Your Halloween Style Is: Old-School Funk
Then Head To: James Brown Tribute Show
B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-997-4144; Oct. 31; $12
If you prefer to see other people dressed in costume instead of stepping into one yourself, head to B.B. King to see Lloyd Diamond as one of the Founding Fathers of Funk himself, James Brown. Diamond will perform some of Brown’s greatest hits so that you can get down with yo’ bad self.
Your Halloween Style Is: Rocky Horror Picture Show Meets Metal
Then Head To: The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black
Your Halloween Style Is: Any Character from a John Hughes Film
Then Head To: Holy Ghost!
Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St., nr. Eleventh Ave.; 212-582-6600; Oct. 31; $25
This duo is a modern-day incarnation of eighties synth-pop in the best sense possible. While their name is all too fitting for Halloween, the only thing scary about Holy Ghost! is their ability to make you feel like you’re perpetually in a scene from The Breakfast Club.
Your Halloween Style Is: Experimental With a Nod to the Past
Then Head To: Zappa Plays Zappa Halloween
Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, at 75th St.; 212-465-6500; Oct. 31; $40–$130
Experimental rock legend Frank Zappa’s son Dweezil Zappa fronts this tribute group dedicated to the music of his late father. For those looking for Halloween thrills, don’t worry. Rumor is Frank Zappa performs some of the songs from beyond the grave via synchronized audio and video technology.
Your Halloween Style Is: The Original Super Mario Bros., in All Its Eight-Bit Glory
Then Head To: Pretty Lights
Roseland Ballroom, 239 W. 52nd St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-247-0200; Oct. 30; Tickets TBA
Derek Vincent Smith, more commonly known as Pretty Lights, churns out music that is best described as glitchy electro-hip-hop-soul. Expect throngs of die-hard festivalgoers (think yearly veterans of Coachella and Bonnaroo) and a state-of-the-art light show, perfect for those looking for a more colorful Halloween.
Your Halloween Style Is: Nostalgia and a Pair of Adidas
Then Head To: Monsters of Rap: A Tribute to Jam Master Jay
Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St., at Eighth Ave.; Oct. 31; $65–$172
Let’s be honest: Track suits and Adidas are definitely more comfortable than most other costume options out there, and it’s a perfect outfit for this all-star tribute to Run-D.M.C.’s legendary Jam Master Jay. Hosted by Reverend Run’s daughter, Angela Simmons, the night will feature performances by current hip-hop heavy weights French Montana, Jadakiss, and Juelz Santana with Funkmaster Flex on the decks.
Your Halloween Style Is: A Creature of Habit
Then Head To: Hallowmas 2013
Warsaw, 261 Driggs Ave., at Eckford St.; Oct. 31; $22
A seasonal staple, the World/Inferno Friendship Society will bring its annual Halloween concert to Brooklyn for another year. The 40-person-plus circus-punk collective, fronted by the always-charismatic Jack Terricloth, offers fans a full-on musical production that’s nothing short of a spectacle.
Your Halloween Style Is: Crop Tops, Dirty Beats, and Possible Twerking
Then Head To: RL Grime
Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. 6th St., nr. Wythe Ave.; Oct. 30; $22 advanced, $25 same day
RL Grime, the latest artist to be added to Fool’s Gold Records’ roster of club-banger producers, seamlessly fuses hard-core electro beats with heavy Houston-influenced hip-hop hooks. Be prepared for a seriously good dance party and plenty of trendy Williamsburgers in ironic costumes.
Are clubs more your style? Congregate with kindred spirits at these spots.
Penthouse Freakshow Rooftop Halloween Costume Party
Refinery Rooftop, 63 W. 38th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; Oct. 31; $125
3,500 square feet of cinematic Manhattan views, a four-hour top-shelf open bar, and live performers at this party at the Refinery Rooftop will make all those hours crafting your “pregnant Kim Kardashian looking like a floral couch at the Met Gala” costume worth it.
Sinners & Saints Halloween Gala
Guastavino’s, 409 E. 59th St., nr. First Ave.; 212-980-2711; Oct. 31; $55–$75
The 15,000-square-foot ballroom will transform into a medieval dance party, complete with open bar.
Reapers & Ravens Halloween Bash
(Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., nr. Thompson St.; 212-505-3474; Oct. 31; $10
Deep red lighting and music-venue-meets-lounge vibe is perfect for those with a sultrier taste in Halloween costumes.
Witches and Warlocks Electric Bash
Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette St., nr. Walker St.; 212-584-5492; Oct. 31; $10
15,000 watts of sound and a one-hour open bar ensure a pulse-pounding time at this infamous dance club.
Webster Hell 2013
Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St., nr. Third Ave; 212-353-1600; Oct. 31; $40
Your hot-mess Miley Cyrus costume could win you $5,000 dollars at this epic four-story bash.
Vamps & Vixens Masquerade Xtravaganza
Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow St., nr. Delancy St.; 212-254-9100; Oct. 31; $15
There are three floors to show off your Halloween costume and dance the night away at this trendy LES club and restaurant.
The Fifth Annual HallowMEME Costume Party
The Bell House, 149 7th St., nr. Second Ave.; 718-643-6510; Oct. 24; Free with RSVP
Love Grumpy Cat? Think you make a pretty good Hungry Kim Jong-un? Here’s your chance to embrace your Internet addiction and dance your ass off at the same time.
Unrest in Peace at GVCC
Greenwich Village Country Club, 110 University Place, nr. 13th St.; 212-255-8188; Oct. 31; $10
Alongside the usual Halloween thrills of drinking and dancing, GVCC also offers nine holes of mini golf, shuffleboard, and bocce ball.
Forest of Seductive Sinners at Greenhouse NYC
Greenhouse, 150 Varick St., nr. Vandam St.; 212-807-7000; Oct. 31; $10
You’ll find the usual range of costumes at this tree-house-cum-club popular among the socialite crowd. Except this time, everyone wearing them will look like models.