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35+ free and cheap spooky events and other treats from now 'til halloween

mention 'zombie prom' or 'zombie crawl' @ new york costumes and get 10% off your in-store purchase >>
purchase an official 'thrill the world nyc' bracelet ($3), receive 15-20% off costumes and makeup @ halloween adventure and abracadabra >>
10/18 3-8pm: shop for costumes, clothing, accessories, more @ the pontani sisters fabulous flea market, royale bar >>
10/21, 28 7-11pm: get costume-making help, access to sewing equipment, plus free fabric + trim @ the house of yes's costume making workshop, $20 >>
10/24 2-6pm: exchange costume pieces, get a make-up tutorial + advice from 'costume consultants' @ the score! costume swap, trophy bar, $5 (rsvp) >>
10/25 3-7pm: goodwill's low-cost costume clothing swap + costume-making party @ boxcar lounge, free with clothing donation ($5 without) >>

haunted houses
thru 10/31: you're on your own as 'haunted house' promises 15 mins of horror, sexual content, tight spaces, crawling, wavers... fun! vortex theater, $12-14 >>
10/23-30 6-10pm: take a candlelight ghost tour while hearing about paranormal events at 'manhattan’s most haunted house,' w. scenes of mid-19th century death + mourning, the merchants house museum, $13-25 >>
10/28-31: encounter churning gears, mechanical monstrosities, and steam-powered cyborgs @ the steampunk haunted house, abrons arts center, $20-25 >>
10/31 starts @ 5pm: the 'clinton hell carnival of carnage' = residence becomes a scene for theater w. 3-legged freaks, bearded ladies, 'misfortune-tellers,' a corpse-kissing booth + professional fire spinners. free >>

