5 Funny, Freaky NYC Halloween Events for Funny Freaks
by Hannah Harkness
In a city seemingly being consumed by Duane Reades where the mayor is currently shaking his fist at the Lower East Side going “you kids keep that racket down”, it may seem like your unique options for Halloween week are dwindling. Obviously not gone-we’re still at the nerve center of the world-but you have to find your way through an increasingly thick fog of overpriced bar parties where you cram into a room of people dressed like a sexy version of every union job and pray the bartender will notice you. If that’s your thing, go have a blast and pray no one pukes on you! If not, here are some other options to keep Halloween season weird.
Dance ‘Til Yr Ded – Halloween at Secret Loft
This artist owned and operated Manhattan venue is a hub for variety shows, comedy, literary events and circus arts is throwing a RAGER on Saturday 10/26. Remniqe, DJ KAREN, CruzCruz, No Burden Musics and Power Patterns will be spinning disco, house and Halloween standards all night accompanied by VJ slimebubble keeping the visuals spooky. There will be aerial circus performances by Ingrid Amelia Apgar, Elena Delgado, and Secret Loft resident Ariel Iasevoli with art installations in the background. Costume contest at Midnight!
October 26th, Secret Loft
Freak Party Halloween – LittleField
This Brooklyn performance and art space is keeping it going a day after Halloween with halloween music, free candy and live music and dance performances! The Loop Troupe Family Band and the Funktrust Brothers Brass band, and the Freaky Demon Dance Brigade will be featured in addition to several guest performers. Hosted by Marlin Slack as Lucius LeSerp
November 1st, LittleField
Schtick Or Treat – The Knitting Factory
Need a laugh? Head on over to the Knitting Factory on Monday October 28th. The greatest Halloween/comedy tradition on earth is back! Mark Normand and Matt Ruby present the 12th Annual Schtick or Treat! The show features over 30 of your favorite NYC comedians performing in costume as their favorite comedy legends: living, dead, real, and fictional! Don’t miss this night of schticks, tricks, ghouls, and giggles!
October 28th, The Knitting Factory
The Undead Variety Show – The Footlight
If you got brains, you’ll attend this variety show performed entirely by zombies. Stand up comedy, belly dance, music and burlesque collide with a zombie FX makeup artist (@sparkle.punk on Instagram) for a bloody good show sponsored by immersive horror LARP group Dark Hills Gaming. Featuring Belly Dance from Amber Sol, burlesque / hooping by Little Miss Rollerhoops, music by Tiana Miller and stand up by Max Bruno, Zilla Vodnas, and headliner Jake Flores. The makeup artist will also be available to infect your look on a sliding $ scale for your undead instagram. Hosted by Hannah Harkness.
October 29th, The Footlight
Drags and Dropkicks – House of Yes!
Are none of the performing arts listed above your thing? Well maybe we can interest you in a fight!
The House of Yes will be hosting a night of hellish indie wrestling presented by Uncanny Attractions. Uncanny Attractions bills themselves as ‘everything you never knew you needed from wrestling. An all inclusive queer show featuring Kings, Queens and In-Betweens, that will push you to the edge of your seat and up on on your feet. The jaw dropping action of a wrestling match but with so much more.”
DJ and Commentators- The Nobodies
Ariel Italic, Lady Bearica Andrews and DJ Accident Report
MC – Mark Adam Haggerty
Featuring Nurse Ratchet from Hoodslam Wrestling
Harlow from Battle Club Pro Wrestling
October 30th, House of Yes!