This weekend, you can visit a haunted hotel or a haunted fortress on the fringes of Queens. You can see dogs in costume or dingoes diving into pumpkins. But if you’re overwhelmed by the Halloween spirit, Jenny Slate reads from Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I’ve Ever Been at BookCourt; a new board-game café opens in Williamsburg; and more.
Distiller Promo CMJ Showcase at Union Pool (5 p.m., Friday, Free)
This list wouldn’t be complete without at least one CMJ show, so let it be the one with free beer from Brooklyn Brewery and a DJ set from Sondre Lerche (“Bad Law”) at 5 p.m., followed by performances from Cheerleader, Nude Beach (“For You”), Dead Stars, and more.
Haunted Lantern Tour at Fort Totten Park (6:30 p.m., Friday, Free)
On the northernmost reaches of Queens, lantern-carrying park rangers lead this tour through Fort Totten Park, an abandoned Civil War fortress overlooking the beginning (or end) of the East River. Fort Totten is also home to an eerie haunted house and an eerier abandoned hospital. Visitors will not be accepted after 8:15 p.m., if you even dare to go that late.
DUCKS at Greenpoint Terminal Gallery (7 p.m., Friday, Free)
“I hate how you’re just born out of nowhere, forced to go to school and get an education so you can get a job,” laments one of Greenpoint Terminal Gallery’s artists. “What if I wanted to be a duck?” More than 50 artists join in answering this delightful question at the artist-run space’s latest show.
Saturday’s events are on the next page.
Boo at the Zoo at Prospect Park Zoo (10 a.m., Saturday, $8)
Humans don’t have to be the only ones to celebrate Halloween. Watch what baboons do to carved pumpkins, go to a dance party with sea lions, and win a prize for a scavenger hunt that might land you in front of the lion’s den at Prospect Park Zoo.
Grandest Opening Yet at Rivals Boardgame Cafe (11 a.m., Saturday, Free)
In its “Grandest Opening Yet,” Rivals Board Game Cafe — Williamsburg’s first — offers free gaming all day, plus tutorials, raffles, and demos. Expect the usual suspects, like Candyland, Clue, The Game of Life, and Monopoly, but also more obscure ones, like Vinhos (“Become a wine merchant!”) and Bottle Imp.
Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade at Tompkins Square Park (12 p.m., Saturday, Free)
“It’s the best parade in the city, paws down. Now in its 24th season, in a city where dogs are dressed in clothes year-round, the costumes at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade are more creative than ever. Last year we saw a lot of TV stars — among them the “Hounds of Anarchy” and Cersei Lannister from “Game of Bones” — three separate “Barksy” pups toting tiny spray-paint bottles, Zoltar, complete with his booth and crystal ball, and a too-adorable-to-drink pumpkin spice latte. The winners of the costume contest were a team of chihuahuas as a lobster bake (one was the chef, the other the lobster getting baked), a costume of astronomical cuteness that’s going to be hard to top. Craft a buddy costume with your pooch or arrive early and stake out a spot on the sidelines to watch the hundreds of contestants and their walkers. Smiles are pretty much involuntary.” — Heather Baysa
Gravesend Inn at Voorhees Theatre (6 p.m., Saturday, $8)
If outdoor Halloween tours aren’t your thing, fear not — or do. This high-tech haunted hotel, powered by City Tech’s theatrical troupe, is filled with secret sensors, talking portraits, and moving skeletons powered by the school’s students and professors.
Sunday’s events are on the next page.
Stevie Nicks at Morrison Hotel Gallery (12 p.m., Sunday, Free)
You can go your own way, or go ours: Stevie Nicks’s Polaroid self-portraits (proto-selfies) are on display at Soho’s Morrison Hotel Gallery. Nicks’s gaze is searching and her outfits take on a dreamlike quality offstage. “These pictures were taken long after everyone had gone to bed,” Nicks writes. “I stopped at sunrise — like a vampire.” Fitting: The exhibit lasts until October 31.
Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp at BookCourt (11 a.m., Sunday, Free)
Four years after Marcel the Shell took the internet by storm, he returns in book form, in which he is catapulted into space and ruminates on the things that matter most in life. For example, living in a city where you can watch Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp reading Marcel the Shell to kids at a bookstore. But I digress.
See It Big!: Horror at Museum of the Moving Image (3 p.m., Sunday, $10)
“The Museum of the Moving Image’s essential ongoing See It Big! series — which last surfaced in August with a remarkable ‘Hollywood Melodrama’ program that included such masterworks as Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows (1955), Nicholas Ray’s Rebel Without a Cause (1955), and Vincente Minnelli’s Some Came Running (1958) — returns this month with a focus on the horror genre. The week-long program leads up to a screening of Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist (1982) on Halloween evening. Tonight’s selection, however, peeks back to the roots of the genre’s onscreen origins: An unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s landmark novel, and among the earliest vampire pictures ever made, F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922) all but paved the way for an entire genre, setting a high bar of expressionist stylization that has rarely (if ever) been matched since.” -Danny King