about this. It has its merits: Apparently no one is selling Facebook costumes, and the many noticed by reface.me are homemade, which we generally approve. And there have been some amusing variants. But reface.me w ... More >>
We thought the human Facebook page costume might merit inclusion in our 10 Worst Halloween Costumes 2009, but Bacon Lady deserves an honorable mention. Jeremiah's Vanishing New York caught her chatting in the Meatpacking District (!) with a hot dog man, who was of Arabic extraction, as camera ... More >>
Everyone worries about Halloween costumes that will make your little girl into a slut, but not enough people worry about costumes that will make children and adults look like fools. Herewith are the worst examples we have found so far, cautiously adding that there is no offense to taste and sense th ... More >>
Since his run-off victory, Democratic public advocate nominee Bill de Blasio has been taking it slow and cautious, as may be wise in a race where Democrats are heavily favored. But his Republican challenger Alex Zablocki (pictured) isn't lying down for him. Zablocki, not a me-too party hack but a Te ... More >>
Now that Columbus Day has arrived, it's time to concentrate on Halloween, or rather, Halloween outrages. As happens every year, the big menace is "'Slutty' Halloween costumes," about which the New York Post warns us today. Such specimens as the "High Seas Hottie" and "French Maid," made in si ... More >>
shelly ginger/flickrThe farmers markets are now home to many members of the gourd family, and Martha's unleashed her jack o' lantern guide for the obsessively compulsive, so it must mean that it's nearly Halloween. This Wednesday, Jimmy's No. 43 is giving would-be pumpkin vivisectionists an o ... More >>
Halloween approacheth and I'm finally ready to leave the house again to enjoy it after suffering last year's scary array of Sarah Palins. So what will the most prevalent costumes be this time? I'm guessing that, since it was the year of dead celebrities, the streets will turn into a veritabl ... More >>
State to sex offenders: You're scary enough. No masks, no costumes, no candy, stay home.
Don't be a slut for Halloween