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Oct 13, 2017

Halloween 2017 in Astoria and LIC

Our epic Halloween roundup is back, feature classes, comedy, parades, parties, and other spooky events.

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Welcome to our annual Halloween roundup!

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Each year we bring you the Halloween happenings in Astoria, LIC, and environs. Here’s this year’s list, which has been expanded past parties and parades, to classes and shows that are spooky in nature. There should be something for everyone!

We Heart Astoria’s Halloween Party

Yes, we want you to know about this first—our Halloween party this year!

Saturday, October 28
8-11pm
We Heart Astoria Halloween Bash!
Sek’end Sun, 32-11 Broadway, Astoria
$30

We’re hosting an epic costume contest and we are ready to thrill you with your fave dance jams. COME DRESSED TO IMPRESS! $100 bar tab for best costume, plus prizes for other awesome outfits. Unlimited beer selections, plus two house cocktails, and light passed food from 8-10pm. Happy Hour pricing all night long on beer, wine, and well choices. More information.

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October 14-20

Saturday, October 14
noon
Bruises, Abrasions and Burns: Special Effects Makeup Class
QED, 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria
$20

Have you ever wanted to learn how to freak out your friends with make-up? Are you an actor that would like to learn basic techniques to be able to do your own make-up and not hire someone? Then please join Stephanie Cox-Williams as she walks you through bruises, cuts, abrasions, wounds, sores, bullet holes and burns. You’ll get the knowledge and the tools to create good looking facial distortions for whatever your next project may be:

  • Basic anatomy of a wound
  • How to do different kinds of bruising
  • How to do easy and quick scratches/cuts
  • How to do sores (some with household items), skin discoloration
  • How to make a bullet hole
  • How to create that burnt skin look

More information.

Sunday, October 15
3pm
Ghosts of the Boroughs
QED, 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria
$10

Boroughs of the Dead Tour Guide Marie Carter is thrilled to present “Ghosts of the Boroughs”. In this spooky illustrated lecture you will learn about the haunted mansions of the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island, including stories of haunted bars, former insane asylums, monasteries, and creepy dolls. And you will learn about the ghosts that haunt your own backyard in Astoria. More information.

Wednesdays, October 18 and 25
8:30pm
Scary Movies Wednesday
William Hallet, 36-10 30th Ave, Astoria
FREE to watch, food and drink a la carte

Watch scary movies on Wednesday evenings! Evil Dead II on the 18th and Halloween on the 25th. More information.

Friday, October 20
11pm
Movies R Dumb Presents Halloween III
QED, 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria
$10

Every month Chris Gersbeck and Freddy G invite NYC’s quickest comedians to riff on the worst movies of all time. In honor of Halloween, they’ve chosen the only movie in the Halloween franchise to not feature Michael Meyers… Halloween III: Season of the Witch. More information.

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October 22

Sunday, October 22
10-10:45am
Hallet’s Cove Puppet Theater presents A Spooky Puppet Show
Raising Astoria, 26-11 23rd Avenue, Astoria
$15/Child & $10/Sibling

Come and see a musical puppet show for kiddos of all ages! Lady Jenny creates original shows with music, theatrics, shadow puppets and talking whatsits. Bring your favorite child for a 45 minute piece of interactive theater! Every age can enjoy a part of what’s to come! More information.

Sunday, October 22
7pm
Retro Bits (Comics play horror-themed retro video games)
QED, 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria
$5

Join comedians Brian McGuinness (Playable Characters Podcast) and TJ Del Reno (Unlimited Lives Radio) as they watch the audience play mostly terrible video games with funny commentary. Joined by their merry guild of funny friends. Prizes to be had as well! More information.

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October 25

Wednesday, October 25
3:30pm
Costume Party
Court Square Library, 25-01 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
FREE

Bring the little ones out to the Court Square Library to show off their best costume attire! There will be music, light refreshments, and games! Children of all ages are welcome with their caregivers! More information.

Wednesdays, October 18 and 25
8:30pm
Scary Movies Wednesday
William Hallet, 36-10 30th Ave, Astoria
FREE, food and drink a la carte

Watch scary movies on Wednesday evenings! Evil Dead II on the 18th and Halloween on the 25th. More information.

