5 (Actually Good) Halloween Costumes You Haven’t Thought Of

Illustrations by Hilton Dresden

It’s almost that time of year: everyone you know seems to have come up with some clever costume that’s funny, topical, and still lets them show off some serious leg. And once again, you’re stuck – what to go as? How to charm your friends and simultaneously seduce that special someone? Well, worry no longer, because we’ve got five costume ideas that are guaranteed to steal the spotlight. Enjoy, spookies.

Costume: Donald Trump’s Emmy Awards.


Costume: Someone who’s recently come into 11 million dollars worth of jewels.


Costume: Jennifer Aniston.


Costume: The best part of Stranger Things.


Costume: Someone who enjoyed the Sully movie.


Scare Yourself With These Chilling Horror Screenings Around NYC This Weekend

It’s a big weekend in the (even) Big(ger) Apple, and there’s plenty of Halloween activities for every spook enthusiast. If you’re not looking to dance the night away in one of New York City’s many All Hallow’s Eve-themed parties, try one of the creepy screenings instead:

Happening around Midnight Tonight:

Alien, at IFC Center in the West Village. $15.
Spirited Away, at Landmark Sunshine on the LES. $12.
The Elephant Man, at IFC Center. $15.
The Exorcist: Extended Director’s Cutat IFC Center. $15.
The Greasy Stranglerat Nitehawk in Williamsburg. $12.
Train to Busanat IFC Center. $15.
Under the Shadow, at IFC Center. $15

PopRally presents The Exorcist, at the MoMa in midtown. $18.

Screen Slate present The Medium is the Massacrea horror film series, at the Anthology Film Archives in the East Village. $11 adults, $9 students/ seniors.

For more Halloween screenings, visit The Skint.

13 Spooky Scary Instagrams from the Fashion Set

It’s Halloween, y’all! And since it’s the holiday with the most “anything goes” dressing sensibility, you know all of fashion is getting into it.

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Always killin it.

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**Insert heart-eyed smiley face emoji***

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Unashamed girl crush post.

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A very American Horror Story: Coven-type outfit.

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I call this the “Hermione goes off deep end, dies hair, dabbles in dark arts” look

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Just when you thought the mustache craze was over… They’re reincarnated as bats. #Festive

A photo posted by Vogue España (@voguespain) on

Why so serious?


I see you, Isabel Marant sweater.

Always wear waterproof, kids.

Any child that agrees to be Iris Apfel is already a bona fide fashionista.

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Happy Halloween, y’all.

Last Minute Costume Inspiration from Allison Sarofim’s Futurist Ball

Allison Sarofim getting the finishing touches on her evening’s look by creator Karl Giant

Year after year, New York’s who’s who pull out all the stops and dress to the nines for Allison Sarofim and Stuart Parr‘s yearly themed Halloween costume party, this year a Futurist Ball.

And the great thing every year is the resulting photos that provide inspirational fodder for those of us putting together looks the following weekend for real Halloween — i.e. tomorrow.

We worked with Allison to gather photos of her guests, taken by her guests — people like Hamish Bowles, Natasha Lyonne, Derek Blasberg, Fabiola Beracasa, and John Varvatos.


Anne-Sophie d'Everlange and Vanessa Getty. Photo by Jean Pigozzi
Anne-Sophie d’Everlange and Vanessa Getty. Photo courtesy of Jean Pigozzi

Allison Sarofim and Stuart Parr's Halloween PartyHunky waiter. Photo courtesy of Jean Pigozzi

Carlos Mota and Allison Sarofim. Photo by Stuart Parr
Carlos Mota and Allison Sarofim. Photo courtesy of Kattia Solano

Darenzia. Photo by Stuart Parr
Darenzia. Photo courtesy of Abby Hertz

IMG_6120Ted Dugas. Photo courtesy of Joey McKneely


Dave Ellsweig and Darenzia. Photo by Stuart Parr
Dave Ellsweig and Darenzia. Photo courtesy of Kattia Solana

Dorian Grey, Derek Blasberg, and Natasha Lyonne
Dorian Grinspan, Derek Blasberg, and Natasha Lyonne

Eric Subert and Joe Pizza. Photo by Stuart Parr
Eric Subert and Joe Pizza. Photo courtesy of Stuart Parr

Fabiola Beracasa. Photo by Jean Pigozzi
Fabiola Beracasa. Photo courtesy of Jean Pigozzi

