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Rocking out Halloween with New York Cool!
Ocotber 2007


Written by Wendy R. Williams
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Credit - Wendy R. Williams

Click here for our October 2008
Halloween Guide


It's Halloween and time for all the true ghouls of New York City to crawl out of their subterranean haunts and hit the streets to blend in with the local populace! But if you are not a true ghoul and need a few pieces to update your "Queen of the Night" look, the first stop on your Halloween journey should be New York's fabulous year-round Halloween store, Abracadabra, located at 19 West 21 Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue. October hours are everyday, 11AM to 9PM. See www.abracadabrasuperstore.com for more information.

Dog Parade

Once suitably atired (if you are a dog, or just like dogs), check out:

Tompkins Square Park - New York's East Village
Saturday October 27th @ Noon

Hounds Go A’ Haunting Halloween just got beastlier. “Friends of First Run" is pleased to announce the hound howling 17th Annual Tompkins Square Dog Run Halloween Parade. On Saturday October 27th, hundreds of masquerading mutts will participate in the country’s largest Halloween parade for dogs at one of the nations Top Dog Parks (Dog Fancy Magazine, May 20, 2005). Pimpin’ pooches contend for over $5,000 in prizes, including two Apple iPod Nano, flat screen TVs and a weekend getaway for two with your dog. All proceeds go to the N.Y. Parks Department for the renovation of First Run -- the city's first and largest dog run. Click here for more information.


Halloween Adventure House

And then off you should go to New York's artisitic haunted house.

Photo Credit Wendy R. Williams
Photo Credit Wendy R. Williams

Log onto (www.hauntedhousenyc.com) for directions and tickets to the Psycho Clan's " Nightmare, New York’s Original Haunted House" which is running Thursday, September 27, 2007 through Sunday, November 04, 2007 at the CSV Cultural Center at 107 Suffolk Street at Rivington - Telephone: 212 929-2963.


There are two really great celebrations on October 31st: one at BAM and one at The Theater for the New City.

Wed, Oct 31, 4—7PM

Here is a quote from the BAM website: " BAM's sixth annual Halloween extravaganza brings out Brooklyn's best trick-or-treaters for an evening of space exploration and alien adventure—ghouls, pirates, and clowns welcome too. From candy giveaways to costume contests and tons of fun games, kids of all ages can enjoy the free festivities happening right in front of BAM and in our neighboring garden. Please join us this year for some close encounters of the BAM kind! "

BAM's Peter Jay Sharp Building| 30 Lafayette Avenue
Between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street
Directions - Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5, Q, B to Atlantic Avenue;
D, M, N, R to Pacific Street; G to Fulton Street; C to Lafayette Avenue

Photo Credit Wendy R. Williams

Theater for the New City's 30th Annual Village Halloween Costume Ball
Doors open 7:30 pm
Wednesday October 31.
Theater for the New City

Theater for the New City, originator of the famous Village Halloween Parade, hosts the 31st annual Village Halloween Costume Ball.

Come see TNC's 2-story 30,000 square foot space transformed into a series of Halloween environments by painters and scenic designers. Tap dancers, belly dancers, lounge acts, musicians, and comedy teams will perform throughout the night in two Cabarets. Past performers have included Reno, Bina Sharif, Wise Guise, Penny Arcade, Zero Boy, the Living Theater, and NY Lyric Circus. Party with your favorite downtown stars! Costume contest at Midnight with downtown Celebrity Judges!

Have your tarot cards read! Salsa and Swing all night! Sample food from various East Village restaurants in the Cauldron! Cathartic experiences await in the Scary Room! Mythical creatures abound!

The one-night fiesta takes over all four of TNC's theater spaces, plus its lobby and the block of East Tenth Street between First and Second Avenues. Customarily over 1,400 wildly-clad celebrants gather for dancing, dining, showing off costumes and viewing acts from the cutting-edge of Cabaret and Theater. Admission is $20; costume or formal wear is required.

Dance orchestras will include The Great Paprika Band, a noted Brazilian jazz pop orchestra, and Hot Lavender Swing Band, an all-Gay and Lesbian 18-piece orchestra.

Infoi/ticketing ovationtix.com or (212) 254-1109
Admission is $20; costume or formal wear is required.

Theater for the New City | East Tenth Street between First and Second Avenues


And for the horror film afficienados, there is the increasingly scary New York Horror Film Festival.

New York City Horror Festival
October 24 - 28th
NYU Cantor Film Center
36 East 8th Street
Between University and Greene

Log onto nychorrorfest.com for more information.

Village Halloween Parade

Photo Credit Wendy R. Williams

And don't forget to march in the Halloween Parade on Wednesday, October 31st, starting at 7 p.m. All those in costume are welcome to join hundreds of puppets, 53 bands of different types of music, dancers and artists and thousands of other New Yorkers in costumes of their own creation in the nation’s most wildly creative public participatory event in the Greatest City in the World !

Line-Up ! For all those in costume is on 6th Avenue South of Spring Street and North of Canal between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Alert ! ONLY enter the line-up on 6th Ave. from the East and South between Canal and Spring. For more information, log onto: http://www.halloween-nyc.com

Photo Credit Krisztina Fazekas

Photo Credit Krisztina Fazekas

After Party

Webster Hell Halloween Party

Webster Hall After Party
October 31st 8PM - 4AM

After you march in the parade you can quench your thirst and meet some of the other ghouls at the Webster Hall Afterparty. With its Demon Queen and Penthouse Pets, the parade's official after-party comes closest to one-upping the madness of Sixth Avenue.

Price: $30 in advance; $38 at the door; $75 open bar all night; $240 VIP table ervice (for up to four people)

. Log onto: www.websterhall.com for more information.

Webster Hall |125 E. 11th St., Near Third Ave.


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