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.
Mad Hatter Tea/Flapper Party, Amuse Wine Bar, 121 Ludlow Street, Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26, 9 p.m.
Fans of Alice in Wonderland are welcome to come out tonight–in or out of costume–for a bit of Texas Tea. While no drinks there will make you bigger, smaller, or turn you mad, it is your chance to live out a childhood classic and play tea party with actual people. On Saturday, the theme reverts back to the jazz age. Thematically appropriate music will be performed on both nights.
Wolf’s Blood & Blood Sausage, Edi and The Wolf, 102 Avenue C, Monday, October 28 through Sunday, November 3
If you’re going to try blood sausage, there’s probably no better time than when the city runs amok with vampires and werewolves. This Austrian restaurant is featuring a special blood sausage dish with sweet potato puree, Brussels sprouts, and violet mustard from Monday through Sunday. Additionally, the bar’s signature Wolf’s Blood cocktail is appropriately named for this time of year–guests that howl at the wolf receive the cocktail for free.
Great Gatsby Party, Stone Street Tavern, 52 Stone Street, Thursday, October 31, 5:30 p.m.
Break out your best Boardwalk Empire outfit and get ready to dance the Lindy Hop. The party starts early downtown with champagne and special Halloween inspired cocktails priced at $8. If you really want to stay in character, order up a gin rickey or sidecar and lead a toast to being in a time machine: The surrounding area is perfect for reminiscing about the good old days.
El Dia de los Muertos Party, Gran Electrica, 5 Front Street, Brooklyn, Thursday, October 31, 6 p.m.
In celebration of Mexico’s Day of the Dead, this DUMBO spot will feature dinner service complete with a Mexican brass marching band. Makeup stations, a DJ, and specialty cocktails will all be part of the fun, and late night partying picks up at 9 p.m.
Lost Icons Party, Hôtel Americano, 518 West 27th Street, Thursday, October 31, 7 p.m.
Fans of staying in one place on Halloween may be interested in a dinner and late-night drinks package–assuming you’re willing to dress up (we recommend donning the threads of Marilyn Monroe or Cary Grant for this spot). $75 rewards you with a three-course prix fixe at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant Artico followed by a costume party featuring a DJ. Reservations can be made via email.
Sequins + Spandex = Sin City Party, Tavern 29, 47 East 29th Street, Thursday, 8 p.m.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to make it in show business, come find out during the tavern’s costume party, which will award cash prizes for best Vegas persona. Brush up on Elvis, Tom Jones, and Liberace to walk out slightly richer–or break even depending on your bar tab. Food and drink specials will be available throughout the night, and the rooftop beer garden will be up and running for those who need a little fresh air from their costume.
Halloween at Wythe Hotel, Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue, Thursday, October 31, 9 p.m.
The Wythe Hotel receives a Halloween makeover to feature live performances from a line-up of DJs curated by Ghostly International as well as video installations, Halloween cocktails, and treats. Costumes are required for entrance and tickets are $15.
If you find yourself saying “Oops, I did it again” by recycling an old costume, you might need to go pick something better if you want to win tickets to see Britney Spears in Las Vegas. For $25, costumed attendees receive a raffle ticket–plus two cocktails–for the chance to win two tickets for Britney’s new show. There’s also a costume contest with the chance to win cash and additional prizes
Gangs of New York Party, Sons of Essex, 133 Essex Street, Thursday, October 31, 10 p.m.
Do you have an insanely amazing mustache but don’t know how to incorporate it into your costume? Dress like Bill The Butcher and head to the Lower East Side for a party complete with prizes, old school drinks, and even older school outfits. A portion of proceeds from the party will be donated to Bowery Mission, which has been aiding homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879.