Hamish Bowles. Photo by Jean Pigozzi
Hamish Bowles. Photo courtesy of Jean Pigozzi

Photo by Stacey Enget
Allison Sarofim. Photo courtesy of Stacey Enget

Happy Massee
Happy Massee. Photo courtesy of Jean Pigozzi

Harper Parr and friends. Photo by Stuart Parr
Harper Parr and friends. Photo courtesy of Kattia Solano

Jean Pigozzi and Cary Leitzes. Photo by Stuart ParrJean Pigozzi and Carly Leitzes. Photo courtesy of Stuart Parr

Karla OttoKarla Otto and alien. Photo courtesy of Jean Pigozzi

Kelly Bensimon and John Dempsey. Photo by Jean PigozziKelly Bensimon and John Dempsey. Photo courtesy of Jean Pigozzi

Patrick McMullan
Patrick McMullan. Photo courtesy of Stuart Parr

Performers in costume.  Photo by  performance director Abby Hertz
Circuit board girls in costume. Photo courtesy of performance director Abby Hertz

Performers in costume. Photo by  performance director  Abby Hertz
Alien. Photo courtesy of performance director Abby Hertz

Performers in costume. Photo by  performance director Abby HertzSlinkies in costume. Photo courtesy of performance director Abby Hertz

Photo   by John Varvatos
Andre Balazs and John Varvatos. Photo courtesy of John Varvatos

IMG_6010Photo courtesy of Harper Parr

Photo  by John Varvatos
John Varvatos and Chase Booth. Photo courtesy of John Varvatos

Photo by  John  Varvatos
Joyce Varvatos and Loree Rodkin. Photo courtesy of John Varvatos

Yvonne Force Villareal. Photo courtesy of Yvonne.

Photo by John Varvatos

Donna D’Cruz and Joyce Varvatos. Photo courtesy of John Varvatos

Pippa Cohen as Boccioni sculpture
Pippa Cohen as a Boccioni sculpture. Photo courtesy of Kevin Kollenda (in mirror)

Stavros Niarchos and Lidia Andich. Photo by Jean Pigozzi
Stavros Niarchos and Lidia Andich. Photo courtesy of Jean Pigozzi

Steven Ganeless
Steven Ganeless. Photo courtesy of Kevin Kollenda

Stuart Parr and CR
Stuart Parr and Cynthia Rowley

Stuart Parr and Jean Pigozzi. Photo of Jean Pigozzi
Stuart Parr and Jean Pigozzi. Photo courtesy of Jean Pigozzi



The Golden Pony at Warehouse of Horrors + Remix of “Psycho Killer”

Halloween is here, and to make sure you have an extra creepy holiday, we have a special musical premiere to feast your ghoulish ears on. Outside of producing boogie down anthems, Brooklyn duo The Golden Pony are also co-heads of madcap event production company BangOn!NYC. In anticipation of their upcoming Halloween monster mash Warehouse Of Horrors, the duo took Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer” into the studio just in time for you to add a little psychopathy to your Halloween playlist. Leaving the 1977 classic’s underlying tension intact, TGP gave it a titillating disco-chic makeover, with a bass line as sharp as Michael Myers’ butcher knife.

The Golden Pony Bang On (Above: Previous BangOn!NYC event)

The boys will also be co-hosting the supreme spooktacular of the season, BangOnINYC’s Warehouse Of Horrors, where Twin Shadow, Break Science, Space Jesus, TGP themselves and many more will be spread across three stages of otherworldly rhythm and mayhem. You can also dare to enter the “haunted house” to catch circus and freakshow performers, Burning Man evoking art installations and, well, a massive 3D spider. Qu’est-ce que c’est!

Joonbug CEO Jon Gabel on Halloween Happenings Around the Country

When is Halloween? That is the question. Many will celebrate this Saturday, making the weekly moneymaker that much better. However, is the net result better if you factor in a slower-than-normal Friday and other days as people save up their loot and energy for costume parties? The answer will come on Wednesday—the actual day of—when a normally slow middle of the week "hump day" has the opportunity to bring in added revenue. Joonbug.com CEO Jon Gabel makes a business of Halloween and New Year’s, which is practically tomorrow. I asked him all about it

Your company sells tickets for Halloween and New Year’s Eve. What is the difference between what people are looking for with these two mega holidays?

