Halloween is Second to Christmas in Spending
by Karen Carzo
Sunday, October 27, 2013


Between the costumes, the candy and the decorations, American consumers will spend $6.9 billion* to celebrate Halloween, ranking the holiday just behind Christmas for money spent.   But it’s not all kids play.  Sixty-one percent** of adults plan to attend an adult Halloween party this year.

Without a doubt, the biggest Halloween event in New York City is the annual Village Halloween Parade.  Celebrating its 40th year, the Parade features hundreds of puppets, 53 bands and musical groups, dancers, and thousands of New Yorkers dressed in Halloween finery.  For those wanting to participate, costume line up begins at 6:30 p.m. on 6th Ave. between Spring and Canal Streets.  Spectators can watch the Parade march up 6th Ave from Spring Street to W. 16th Street beginning at 7:30 p.m.  For more information, visit www.halloween-nyc.com.

Greenwich Village isn’t the only place holding a party.  Check out these other “spook-tacular” events happening around the city:

9A Kitchen & Lounge (2331 12th Avenue at 133rd Street).  Featuring sexy industrial chic décor in a historic building, this newly-opened venue in Harlem is holding its first Annual Demons & Diva’s Halloween Bash on October 31st.  Halloween drink specials, a cash prize for the best costume, and free bottle service for the second-best costume are just a few of the perks a $25 ticket will get you.  Call 646.492.3930 for tickets and reservations. www.9anyc.com.

The Highline Ballroom (431 W. 16th Street).   Located in the trendy Meatpacking District, this classic venue has not one, but two Halloween-related events planned.  On Wednesday, October 30th, the venue presents “What’s So Bloody Funny?” a benefit for the National Hemophilia Foundation.  The event is hosted by Alex Bornstein, and features Sarah Silverman, Marcus Monroe, DJ Hesta Prynn, Ted Alexandro and other surprise guests.  There is also a costume contest, raffle drawings, a DJ and dancing.  Tickets are $50-$125 and doors open at 7 p.m. for an 8 p.m. show.  For more information visit http://highlineballroom.com/show/2013/10/30/whatssobloodyfunny/.  On Thursday night (October 31st), the Highline Ballroom is hosting The Wicked and The Damned Masquerade Ball, a bone-chilling party where attendees are encouraged to wear their finest Halloween costumes, “shuffle and shout” at one of Chelsea’s most hair-raising feasts.  Live performances by world-renowned DJs are part of the excitement.  Tickets range in price from $15 to $1,880. Showtime is 9 p.m. For more information visit http://highlineballroom.com/show/2013/10/31/halloween-2013/.

Sarah Silverman

BB King Blues Club & Grill (237 W. 42nd Street).  Looking to raise a little…fun?  Check out “Devils Night with The Misfits", on Wednesday, October 30th.  The iconic punk genre band The Misfits and their opening act, The Attack, are sure to illicit a few harrowing screams from the crowd – a perfect way to get ready for Halloween.  Doors open at 6 for an 8 p.m. show.  Tickets are $29 in advance and $35 at the door. For more information, visit http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=3225.

If you’re looking for a venue for an upcoming corporate or social event, or a holiday celebration, visit the venue section of www.greatplacesdirectory.com, or contact our Concierge Service at 212.675.9000, for one-on-one assistance.

*National Retail Federation

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