thru 10/31 (every sat+sun): pick your own pumpkin and find your way out of a 3-acre corn maze/maize @ the queens county farm museum, $8 >>
10/17 11pm: check out some hot, spooky aerial acts @ streb's 'sexy nightmare burlesque' show, $22 >>
10/18 1-3pm: watch canines compete in times square-themed costumes @ the 'dog day masquerade,' broadway plaza, free >>
10/21 9pm: actor peter green, special effects cosmeticians, contests, prizes + a zombie photo booth await @ hope lounge's 'zombie prom,' free >>
10/23-24: old navy's urban pumpkin patch feat. pumpkin picking + decorating, pedi-cab hayrides, celebrity pumpkin carver. meatpacking district pedestrian park >>
10/23 8pm: 'kevin geeks out' for this two-hour love fest to vincent price, feat. rare film and tv clips, guests, more, 92yt, $10 >>
10/24 12pm: halloweeen dog parade @ the tompkins square park dog run. prizes! treats! raffle! woof! free >>
10/24 12-5pm: celebrate the fall harvest season w. pumpkin giveaways, hay rides, a haunted house, more @ central park's pumpkin festival, free >>
10/24 8pm-midnight: legs malone presides over a bevy of burlesque beauties @ the coney island usa halloween spooktacular fundraiser, $20 >>
10/24 8:30pm: watch or dance for 'thrill the world,' an annual world-wide simultaneous dance of 'thriller,' astoria park, free >>
10/25: 1-3pm: watch pooches parade down the promenade @ the 7th annual brooklyn heights howl-o-ween doggie costume parade/contest/fundraiser >>
10/25 5pm-11pm: all you zombies show your faces @ the zombie bar crawl + 4th annual zombie beauty pageant. starts and ends at beauty bar >>
10/28 7pm: 30+ comedians perform as their favorite comedy legends @ the 2nd annual 'shtick or treat' comedy tribute show, bowery poetry room, $5 online ($7/door) >>
10/28 8pm: the main squeeze orchestra (all-female, all-accordion) perform a special halloween show @ galapagos, $10 >>
10/28-29: puppets are already a bit creepy... find out what happens when they take on the seven deadly sins @ the tank, $7 >>
10/29 9pm: bang your head @ punk rock heavy metal karaoke's pre-pre samhain spectacular, fontana's, $5 >>
10/30-31: the 'haunted house of yes' promises to range from x-rated to other worldly, w. demented performance, installation and video artists, musicians, architects and comedians, $10 >>
10/30-31: 2 chances to see montreal's the king khan & bbq show mix doo-wop + punk: bowery ballroom (10/30) and bell house (10/31)
10/30-31: for your creepy improv fix, check out the national comedy theater's annual 'halloween spooktacular,' $15 >>
10/30 7-10pm, halloween @ city requilary features an edgar allan poe performance, dance show, musical saw performance, more, $5 >>
10/30 8pm-4am: dance to new wave, 80's + synth pop @ the depeche mode-themed halloween extravaganza @ don hills, $10 adv ($15 dos) >>
10/30 8:45pm: time's up halloween dance party and pre-party meetup ride, surreal estate, $10 >>
10/30 9pm: take some dramamine with your treats before you board the 'halloween on the hudson' party cruise, $10 adv ($20 day-of) >>
10/30 9pm-2am: dress up as your favorite meme or viral video star for's hallowmeme party. first 300 people get a free drink! fontana's, free >>
10/30 10pm: senari + teenwolf bring you a spooky dance affair filled with hip-hop/reggae/dancehall mayhem. lpr, $3 w. rsvp ($5 without) >>
10/30 10:30pm: trixie little + the evil hate monkey put on a special halloween show of aerial acrobatics, striptease and general insanity, galapagos, $20 >>
10/30: 10:30pm-4am: cheryl the party presents 'cherylween,' a special devil's night disco bloodbath, bell house, $5 >>
10/31 10:45am-9:30pm: peek inside a 'wonder cabinet ' of live oddities incl. laurie anderson, walter murch, vice mag's drug hound and something called 'the nose fantastic.' (seriously, read the flyer) nyu's cantor film center, free >>
10/31 12-3pm: halloween pups on parade! pooch costume parade and contest @ washington park (park slope) >>
10/31 2-5pm: adults get to sample liquid treats (bourbon + caramel!) @ bottlerocket wine, free >>
10/31 7-9pm: wear your favorite book-themed costume @ mcnally jax's annual halloween party, free >>
10/31 7-10pm: this is the big one... anyone can march or watch as the 36th annual village halloween parade takes over 6th ave (spring to 21st), free >>
10/31 7pm-7am: 'the last masquerade' = 36+ artists and performers transform 3 bushwick spaces into an all-night pre-apocalyptic fairy-tale. $20 >>
10/31 8pm: the greatest halloween party ever 5: 'the annihilation of oz,' feat. a life-sized tornado, fighting tree see-saw, dorothy's demolished bedroom, ball pit. free beer 8-9pm, perogies 8-10pm. warsaw, $20 >>
10/31 8pm: theater for the new city's 31st annual village halloween costume ball includes big band dancing, dining, cabaret and theater acts, $20 >>
plus, free to the public (outside): bluegrass and jazz bands, fire eaters, jugglers, story weavers and stilt dancers
10/31 9pm: deer tick plays the songs of the sex pistols, plus dangerous: all metal tribute to michael jackson and special guests playing sonic youth. brooklyn bowl, $5 (free if wearing costume) >>
10/31 9pm-3am: flavorpill's 'gods and heroes' halloween party feat. performances by the very best, stretch armstrong, more. plus, an all-night open bar. brooklyn masonic temple, $20 >>
10/31 9pm-4am: get your edward gorey on for the dances of vice 'dwindling party' fĂȘte and murder mystery, 303 bond (bk), $20 >>
10/31 10pm: dress as your favorite character and watch episodes @ hope lounge's 'true blood' party, free >>
10/31 10pm: michael t + theo's rated x: the panty party halloween extravaganza, don hill's, $5-7 w. rsvp >>
10/31 10pm-4am: holla-ween 3: the 'crooked disco' anniversary party feat. dj morsy and dj kestar, lpr, free >>
10/31 midnight-8am 9pm-9am: gemini + scorpio's 'masquerade macabre' has live music, dancing, circus arts, fire, face + body painting, occult fortune tellers, silver-film photos, absinthe... breakfast! $15 >>

