By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Halloween is still a week away but many local businesses and organizations are already getting in the holiday spirit with events this month. Town & Village has compiled a list of some of the free and/or unique events available in the neighborhood.
Annual Halloween Fall Festival in Stuy Town
StuyTown Property Services is hosting an annual Halloween Fall Festival on Saturday, October 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. on the Oval. This year will include multiple bounce houses for all ages and live music from Ramblin’ Dan’s Freewheelin’ Band. There will also be seasonal crafts, including mini pumpkin painting and scarecrow making, as well as a hay maze and hay rides around the Oval. Popcorn, cotton candy, funnel cakes, and complimentary lemonade and cookies will be available. The rain date for this event is on Sunday, October 27.
Mad. Sq. Dogs: Howl-O-Ween
UPDATE: This event will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. because of expected rain on Sunday.
The famous Tompkins Square Park dog parade and StuyTown’s costume Dog Days both occurred last weekend, but dog owners have one more chance for a festive Halloween night out in the neighborhood at Madison Square Park on Sunday, October 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for Howl-o-ween, a festive event for local dogs and their owners. Festivities include trick-or-treat giveaways, family portraits at the photobooth, hydration station and paws-on activities presented by local partners. The event will culminate with a costume paw-rade around the Oval Lawn.
Spooky Halloween tour
This Halloween weekend, join the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and historian Miriam Berman on a free walking tour through the historic Flatiron District. The tour, “Haunted Flatiron: Chasing Ghosts, Monsters and Superheroes,” leads visitors to scary and haunted sites. Visitors will discover New York’s Eden Musee, once the home of the wax display “Chamber of Horror,” the city’s most popular Halloween destination, Abracadabra’s, and learn about popular Flatiron Building appearances in scary movies, such as Godzilla. The tour takes place, rain or shine, on Sunday, October 27, starting at 11 a.m., and begins at the tip of the Flatiron Building on 23rd Street just east of Fifth Avenue. No advance registration is required. For more information, visit the website.
Halloween ice cream pop-up
New Jersey-based ice cream and sweet shop Coney Waffle and Tipsy Scoop, which features liquor-infused ice cream, will be hosting a Halloween pop-up at Tipsy Scoop’s Kips Bay location at 217 East 26th Street. The weekend-long Halloween ice cream party starts at noon on Saturday, October 26 and ends on Sunday, October 27 at 11 p.m. The pop-up will be offering a Tipsy Scoop/Coney Waffle “boozy freakshow sundae” with two scoops of boozy ice cream, cake batter vodka martini ice cream sandwich, a mini cone with candy corn vodka ice cream, a ring pop, a candy necklace, a chocolate-covered pretzel, cotton candy, marshmallow, sour candy and Halloween gummies.
Halloween tea party at Club Cumming
Club Cumming at 505 East 6th Street will be celebrating Halloween a week early by celebrating Kate Bush, Tori Amos and other “weird sisters of pop” like Bat For Lashes, Goldfrapp, Emiliana Torrini, Imogen Heap, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Portishead, Liza Minnelli, Cyndi Lauper, Stevie Nicks and others. The event, being held from 3 to 8 p.m., has no cover.
Glow-in-the-dark paint night at Asser Levy
Join the Asser Levy Recreation Center at 392 Asser Levy Place in the playground on Halloween night to create stunning masterpieces while using glow-in-the-dark paints. A family session will be held on Thursday, October 31 at 5:45 p.m. and will include pumpkin painting for families. An adult session at 7 p.m. will include canvas painting and is strictly for adults only. This event is free and open to the public but space is limited. To RSVP, call (212) 447-2023. For more information, visit nyc.gov/parks or call 311. For accessibility information, contact Erica Serrano by Monday, October 28 at (212) 447-2023 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outdoor stand-up show in Union Square
Stand-up comedy spooktacular “The Witching Hour” returns for a special Halloween night show next Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Union Square Park on the north plaza. The show has previously been performed at a bar in Brooklyn but this is the first time the show will take place outside. The show is designed with fans of Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and Elvira in mind. In this immersive theatrical experience, the audience has died, gone to Hell and now has to endure the worst fate of all: sitting through an amateur comedy show for all eternity. The show will feature Frank Conniff (MST3K), Andrea Allan (Keith & The Girl), Carmen Lagala (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), Kelsey Caine (The Special Without Brett Davis) and Carolina Hidalgo (Movie Signs with the Mads). In case of rain, the show will move to the MTA station directly underground at Union Square, near the mezzanine by the N/R train. Visit facebook/witchinghour666 for up-to-date show information.
Trick-or-Treat Oval Parade
The community-wide Trick-or-Treat is back this year and will be held around the Oval and within Peter Cooper Village from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Halloween, October 31. Complimentary sweet treats will be available at each Oval Playgrounds (9, 10, 11 and 12), Five Stuy Cafe, Oval Study, Oval Services, Oval Studio, Oval Kids, PSO Office and PCV Playgrounds 1, 2, and 3. This year, free dog treats will also be available for pups. Trick-or-Treat in the buildings is also permitted.
Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Ice Skating Party
StuyTown Property Services will also be hosting a Halloween ice skating party for the first time on Friday, November 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. Halloween costumes are encouraged for this glow-in-the-dark skate party. Complimentary glow punch and popcorn will be available. All ages are welcome. Admission and skate rental are not included.
Throwback Halloween Party at Tara Rose
Kips Bay bar Tara Rose, located at 384 Third Avenue near East 27th Street, will be hosting their Halloween party on Friday, November 1 starting at 6 p.m. The party, the first Halloween bash for the bar, will be 90’s themed and attendees are encouraged to dress up in 90’s cartoon and anime cosplay throwback attire. There will be a complimentary spooky cocktail for everyone who dresses on theme. A DJ will be spinning spooky favorites, and there will also be games, competitions and prizes for best dressed. This event is for those 21 and older with valid ID.