As trick-or-treaters hit the hay after crashing from the sugar high, grown-ups seize the moment for a night of boozy, late-night shenanigans dressed to invoke their wildest fantasies.
This year, Brooklynites are planning a frightfully fun array of events, from an early-evening, 1970s-themed theatrical haunted house, to a late-night absinthe den/dance party masked in Victorian vitriol.
After a two-year hiatus, the Greatest Halloween Party Ever rises from the dead for a night of boozy burlesque, dance-sets, and live bands.
For $15, this party gets points for value: free beer from 8–9 pm, $2 “zombie juice” from 1–-2 am, and live performances by Lady Aye, Creamy Stevens and Fem Appeal of Famous Monsters of Brooklyn Burlesque, Math The Band and Toys in Trouble, as well as DJ sets by the Supasonics and Hot Jello to keep everyone bumpin’ until the early morn.
SRB Brooklyn (177 Second Ave, at 14th street, www.srbbrooklyn.com). Costumes Required. Oct. 27, 8 pm–late. $15.
That’s Mister Saturday to you
If you’re looking for a bona-fide dance party in an intimate-but-industrial-grade loft space, hit up the Mister.
With DJs Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter spinning purely danceable disco, house and techno beats, the party is always fun and the crowd is devilishly debaucherous, yet cannily civilized. Costumes get you a drink on the house.
Want to keep dancing through Sunday?
Harkin & Carter will also host their weekly daytime dance extravaganza Mister Sunday at Gowanus Grove on Oct. 28.
2012-turn-13 (172 Classon Ave. between Park and Myrtle avenues www.mistersaturdaynight.com). $15, $20 door. Oct. 27, 10 pm–late.
Unicorn Meat parties are not for those who need early plans and endless details.
Organizers of the Iluminate Brooklyn dance party announce the venue address to ticket-holders the day of the party and they are still confirming the lineup, but one thing’s for sure: legendary turntablist RJD2 will be spinning.
As always, expect art installations galore and extensive projections throughout the warehouse space, wherever it is. If you’re open to a little ambiguity and not unnerved by the unexpected, this could be your jam.
On New Year’s, organizer Alex Kay rode into the party on a real, live unicorn (some say it was a costumed horse) — to revelers’ delight.
Venue yet to be announced (www.illuminatebrooklyn.com). Oct. 27, 9 pm–6 am, $30.
Absinthe of malice
For the fourth year, party-girls and performance-artists Gemini & Scorpio are cooking up a darkly rich, absinthe-fueled Victorian-age “celebration of the grotesque,” at the Brooklyn Lyceum.
The fourth annual Masquerade Macabre will feature DJs Shakey, Barney Iller, Joro Boro & Reaganomics, as well as live music by booming brass band Hungry March Band, howling dubstep by Liron Peled, and rhythms by human beatbox Adam Matta.
There will also be face & body painting, fortune-tellers and silver-film photography by Tsirkus Fotografika.
A few blocks away and open throughout, Gemeni & Scorpio invite VIP ticket holders to a sultry absinthe den.
And remember, this is a Gemini & Scorpio event, so don’t even think of showing up without a costume.
Brooklyn Lyceum (227 Fourth Ave., www.geminiandscorpio.com). Oct. 27, 10:30 pm–5 am. (after Ugly Rhino party), : $20, $30 VIP tickets.
The bad-old days
Gowanus-based experimental theatre group Ugly Rhino guides visitors through a ghoulish, experiential storyline meant to scare. Its “Warehouse of Horrors” is set in 1970s Brooklyn after a series of bloody murders at illegal raves set in a derelict bathhouse (an homage to the Lyceum’s own history), it’s up to the audience to sort through the mafiosos, crooked cops, drug dealers, and prostitutes and find out whodunit.
With three “curated cocktails,” by Ugly Rhino resident-mixologist Anna Perczak, and a cash-bar at the dance party that rounds out the evening, there will be ample booze (and booty-shaking) to fuel the party.
Plus there’s free shots for anyone in costume on Sept. 27 and 31.
Brooklyn Lyceum (227 Fourth Ave., www.uglyrhinonyc.com). Oct. 26, 27 and 31, 8 pm, $20 includes three cocktails.