This weekend begins with Halloween and ends with the marathon. In between you can attend a food-focused film festival, see your favorite horror movies on the big screen, and sip craft beer. Read on for details about our five picks for the best in eating, drinking, and merrymaking events. By Jessica Allen.
At the Food Film Fest, you get to eat what you watch. Indeed, this festival bills itself as “a cinematic scratch n’ sniff where guests taste the food they see on the screen.” You don’t even have to leave your seat. Case in point: Lemon Muffins With a Sweet Surprise, described as “[f]ood porn of the making of very special lemon-coconut muffin.” All told, 30 films will be shown. Wednesday, October 29, through Saturday, November 1, see schedule for details, prices vary, tickets required.
Each and every person who gets a ticket to the New York City Craft Beer Festival will get a tasting glass that enables him or her to try as many 2-ounce tastings of 150 beers on offer as he or she wishes. (The event is 21 and over, but you probably guessed that already.) The beers come from 75 brewers, who come from all over the world, including Hawaii and California. What’s not so obvious? On Friday night, you can wear a costume. Friday, October 31, and Saturday, November 1, tickets required.
Hard as it might be to believe, the Village Halloween Parade has been going on for 41 years. This year’s theme is “Garden of Earthly Delights,” so expect to see even more nakedness and revelry than usual. Anyone and everyone can join the parade, as long as he/she/it is wearing a costume. If you’d rather watch than march, line up along Sixth Avenue, with thousands and thousands of other souls. Bring your camera, your smile, a free spirit, and an open mind. Friday, October 31, 7 to 11 pm, free.
Hosted by Fangoria’s Sam Zimmerman and Nitehawk’s Kris King, A Nite to Dismember is an all-out, eyeballs-to-the-wall horrorfest. This overnight, ten-hour event includes five horror classics (such as Bride of Frankenstein and Evil Dead II), costume contests, horror movie trivia, montages of favorite moments, special cocktails, and free popcorn. If you survive until morning, you’ll get coffee and breakfast. Friday, October 31, 10 pm to 8 am, $50, tickets required.
Probably the most famous marathon in the world, the New York City Marathon draws 50,000-plus participants, including professionals who’ll likely finish the race in around two hours and change, as well as 2 million spectators each year. The course goes through all five boroughs, across five bridges, and finishes with great flourish in Central Park. For optimal viewing, check out the route. Sunday, November 2, 8:30 am until the last runner crosses the finish line, free to watch.