HALLOWEEN 2015 | THE ULTIMATE NYC GUIDE / by Brackett Bilodeau

Image courtesy of Guest of a Guest

Image courtesy of Guest of a Guest

Costumes: check. Candy corn: check. The only thing missing is the perfect place to spend All Hallows’ Eve...until now, of course. Check out the #attachéapproved roundup for NYC’s top Halloween destination for trick-or-treaters of all ages.
 

HALLOWEEN BY DAY
 

Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade
Tompkins Square Park | 7th to 10th Streets between Avenues A & B
October 24th | 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Every year, the getups are remarkably elaborate and awe-inspiring — no surprise given the $4,000 worth of prizes on offer, including an iPad Mini for Best in Show. No pooch? No problem: multiple animal rescue services will be on-hand with canines in need of a loving home.
 

Halloween Costume Parade & Party                                               Washington Market Park | Greenwich Street between Chambers & Duane Streets
October 25th | 1:00pm

Little ghosts and goblins will line up at CitiGroup Plaza (Greenwich Street at North Moore Street) and march down to the park. Following the parade, the kids will get down to a Princess Katie and Racer Steve concert, take a pony ride, play games and feast on Halloween treats. Rain or shine. All ages.
 

The Palm Court's Trick or Treat Tea                                                           The Palm Court at The Plaza | 768 5th Avenue                                  October 30th & 31st | 12pm-5pm 

Gather the family for a little pre-Halloween celebration at The Plaza -- Eloise-style of course. Enjoy a festive teatime complete with savory pumpkin and meringue tarts, candied apples and a candy cart just for kids. All ages. 

Dylan’s Candy Bar Trick or Treat Spook-Tacular
Dylan’s Candy Bar | 1011 3rd Avenue at 60th Street
October 31st | 9:00am – 10:30am

Join Dylan’s Candy Bar for an exclusive Trick or Treat Spook-tacular in-store event; tickets include admission to private party filled with sweet fun for the whole family.
 

Village Halloween Parade
Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 23rd Street
October 31st | 7:00pm

This year's theme is “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” and the parade will embrace all that makes our city so wild. They'll be joined by the awe-inspiring puppets created by Superior Concept Monsters, the Madagascar Institute, the Puppeteers’ Cooperative, and Basil Twist’s studio, among others, as well as the Hungry March Band, On the Lam, and 35 more musical troupes.


HALLOWEEN BY NIGHT

Queen of the Night: Halloween Masquerade Ball
Diamond Horseshoe | 235 West 46th Street
October 31st | 10pm

Take Halloween to the next level for a very special and exclusive night at Queen of the Night inside the Diamond Horseshoe for the first annual Halloween Masquerade Ball. Baroque details, optical illusions, and perfumed pillows all contribute to the dreamscape, and as spectators wander through dimly lit hallways, Queen of the Night’s actors are never far behind, feeding the fantasy.

 

Halloween for Haiti Masquerade
Jimmy at The James Hotel | 15 Thompson Street
October 28th | 6:30pm

 

Art in Motion, in collaboration with Boom Boom Entertainment, Brooklyn Loves Haiti, & Lakou Kev, have joined forces for an exquisite evening of masks, music, and making a difference in the world. Konbit Mizik is a non-profit organization in Port-au-Prince which uses music to engage youth in grassroots organizing, community service, education and development.
 

Autumn Affair
1OAK | 453 West 17th Street
October 29th | 7:00pm

Celebrate the start of fall and help raise money at New York Cares’ annual masquerade theme night. Drink your favorite beverage, break it down on the dance floor and win raffle prizes all while contributing to a great cause. The funds raised from this event will support New York Cares’ ongoing efforts to meet pressing community needs.

 

Halloween Party featuring Strange Talk
Le Poisson Rouge | 158 Bleecker Street
October 30th | 6:00pm

Initially formed as a bedroom recording project by singer/keyboardist Stephen Docker, and producer/DJ/bassist Gerard Sidhu, Melbourne, Australia’s Strange Talk eventually evolved into a full band in adding guitarist Gillan Gregory and drummer Travis Constable to the lineup.

 

Night of Mischief presented by City of Hope’s Future of Hope
Goldbar | 389 Broome Street
October 30th | 8:00pm

Get those costumes ready for Future of Hope’s annual NIGHT OF MISCHIEF, an evening of mystery, mischief and sin. Proceeds to benefit City of Hope's Pediatric and Women’s Cancer Research and Treatment.

