(Tompkins Square Park, 500 E. Ninth St. between (Credit: Getty Images)

(Tompkins Square Park, 500 E. Ninth St. between avenues A and B): Watch 500 costumed pooches -- led by the "Best In Show" pick and a Mardi Gras band -- strut their stuff in this 24th annual event. Memorable past looks included a golden retriever as The Little Mermaid, a dachshund hipster in plaid and glasses, and a competition-winning, immobilized pug got up as Scarlett O'Hara. Info: Oct. 25, noon-3 p.m. (parade at 2:30), free, tompkinssquaredogrun.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

NYC weekend picks: Our best bets

Our picks for what to see and do in the city.

GHOULS & GOURDS

(Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 150 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn): Expect
(Credit: Mike Ratliff)

(Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 150 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn): Expect plenty of dance-inducing live music, hands-on workshops with creepy creatures, a dedicated book barn, Brussels sprouts bowling, a costume parade with giant stilt dancers and a drum circle at this eclectic annual Halloween celebration. Info: Oct. 25, noon-5:30 p.m., $15, kids younger than 12 free, 718-623-7200, bbg.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

TOMPKINS SQUARE HALLOWEEN DOG PARADE

(Tompkins Square Park, 500 E. Ninth St. between
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(Tompkins Square Park, 500 E. Ninth St. between avenues A and B): Watch 500 costumed pooches -- led by the "Best In Show" pick and a Mardi Gras band -- strut their stuff in this 24th annual event. Memorable past looks included a golden retriever as The Little Mermaid, a dachshund hipster in plaid and glasses, and a competition-winning, immobilized pug got up as Scarlett O'Hara. Info: Oct. 25, noon-3 p.m. (parade at 2:30), free, tompkinssquaredogrun.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

BRAZILIAN FESTIVAL

(Jazz at Lincoln Center, 3 Columbus Circle): Get
(Credit: Beto Figueiroa)

(Jazz at Lincoln Center, 3 Columbus Circle): Get ready for some jazz with a South American flair at this two-night festival. Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will perform the music of Moacir Santos, aka "the Brazilian Duke Ellington," at the Rose Theater. Over at the Appel Room, the SpokFrevo Orquestra, pictured, will get the crowd groovin'. Info: Marsalis: Oct. 24-25 at 8 p.m. SpokFrevo: Oct. 24-25 at 7 and 9:30 p.m., $30-$120, 212-721-6500, jazz.org -- DANIEL BUBBEO

"THE DARK CRYSTAL"

(BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn): The
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(BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn): The 1982 fantasy directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz kicks off the Puppets on Film series this weekend. Friday's screening includes appearances by the film's creative contributors Brian and Wendy Froud, a reading of fan fiction, and more. Costumes are encouraged. Info: Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.; series through Oct. 26, $14, 718-636-4100, bam.org -- RAFER GUZMAN

GRAVESEND INN HAUNTED HOTEL

(New York City College of Technology, Voorhees Theatre,
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(New York City College of Technology, Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay St., Brooklyn): City Tech students, faculty and the resident theatrical troupe have been designing and running this thrilling and fear-inducing high-tech Halloween destination since 2000. Info: Oct. 23-Nov. 1, $8, 781-260-5588, gravesendinn.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

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"ZERO: COUNTDOWN TO TOMORROW, 1950s-60s"

(Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave.): Members
(Credit: Heinz Mack)

(Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave.): Members of the international Zero network (and smaller German Zero group) looked to transform art after World War II. This show, which features more than 180 works, including Heinz Mack's 1961 illustration, above, is the first large-scale survey in the United States to focus on their historical impact and collective work. Info: Oct. 10, 2014-Jan. 7, 2015, $22, 212-423-3575, guggenheim.org

"STICKS AND BONES"

(The New Group, Pershing Square Signature Center, 480
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(The New Group, Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd. St.): David Rabe's 1972 Tony-winning drama about an Ozzie-and-Harriet family facing social change, stars Bill Pullman, Richard Chamberlain and Holly Hunter, pictured. Info: Oct. 21-Dec. 14, $75, 212-279-4200, thenewgroup.org -- LINDA WINER

"THE LAST SHIP"

(Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St.): Yes,
(Credit: Joan Marcus)

(Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St.): Yes, Sting wrote a Broadway musical, and no, he isn't in it. But this is a show about an English seafaring town very much like the one where he grew up. Info: Oct. 16-March 29, 2015, $60-$137, 877-250-2929, thelastship.com -- LINDA WINER

