So Many Halloween Events You’ll Lose Your Head

A teaser video for the “Mad Supper” installation at Ideal Glass.

“Ghosts of New York Tour: Peter Stuyvesant And His Ghostly Neighbors Of The East Village”
During this tour of some of the neighborhood’s spooky sites, the tour guide will perform as a downtown denizen from the past, such as Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain and Washington Irving. 7 p.m., tour begins at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, 131 East 10th Street at Second Avenue, (718) 591-4741,; $25.

“Halloween Haunting: Phantom Pub Crawl of the East Village Starring Harry Houdini”
Join the search for Harry Houdini, Edgar Allan Poe, Jonathan Swift and other ghosts known for their fondness for the drink, at some of their favorite drinking spots. The tour meets in front of the lion sculpture in front of St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, northwest corner of Tenth Street and Second Avenue. 6:30 p.m. $25 by credit card online; $30 in person if space is available.

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“Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade”
At the 22nd installment of this neighborhood institution (see photos from previous years here and here), dog treats and prizes including an iPod will be doled out to costumed canines and to raffle winners. The fun starts at noon. Tompkins Square Dog Run, East Ninth Street between Avenues A and B;

“Funkmaster Flex’s Halloween Spook-Tacular”
Funkmaster Flex will be spinning urban and reggae rhythms Sunday night and the first 500 ladies in costume won’t pay a cent for admission. Webster Hall, 125 11th Street at Third Avenue, (212) 353-1600,; $20.


“Madonnathon Halloween Party”
The Pyramid Club is throwing a dance party with new wave jams, along with hits from the 1980s. Come dressed as the Material Girl between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. and you get in for free. 9 p.m. The Pyramid Club, 101 Avenue A at East Seventh Street,; $8.

“Experiment in Terror: A Classic Horror Film Music Retrospective (1954-1981)”
At this dance party, Morricone Youth will perform the themes from movies like “The Exorcist” and “Rosemary’s Baby” while burlesque stars like Ruby Valentine and Nikki le Villain supply the visuals. Drom, 85 Avenue A at East Sixth Street;, $10 advance, $15 at the door.

“Circus of the Damned”
Led by the Ringmaster of Hell, fire-wielding vixens and bloodthirsty vampires will patrol the ballroom of Webster Hall, where all four floors have been set aside for this weekend Halloween event. For those who enter the costume competition and walk the runway, $5,000 in prize money is up for grabs. Must be 19 to enter. Webster Hall, 125 11th Street at Third Avenue, (212) 353-1600;, $25.

“Children’s Museum of the Arts: Halloween At Gallexsium”
Trick-or-treats, projects with a ghoulish twist and other kid-friendly entertainment will be provided at the museum. Families are encouraged to join for an all-day party, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costume Parade at 3:30 p.m. Children’s Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton Street at Hudson Street;, $10 museum entrance.

“From Parlor to Grave: 1865 Funeral Reenactment”
A recreation of the 1865 funeral of Seabury Tredwell, a wealthy merchant who resided in the building, which is now a museum. Mourners can follow the funeral procession to the nearby New York City Marble Cemetery for a tour. Attendees are encouraged to don their best 19th century mourning attire. 3 p.m., Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East Fourth Street at Bowery, (212) 777-1089;, $40 ($15 for museum members, $10 for procession and cemetery only).

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“Under St. Marks: Halloween Party”
Non-profit FRIGID will hand out coveted performance slots for their annual festival at this spooky rager scheduled to last from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. The basement theater at Under St. Marks is strictly for adult Halloween lovers, with the BTK band performing, cheap drinks and costume competitions. Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Place at First Avenue,; free admission.

“Spine Tingling and True: Ghost Stories of the Merchant’s House Museum”
Merchant’s House ghost-storytellers Anthony Bellov and Dayle Vander Sande will read selections from 19th-century horror classics, and tell of the many strange and supernatural occurrences at the Merchant’s House Museum – in a parlor arranged for a mid-19th century funeral. Performances at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East Fourth Street at Bowery, (212) 777-1089; $25 (museum members $15). Reservations required.

Screen shot 2012-10-18 at 5.46.06 PMJoey Arias as Vampira in “Ghostlight.”

“The Jackie Factory + Editrix Abby Present: Ghostlight, The Haunted East Village”
This three-set event will be a freaky song-and-dance extravaganza. The complete bill of performers — and there will be many — has yet to be released. 10 p.m., The Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery and Second Street;, $10 before Oct. 24, $15 after and at the door.

“Webster Hell Costume Contest”
A popular post-parade destination, the storied venue hosts a costume contest with a $5,000 prize. 8 p.m., Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street at Fourth Avenue;, $40.

“Village Halloween Costume Ball”
A costume ball, ballroom dancing and plenty of theater are on tap at the Theater for the New City on Halloween. The party starts at 4:30 p.m. on the street in front of the theater. At 7:30 p.m. the doors will open, and the revelry will take over all four theaters. According to a flyer, around 1,400 costume-clad revelers typically attend (costumes are required). Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue at East Tenth Street;, $20.