No matter which holiday, we try to understand and provide the full customer experience – something different from their normal night out.  On Halloween, we offer parties with one-hour open bars, costume contests, and top DJs that keep partygoers on their feet all night long.  On New Year’s Eve, our parties feature 4-5 hour open bars, light fare (passed hors d’oeuvres or mini buffet), party favors, and either full views or televised views of the Times Square ball drop. On both holidays we offer a range of venue options from bars to hotel lounges to nightclubs to entertainment complexes to yachts.  All of our parties have varying ticket options, from General Admission to VIP bottle packages.  Lastly, we always provide a joonbug.com photographer to capture the customer experience – guests can check out our website one day later to see their party pics and share their photos online.

What places that you are marketing are going to be hot?

In NYC, Joonbug’s 2nd Annual Haunted Mansion Party hosted by former Playboy Playmates Monica Leigh, Stephanie Larimore, Ashley Massaro, and Courtney Culkin.  We transform Bowlmor Lanes‘ tremendous facility into a bi-level, mega costume party.  Last year this was the biggest event on Halloween. Gansevoort Park is also a huge event – we will utilize all four rooms (Red Room, Blue Room, Pool and Park Lounges) in the rooftop hotel as well as Asellina, the restaurant lounge on ground level.  This is a great event and will be a really hot crowd. In Atlantic City, check out One at Revel – AC’s newest mega resort with views of the boardwalk. If you’re in Philly, the party to be at is Zee Bar where Katy Perry’s tour DJ, Yung Skeeter, will be spinning all night.

Are we still in a recession or are people more willing to spend for a good time?

We aren’t feeling it. Sales are great and customers are choosing VIP ticket options more this year than in previous.  For the customer who doesn’t want to spend that much, we have less expensive (starting at $15!) ticket options for them as well.  Everyone wants to go out on the holiday and have a good night.

You also do events during the year besides Halloween and New Year’s. Is another big night possible? Could Valentine’s day be packaged and become the next big day?

St. Paddy’s Day. This past March we sold 10,000 tickets. This year we are going even bigger and hope to grow it into a huge holiday that crosses over to both the bar and the nightlife worlds.

Have you sold any New Year’s tickets yet? How many venues will you handle?

We are projecting record numbers this year and have thousands of tickets already sold. We plan to do 130+ venues this year in NYC, Miami, Boston, Philly, AC, Chicago, and Vegas.  All of our parties can be found at www.joonbug.com.

Miss Guy, Cherie Currie, Anthony Haden-Guest

For many, it’s the Monday after the longest Halloween celebration ever. I saw people in costumes last night. At least I thought they were costumes. For many, it’s the Monday before Election Day. The club set will vote for DiBlasio. If they wake up. Most can’t name the other guy. I’m going to keep this short today. There are two wonderful events coming up. First off I am dying to catch my favorite double entendre Miss Guy at the Gramercy Theater (127 East 23rd Street.) The famously fabulous DJ and member of The Toilet Boys is performing with his solo band. They are opening for the infamous and fabulous Cherie Currie of The Runaways. This figures to attract the wickedly attractive downtown set and I will be there.

Next on my agenda is the collaboration between Anthony Haden-Guest and Lorraine Leckie. The Rudely Interrupted residency can be caught at the Sidewalk Cafe (94 Avenue A) on November 15th at 11 p.m. A glimpse of Lorraine’s work featuring her hubby Billy Leroy and her dog Eloise can be seen here. Anthony Haden-Guest is a writer. He has written a weekly art column for the Financial Times. He has written for Vanity FairThe New Yorker, British GQRolling StoneThe Paris ReviewEsquireThe Sunday TimesRadarThe Observerand The Telegraph… lots of etceteras. Among the many books he has written, Studio 54 was embodied in The Last party. It goes on and on and on. He is a wonderful pain in the ass.

Halloween starts the prosperous season in the club biz. From now until New Years with all the holiday parties in between is non-stop. It’s going to happen fast so pay attention.

Day of the Dead and I’m Dead Tired

Halloween just won’t stop. There is yet another Halloween-type event tonight at the fabulous Bowery Hotel (335 Bowery). My man Jeffrey Jah along with Matt Levine, Sebastian Nicholas, and a bunch of other bold face names are joining up with Daily Front Row for a post holiday masquerade. Masks are preferred over smelly reused costumes. A crew of DJs including Drek Martinez, Sal Morale, Alexandra Richards, Lino, and Emily hope will keep things hopping.