 

Inferno
The McKittrick Hotel | 530 West 27th Street between 10th & 11th Avenues
October 30th-31st

Inferno is available in four different packages — make a night of it with the whole nine featuring dinner, the Sleep No More show, and the afterparty.

 

Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar Presents: Halloween Costume Party
Loopy Doopy Rooftop | 102 North End Avenue
October 31st | 12:00pm

A thrilling afternoon/evening of themed cocktails and small bites during Loopy Doopy’s first annual Halloween Costume Party on the rooftop.

 

3rd Annual Halloween Burlesque Show
BoBo | 181 West 10th Street at 7th Avenue South
October 31st

Halloween done BoBo style -- a full prix fixe dinner alongside a fabulous show.

 

Secrets in the Cellar Bar
Cellar Bar | 40 West 40th Street
October 31st | 10pm

This Halloween, head to Bryant Park’s most breathtaking hotel for Secrets In The Cellar Bar.

 

3rd Annual Masquerade Ball
The NoMad | 1170 Broadway between 27th & 28th Streets
October 31st | 9:00pm

The Masquerade Ball is an annual black tie affair filled with tricks, treats, and revelry with proceeds benefiting Citymeals-on-Wheels. Black tie attire and masks are required; tickets are all-inclusive.

 

A Night to Dismember
Nitehawk Cinema | 136 Metropolitan Avenue between Berry Street & Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn
October 31st | 12:00am

Brooklyn's premier dinner-and-a-movie destination takes the late-night double-feature format to extremes. Nitehawk's overnight horror-film fest features five decades of scary classics: House on Haunted Hill (1959); A Bay of Blood a.k.a. Twitch of the Death Nerve (1971); Poltergeist (1982); Scream (1996); and a brand-new top-secret film that won't be revealed until that night. Drink specialty cocktails made with Owl's Brew and come prepared for a costume contest and trivia. A free breakfast with eggs, tots, Fazenda coffee and more will be served to those who make it through the night.

 

Dream Downtown
355 West 16th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues
October 31st | 9pm

An evening of pure nightlife fantasy -- we’d expect nothing less from our favorite Chelsea hotel.

 

Gansevoort Park Rooftop
420 Park Avenue South, between 28th and 29th Streets
October 31st | 9pm

Vamp it up in this Park Avenue penthouse party full of Halloween frivolity, style, and glamour.

 

The Box – The Blood Ball
189 Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Stanton Streets
October 29th | 8pm

The Blood Ball is an exclusive Halloween-inspired costume party supporting Delete Blood Cancer DKMS in the fight against blood cancer. This year’s theme is “Dark Circus” – use it as an inspiration for costumes by dressing up as a ringmaster, fortune teller, snake charmer, strong man, trapeze artist, and the like.

 

The Diamond Horseshoe – The Last Ball
235 West 46th Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues
October 30th | 11:55pm

Surrender to darker passions this Halloween at BABËL’s spellbinding fête of darkness: The Last Ball. Join the cast at the dazzling Diamond Horseshoe as they take to the night.

 

Haunted Halloween at PhD Rooftop
Dream Downtown | 355 West 16th Street
October 31st | 9:00pm

Halloween with the ultimate soundtrack: this party will feature a performance by ILOVEMAKKONEN, music by Julian Cavin, and more.

 

“Through the Looking Glass”
Hudson Hotel | 356 West 58th Street
October 31st | 9:00pm

Party through the witching hour and beyond at Hudson, the ever-stylish hotel and nightlife destination. The party will serve as an ode to the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, so look forward to an aptly named "Through The Looking Glass" Punch open bar from 10:00pm until 11:00pm.

 

The Nightmare on Hudson Halloween Cruise
Pier 36 | 299 South Street
October 31st | 7:00pm

This Halloween, dance the night away at one of the most sophisticated costume parties in town. Set sail on a fancy fête and be sure to come decked out in full Halloween gear -- this epic event will bring in folks with the top costumes in the city.

 

Dear Irving's Masquerade Ball
Dear Irving | 55 Irving Place
October 31st | 8:00pm – 12:00am


For an evening of decadent fare, cocktails, dancing and more, head to Dear Irving’s opulent parlor rooms: dress for themes like 1950’s Mad Men, 1920’s Great Gatsby, 1800’s Victorian or 1700’s Marie Antoinette to determine which room guests will spend the evening in. Costumes and masks are required -- come prepared for a fabulous evening.