October 31 lands on a Wednesday this year. Halloween 2018’s midweek presence is seen as an inconvenient for some. For others, it represents an opportunity to dress up for three to five days straight. Yes, the parties will be starting this Friday and continue well into next week. So grab a few extra wigs and invest in some more fake blood than usual. If you happen to be staying at one of our SIXTY properties in New York, Miami, or Los Angeles, we’ll have treats waiting for you at the front desk. As for what happens outside of our walls, here’s our guide to the best Halloween events going on this week and into next.
If you’re fine with the feeling of your heart struck in your throat, head to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal City. The multi-sensory horror spectacular is one of the most established games in town. It’s open Thursday through Sunday during October, and then October 31 through November 3 for those who want to keep the scream alive. Prefer to experience your Halloween haunts alfresco? Check out the L.A. Haunted Hayride at Griffith Observatory, where fog machines and California oak trees set a scary stage. Those looking to keep it a little more highbrow would do well to head to KCRW’s Masquerade, happening Saturday, October 27 at the Los Angeles Theater. The lineup features DJ sets from Santigold and DāM-FunK, and live performances from Cherry Glazerr and White Denim. And, at the Hollywood Bowl, Danny Elfman will assume his role as Jack Skellington in a live-to-film performance of Tim Burton’s beloved The Nightmare Before Christmas.
NEW YORK CITY
Los Angeles might have the Hollywood version of Halloween down pat, but New York City keeps it creepy with legitimately frightening events like the Twilight Tour at Green-Wood Cemetery. This Saturday and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., have a guide snake you through 478 acres of graves and deposit you at the catacombs. No costumes–just flashlights–required. Prefer something a little cheerier? This one’s for you. For many years, the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade was a holiday highlight, held at, well, Tompkins Square Park. Recent legal skirmishes have since pushed the event to the East River Park Amphitheater. Different location, same fun. Head there Sunday, October 28 between noon and 3 p.m. for a canine parade you won’t soon forget. If you want to make a weekend of it, hit The Great PUPkin in Fort Greene the day before, on Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The real, human fun though will surely be the Village Halloween Parade, taking place October 31 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to participate so long as you dress up. The theme? I AM a Robot!
Who says boos and beach don’t go together? On October 27, Little Lighthouse Foundation will host its famed “Nightmare on the Beach” fundraiser party. The theme is Prom Night: A Night to Dismember. Cheers to that pun, which gave this writer literal chills. In Wynwood, hit the HalloWYN Block Party on October 31 from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. There will be cage dancers, a marketplace with vendors, and live DJ sets. There will also be a fire bar. Those whose costumes might involve the use of an excess of hairspray, you’re advised to keep your distance. And, finally, this is something that would be noteworthy, Halloween or otherwise. On Friday, October 27, Virgil Abloh, friend of Kanye and artistic director for Louis Vuitton, will be putting on his DJ hat and spinning at LIV.
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