Local Halloween events

(Children’s Halloween events listed in the children/family section of Around and About listing)


Watson Adventures presents “The Ghosts of Greenwich Village Scavenger Hunt” for adults on Oct. 28, 29 and 30. Armed only with a flashlight, you’ll visit ghost-plagued buildings and secret cemeteries while learning the stories of the restless souls you might disturb. Starring the spirits of Mark Twain, Aaron Burr, Edgar Allen Poe, Washington Irving and various other apparitions, rustlings and knockings. Admission is $24.50. Advance purchase is required for all hunts.  Tickets can be purchased at WatsonAdventures.com or by calling 877-9-GO-HUNT (877-946-4868).


Neighborhood residents are invited to enjoy nonstop theater, a costume competition and ballroom dancing at Theater for the New City’s 35th annual Village Halloween Costume Ball on Mon., Oct. 31 at TNC, 155 First Ave. The one-night fiesta takes over all four of TNC’s theater spaces, plus its lobby and the block of East Tenth Street between First and Second Avenues. Customarily over 1,400 wildly-clad celebrants attend.

Big-Band Dance orchestras take over the large Johnson Theater. These will include Maquina Mono (The Monkey Machine) and Hot Lavendar Swing Band, an all-gay and lesbian 18-piece orchestra. The Johnson Theater will also have aerial acts by Constellation Moving Company and Suspended Cirque. Then there’s the Witches’ Cauldron, a Halloween cafe. A buffet of American and international delicacies will be available at peoples’ prices. Holiday dishes are contributed by neighboring East Village restaurants, some with celebrity chefs. Performers of all sorts include including Evan Laurence, Arthur Abrams, George Bellici, Norman Savitt, Richard West, Ellen Steier, Peter Dizozza and Gary Height. The space is designed by Donald L. Brooks with lightig design by Alexander Bartenieff.

Outside, there are bluegrass and jazz bands including fire eaters, jugglers, storyweavers and stilt dancers, all free to the public. Inside, there is theater all evening. The House of Horrors, designed and run by David Zen Mansley, will be a time machine in which travelers are put through a maze and duly horrified. At the Champagne Bar, libations will be served by vampire Richard Weber, who will awaken periodically for the task.
Doors open at 7:30 pm and indoor entertainment begins at 8 p.m. There will be two continuously-running cabarets. Outdoor entertainment, free to the public, will start at 4:30 pm. Admission indoors is $20; costume or formal wear is required.
Outdoor entertainment is capped by “The Red and Black Masque,” an annual Medieval ritual show written by Arthur Sainer, scored by David Tice and directed by Crystal Field which is performed by torchlight. Scattered through the event will be stilt dancers, jugglers, fire-eaters, Vaudeville playlets and burlesque. Lobby attractions will include a Wiccan psychic reader, astrology/numerology, astral portraits, an aura reader, throwing of the I Ching and Hellsouls. The annual costume judging begins at midnight with the “Monsters and Miracles Costume Parade,” as all revelers are invited to march past a panel of celebrity judges. Reservations are strongly recommended. The TNC box office number is (212) 254-1109. For more information, visit www.theaterforthenewcity.net.


NY Party Cruise presents the “Halloween Trick or Treat Masquerade Cruise” on Mon., Oct. 31, boarding at 7:30 p.m., sailing at 8 p.m. and returning at 11:30 p.m. The event will take place on the Paddle Wheel Queen, docking from the SkyPort Marina, 23rd St. and FDR Drive. There are three Levels to party. Hip-Hop, reggae, house, salsa, merengue and Bachata music will be played. Free masquerade mask for each guest. Must be 21 or over to attend, ID a must. Costumes are optional but preferred. Tickets are $25, non-refundable, void without proper ID and must be purchased in advance. Credit card fees will be applied. For tickets or more information, visit nypartycruise.com.


In 2008, Dysfunctional Theatre Company asked, ‘When the Apocalypse comes, will there be beer?’ There was. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough.

Continuing to lovingly rip off Dawn of the Dead, The Evil Dead and Shaun of the Dead, “Brew of the Dead 2: Oktoberflesh” asks an even more important question, ‘Can the dead get high?’ “Brew of the Dead 2: Oktoberflesh,” presented by Horse Trade Theater Group and Dysfunctional Theatre Company, is running Nov. 3-19 at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. between 1st Ave. and Ave. A. Performances are Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. Tickets ($18/$15 students and seniors) are available online at www.horseTRADE.info or by calling Smarttix at (212) 868-4444. For more information, visit www.dysfunctionaltheatre.org.

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