Wednesday, October 25
9pm
No Feelings Presents (Interactive haunted house variety comedy)
QED, 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria
$10

This October, brace yourself for one of the spookiest nights of your whole life, as No Feelings Presents transforms QED into a live, interactive, walkthrough haunted house. So come, step inside and you might just find yourself confronted by, oh say, a GHOST, or a VAMPIRE, or perhaps even… a STANDUP. Anything that can happen, will happen during THE HAUNTING AT QED. More information.

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Photo credit: Amy’s Bread

October 26

Thursday, October 26
6pm
Halloween Recipe Party
Long Island City Library, 37-44 21 Street, Astoria
FREE

Interested in hosting your own Halloween party? We are coming together this Halloween season to exchange recipes and presentation & decorating tips to help make your Halloween as spooky or fun as possible! More information.

Thursday, October 26
6:45-8pm
An Evening of Irish Ghost Stories
NY Irish Center, 1040 Jackson Ave # 3, Long Island City
Early Bird Special $10, On the Door $12

After a wailing show last year, our senior drama group is taking to the stage once again to begin the Halloween season with a hand-picked selection of spine-tingling tales. Join us for an evening of spooky and entertaining stories from Ireland and beyond. More information.

Thursday, October 26
8-11:30pm
Halloween Miami Style
The Astor Room, 35-11 35th Ave, Astoria
$18.02

Come have fun and let’s raise some money for a great charity organization, SOS Children’s Villages Florida. Fun, Fun, Fun! Dance to the best of 80’s music, raffle, prizes, specials on drinks all night. More information.

Thursday, October 26
9pm
The Only Podcast About Movies
QED, 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria
$7

It’s common knowledge that people like to be scared, but how has this unlikely pastime been shaped since cinema began? Join hosts Matthew Krol and Shahir Daud from “The Only Podcast About Movies” along with special surprise spooky guest(s) for a LIVE trip down the murderous memory lane of Hollywood’s longtime love affair with scaring the shit out of you. Bring a change of pants. More information.

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October 27

Saturday, October 28
11am-3pm, rain or shine
Halloween Harvest Festival
Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City
FREE

The Socrates season always goes out with a BANG with our Halloween Harvest Festival! This year’s theme is Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead with a vibrant procession and dance performance presented by Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York, which has been sharing Mexican heritage and culture with the NYC community for more than 30 years.

Join us for spooky costume- and art-making with Socrates artists and Free Style Arts Association, fantastical face-painting with Agostino Arts, and add your mementos and relics to an ancestral community altar.

Urban Shaman Mama Donna will be offering harvest animal blessings for your pets, and if your pooch is in costume you can participate in a Socrates tradition – our annual Canine Costume Contest with fun prizes and local judges, including Château le Woof, Friends with Four Paws Rescue, and Rapawzel Dog Grooming & Day Care!

Todos están bienvenidos a participar en este festival inspirado por el Dia de los Muertos, una celebración Mexicana que honora los muertos. More information.

Friday, October 27
4pm
Spooky Celebration!
Broadway Library, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City
FREE

Start the Halloween fun early! Enjoy scary stories, creepy crafts, and ghostly games! For children ages 5-12. Costumes optional. More information.

Friday, October 27
7-10pm
Grown-up Movie Night: Rocky Horror Picture Show
Kaufman Astoria Studios (Enter through The Astor Room), 35-11 35th Avenue, Astoria
$30, $40

Join the Growing Up Green Parent Teacher Organization for a frightful night at the movies! This event is open to the public, so share this with your friends… the more the merrier! Proceeds support the GUGCS PTO. Costumes encouraged, but optional. Price includes dinner and drinks. More information.

Friday, October 27
7:30pm
Cosmic Castoff Live (Live horror-themed comedy podcast)
QED, 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria
$8

Paranormal comedy podcast Cosmic Castoff is bringing a one-of-a-kind Halloween experience to Q.E.D on October 27th. “Cosmic Castoff Presents: A Sock-Hop Seance” will transport the audience back in time to 1962 for a High School Halloween Dance to solve an ages-old mystery. Attendees will be encouraged to dress in period attire (or any costume of their choice) and will spend the evening immersed in a hilarious, haunting, and downright strange evening of comedy, music and mind-bending storytelling. The event will delight people unfamiliar to the podcast and fans alike. Don’t miss this interactive evening of Halloween fun!” More information.

