Where to celebrate Halloween 2022 in New York

Halloween weekend is one of the spookiest times of the year, a three-day marathon filled with quintessentially New York horrors like sweet potato casserole martinis and $50 Ubers between Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Still, there are plenty of cool ways to celebrate for those who like to party at restaurants and bars around town. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites that fall on Halloween and the days leading up to it, from costume contests and themed dance parties to drive-in movie marathons and late-night mini-golf. .

Health experts consider eating out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated. this may pose a risk to vaccinees, especially in areas with high COVID transmission.


Cozy up for a horror movie at this Brooklyn drive-in theater

Where: Drive-in Skyline
When: From Tuesday 25 October to Monday 31 October

Starting next week, Greenpoint’s waterfront drive-in theater Skyline will kick off a marathon of spooky movies like Friday 13, cabin in the woods, Twilight, beetle juice, Screamand freddie. There’s a concession stand on site that opens two hours before the movie starts, but you can also bring your own takeout. If you don’t have a car but are still there to watch a movie outdoors, bring blankets. (Chairs are provided.) Tickets must be purchased online in advance.

A pumpkin carving contest for artistic farts

Where: Grimm Craft Tasting Room
When: Thursday October 27

Put your studio art degree to good use at the second annual Grimm’s Pumpkin Carving Contest. Tickets are $36.89 for groups of up to four and include a carving pumpkin, two beers from the bar, and all the carving supplies you’ll need.

Play a game of Pumpkin Spicy Putt-Putt

Where: Nomad Swingers
When: From Thursday 27 October to Monday 31 October

Indoor Mini-Golf Spot Swingers’ new Nomad site is one of the best early-game hangout spots in town. So when it comes to Halloween, bring a sweetheart or a group of friends for an evening of mini-golf with Halloween-themed projections in the room. If the competition gets too hot, cool down with a seasonally prepared special ‘witch please’ cocktail featuring Pumpkin Spice Syrup, Campari, Pineapple, Lime, Allspice and Bacardi. Tickets are $26 per person and can be found here.

Suck Blood and Red Pepper Soup at a “Vampire Party”

Where: Flying Fox Tavern
When: Friday October 28 and Saturday October 29

This Ridgewood newcomer opened earlier this year, making a name for itself in the neighborhood for its horror movie theme. On Halloween, Flying Fox Tavern hosts a four-course “Vampire Party” dinner for $66.60. The menu lists dishes like roasted bone marrow with bacon marmalade, red pepper soup with black focaccia, and chickpea cutlet with mushroom sauce. Vegan options are available.

A party for cowboys, aliens and creatures of the night

Where: pony boy
When: Friday, October 28 to Sunday October 30

Themed dance parties — cowboys and aliens, to boot — are heading to Greenpoint this Halloween courtesy of neighborhood nightclub Ponyboy. The party starts at 9 p.m. each night with drinks, disco, and live music until at least 2 a.m. when the venue closes. Arrive early to beat the line ahead.

Dance the ghouls at an uptown disco party

Where: Roof at Park South
When: Saturday October 29

Feel like an actor Gossip Girl and spend your Halloween weekend uptown at the Roof at Park South hotel party. They host a disco party where costumes are encouraged. DJs will be playing until the early hours and $35 tickets include a free cocktail. The after-party will take place at the Japanese cocktail bar GG Tokyo in the lobby.

A costumed coronation hosted by New York Nico on… Roosevelt Island?

Where: Panoramic room
When: Saturday October 29

Social media personality New York Nico is hosting a costume contest this year at the Panorama Room, the bar atop the Graduate Hotel on Roosevelt Island. Expect prizes, food from Lower East Side deli Regina’s Grocery, drinks from Brooklyn Best iced tea company, and live music. Judging starts at 8 p.m.

Mingle with mezcal and Michelin-approved tacos

Where: Aldama
When: Saturday October 29

Williamsburg’s Aldama Mexican restaurant, owned by Greenpoint Ponyboy nightclub partner, is known for its mezcal-fueled late-night parties. The team is back this year with their annual “Dance of the Jaguar Party,” which runs from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., with tacos and a live DJ. Happy hour is from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Have a heavy metal Halloween

Where: Our Wicked Lady
When: monday 31 october

A pop-up theme party called Black Lagoon travels the country from Portland to Fort Worth and will fly its broomstick to Bushwick for Halloween. The experience “pays homage to the macabre and adds a touch of goth and metal for good measure,” according to a spokesperson. What it actually seems to imply are specialty cocktails made by an alumnus of Chicago’s Lost Lake bar, costumes, and decorations that transform the two-level space into something ouija-meets-heavy-metal.

Try weird French wines with scary canapes

Where: Niche Niche
When: monday 31 october

Niche Niche diner-style restaurant is hosting its own spooky night in the West Village. A $145 ticket guarantees a sample of 16 different champagnes as well as what Niche Niche calls “scary canapes” (caviar with brioche, creme fraiche, and egg yolk), while a DJ spins spooky tunes.

Watch a Tabletop Magic Show at a Manhattan Speakeasy

Where: PS
When: monday 31 october

PS, one of Manhattan’s hottest new speakeasies, hidden behind a shelf in the Pine & Polk grocery store, is hosting its own Halloween event. If you’ve ever wanted to get closer to a magician, now is your chance. Each table will have its own 20-minute magic show. As you watch, choose one of five special cocktails prepared for the evening. Tickets are $75 per person, now available for purchase online, and include a free bev, magic show experience, and snack.

Your best bet for (maybe) seeing a ghost

Where: Ear Inn
When: Whenever

Ear Inn is one of New York’s oldest bars, and it also calls itself one of the most haunted. While we can’t verify this second point, Halloween could be the time when the supposedly friendly ghost of Ear Inn finally comes out to play. Otherwise, savor at least a slice of New York history with a good burger and beer.

Find out what happens if you say “Beetlejuice” three times quickly

Where: beetle house
When: Whenever

The slogan of this East Village beetle juice– the theme bar is “every day is Halloween”. This is especially true in spooky season. Fall cocktails on the menu include an apple cider donut cocktail, a sweet potato casserole martini, and an old-fashioned Jack’s Pumpkin. Come in disguise or as a little joke and enjoy all the decor in homage to the world of Tim Burton.

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