Halloweekend!: Your guide to Brooklyn’s best spooky events - Brooklyn Paper

Halloweekend!: Your guide to Brooklyn’s best spooky events

Let me axe you something: A wax figure of Abraham Lincoln comes to life in “Dirty Work at the Wax Works,” playing in Coney Island through Halloween.
Norman Blake

Call the borough Spook-lyn!

Halloween events are stalking the streets of Brooklyn this weekend, and there is an option for every boy and ghoul, whether you want terrifying ghosts and goblins or family-friendly costumes and candy. Fear not, for we have rounded up some of the best celebrations for your All Hallow’s Eve.

Coney Island creepy

Skip the usual haunted house in favor of the patriotic poltergeists of “Dirty Works at the Wax Works.” This play from Coney Island’s unofficial mayor Dick Zigun takes sideshow to the next level, creating an immersive experience narrated by the night watchman of the Coney Island’s Presidential Wax Works. The wild night includes axe-wielding Abraham Lincoln, a shooting gallery re-enactment of the Kennedy assassination, and zombies eating Nixon’s brain!

Sideshows by the Seashore [1208 Surf Ave. between W. 12th Street and Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island, (718) 372–5159], www.coneyisland.com. Oct. 28–29 at 8 pm and 10 pm; Oct. 30 at 6 pm; Oct. 31 at 8 pm and 10 pm. $15.

Out of the vault

Dress as a Beast or a Beauty for the Disney Halloween Ball, where cover band the Little Mermen, which plays rockified versions of songs from Disney films, will provide the soundtrack for the dancing, the drinking of speciality cocktails, and the costume contest.

The Hall at MP (470 Driggs Ave. between N. 10th and N. 11th streets in Williamsburg, www.thehallbrooklyn.com). Oct. 28 at 10:30 pm. $15 ($30 VIP).

Film fright

Watch the original, extremely creepy 1925 version of “Phantom of the Opera” on 16mm film while quartet the Underworld Oscillator Corporation provides a live score.

Morbid Anatomy Museum (424 Third Ave. at Seventh St. in Gowanus, www.morbidanatomymuseum.com). Oct. 28 at 7 pm. $12.

Cinema sleepover

Spend the night quaking in fear at Nitehawk Cinema’s “Nite to Dismember: House of Horrors.” The festivities begin at midnight and continue until dawn, with screenings of classic films “The Exorcist,” “The Black Cat,” “The Legend of Hell House,” and “Night of the Demons,” along with brand new horror flick “Under the Shadow.” Along with the freaky films, Nitehawk will host a costume contest, screen short horror films, give out gift bags, and serve a complimentary breakfast in the morning.

Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave. at Berry St. in Williamsburg, www.nitehawkcinema.com). Oct. 29 at 11:45 pm. $60.

Monstrous mash-up

During the “Devil’s Night Cover Band Fear Fest,” Brooklyn bands will dress up as other acts. Featuring Safety as the Smashing Pumpkins, Harborland as Brand New, Chiv Culture as A Tribe Called Quest, and many more.

Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave. between Manhattan Avenue and Franklin Street in Greenpoint, www.bkbazaar.com). Oct. 29, 7 pm–midnight. $5.


The “Boo at the Zoo” Halloween extravaganza at the Prospect Park Zoo will last all weekend, with a costumed character scavenger hunt, a costume parade, dance party, and face painting for those not already dressed up. And older kids can test their nerves in the “Spooky Barn,” which include a wildlife show full of creepy creatures.

Prospect Park Zoo (450 Flatbush Ave. at East Drive in Prospect Park, www.prospectparkzoo.com). Oct. 29–30, 11 am–4 pm. $8 (kids $5).

Trek or treat

Park Slopers and their youngsters will don their best costumes for the Park Slope Civic Council’s Halloween parade. A neighborhood staple since 1986, this year’s celebration encourages group costumes with the them “daring duos, thrilling trios, and superb heroes.” The procession will make its way from Seventh Avenue and 14th street to the Old Stone House at Washington Park for a post-parade dance party.

(Seventh Ave. and 14th St. in Park Slope, www.parkslopeciviccouncil.org). Oct. 31 at 6:30 pm. Free.


Sing your scares out at the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” live karaoke show on Halloween night. You’ve got two chances to belt out “Sweet Transvestite” or “Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” in front of live band the Occasionalists.

Union Hall [702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 638–4400], www.unionhallny.com]. Oct. 31 at 8 pm and 10 pm. $7 ($5 in advance).

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Boo!: Kids can put on their scary faces during Boo at the Zoo, the Prospect Park Zoo’s annual Halloween event, held on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

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