“NYU and Community Board 2 Annual Children’s Halloween Parade”
Gather at the Washington Square Park arch at 3 p.m. for a kid-friendly Halloween parade. The parade around the park will be led by the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps Marching Band. Candy, face painting, and rides will follow the parade, which begins at 3 p.m. (line up at 2:30 p.m.) at the arch in Washington Square Park.

“Halloween Witches Masquerade Ball”
This Wicca-themed bash will feature tarot-card readers, pagan vendors (of what, we’re not sure), a drum circle, and of course, witches in bikinis. Proceeds go to the Red Cross. 9 p.m. Club Drom. 85 Avenue A at Sixth Street.; $15 before October 30 and $20 at the door. Drom, 85 Avenue A at Sixth Street;, $25.

“Monster Mash”
DJ Shred spins Halloween-appropriate tunes from the ’60s through the present day, with an emphasis on the ’80s. Plus, at 9 p.m. there’ll be a performance of “Zombie Beach: The Musical,” described as “the world’s very first surf-a-billy rock opera.” Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 East 14th Street, 212-228-2240;

“Zombie Halloween Party”
Hole up in the basement of Three of Cups for a zombie-themed party that will offer drink specials and prizes to the best dressed reanimated corpses. Starts at 10 p.m. Three of Cups, 84 First Avenue, near East Fifth Street; (212) 388-0059

Esperanto’s Halloween Party
Last year the Latin restaurant held a costume contest and offered a free cocktail to anyone who dressed up. It’s uncertain what’s on tap at this year’s party, but the restaurant is a safe bet if you’re looking for a low-key affair. 145 Avenue C, at East Ninth Street; (212) 505-6559.

“Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn” (Oct. 26 to 27)
The zombie classic is playing at midnight at Sunshine. Landmark Sunshine Cinema, 143 East Houston Street, between Forsyth and Eldridge Streets; (212) 330-8182.

“The Haunting of St. Marks Place” (through Dec. 30)
Presented by Radio Theatre, the performance is a series of stories of spooky hauntings taking place around St. Marks in the 1900s. Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Place. Every Sunday through December 30, 3 p.m. $18.

Day of the Dead - Dia De Los MuertosSusan Keyloun Mano a Mano’s Day of the Dead celebration.

“Mano a Mano Presents The Day of the Dead Celebration” (Nov. 1 to 4)
This three-day churchyard event is an East Village version of Mexico’s legendary celebration. This year’s festival will bring Mexican craft and poetry workshops as well as a procession through the Villages, to begin at Union Square at 5 p.m. Nov. 2. East Yard, St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, 131 East 10th Street at Second Avenue, (212) 674-6377,

“Mad Supper” (Oct. 25 to 31)
Created by Japanese artist AyakamayPlus, this festive week-long exhibit transforms the interior of Ideal Glass into a “horrific art banquet” via a slew of performances, sound art, installations and more. The opening event, featuring a haunted house-style tour and a “food performance,” is Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. and gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. daily, with tours available at sunset or by appointment. Ideal Glass, 22 East Second Street, between Bowery and Second Avenue;

“The Pumpkin Pie Show” (Oct. 25 to 27)
This year’s installment of playwright Clay McLeod Chapman’s storytelling series will feature Hanna Cheek, Abe Goldfarb, Brian Silliman, Kevin Townley, and surprise guests. Expect tales of “vengeful bridesmaids, peek-a-booing pedophiles, and pumpkin lovin’” Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Place near First Avenue;, $18.

“Candlelight Ghost Tours of Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” (Oct. 25 to 30)
A creepy tour of the Merchant’s House Museum by candlelight. Guides will share stories about the
inexplicable experiences that have occurred at the house. The Parks Department says the half-hour tour is not recommended for children. Tours are 50 minutes and begin on the half hour from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East Fourth Street at Bowery, (212) 777-1089,

“The Ghosts of Greenwich Village Scavenger Hunt” (through Oct. 30)
This adults-only scavenger hunt will try to disturb the spirits of such notorious names as Edgar Allen Poe, Washington Irving and Thomas Paine, as tour-takers are guided through haunted buildings and hidden cemeteries. 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27th and 5:30 p.m. Sunday Oct. 28th (sold out Oct. 20th and 26th). Private tours available. Tours start at Washington Square Park, Fifth Avenue and Waverly Place, $24.50.

“The Ghosts of Greenwich Village Family Hunt” (through Oct. 27)
Kids and accompanying adults will roam through the haunted buildings of the Village, uncovering mysteries in the homes of Mark Twain and Edgar Allen Poe, and encountering every spook from Voldemort to a gorilla in a window. Private tours available. 4 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 20th, 3:30 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 27. Tours start at Washington Square Park, Fifth Avenue and Waverly Place, $22.

“GrowNYC Textile Recycling at Greenmarket”
Need some material for your home-made Halloween get-up? This is your last chance to stop by the Textile recycling station at the Tompkins Square Greenmarket as they are closing up shop for winter. Make sure they are clean and dry and you can trade in your shoes, scarves and cast-away sweaters. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., every Sunday, Tompkins Square Park, East Seventh Street and Avenue A, (212) 788-7964,