Halloween is a scary holiday for many reasons (which we do not need to enumerate here), but mostly because figuring out what to do is such a daunting task! Here below, we attempt to alleviate some of the fear by sifting through and highlighting some of the best Halloween events taking place this weekend. So take notes, eat a mini Mr. Goodbar (by the way, have you ever noticed how hard it is to find a regular-sized Mr. Goodbar?? Do they even exist??), put in your Snooki Bump-It and let the madness begin.
POPRALLY PRESENTS A MONSTER MASH
MoMA's PopRally events are always a fun time. In honor of Halloween, they're hosting two nights of film screenings. Start off each evening with a costumed cocktail reception, music courtesy of GHE20 GOTHIK DJs, then take your pick of which cult classic film to watch. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster will be featured the first night, and Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Ghostbusters will screen the next.
OCT. 29 & 30: Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St. 9 p.m. $13 in advance, $15 at the door.
HOUSE OF HORRORS AT SANTOS PARTY HOUSE
Inherent in Santos Party House's name is the promise of a good party. Expect nothing less at Santos's "House of Horrors" Halloween bash, where hero-pop (i.e. hip hop, electro and rock) duo Silver Medallion will provide the dance tunes, as well as guest DJs Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship and Taryn Manning, and a live performance by London quartet Eddie the Gun. Consider getting there early--the first 100 will be admitted free of charge.
OCT. 30: Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette St. 9 p.m. $30
WITHIN THE LAND OF ASH AT 3RD WARD
As if their parties aren't normally pretty mind-blowing, this year 3rd Ward has decided to take their Halloween bash to a whole new level. The party will span the streets of Bushwick and take place through the night at four different warehouses, each of which will house their own special novelties and performances. You'll be able to, for instance, catch a glimpse of the witty rappers who go by the moniker Das Racist when they perform an early-evening set at the Furniture Factory; later on, step into a hot tub as DJs Wolf + Lamb envelop you in their much-beloved dance tunes. And if Halloween isn't incentive enough to come costumed, bear in mind that those who do will be granted free champagne.
OCT. 30: The party starts at 3rd Ward, 195 Morgan Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn. 7 p.m. $15 before 9:45pm, $25 after.
WORLD'S DRUNKEST TRIBUTE TO GUNS N' ROSES
Halloween may be the one time of year where a tribute band is not only tolerable, but also something you actually want to see. Irreverent costumed rockers Mr. Brownstone are so convincing as Guns n' Roses that they have even performed on the Late Show and at Bonnaroo. In the spirit of dressing up as someone else, Mr. Brownstone will play a show entitled the "World's Drunkest Tribute to Guns n' Roses" at Brooklyn Bowl. Don't be shocked if the show is cut short because the band members can't hold their instruments--in fact, you should probably expect it.
Oct. 30: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 8 p.m. $12.
HORROR ON THE HUDSON
Any party that takes place at Pier 92, a 75,000 square foot space, is bound to be extravagantly over the top. A party at Pier 92 hosted by Tinsley Mortimer is guaranteed to be. On October 30 release your inner exhibitionist for the "Horror on the Hudson" bash, where DJs, celebrities, socialite, and hordes of beautiful people will converge to enjoy Halloween performances, party favors, and the Pier's massive dance floor. Tickets to the event range in price, from $40 for General Admission with a cash bar, to $10,000 for the ludicrously-named "STFU Bottle Package." They're taking Halloween seriously, so remember: a costume is mandatory.
OCT. 30: Pier 92, 711 Twelfth Ave. 9 p.m. $40.
Hiro Ballroom has dispelled the notion that enormous, glitzy nightclubs and Japanese teahouses don't mix by consistently hosting blowout Halloween bashes each year. Dubbed "Hiroween," the costume party is being thrown to benefit the Sunflower Children organization, which helps disadvantaged children. Expect a diverse array of DJs (including Talib Kweli and Matt Tong from Bloc Party), live performers, and a haunted forest theme.
Oct. 30: Hiro Ballroom, 371 W. 16th St. 8 p.m. $20.
HOUSE OF DIEHL'S STYLE WARS HALLOWEEN
Project Runway seems like such a joke when compared to House of Diehl's Style Wars, which has been going strong since 2007. Local designers will go head to head with each other on Halloween, utilizing recycled materials and everyday objects to create high fashion pieces to win a night's stay in a W hotel. The catch? They only have five minutes to do so. Stylist Phillip Bloch, New York Magazine's Amy Odell, and designer Shauntele Richardson are a few of the attendees lined up for this Halloween event, which will also feature a costume contest.
