This weekend, take your pick from a handful of parties, be they Twin Peaks-themed, synthesizer-backed, or on the streets of Greenwich Village. Get a taste of Cider Week or drink some botanical cocktails inspired by the oldest living things in the world — we’re talking 80,000-year-old living things. If you’re not dancing or drinking, there’s a marathon to watch and a Día de Muertos to respect.
Weird Al-Oween at The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club (6 p.m., Friday, Free)
You don’t have to love Weird Al Yankovic to attend this Halloween party, for there is also an Ample Hills Creamery ice cream eating contest (while “I Love Rocky Road” plays in the background), semi-spooky shuffleboard, and a costume competition that values weirdness above all. But if you do love Weird Al, even better, because the DJs spin classic dance tunes and his renditions of them all night. 21+.
Village Halloween Parade at Sixth Avenue, between Spring and 16th streets (7 p.m., Friday, Free)
Watch Sixth Avenue turn into paradise this evening: The Village Halloween Parade’s theme this year is the Garden of Earthly Delights. Expect leaves in hair, fruits in arms, and other antiquity-inspired twists, along with the usual puppets, artists, dancers, 53 bands, and thousands of New Yorkers in costume. It’s a cornucopia of fun.
Arise, O’ Ancient Ones at Eight of Swords (7 p.m., Friday, Free)
This unique Halloween bash commemorating the third anniversary of edgy Williamsburg tattoo parlor and gallery Eight of Swords includes an opening reception for an H.P. Lovecraft-themed art show and drinks galore. There will also be trivia, burlesque, a show by The Bushwick Hotel and a dance performance by The Love Show (think ballet, gogo, cabaret and rock rolled into one). 21+.
Halloween in the Black Lodge at The Glasslands Gallery (11:59 p.m., Friday, $5)
“One cryptic tweet and one not-so-cryptic Showtime promo later, we’re all drawn back into David Lynch’s world of teenage murder, biker gangs, Canadian whorehouses, omniscient logs, sweaters, and damn good coffee. The 1990 series Twin Peaks certainly raised the spooky bar to chilling new heights: Nothing on television, let alone network television, has ever scared us as much as that dancing dwarf or BOB lurking at the foot of Laura’s bed. Creepy references and costume options abound for Halloween in the Black Lodge, Glassland’s Twin Peaks-themed Halloween party. Dress as your favorite character to win prizes, and enjoy a cup of ‘good hot black coffee’ and doughnuts as you sway to the ‘Welcome to Twin Peaks’ DJ set of dark electronic pop. Arrive at midnight for a performance of Keys Open Doors: The Hidden Life of Laura Palmer by A Place Both Wonderful and Strange.” — Heather Baysa 21+.
Día de Muertos at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery (10 a.m., Saturday, Free)
Día de los Muertos is an Americanization; the “los” accommodates the English “the.” Embrace the traditional “Día de Muertos” in both syntax and celebration this year at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery. Marigolds and photos of departed loved ones adorn the altar (you can add your own) in the morning, and Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York perform at 5 p.m. The Procession for the Innocents runs through Union Square at 2 p.m., and the marketplace runs all day.
Nine Pin Cider Tasting at Bierkraft (5 p.m., Saturday, Free)
In the penultimate day of Cider Week, Albany brewery Nine Pin Cider Works brings the taste of upstate apples to Brooklyn in the form of signature, ginger, and Belgian-style hard ciders. Come for the autumnal thrill of getting tipsy off cider; stay for good company and… more cider.
Discosynthesis at Union Hall (11:59 p.m., Saturday, Free)
If Halloween wasn’t enough to sate the raging dance beast inside you, there’s Discosynthesis — a party dedicated entirely to the synthesizer. The DJ’s touch-pad synth infiltrates your favorite disco, new wave, ’80s pop, ’90s house, and today’s hits, with “organic” results. Hair of the dog, you know? 21+.
TCS NYC Marathon at McCarren Park (10 a.m., Sunday, Free)
The New York City Marathon runs through many neighborhoods, but the reasons McCarren Park is one of the best places to watch it are many:
1. All the foliage.
2. It’s the impressive 12-mile mark, when runners have settled into their groove.
3. The delicious pizza and pierogi in the neighborhood.
But really, it’s all about cheering on this amazing feat of the human spirit, so anywhere you choose to support it works.
Phong Bui at Red Bull Studios New York (10 a.m., Sunday, Free)
“Spread out over two expansive floors — one laid with Jim Lambie’s shiny colored-tape installation, another carpeted with wispy pink shag — curator Phong Bui’s Spaced Out: Migration to the Interior induces a mycological journey without the ingestion of mushrooms. Fungi do appear, in a large sculpture by Roxy Paine, a huge (16-foot-across) vinyl print by Chris Martin, and other incarnations; trippy videos and strong abstract paintings (including Sylvie Fleury’s colliding polka-dot orbs) further amp the head-shop vibe. Today, poet Robert Kelly and artist Nathlie Provosty celebrate the launch of their book collaboration, The Color Mill, part of a series of ‘psychedelic’ readings throughout the show’s run. As Amherst professor Nick Bromell once observed, ‘You may never have taken LSD, but America has.’ ” -R.C. Baker
The Oldest Living Things in the World at Pioneer Works (6 p.m., Sunday, Free)
Brooklyn-based artist Rachel Sussman traveled the world researching and photographing living organisms, like a 43,600-year-old self-propagating Tasmanian shrub and an 80,000-year-old colony of quaking aspens in Utah. Pictures from her New York Times bestselling book, The Oldest Living Things in the World, are on display until this Sunday, so hurry. On closing night, Atlas Obscura and Pioneer Works present never-before-seen prints for sale, a site-specific installation featuring ephemera from Sussman’s travels, a dialogue between Sussman and artist Jer Thorp, and cocktails from Shoots and Roots Bitters.