Halloween Haunts


A ragbag of creepy stories, inescapable candy and token costume parties, Halloween is now (believe it or not) just around the corner… Whether your holiday plans entail passing out candy to the neighborhood kids in your pjs or party hopping in your own outrageous get-up, we’ve rounded up the most unique ways to embrace your holiday spirit all weekend long– both in NY and LA. Check out the Philip Glass-composed live show, larger-than-life pumpkins on view and more below.


1. Oh My Gourd | New York Botanical Garden

Monstrous pumpkins from around the country—some weighing in at more than a ton—will be on display at the New York Botanical Garden now through Halloween day. Graze on apple cider donuts, grab a selfie with one of the giant gourds and meet the farmers responsible for growing these vegetal monsters. (SEE IT, FIND IT)

2. Freaky Flick | The Roxy Hotel

When the clock strikes midnight on Friday, October 27th, Tribeca’s Roxy Hotel will screen the original 1978 version of the film Halloween in its old-school, Art Deco cinema (other horror films are also on view throughout the weekend). The space serves excellent cocktails and gourmet concession bites so it’s perfect for an off-the-beaten-path date night. (SEE IT, FIND IT)

3. The Ghosts of Bowery | Merchant’s House

One of New York’s most haunted buildings, the Merchant’s House will host candlelit ghost tours every night this Friday through Monday, October 30th beginning every half-hour from 6:30-9:30 pm (tours last just 50 minutes). The home was last occupied by the Tredwell family back in the 1930s and, with eight of its members having died inside, it’s widely believed to be the residence of their ghostly spirits. Expect the eery and inexplainable. (SEE IT, FIND IT)

4. Halloween in Brooklyn | Prospect Park Pavilion

Start your Halloween evening with the team behind Williamsburg’s beloved Nitehawk Cinema. For one night only, it will transform Prospect Park’s pavilion into a haunted house and outdoor festival complete with seasonal beer and giveaways by Brooklyn Brewery, a surprise author reading with Brooklyn’s Community Bookstore and plenty of arts and crafts and free (that’s right, free!) candy for families and/or rowdy friends. (SEE IT, FIND IT)


Creepy Classic | New Beverly Cinema

Originally built in 1929, Fairfax’s New Beverly Cinema is now owned by famed Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino who actually picks many of the vintage films the theatre screens himself (surely, you can guess what he typically gravitates towards). In celebration of Halloween, the cinema will host two showings of the classic horror picture Texas Chainsaw Massacre on Friday, the 27th and Saturday, the 28th— both begin at 7:30 pm. (SEE IT, FIND IT)

2. A Serious Spectacle | Lucha VaVOOM

Lucha VaVOOM has been on our radar ever since CITIPHILE Rose Apodaca crowned the variety show her favorite thing to do when entertaining out-of-towners, and now, the act is bringing its unique mix of “sexo y violencia” to DTLA’s The Mayan just for Halloween. Experience a sinful circus of masked Mexican wrestling and burlesque stripteasing while indulging in tamales and sipping tequila– you better believe it will be a night to remember… (SEE IT, FIND IT)

3. Haute Halloween | The Theatre at The Ace

Also in DTLA, The LA Opera is taking over The Theatre at The Ace Hotel on Saturday, October 28th as it reimagines Jean Cocteau’s 1946 cinematic masterpiece, La Belle et La Bête, with a stunning new soundtrack by Philip Glass. For one night only, the modern maestro will replace the film’s original music with classical opera performed by live singers synchronized with the actors in the film. Tickets to the awe-inspiring spectacle will also get you into The Ace’s annual Halloween dance party which will take place in the theatre’s lobby immediately following the production. (SEE IT, FIND IT) CP


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