Guide to the Weekend: Halloween Pre-Game Edition

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New Yorkers take Halloween very, very seriously.  So, you’d better practice!  Get your game on with these helpful suggestions.


Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

WFMU Record and CD Fair

Friday 7-10pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-7pm

Metropolitan Pavilion 125 West 18th Street

Come fundraise for WFMU by browsing through thousands of CDs, LPs, DVDs, and other kinds of music-related memorabilia.  It’s a full-scale event with live music and endless kitschy-crafty kinds of activities.

Price: $6 (for the privilege of early admission and free entry all weekend, $25)


Ice Skating begins in Bryant Park

8am – 10 pm

Bryant Park, 40th st. between 5th and 6th

It’s the first day of the season! Get on your skates before the place gets mobbed with holiday crowds, and even worse, holiday music. Although maybe they start it that early these days anyway.


HERE turns 15!


HERE Arts Center 145 6th Ave. (212.647.0202)

The on-the-edge arts organization, HERE offers 15 free acts on their SoHo sidewalk this Saturday in honor of their birthday.  Acts will include everything from puppetry to dances for salt, and refreshments will include sweets from the Treat Truck.  Live music from Dirty Sock Funtime Band.

Price: Free

Photojojo presents DUMBO Street Art Photo Safari


York St F stop, York St and Jay St

It’s like a regular safari, except that you’re in search of wild street art instead of wild animals.  Grab a camera and find the niftiest stuff—meet in a bar later where the best submissions have an opportunity to win a prize.

Price: Free

Pumpkin Festival in Central Park

3pm – 8pm, various locations

Glorious, glorious, ghoulish gourds. And lots of kids to celebrate them. Scarecrows, hayrides, a jack-o-lantern tower—how better to celebrate fall?


War of the Worlds / The Lost World


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, 2900 Campus Rd

The LA Theatre Works, an acclaimed radio-theatre company, present a sci-fi double bill in the spirit of the upcoming Halloween.  It’ll be 70 years ago this week that War of the Worlds got mistaken for an actual newscast, so take this chance to be a part of history!

Price: $20-30

Champagne Brunch Sail


North Cove Marina, World Financial Center (212.619.0885)

It’s a two-hour cruise around Manhattan with all of the luxury of brunch.  OK, it’s a little bit of a splurge, but in terms of ambiance and decadence, it can’t be beat–and if you drink enough, it pays for itself in short order.

Price: $79

– Sara Jane Panfil

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  1. Tiny Tim  

    Bah humbug, Bwog. I can't wait for Christmas music.

  2. How about the

    $100 grand prize you can win for carving a pumpkin for Bacchanal's Halloween party on Sunday?? Bring it to the Steps on Sunday at 6pm for the judging. And come out earlier for tons of free food and candy. If you need inspiration... http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1007/Pumpkin_of_the_day.html

  3. Outraged:  

    It's Bryant Park, not Bryant Square Park, and it's at 40th Street between 5th and 6th, not 34th. You've wronged the greatest park in the greatest city.

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