Friday, October 27
9pm
Stranger Things Season 2 Premiere Watch Party (Costume contest, EGGO waffle bar, prizes and more!)
QED, 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria
FREE with RSVP

You’d probably never willingly read your weird childhood journals to an audience, but that’s just what a group of comedians will do at Dear Diary, where they’ll read their clingiest and most hilarious journal entires to a group of strangers! And just in time for Halloween, we’re turning it up to Eleven. QED is throwing a Stranger Things Season 2 Premiere Watch Party, where we’ll have an EGGO waffle bar, fun trivia for prizes, and a costume contest that would make the Demogorgon proud. All this just before screening the first episode of season 2 on our nine foot screen! More information.

October 28

Saturday October 28
noon
Hell Gate Halloween
Meet under the Hell Gate Bridge, Shore Blvd. and Ditmars Blvd.
$20 General, $15 GAHS members, $10 people in costume

Heees Baaacckk! NYC Licensed Tour Guide & GAHS Trustee RICHARD MELNICK. Join us for a Halloween tour of mayhem and mystery along the Astoria waterfront. Our walk will take place along the treacherous East River as tales are told of those lost long ago among the churning whirlpools and electric eels. Hear of the ‘Hell Gate Kid’. Learn history and howl.

Ends at Socrates Sculpture Park, Broadway and Vernon Blvd. Length of Tour: approx. 2.5 hours. More information.

Saturday, October 28
1pm
7th Annual Halloween Pub Run
Doughboy Statue, Doughboy Plaza
$20 donation

Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for our yearly tradition. Please RSVP and join us as the Woodside-Sunnyside Runners present the Seventh Annual Halloween Pub Run!

Our adventure kicks off on Saturday, October 28, at 1:00pm, as we embark on a journey through four (or more) pubs while very casually running about 3ish miles through Sunnyside and Woodside. Be sure to dress creatively! There is a costume contest at the end. We’ll be offered drink specials by each of our pub hosts, and have a fun afternoon adventure here in Queens.

And, as is our tradition, we will not only enjoy ourselves, but also work to raise money for the a great cause. We are still determining where the funds will go this year, but we promise it will be a local and very worthy cause. Keep your eyes open for details on our charity partner very soon. We suggest a $20 donation, but please feel free to give more or less, whatever is comfortable for you. More information.

Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and October 29
4pm and 7pm on Saturday, 6:30pm on Sunday
Dawn of the Dead Screening
MOMI, 36-01 35th Ave, Astoria
$7-15

George Romero’s triumphant return to the zombie genre proved to be more than just a chilling landmark in the history of horror, it also doubled as one of the greatest and most withering satires of American consumerism. A spiritual if not literal follow-up to the director’s legendary Night of the Living Dead, Romero’s late ’70s smash pursues a gorier, more gonzo path, with besieged urbanites finding refuge from the zombie apocalypse in a suburban mall. So placated and indulged are they among the spoils of abandoned goods, and so fiendish are their tactics of dispatching marauding monsters, it becomes harder to know who to root for. More information.

Saturday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 31
All evening, costume contest at midnight
Halloween Party
William Hallet, 36-10 30th Ave, Astoria
Food and drink a la carte

“We know who we’re going to be for Halloween, do YOU?” That would be Family Guy. Enjoy Pawtucket Patriot Ale, peanut butter jelly time sandwiches, and music by DJ TrekWars. More information.

Saturday, October 28
7pm to midnight
Halloween Show at Shillelagh
The Shillelagh Tavern, 47-22 30th Ave, Astoria
$5 cover

You heard the stories, you saw the photos, now grab a costume and join us as we do it all again! Join us for the Second Annual Amber Lamps Halloween Costume Party at Shillelagh Tavern in Astoria! Costumes are strongly recommended. There will be a costume contest, drink specials, and live music! All for just $5! Featuring; Amber Lamps, Violent in Black, and more to be announced. More information.

