New York's Theater and Filmmakers Celebrate Halloween
By Wendy R. Williams

Halloween is coming around the bend and you can bet your pumpkins that the ghouls at New York Cool will haunt the city this year. On Saturday September 4th I attended a preview of the ghoulish festivities to come when The New York City Horror Film Festival presented an afternoon of old silent horror films at the Knitting Factory. The screening was part of the Drop Dead 2 Festival, fondly known as DD2 to those of us who are still alive.


On Labor Day weekend, DD2 filled the Knitting Factory’s three floors for a three day celebration of the music, fashion, and culture of the "dead."

Basim from Malice in Leatherland with two Vampirettes


I saw the 1929 cult classic Nosferatu.

"Nosferatu" is a not-to-be-missed classic horror film. And after you have been properly Noferaturized, you should follow-up by renting E. Elias Merhige's "Shadow of the Vampire" (2000). "Shadow" is a super scary film about the making of "Nosferatu" which stars John Malkovich and William Dafoe.

All of these festivities are a prelude to the New York Horror Film Festival which will be held this year from October 20th -24th.

The year’s Festival will be housed at the TRIBECA FILM CENTER, 375 Greenwich Street, in New York City. One of the main attractions will be a pristine, brand new 35mm print of Tobe Hooper's 1972 classic "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" - a very rare treat for horror and film aficionados alike. Read here for more details on how to channel your inner ghoul.

If you like your horror up close and personal, check out the Halloween Adventure Haunted House at the Clemente Soto Cultural Center running
Thursdays – Saturdays from 7 – 12 AM and Sunday, October 31st from 7 – 1 AM, billed as the city’s only genuinely frightening haunted house.

Clemente Soto Cultural Center


Halloween Adventure Haunted House is ten room tour of an eclectic mix of nightmarish and interactive vignettes, designed by 10 different local NY artists which will occupythe entire 9,000 square feet of the Clemente Soto Cultural Center(located at 107 Suffolk Street between Rivington and Delancey). Now that building does look a little haunted and you know how scary Lower East Side artists can be even when they are just trying to buy toothpaste, so........ For more information see

The Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue will be holding its 28th Annual Village Hlloween Costume Ball on October 31st. The festivities start outside at 4PM, with the doors opening for the ball at 7:30PM.


The one-night fiesta takes over all four of TNC's theater spaces, plus its lobby and the block of East Tenth Street between First and Second Avenues. Customarily over 1,400 wildly-clad celebrants gather for dancing, dining, showing off costumes and viewing acts from the cutting-edge of Cabaret and Theater. Admission is $20; costume or formal wear is required. Reservations are strongly recommended - (212) 254-1109.

Coney Island, a wonderfully ghoulish place even in broad daylight, is going all out to scare the pants off unsuspecting revelers this Halloween with "Creepshow at the Freakshow" running Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from7PM till Midnight and from October 8 - October 31 at Sideshows by the Seashore, 3006 West 12th Street.

Creepshow is advertised as New York City's only Halloween season
adult oriented spookhouse. Visitors are escorted on a tour of the Freak Show building including many spaces, such as the basement and haunted back steps, not normally seen during the summer season. Live performers accompany visitors along the tour, describing and taking part in the season's theme. See for more information.

Another fun and scary event to come is the 3rd Annual Spotlight-On Halloween Festival, which is being held from October 7th - 31st at the Greenwich Theater.

Here is a quote from the Spotlight press release, "Selections range widely -- music, variety, comedy, horror, social and political satire, and camp. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD -- THE MUSICAL, is a blood covered sing-along (rock and roll). It comes with the caveat that 'those offended by political and religious stereotypes will be eaten first." See for more information.

The crowning event of New York City’s Halloween celebrations has always been the Village Halloween Parade.

This year's parade will feature two stars from the Broadway cast of Wicked, Idina Menzel and Jennifer Thompson (they are not pictured above) and will take place on October 31st at 7PM,with the line- up starting at 6:30 on Sixth just South of Spring. So wear a Halloween Costume and march, baby, march. See for more information.

So trick or treat to you and rock on!

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