"DEATH BECOMES HER: A CENTURY OF MOURNING ATTIRE"

(The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.):
(Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Karen L. Willis)

(The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.): The second exhibit at the Anna Wintour Costume Center, which opened in May, is devoted to about 30 mourning ensembles of the 19th and early 20th centuries, such as this black silk crape and dress from the 1870s. Info: Oct. 21, 2014-Feb. 1, 2015, $25 recommended fee, 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

LUNA PARK

(1000 Surf Ave., Brooklyn): The Coney Island attraction
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(1000 Surf Ave., Brooklyn): The Coney Island attraction is open with thrill rides (like the new Luna 360), kiddie rides, a revamped arcade full of games and more. Go for the 87-year-old world-famous Cyclone roller coaster or 2014's new vertical lift steel roller coaster, The Thunderbolt. Luna Park's Halloween Harvest includes pick and paint pumpkins, costumed characters, candy apples and a celebration on the final day of the season with Food Network star Marc Maniac carving a giant gourd into a Halloween masterpiece. Info: Through Oct. 26, free entry, wristband deals $20-$42, 718-373-5862, lunaparknyc.com. --ANNE MACHALINSKI

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THE HAUNTED PUMPKIN GARDEN

(The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd.,
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(The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx): Bring the kids for a day of pumpkin-themed fun, including costume parades, scavenger hunts, puppet theater play, spooky story times and more. You'll gape at the largest pumpkins around -- last year, the biggest topped 2,000 pounds. Info: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (excluding Monday), through Oct. 31; $25, $10 children 2-12, 718-817-8700, nybg.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

BIG APPLE CIRCUS: METAMORPHOSIS

The much-loved circus presents their trapeze artists, contortionists,
(Credit: Big Apple Circus / Bertrand Guay)

The much-loved circus presents their trapeze artists, contortionists, clowns and animal acts such as Jenny Vidbel's , above, in an all-new show for their 37th season. WHEN|WHERE Oct. 17-Jan. 11 at Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center Plaza (West 62nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues). INFO From $25, 888-541-3750, bigapplecircus.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

SMORGASBURG

(Saturday: East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave.,
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(Saturday: East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave., Brooklyn; Sunday: Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park): Eat your way around the Brooklyn food scene at this outdoor market offering porchetta sandwiches, People's Pops and Ramen Burgers. Info: Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 29, free, smorgasburg.com — ANNE MACHALINSKI

LE BINGO

(Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St.): Linda Simpson,
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(Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St.): Linda Simpson, who's been called "the thinking woman's drag queen," is your host for a fun-filled night of bingo, burlesque, laughs, food and drink. If your number comes up, you could win exciting prizes, from discount-store delights to a bucket of cash. Info: Saturdays at 7; free admission, $2 for each bingo card; 212-505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com -- DANIEL BUBBEO

UBUNTU: MUSIC AND ARTS OF SOUTH AFRICA FESTIVAL

(Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, 881
(Credit: Brett Rubin)

(Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, 881 Seventh Ave., at 57th St.): South Africa is the focus of this month-long citywide fest, which begins tonight with a performance by South African musical legends Hugh Masekela (pictured) and Vusi Mahlasela (plus guests) to celebrate 20 years of democracy. Info: Kickoff concert is Oct. 10 at 8 p.m., runs through Nov. 5, prices vary by event, 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org/SouthAfrica -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

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HENRI MATISSE: THE CUT-OUTS

(The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd
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(The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St.): About 100 of Matisse's colorful and abstract cut paper works, which vary greatly in terms of shape and size, make up what is arguably the most anticipated exhibition of the fall season. Info: Opens Oct. 12 and runs through Feb. 8, $25 (timed tickets are required), 212-708-9400, moma.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

MARIO BATALI TOUR

(Various locations): Eat and drink your way through
(Credit: Mario Batali)

(Various locations): Eat and drink your way through Greenwich Village as famed chef/restaurateur Mario Batali would in this three-hour culinary tour, which makes stops at two Batali-owned restaurants, Otto and Lupa, plus historic neighborhood sights and local food shops specializing in pasta and olive oil. Info: Weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; $64, 888-683-8671, walksofnewyork.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"LENNON THROUGH A GLASS ONION"