Saturday, October 28
8–11:55pm
The 6th Annual MoMA PS1 Halloween Ball with Susanne Bartsch: PS2001 Space Oddity
MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City
$18

Join us for an evening of futuristic fantasy! An otherworldly gathering of sci-fi cyber babes, glam-rock robots, and arty extraterrestrials! Hosted by Animal X, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Klaus Biesenbach, Raul de Nieves, Peter Eleey, Angela Goding, Lypsinka, Ryan McNamara, Eliza Ryan, Sam Roeck, Jacolby Satterwhite, Casey Spooner, Imogene Strauss, TABBOO!, Stewart Uoo, and David Velasco. More information.

Saturday, October 28
9pm – 24 hour event
City of Gods
Paper Factory Hotel + The Warehouse
37-06 36th Street and 37-08 34th Street, Long Island City
Tickets are available starting at $50 and tiered options are available. Email cityofgods@houseofyes.org for more info.

City of Gods is a 24-hour event that will transport guests into an alternate reality. Simultaneously held at Paper Factory Hotel and sister venue, The Warehouse, City of Gods will feature nine indoor and outdoor stages across several floors and two venues.

Partygoers will be treated to an anonymous musical and artistic line-up with performances from over 40 international artists. As attendees wind their way throughout each space, they will experience eccentric entertainment including aerialists, a ‘chamber of blood,’ seductive shrines, altars, as well as staged sacrifices, offerings and ritual performances. with many other surprises and delights throughout the day and night.

Delicious and decadent bites will be offered from Lily Valley, Paper Factory’s onsite restaurant, while add-on packages and room reservations at The Paper Factory Hotel are available. Partners include: Disco Knights, Distrikt, MikiMau, Mirage Garage and Tierra Bomba. More information.

Saturday, October 28
10pm-1am
Halloween Party
Mojave, 22-36 31st Street, Astoria
FREE to enter

Come join our Halloween Party this Saturday October 28!!! We will feature our new late night Bar Menu and live DJ from 10pm-1am. We will be giving gift cards away for best costumes of the night, come bring your family and friends!!! More information.

Saturday, October 28
10:30pm
First Annual Friends & Family Dia De Los Muertos/Halloween Party
Fresco’s Cantina, 12-14 31st Avenue, Astoria
FREE to enter

Music by DeeJay Rubio – $10 Patron Margaritas ALL NIGHT!!! We hope to see you here!!! More information.

Saturday, October 28
11pm
Eleventh Annual HALLOWS EVE Masquerade Ball
Ovelia, 34-01 30th Avenue, Astoria
FREE to enter

Head to the late night costume party at Ovelia, now in it’s 11th year. More information.

October 29

Sunday, October 29
noon
Astoria Halloween Parade
FREE

This annual parade is full of family-friendly fun. Starts at the corner of Ditmars Blvd and 31st Street.

Sunday, October 29
noon-2:30pm
Batty Over Halloween
Astoria Park
FREE

Central Astoria LDC is pleased to announce our 2nd Annual “Batty Over Halloween” Celebration! Please join us on the Great Lawn at Astoria Park for a day filled with Music, Puppets, Cotton Candy, Balloon Twisting, Face Painting, Munchkin Pumpkins and Much More! More information.

Sunday, October 29
1-4pm
Halloween pop up party & beer
Singlecut Brewery, 19-33 37th Street, Astoria
Food and drink a la carte

On Sunday October 29th join Singlecut Brewery’s Halloween. Yes you should wear a costume if you’re up to it. There will have food, beer and four awesome Made in Queens local makers will be dressing up and showcasing their awesomely local products while joining in the fun.

Sunday, October 29
3pm
A History of Ghost Hunting
QED, 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria
$10

Ghost hunting has been part of our fictional and historic narratives since the Ancient Greeks. This lecture will take you on a historical paranormal investigation starting with Homer’s The Odyssey to the Middle Ages to 19 th century spiritualism to present day ghost hunting techniques. The second half of the lecture will involve an interview/discussion with paranormal investigator, Vinny Carbone, who currently conducts paranormal investigations at the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion and throughout the U.S. and then we’ll open up the floor for questions. More information.

Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and October 29
4pm and 7pm on Saturday, 6:30pm on Sunday
Dawn of the Dead Screening
MOMI, 36-01 35th Ave, Astoria
$7-15

George Romero’s triumphant return to the zombie genre proved to be more than just a chilling landmark in the history of horror, it also doubled as one of the greatest and most withering satires of American consumerism. A spiritual if not literal follow-up to the director’s legendary Night of the Living Dead, Romero’s late ’70s smash pursues a gorier, more gonzo path, with besieged urbanites finding refuge from the zombie apocalypse in a suburban mall. So placated and indulged are they among the spoils of abandoned goods, and so fiendish are their tactics of dispatching marauding monsters, it becomes harder to know who to root for. More information.

Sunday, October 29
7-10pm
Disco Paws Halloween Party
31-19 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria
FREE

  • Bone-Jacked Costume Contest! Dress your pup in a rad halloween costume and vote on which pup wears it best! Prize goes to the winner!!
  • “Fido Says” Red Carpet Contest… It’s like Simon Says for dogs! Get your pup to show off their skills on the red carpet. Treats for the best tricks!
  • Balloon Animals by Chuckles the Clown! Self-explanatory and always a lot of fun. :)
  • Light refreshments provided.

More information.

Sunday, October 29
8:30pm
The Stephen King & I (Stephen King-themed sketch comedy)
QED, 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria
$7

Stephen King has written 54 novels and 199 short stories and is considered the greatest living authors of the horror genre. Comedian Tabitha Vidaurri has read all of his books. Join her for a horror-comedy show created especially for Stephen King fans, with special guest comics Nick Naney, Melissa Rocha and Billy Keenly, plus tales of terror reenacted by The Deadlights, New York’s best (and only) Stephen King sketch comedy troupe. PLUS Pennywise the Clown will be there scaring people/giving out candy! The show was a Time Out Critic’s pick earlier this year! More information.

October 31

Tuesday, October 31
11am-7pm
Trick Or Treating at the Bookshop!
Astoria Bookshop, 31-29, 31st Street, Astoria
FREE

Trick or treat! The Bookshop will have candy for costumed customers all day Halloween! More information.

Saturday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 31
All evening, costume contest at midnight
Halloween Party
William Hallet, 36-10 30th Ave, Astoria
Food and drink a la carte

“We know who we’re going to be for Halloween, do YOU?” That would be Family Guy. Enjoy Pawtucket Patriot Ale, peanut butter jelly time sandwiches, and music by DJ TrekWars. More information.

Tuesday, October 31
5-8pm
Jackson Heights Halloween Parade
37th Avenue from 89th to 76th Streets
FREE

This is one of the biggest Halloween parades in the city. Watch the folks in costume, neighborhood groups, and get ready for the goodie bags. More information.

Tuesday, October 31
6pm-midnight
Chris & Colin’s Excellent Halloween Movie-Thon
QED, 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria
FREE

Chris & Colin, hosts of the pop-culture podcast Overkill, will convert QED into a grindhouse theater on Halloween night, screening slasher classics A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Friday the 13th (1980) and Halloween (1978) on QED’s nine foot screen, with popcorn and drink specials. In between movies, the hosts will screen vintage horror movie trailers, play trivia and conduct a costume contest. It’s the perfect way for for any horror-aficionado to show off their costumes and enjoy Halloween! More information.

Tuesday, October 31
6-8pm
Community Trick or Treat
William Cullen Bryant High School, 48-10 31st Avenue, Long Island City
FREE

Themed trick or treat stations, door prizes, costume contest for children and adults, cake walk, allergy-free zone (Teal Pumpkin Project). Produced by Connection Church. More information.

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November

Wednesday to Sunday, November 1-5
Día de Muertos: Ofrenda by/por Martha Naranjo Sandoval
Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City
FREE

For this year’s Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) Martha Naranjo Sandoval will be taking over FluxFactory’s gallery to build and present an ofrenda. Ofrendas are altars in which Mexicans remember our deceased loved ones. This ofrenda will be different from the traditional form, as it will be interpreted through Martha Naranjo Sandoval’s art practice. As is tradition however, it will offer our community an opportunity to remember our loved ones who have passed, and celebrate their life.

Martha will be printing photographs of those we would like to honor on rice paper to make papel picado. This is a community ofrenda, which means that anyone who is interested in having their loved ones remembered is invited.

We are deeply moved and in grief with all of the natural disasters happening right now. We would to like invite anyone affected to let us honor their lost loved ones. More information.

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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