The week that was had me missing too many events I really wanted to attend. Galore Media invited me to catchRun.Catch.Kill, a film starring Mia Tyler, Ashley Smith, and Liam Dean. It was written and directed by Joey Falsetta. It showed at the Tribeca Grand Hotel with an after party slam at The Raven. Alas I could not make it… nevermore…

If I have the energy I will attend the Dia De Los Muertas: A Neo Traditional Art Ritual with interactive play by visual artists Viajero and Borish. This intriguing event will take place at Julio De Burgos Cultural Center (1680 Lexington Avenue) starting at 6 p.m. It runs Saturday as well.

One of my all-time favorite bands are the Brats, a Glam/Pop Rock band with front man Keith West. They are playing Grand Victory (245 Grand Street in Brooklyn) Saturday night. It’s Twig Wonderkid’s Glamgammit Rock Candy party. Astro Earle is hosting. The Nuclears and J and the 9’s are opening. I’m sold on it

Limelight’s old stoooopid hot party Future Shock is coming back replete with original DJ Repete. The flyer says November 3rd, doors 4:30 a.m…. so it’s like that. Submerge is coming from Chicago to join Justin Schumacher. That flier says, “hosted by The Club Kids” although I know for a fact some of them aren’t available. This party will be at System (32-10 37th Avenue in Long Island City). Personally I can’t go back again but Future Shock did change the scene drastically and I do believe this might be amazing.

I’m writing this at 5 a.m. after DJing till 4 a.m. two nights in a row. My feet hurt, my ears are ringing and I have to be up in two hours. Now that’s future shock.

Dress Up, Have Fun – Halloween Tips From Uncle Steve

The key to enjoying all the treats of Halloween is to anticipate all the tricks. Getting around is a problem. Cabs are usually scarce and often cannot accommodate big costumes. Cabbies who often don’t have a cultural connection to this wonderful holiday often bypass scary monsters and super freaks. Cabs might pass you up for a fairy or Miley Cyrus get up. Eggs and water balloons from rambunctious youngins are always a threat. Club doors are always nervous because they can’t really tell who is in the costume. They may not let grim reapers or Thors in with their scythes and hammers even if they are plastic. A normally very safe establishment might be letting in hobgoblins or ghouls who have been 86’d before for fights or drug dealing and such. Wallets and purses and cellphones are often victims because costumes are not often designed to protect them. Although not quite the desperate amateur night that New Years Eve is, Halloween can be a nightmare on any street. One idea that may help is stay local or take subways. Get a money belt or some such contraption to secure valuables. Stay alert: listen for usually loud predatory gangs of kids. Wear costumes that don’t disrupt your vision or hearing. Go to well-run places and plan your route home. When I have a few bucks on big holidays I like to reserve a car service for 3 or 4 hours. It is usually quite cheap to do especial if split with friends. They will be there to run you around and get you back where you belong and they usually don’t make fun of your costume. There are many more safety concepts but let common sense rule your night, even though it is a night where common sense has been banished.

One of the things on the to-do list: Tiesto at Tao Downtown seems to be a winner for those who like that sort of thing. Tao is new, it is beautiful, it is amazing, professionally run, and has booked one of the world’s biggest EDM talents. For the hipper than thou set check out the unbelievable good time guy Jonathan Toubin at Secret Project Robot (389 Melrose St. in Bushwick):Night Train 8th Anniversary Party w/Alana Amram’s Monster Mash with all of your favorite bands playing as their favorite bands (like The Damned, The Who, Black Sabbath…) playing your favorite songs (8pm-12am) followed by the annual New York Night Train Haunted Hop w/JT (12pm-4am playing the finest unique Halloween platters of all time in a fog-filled room with wall-to-wall moving visuals,) plus a performance by Hula Hoop Harlot Melissa Anne, and the annual costume contest. $5 in costume/$20 without costume.

The fashionista set will flock to Susanne Bartsch at Marquee. Kayvon Zand has the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black and his post-Goth sexy crowd at Bowery Electric. Input is at Output. Afrojack is at Pacha. Sankeys is opening and Joonbug has lots of places with parties for you and Lit is always it. I’ll be at Passenger Bar (239 Roebling in Williamsburg) with Murray Hill and Andy Rourke of the Smiths, and for the early birds, I love a parade. Sandy washed the parade away last year so it figures to be doubly hot today. There’s so much to do but remember to dress up, and be safe.