(Union Square Theatre, 100 E. 17th St.): Australian
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(Union Square Theatre, 100 E. 17th St.): Australian author/performer John R. Waters (pictured at right, with Stewart D'Arrietta) reimagines John Lennon through songs and monologues. Info: In previews for an Oct. 15 opening, $39.50-$71.40, 877-250-2929, lennononstage.com -- LINDA WINER

"BILLY AND RAY"

(Vineyard Theatre, 108 E. 15th St.): Vincent Kartheiser
(Credit: Carol Rosegg)

(Vineyard Theatre, 108 E. 15th St.): Vincent Kartheiser (ambitious Pete Campbell on "Mad Men") and Larry Pine (at left in photo with Kartheiser) play Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler in Mike Bencivenga's comedy about the making of the film noir "Double Indemnity." Veteran Hollywood luminary Garry Marshall directs. Info: In previews for Oct. 20 opening, $79, 212-352-3101, vineyardtheatre.org -- LINDA WINER

"TORRID ZONE"

(The Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53
(Credit: The Museum of Modern Art)

(The Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53 St.): That's a pretty good title for a movie, especially a frothy adventure-comedy from 1940 starring Ann Sheridan (pictured with James Cagney), known in fan magazines as "The Oomph Girl." The film screens as part of an ongoing Sheridan retrospective. Info: Oct. 3 at 1:30 p.m.; series runs through Nov. 21; $12, 212-708-9400, moma.org -- RAFER GUZMAN

"THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME"

(Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St.): This unlikely
(Credit: Joan Marcus)

(Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St.): This unlikely adaptation of Mark Haddon's fascinating novel, narrated by a boy with autism, won seven Olivier Awards in London. (Pictured are Alex Sharp and Ian Barford.) Now we get to decide for ourselves. Info: In previews before the Oct. 5 opening; $27-$129, 212-239-6200, curiousbroadway.com -- LINDA WINER

HIGH LINE AT THE RAIL YARDS

The High Line, the public park on a
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The High Line, the public park on a formerly abandoned elevated rail line on Manhattan's far West Side, opened its first section in the Meatpacking District in 2009. As of late September, it now extends the full length - 1.45 miles - from Gansevoort to West 34th Street, with the newest area, called High Line at the Rail Yards, snaking north from 30th Street. This stretch has largely untouched appearance, with areas where self-seeded wildflowers and native grasses have been left intact. Parts of the former rail line remain, and there's also a new silicon-coated section where kids can safely explore. Info: Daily from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. (the interim walkway section closes at 6 p.m.); Free, 212-206-9922, thehighline.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

NIGHTMARE: NEW YORK

(The Clemente, 107 Suffolk St.): It's Halloween season
(Credit: Michael Blase)

(The Clemente, 107 Suffolk St.): It's Halloween season again, and this haunted house, now in its 11th season, includes frights that invoke horrific urban legends of New York City (think post-Sandy super rats, alligators in the sewers and mole people in the Subway tunnels). Info: Through Nov. 1; $30 online, $35 at door, 347-577-9999, hauntedhousenyc.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

WOOLWORTH BUILDING LOBBY TOURS

(233 Broadway): When it was completed it 1913,
(Credit: Thomas McGovern)

(233 Broadway): When it was completed it 1913, lower Manhattan's Woolworth building -- at 792 feet high -- was the tallest in the world. Today, this historic landmark is dwarfed by skyscrapers near and far, but its stunning lobby, which features stained glass, Byzantine mosaics and other architectural flourishes, is still top of the class. Tours are now being offered in five languages. Custom tours available for groups of 10-35. Info: Sept. 26 at 1 p.m., Sept. 27 at 1 and 3 p.m., and Tuesdays through Sundays at various times; $15-$45, depending on length of tour (offered for 30, 60 or 90 minutes), 203-966-9663, woolworthtours.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"TAIL! SPIN!"

(Lynn Redgrave Theater, 45 Bleecker St.): Rachel Dratch
(Credit: Carol Rosegg)

(Lynn Redgrave Theater, 45 Bleecker St.): Rachel Dratch (pictured, with Sean Dugan), best known from "Saturday Night Live," explores the raunchy secret lives of scandalized politicians in Mario Correa's satire based exclusively on their own words in interviews, e-mails, texts and tweets. Info: In previews for an Oct. 1 opening; $25-$75, 866-811-4111, tailspinshow.com - - LINDA WINER