It’s the season of the witch!
Halloween is today! If you need a last-minute plan for a haunted happening or spooky soiree, consult this list of terrifyingly fun events:
Nerd bar the Way Station will screen the scariest episodes of “Doctor Who” from 4–8 pm; followed by a live “shadow-cast” performance of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Scary-oke” —a costumed karaoke show — and a costume contest.
“Who-lloween” at the Way Station [683 Washington Ave. between Prospect and St. Marks places in Prospect Heights, (347) 627–4949, www.thewa
What is a better treat than a full-size candy bar? A candy apple from award-winning pastry chef Francois Payard! The acclaimed chef will oversee trick-or-treating at the Estuary Brasserie in Brooklyn Bridge Park this afternoon, where kids can pick up a delectably free candy apple dipped in either caramel, chocolate, or sugar. And at the Halloween Happy Hour, grown-ups in costume will get a complimentary cocktail.
Trick-or-Treating with Francois Payard at Estuary [159 Bridge Park Drive at Joralemon Street, on Pier 5 in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 521–6744 ext. 1, www.estua
The Dumboween kids’ costume party will start with scary stories at Brooklyn Roasting Company, followed by a parade through the streets to the Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge at 5 pm, led by the Funkkrust Brass Band. Under the Arch will be a followed by a party with candy, photo booths, music, and more.
Dumboween at Brooklyn Roasting Company (25 Jay St. at John Street in Dumbo, www.dumbo.is). Oct. 31; 4:30 pm–7 pm. Free.
This year the Park Slope Halloween Parade has a theme of “Mother Earth” — so dress as a spooky tree? Or as global warming? However you interpret the theme, the parade always has lots of great outfits and giant puppets, and it will end with a party at the Old Stone House.
Halloween Parade (From Seventh Avenue at 14th Street to Fifth Avenue at Third Street in Park Slope, www.theol
Try to sing along!
Join Brad, Janet, Rocky, Dr. Scott, and the Occasionalists — Brooklyn’s premiere live karaoke band — for an evening of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” karaoke. Sign up to sing “Sweet Transvestite” with a full band behind you, don some golden shorts for the intermission’s costume contest, and enter the raffle for fabulous prizes. The entire evening will benefit the Center for Anti-Violence Education, a group that works to combat hate-based violence.
Rocky Horror Picture Show Live Karaoke at Littlefield (635 Sackett St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus, www.littl
Snuggling up with a good horror film and then dance your goosebumps away! National Sawdust will screen “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” with a live score performed by electronic artist Ricardo Romaneiro. After the movie, stick around for an electric after-party inspired by the film!
“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” at National Sawdust [80 N. Sixth St. at Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, (646) 779–8455, www.natio
Turn your sour into sweet by getting tropical at the “Spooky Fruity” bash at Lemon’s, on the sixth floor of the Wythe Hotel. The night will feature music from Chances With Wolves, DJ sets, a live performance from a surprise guest, and a fruit-themed costume contest with prizes.
“Spooky Fruity” at Wythe Hotel [80 Wythe Ave. at N. 11th Street in Williamsburg, (718) 460-8000, www.wythe
On Halloween, get in touch with the spirits: gin, rye, and mezcal! Cocktail bar the Shanty will host “Lunar Magic,” a witchy party featuring a tarot reader, speciality cocktails, samples from several distilleries, and a magical dance party.
“Lunar Magic” at the Shanty [79 Richardson St. between Leonard and Lorimer streets in Williamsburg, (718) 412–0874, www.nydis
Halloween is a day of death — and of rebirth! Today is the birthday of Italian restaurant the Longshoreman, which celebrates its first birthday in spook-tacular style with a party featuring hors d’oeuvres, draft beer, wines, cocktails, and your chance to win a $250 gift card in its adult-only costume contest.
“First Annual Halloween Ball” at the Longshoreman [215 Columbia St. between Sackett and Union streets in Columbia Street Waterfront District, (929) 295–0285, www.thelo
Once upon a time, there was restaurant called Sunday in Brooklyn. This restaurant wanted to throw a party with a fairy tale theme, but because it was Halloween, it became a Scary Tale theme! Costumes are required, so dress as a hungry wolf, an evil witch, or other spooky character from folklore, and enjoy plenty of booze, live entertainment, face-painting, and a costume contest. All the profits will go to the American Civil Liberties Union.
“A Scarytale in Brooklyn” at Sunday in Brooklyn [348 Wythe Ave. between S. Second and S. Third streets in Williamsburg, (347) 222–6722, www.sunda
Scream with laughter!
Stop by Greenpoint bar the Springs to brave “The Walk of Fear” in its backyard, a collection of spooky figures and tableaus. You can stiffen your nerve with a Halloween-themed cocktail — such as the bright green “Zombie Blood!” Tonight will also feature a stand-up comedy Fright Night, starting at 9 pm.
The Springs [224 Franklin St. at Green Street in Greenpoint, (347) 227–7114, www.thesp
Thrills and chills
Once Halloween is over, you will have one final excuse to don your bloody best: “The Coney Island USA Creeptacular.” This ghoulish fund-raising gala will feature plenty of potions, performances from snake charmer Serpentina, burlesque beauties and beasts, and a sneak peek at the seaside arts organization’s next demented musical, “Bloody Brains in a Jukebox.”
“The Coney Island USA Creeptacular” at Coney Island USA [1208 Surf Avenue at W. 12th Street in Coney Island, (718) 372–5159, www.coney