Remember the joys of Halloween as an adolescent? Dressing up as your favorite character and going out in the cold darkness with nothing but a few friends and a plastic hollowed-out jack-o-lantern to house your hard-earned loot? Even in its diminutive, bite-size form, a Halloween Kit Kat is so damn scrumptious. It’s as if the act of earning your candy by walking for hours and knocking door-to-door gives depth to the flavor in some unfathomable way. Ah, the sweet nectar of capitalism.

But as good as it was as a youngster, Halloween, like wine, cheese, or Heath Ledger’s career (Ooh… too soon?) gets better with age. Take, for instance, the costumes. Referring back to prepubescent age, boys and girls dressed up in cute, innocent things: Prince Charming and Sleeping Beauty, the big bad wolf and Little Red Riding Hood, Grumpy and Snow White, and so on and so forth.

Now? Well, it’s pretty much the same thing, only the promiscuous factor’s been ratcheted up a ton or two. Have you seen how Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, and Snow White look like now? It’s like they walked off a set that wrapped filming in the San Fernando Valley. Maturation can be so much fun.

What’s even more fun is celebrating Halloween at a proper party. After combing through listings, here’s our compilation of some of the best, coast-to-coast. If you’re lucky and your costume’s tight, who knows? You just might get a trick and a treat. If not, ask the bartender for Red Bull cocktail specials. Don’t worry, wings will work on all outfits.

Part 2: NEW YORK, NY
New York, New York, big city of dreams, and everything in New York ain’t always what it seems - particularly on Halloween. Manhattan turns mad Halloween weekend over something other than the building of a mosque, and we couldn’t be more stoked. With parties cracking all over the city, here’s a list of some of the stuff worth checking out, Grandmaster Flash - or Snoop Dogg - costume sold separately.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Stone Rose
10 Columbus Circle
Description: Five DJs slated to spin. With four more than what’s necessary, it should be nice and noisy.

Don Hill’s
511 Greenwich Street
Description: For the trendy crowd, Don Hill’s has Halloween plans that are still cryptic. How holiday-appropriate.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Oak Room at The Plaza
10 Central Park South
Description: Chef Eric Hara will be serving Red Bull-inspired foods (BBQ, ice cream, jello shots, cocktails) at the massive 1,000 person capacity party. Yum!

Good Units at Hudson Hotel
356 W. 58th Street
Description: Halloween-edition of the Bloody Mary party, boasting artful androgynists and “it girls” from several scenes and genders, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Covet Lounge
137 E. 55th Street
Description: Halloween fun for the upscale-crowd. Bring your wallets as well as your costumes.

Ulysses Folk House
58 Stone Street
Description: Live band and cash prize for best costume. FTW: Dress as a musician and say you’re with the band. Worst case, there’s always the third-string groupies.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Rooftop at Empire Hotel
44 W. 63rd Street
Description: Tired from Saturday night partying? If the $1,000 costume prize isn’t compelling enough, the open vodka bar from 8-9 p.m. should be.


Not in New York? Check the guides for Part 1: Las Vegas and Part 3: Los Angeles.



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