Friday, October 28, 2011

NYC Cheap and Free Halloween 2011 Guide

Editor's Note: Apologies for not being in touch sooner, but I've been dealing with health issues and spent most of October in the hospital. I am now in Charlotte, NC recovering my health at my parents' house, which I may start blogging about. (details TBD...) For now I will forgo the weekend picks, but will do Guides for the major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve.

Friday October 28, 2011

A Halloween party for grown-ups is on tap at the New York Botanical Garden with artisenal beers and plenty of yummy insect treats! Cost: $20 for members, $30 for non-members!

Phantom of the Opera (1925) screening at 7 p.m. followed by a procession of the Ghouls, St. John the Divine, 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, one block east of Broadway. Tkts are $20 and can be bought here: or by calling (866) 811-4111 (additional service charges apply).The Young Regents group is hosting a reception after the 7 p.m. screening as well!

Metropolis screening and Happy Hour at Trinity Church 4-7 p.m. "Ghouls, Games, Graves, and Happy Hour: Children and families are invited for games, crafts, face-painting, and ghost stories in the north churchyard. Music, dancing, and a "Haunted Hamilton" cocktail hour (non-alcoholic beverages also available) take place in the south churchyard. 7-10 p.m. Silent film: Free screening of Metropolis, a futuristic sci-fi film that depicts a world strongly divided between the workers and the thinkers, with live organ accompaniment by Peter Krasinski. In the event of rain, Family Fun and the Haunted Hamilton Happy Hour will be held on the 2nd Floor of 74 Trinity Place, accessible via the pedestrian bridge behind Trinity Church. All events are free and open to the public. Donations accepted."

Saturday October 29-Mondy October 31, 2011

Join Discovery Walking Tours for their Gotham City Ghost Tours! "This Halloween weekend, come on this walking tour of the historic, infamous, eerie and macabre of Greenwich Village history. You’ll see the spooky cemetery at St Marks; the hanging elm, a 19th century execution site; the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; the home of Edgar Allan Poe; and the burial ground at Washington Square, just to name a few. And you thought only subways ran beneath the city streets!" Please call 212-465-3331 for reservations and meeting location! Please note also that Monday's tours will end near the Parade route.

Saturday, October 29 at 1:30 p.m, 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m, 9 p.m.
Sunday, October 30 at 1 p.m, 3:30 p.m., 6 p.m.
Monday, October 31 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Cost: $18!

Friday and Saturday October 28th and 29th, 2011

"Based on a real mystery surrounding a reported discovery in the building, this fictional game begins with an unidentified skeleton found in the Mount Vernon Mansion(421 East 61st Street) , hidden for 100 years under the floorboards. The perfect game for adults or families with children eight and up. Sign up for either the 6:30 pm or 7:30 pm start time."

Saturday October 29, 2011

Free Central Park Pumpkin Festival from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Central Park Bandshell, Enter at 72nd Street) Events include:

Fright Night at the Movies Haunted House–our spooktacular haunted house is back again this year and scarier than ever!
Catch a sneak peek of the Haunted House on Friday, October 28th from 5-7pm!
Pumpkin Patch – kids take home a free pumpkin!
Arts & Crafts – including pumpkin decorating!
Marionette Performances by Puppets in the Park
Walkabout Characters
Pumpkin Decorating
NY Rangers Road Tour & Slapshot Booth
Obstacle Course by the New York Road Runners
Live Entertainment
Pride of NY Farmers’ Market
NY Giant Pumpkin (1,436 lbs)!
All events are free! Event is rain or shine!
Please note that the lines for the Haunted House and Pumpkin Patch may close early. While supplies last!

"BMX Red Bull Trick or Treat Event! With the Manhattan skyline in the background, fans will be witness to truly authentic street riding by some of the most respected riders in the industry including Scotty Cranmer, Corey Martinez, Brad Simms, Bruno Hoffmann, Dakota Roche, Jared Washington, Mike Brennan, Dave Belcher, Augie Simoncini, Tony Hamlin, Garret Hoogerhyde, and Dan Lacey with more to be announced.

There will be treats better than candy for some lucky fans. During the contest there will be a raffle for a new Kink bike, DC gift certificates and Edwin will personally donate his bike at the end of the event to the raffle.

The event is free for all ages, and will feature beats by DJ Yamez, in partnership with The Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn and DC Shoes, Kink, Skavenger, Animal, and Post Bikes. Costumes are encouraged for both riders and onlookers. Location: Newtown Barge Park (Brooklyn.)"

"Upgrade your Trick-or-Treat bags to a more adult version at Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit's free candy, wine and spirits pairing. Candy corn will find a friend with a buttery Chardonnay and Pixie Stix will party with vodka, while caramels will hunker down with Compass Box Whiskey. Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit, 5 W. 19th St. (at Fifth Ave.); 212-929-2323 or

Sunday October 30th, 2011

Fright-Flight Zip Line Adventure at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (Queens) "Experience weightlessness as if you were a ghost. What better way to get into the holiday spirit than to challenge yourself and fly through the air. Space is limited, First- come, first-served. Please arrive at least a half-hour early (9:30am). Ages 8 and older. Halloween costumes are welcome but no open toe footwear is allowed."

Monday October 31, 2011-Happy Halloween!

Get trivial with it at the Big Quiz Thing's special Halloween Show! Show starts at 7:30 p.m., Hill Country BBQ (30 West 26th Street (between Broadway and Sixth) Special themed rounds include MONSTERS DESTROY CELEBRITIES, CRAPPY HALLOWEEN MASKS and CANDY CROSS-SECTION! (Don't close your eyes!) And the audio round…SCREAM, SINGER, SCREAM! (PART II)! $10!

Hear some scary (but true!) stories at the Merchant's House Museum tonight! 7 p.m and 8:30 p.m. in a candlelit parlor arranged for a 19th-century funeral! Merchant's House Museum, 29 East Fourth Street. Buy tkts here:

Say aloha to drink specials if you're in costume! "Reason enough to wear a costume: Tropics-minded Lani Kai is hosting "Mahaloween" with $8 Mai Tais for people in costume and $6 tequila drinks from 6 to 8 p.m. We hear there will be a costume contest too. Lani Kai, 525 Broome St. (between Thompson and Sullivan sts.); 646-596-8778 or"

And of course there's always the Village Halloween Parade, now almost 40 (well, 39!) anyone in costume can partipate for free! more details here: