From chic costume shopping to festive themed events, Halloween weekend is filled with a handful of spooky celebrations in NYC. Whether you’re in the mood to nosh on Halloween-inspired dinners or mingle with themed cocktails and fabulous music, we’ve discovered five options worth checking out.
For a truly spooky experience, indulge in a night of 19th-century terror as this Greenwich Village venue transforms into a hauntingly exciting cocktail event where guests can enjoy themed petit fours, Absinthe cocktails, vintage tunes, and gather around the grand Absinthe fountain for dramatic readings of Edgar Allan Poe’s darkest poems. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their finest 19th-century attire in order to fully enjoy the time-themed setting of the event. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.October 30, 8-11 p.m.19 W. Eighth St., 212-432-0200
Patricia Field knows a thing or two about making a stylish statement and is certainly doing so this Halloween. From onsite hairstyling sessions to makeup and wardrobe help, the legendary Sex and the City costume designer offers head-to-toe Halloween costume services at her Bowery shop. Call ahead to book an appointment for your specific needs. $75 and up. 306 Bowery, 212-925-2741
Stop by Rouge et Blanc for a seriously upscale twist on Halloween. This French-Vietnamese fusion restaurant will serve exotic delicacies, special Halloween-inspired cocktails (as well as a Michelin-noted wine list), and ghoulish hors d’oeuvres like fried crispy pig ears all evening long. Guests are welcome to sport their costumes as the restaurant will crown the best Halloween getup promptly at 11 p.m. October 31, 9 p.m. 48 Macdougal St., 212-260-5757
Horchata’s location along the Village Halloween Parade route makes it the perfect stop for festive treats. This modern Mexican eatery hosts three exclusively themed events to celebrate both Halloween and the Mexican celebration of The Day of the Dead (November 1-2). Pop in for Trick or Taco on Friday, which features an enticing array of small traditional bites, and stop by the next day for the restaurant’s just-launched boozy brunch and all-day happy hour. If that’s not enough, this culinary wonder will host a Hangover Helper special on Sunday. October 31-November 2. 470 Avenue of the Americas, 212-243-8226
Gansevoort Hotel Group offers a luxury ‘Get Bewitched’ package over Halloween weekend at both their Meatpacking and Park Avenue locations. Guests can expect gratis Bloody Mary cocktails upon arrival, room upgrades (upon availability), complimentary breakfast, and a sweet trick or treat bag full of goodies. Best of all, this offer grants you access to the hotel’s exclusive Rooftop Halloween Party. Rates start at $455, available through November 3. 18 Ninth Ave., 212-206-6700; 420 Park Ave. S., 212-317-2900