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Fright Night Out

Tired of battling the crowds and still ending up with a subpar view at the Village Halloween Parade? Here are seven other ghoulish ways to spend the night.


Halloween Pub Crawl
Think of it as trick-or-treating for booze. Twenty bucks gets you admission to each of the 40-plus bars on the route, plus a variety of drink specials (go for the two-for-one pumpkin ales and Halloween-themed cocktails). Festivities start at the 11th Street outpost of Village Pourhouse and end at the new Upper West Side location, with stops at Sidebar, Belmont Lounge, and McFadden’s along the way.
Location: Village Pourhouse, 64 Third Ave., at 11th St.; 212-979-2337.
Time: Noon to midnight.
Price: $20

Halloween Movie Marathon
Brooklyn Lyceum will be staggering screenings on its two 25-foot projection screens. If you’re in the mood for a chilling classic, go for Dracula or Night of the Living Dead. Not looking for blood and gore? Check out cult classics The Warriors or Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Location: Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 Fourth Ave., at President St., Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-857-4816.
Time: 7:30 p.m. (Dracula), 9 p.m. (Night of the Living Dead), 10 p.m. (Warriors), and 10:30 p.m. (Rocky Horror).
Price: $5 each


Critical Mass Ride and After-Party
At this monthly ride starting at Union Square, cyclists can take back the streets—this time in costume. Afterward, head to Surreal Estate for a fund-raising dance party, with music by the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, an activist marching band that covers Le Tigre and Beyoncé. Food is provided by the organization’s “diving team” (as in, Dumpster diving). Yum.
Location: Union Square Park North (ride); Surreal Estate, 15 Thames St., nr. Morgan Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; (party). Organized by Time's Up!, 212-802-8222.
Time: 7 p.m. (ride), 8 p.m. (party).
Price: Free to ride, party admission is $9.99.

Todd P./Panache Big Halloween Bash
If you couldn’t grab tickets to the MGMT show before it sold out, consider megapromoter Todd P.’s party at the old Goldenrod Brewery in Bushwick. Matt and Kim will headline the roster of eight bands, including Japanese psych-rockers DMBQ and Montreal punks AIDS Wolf.
Location: Danbro Studios Warehouse @ Goldenrod Brewery, 268 Meserole St., nr. Bushwick Pl., Bushwick, Brooklyn; panachebooking@yahoo.com.
Time: 8 p.m.
Price: TBA

Theater for the New City’s Costume Ball
This long-running party (31 years and counting) blends the standard Halloween bash with performance art; this year’s lineup includes burlesque and vaudeville-inspired pieces like stilt walkers and fire eaters. It's capped off with a massive costume contest that'll award prizes in conceptual categories like Most Botoxed, Most Mortgage-Defaulted, and Most Deregulated.
Location: Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., nr. 10th St.; 212-254-1109.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Price: $20

World/Inferno Friendship Society's Hallowmas
World Inferno’s cast of theatrical punks will actually have their own float in this year’s parade (fans are invited to help decorate and march alongside it). But the best way to see them is still their annual Hallowmas show, the only time they’ll play their fan-favorite, Peanuts-inspired song, “Pumpkin Time,” live.
Location: Brooklyn Masonic Temple, 317 Clermont Ave., at Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene, Brooklyn; 718-638-1256.
Time: 8 p.m..
Price: $20


Spine-Tingling & True: True Ghost Stories of the Merchant's House Museum
This meticulously preserved, nineteenth-century townhouse will be set up like a Victorian funeral for the museum’s “official ghost-storyteller” to present the spooky stories he’s dug up from the house’s history. Also promised: an unsettling paranormal discovery.
Location: Merchant’s House Museum, 29 E. 4th St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-777-1089.
Time: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Price: $20, $10 for members.

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