By John Friia

It’s that frightful time of year when New Yorkers get dressed up and head to Halloween parties. Whether you’re looking for a freak show in Brooklyn, a zombie prom on the Lower East Side or a 1970s affair in Midtown, there are some great places to get your scare on.

The McKittrick Masquerade: Inferno
530 West 27th St.
New York, NY 10001

Nestled in the heart of Chelsea, The McKittrick Hotel is typically home to Sleep No More, but for Halloween, it is also the spot for The McKittrick Masquerade: Inferno. Visitors will get a rare chance to discover the historical hotel unlike anytime before with high-energy music, dancing and surprises throughout its many floors. Among the various labyrinths inside, you’ll find a subversive adults-only room reminiscent of the city’s old nightclub days. New Yorkers are encouraged to come dressed as certain themes, including vampire, zombie, mummy, beast, monster or sorcerer. The annual masquerade takes place on Oct. 27, Oct. 28 and on Halloween night.

Freak Show Party
Sunday In Brooklyn
348 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249

As the sun sets on Oct. 31, the freaky Halloween fun commences at Sunday In Brooklyn’s Freak Show Party. The costume-required party kicks off at 8 p.m. and includes passed and stationary bites, two drinks and party punch with purchase of tickets. Throughout the night, partygoers will be entertained with various sideshow acts, including torch juggling, snake dancing, sword swallowing, fire eating and partner acrobatics. There will also be tarot card readings, a DJ and face painting.

Zombie Prom
Mr. Purple
180 Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002

High above Orchard Street, Mr. Purple brings a frightful night of dancing and drinking to its Zombie Prom on Oct. 27. The Lower East Side hotspot encourages New Yorkers to come in their deadliest attire starting at 10 p.m. As prom-goers celebrate Halloween, they can take in the panoramic views of the skyline while dancing to the beats of DJ Danga.

Haunted Beer Garden Halloween Party
Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten
7 Rivington St.
New York, NY 10002

New Yorkers can grab a beer and have a scream at Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten’s Haunted Beer Garden Party on Oct. 28 and Halloween night. The night is full of pumpkin beer served from a pumpkin keg. If beer is not your choice of drink, opt for a spooky cocktail like the Bloody IV Bag mixed with rye, ginger, grenadine and orange butter served in an IV pouch. Throughout the day, there are various drink specials, including $25 pitchers and $12 cocktails. There will also be a costume contest and the winner will receive a $250 bar tab.

The Deuce: Halloween Edition
Rosewood Theater
552 West 38th St.
New York, NY 10018

Travel back in time and revisit the 1970s at Rosewood Theater’s The Deuce: Halloween Edition on Oct. 28. Themed after the popular HBO series, the party invites attendees to dress like characters from the show or in their best 1970s attire. The bi-level theater will host a DJ playing today’s music with some creative mashups. New Yorkers can access the upstairs of the Rosewood Theater with upgraded tickets or dance the night away on the main floor with general admission tickets.

Third Annual Refined Masquerade
Refinery Rooftop
63 West 38th St.
New York, NY 10018

Boasting breathtaking views of the Empire State Building, Refinery Rooftop is hosting its third annual Refined Masquerade on Oct. 28. This black tie optional, masks required affair brings a sophistication and elegance to this frightful holiday. Attendees will listen to jazz performances by Syndee Winters from Hamilton and music from DJ Neil Jackson as they sip Halloween-inspired cocktail and passed bites.

Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest
Monarch Rooftop & Indoor Lounge
71 W 35th St.
New York, NY 10018
(212) 630-9993

Here’s a rooftop bash you could bring the kids to: Located in the Courtyard by Marriott New York Manhattan/Herald Square hotel, the event on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. is open to all ages at no fee and offers views of the Empire State Building and midtown Manhattan. Raffles will also be held for prizes with all proceeds to be donated to the B Strong Foundation for hurricane relief.

John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.