Stranger flings: Three Halloween parties inspired by ‘Stranger Things’

Stranger flings: Three Halloween parties inspired by ‘Stranger Things’

This one goes to Eleven!

Three “Stranger Things”-themed parties will take Brooklyn by storm in the days leading up to Halloween. The wildly popular Netflix series, set in 1983, is a natural fit for Halloween, with its secret government experiments, supernatural forces, and iconic figure Eleven, a girl with telekinetic powers. But the show’s ode to ’80s culture is its most powerful draw, said one party organizer.

“I saw the show and got sucked into it immediately. After seeing the first episode I said, ‘This has to be the theme of the party,’ ” said Chris Willets, of low-cost entertainment group the skint. “It’s the music and the nostalgia and the references. It gives us kind of a chance to live out the ’80s for Halloween.”

So bust out your leg warmers and blonde wigs for these four Halloween parties that let you step back to the “E.T.” era:

Strung up: Step up your Halloween costume this year, like this cosplayer who dressed as Joyce Bryers from “Stranger Things” — and as her lit-up living room wall.
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Embrace a “Stranger” aesthetic with Barb makeovers and Eleven-style buzz cuts at this nostalgia-inducing 1980s blowout hosted by the skint. Memorialize the night in a “supernatural photo booth,” gorge yourself on pounds of candy, and let your inner Joyce Byers out in front of a ton of flashing Christmas lights. It’s a “Stranger Things”–inspired affair, but its costume contest is open to all get-ups. Prizes include limited-edition art prints of characters in the series.

Stranger Things With Candy at Littlefield (622 Degraw St. between Third and Fourth Avenues, www.littlefieldnyc.com). Oct. 28 at 10:30 pm. $8.


Take a time warp into the past with an ’80s movie marathon, old-school candy, and plenty of Tab soda to wash it all down at this Williamsburg micro-cinema, which will screen some of the 1980s flicks that inspired the creators of “Stranger Things.” Organizers will stay true to the show’s period detail with goodie bags full of Pez, Pop Rocks, and Now & Laters, and a soundtrack of 1983’s biggest hits. The bar will be decked out in “Stranger Things” decor, including movie posters, Christmas lights, and remnants of Nancy’s journey into the Upside Down. And every visitor gets one free waffle from the Wafels and Dinges truck parked outside.

What about Barb?: Three visitors at New York Comic Con show their love for Barb, who met a tragic end in “Stranger Things.”
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“Stranger Things Halloween Dance and Costume Party” at Videology Bar and Cinema [308 Bedford Ave. at S. First Street in Williamsburg, (718) 782–3468, www.videologybarandcinema.com]. Oct. 29, 4 pm–4 am. $15.

Gemini & Scorpio

A two story Gowanus warehouse will transform into an immersive Hawkins, Indiana, with areas that reflect the Upside Down otherworld, Joyce’s wall of Christmas lights, and Mike’s blanket fort. A game of Dungeons & Dragons will run all night, and you can tap into your inner Eleven at the Eggos bar, attempt a “mind reading face-off” with government agents, or join a séance to find the missing Will Byers. The main floor will feature DJs, bands, and burlesque, while the second floor hosts an all-night dance party. Costumes are mandatory — “Stranger Things”–inspired or otherwise. But be warned: 1980s casual won’t cut it.

“Stranger Things Halloween” by Gemini & Scorpio (600 Degraw St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus, www.geminiandscorpio.com). Oct. 29, 9 pm–4 am. $30 ($15 after 1 am).

Eleven out of ten: The “Stranger Things” series has inspired cosplayers to dress as character Joyce Byers, left, and Eggo-obssessed girl Eleven. Four Brooklyn Halloween parties will also celebrate the series.
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Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at cspivack@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2517. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.