thru 10/22: fslc serves up 18 films ('an american warewolf in london,' 'the brood,' 'dead alive,' 'night of the living dead,' more) to creep you out for their 'scary movies 3' fest, $7-11 >>
10/16-17 midnight: don't say his name three times... watch tim burton's 'beetlejuice' @ landmark sunshine, $9.99 >>
10/19 6:30, 9:30pm: bela lugosi + boris karloff take iconic turns in bam's classic horror double feature: 'dracula' (1931) + 'the mummy' (1932), $7-11 >>
10/20 8pm: lola rock 'n' rolla's 'gay fairy tales' ('dragzilla,' 'night of the living gay,' 'i was a tranny warewolf') screens @ anthology, $8 >>
10/20 9pm: union pool screens 'evil dead 2' + 'halloween' in their back room, free >>
10/21 7pm: screening of 'the frighteners' + bake sale to raise $ for michael j. fox's, pacific standard >>
10/23-24 midnight: teenage vampires run amuck! joel schumacher's 'the lost boys' feat. jason patric, corey haim, kiefer sutherland, jami gertz, corey feldman, dianne wiest. landmark sunshine, $9.99 >>
10/23-25: transsexual transylvania comes to 2 venues when 'the rocky horror picture show' (1975) screens @ brooklyn lyceum + don hill's, $tbd
10/23-25: the doomsday film festival = 3 days of screenings ('the road warrior,' 'war games,' 'the rapture,' more) and discussions on the theme of the end of days. dctv theater, $10/day, $25/series >>
10/23,25: take a trip to jersey city for some olde tyme movie-going fun @ the landmark lowe's theater screenings of 'carrie,' 'the wolf man,' and 'rosemary's baby.' worth it. $6 ($1 popcorn!) >>
10/28-11/8: 7 of roger corman's edgar allan poe films + others ('the wild angels,' 'x: the man with the x-ray eyes,' more) screen @ anthology film archives >>
10/30-31: a pair of films featuring freaky cats! stephen king's 'sleepwalkers' (1992) + japan's 'evil dead' on acid 'hausu (house),' (1977) bam, $7-11 >>
10/30-31: 'danny's not here, mrs. torrance' 'the shining' screens @ ifc, $12.50 >>
10/30-31 midnight: transsexual transylvania comes to chelsea clearview cinemas when 'the rocky horror picture show' (1975) screens >>
10/30-31 midnight: patricia arquette really doesn't want to go to sleep in 'a nightmare on elm street 3: dream warriors,' landmark sunshine, $9.99 >>
10/30-11/5: gruesome twofer! 'theater of blood' (1973, vincent price) + 'scream of fear' (1961, susan strasberg), film forum, $12 >>
10/30 8pm: watch 'the phantom of the opera' (1925) in candlelit trinity church w. live organ accompaniment, free >>
10/31 12:30pm: have brunch while you ponder the german expressionism of 'the cabinet of dr. caligary' (1919) @ lpr, $10 >>
10/31 8pm: alloy orchestra perform their score live while the silent classic 'phantom of the opera' (1925) screens, 92yt, $15 >>
10/31 8pm: vhs horror double feature: 'killer workout' + 'chopping mall,' both shown the way 1986 intended it... in glorious vhs, 92yt, $12 (includes a beer) >>
have your pick of free horror movies on hulu ('attack of the puppet people', 'night of the living dead,' 'dawn of the dead,' 'the pit and the pendulum,' 'troll 2,' more) >>
just added to hulu: 'bram stoker's dracula' and 'candyman'
get up to 50% off on select dvds @ amazon's halloween sale ('young frankenstein,' 'ghostbusters,' 'poltergeist,' 'the exorcist,' more) >>

10/31 6pm-closing: dress like an item on the menu (or just sport some tin foil), get a free boo-rito from chipotle >>
10/31 6pm-midnight: treat! get a free black jack taco from taco bell >>
10/31 6pm: trick + treat! go trick or treating @ babeland, get a free candy vibe >>
it's a bloody massacre at trattoria cinque (363 greenwich st)! all bloody marys are just $5 (tomato|bocconcini|basil, yellow heirloom tomatoes|clamato juice, shrimp, more) >>
candy corn cordials and other spook-tacular sips >>
free audiobook download: short ghost and horror collection >>