OCT. 30: W Hotel, 541 Lexington Ave. 9 p.m. RSVP at www.houseofdiehl.com/halloween.html
THE OVERLOOK HOTEL HALLOWEEN PARTY
Tonight, the Tribeca Grand Hotel is throwing a Halloween party and paying tribute to the infamous hotel that gave the characters in the The Shining so much grief. This year the party will ambitiously cram a ton of fashionable hosts and DJs (including the Misshapes, Harley and Cassie, Chrissie Miller, Matt and Maia) together; do your best to find some standing room.
OCT. 30: The Tribeca Grand Hotel, 2 Avenue of the Americas. 10 p.m. RSVP at email@example.com
ROBOT HEART HOOKED ON FISH TANK
Conceived in San Francisco, Robot Heart is a mobile art concept wherein crews assemble buses that house LED-based visual art electronic music. Their mission statement is to "unabashedly break sound barriers while spinning mad beats by epic DJs from all around the world," and their Halloween event promises no less than that. A slew of dancers, performers, and DJs will be present for the eclectic festivities, with the art car provided by Fish Tank & the Shagalac.
OCT. 30: Riverfront Studios, 420 Kent Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 10 p.m. $30.
KINGS COUNTY GENERAL STORE HALLOWEEN PARTY
For those who don't buy into the belief that a good Halloween requires raucous carousing and debauchery, Kings County General Store has got you covered. Held at Southpaw (which is located in lovely Park Slope), the market's mission purpose is to be a purveyor of "local food, design, art & all that good stuff." On Halloween day starting at noon, the market will host a holiday-themed party with scary movies, music, free gift bags, a $5 cocktail bar and trick-or-treating. The first 50 to show up in costume will receive a screenprinted tote bag.
Oct. 31: Southpaw, 125 Fifth Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn. 12-5 p.m. Free.
ONE NIGHT AT THE TROPICANA
Only a block away from the city's annual Halloween parade, Thom Bar is hosting a Halloween costume party dubbed "One Night in the Tropicana." Dance to live Cuban band Grupo Irék and the music of DJ Wanda Acosta, who will be spinning Latin and Soul music, but not before swilling blood orange cosmopolitans and Cuban mojitos at Thom's happy hour from 4-8 p.m.. And since Halloween happens to fall on Sunday this year, get the day started even earlier with afternoon brunch at Kittichai, where, from 12-4, $25 will buy you unlimited brunch cocktails.
Oct. 31: Thom Bar, 60 Thompson St. 9 p.m. FREE.
THE MONSTERZ BALL
Halloween day will probably be the only chance you'll ever have to listen to a succession of live performers paying tribute to such a high concentration of much-beloved, now-defunct bands. The Cure (covered by Warm Ghost), Violent Femmes (McDonald's), and Danzig/Misfits (members of Love as Laughter, Children, and Violent Bullshit) are only some of the covers lined up for the Monsterz Ball, which will be held at Union Pool in Williamsburg.
OCT. 31: Union Pool, 484 Union Ave. (718) 609-0484. 8 p.m. $5.
The stylish ladies behind the Six Six Sick parties and cult jewelry line Triskaidekaphobia are partnering up with the boutique Convent to throw "Carnivale," which they describe as a "freakshow spectacular." Past Six Six Sick parties have featured guest DJs from the likes of Agyness Deyn and the Misshapes; DJing at Carnivale will be Victoria Bergsman (of Taken By Trees) and Will Cameron (of the Blondelles), as well as a live performance by indie pop phenoms the Drums.
OCT. 31: The Anchor, 310 Spring St. 10 p.m. RSVP here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PANACHE + TODD P HALLOWEEN PARTAY
For Halloween, the ever-busy Brooklyn promoter Todd P. has taken it upon himself to continue doing what he always does--organizing awesome concerts--but, in the spirit of the occasion, people will be charged $2 less if they come to the concert in costume. Headlining the concert are hip-hoppers Das Racist, whose trademark irreverent songs are often random and occasionally feature profound social commentary. Cassie Ramone (of Vivian Girls) and Justin (from the Babies) will be performing as the White Stripes, and dreamy, lo-fi pop group Keepaway will also play a set.
OCT. 31: Ridgewood Masonic Temple, 1054 Bushwick Ave., Ridgewood, Queens. 8 p.m. $13 in costume, $15 without