Halloween is without question one of the nightlife world's top holidays — and unlike other occasions when fashion is key, on Halloween we can dress up as anything we like. Halloween ’19 falls on a Thursday—and that means parties will be popping up all over the month. Here's a guide to some of the top spooky soirees, boo-bashes and monster mashes taking place on Long Island this year.
Halloween Party at Long Ireland Brewing Co.
INFO: 817 Pulaski St., Riverhead; 631-403-4303, longirelandbrewing.com WHEN: 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 THE DEAL: Costume party (costumes are required), food will be available via food truck and live music will be supplied by Where Stars Collide. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes; there's to be a Best Group Costume contest (for groups of four or more). COVER: $25 (includes two beer tickets); purchase tickets in advance online, at the tasting room or charge by phone.
Ninth Annual Halloween Party at The Leaky Lifeboat Inn
INFO: 3603 Merrick Rd., Seaford, 516-804-9870 WHEN: starts at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 THE DEAL: Prizes will be given for top costumes at this annual bash; drink specials will be available. COVER: No cover
Rowdyween ‘19 at Rowdy Hall
INFO: 10 Main St., East Hampton; 631-324-8555, rowdyhall.com WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 THE DEAL: Costume party with cash prizes, drink specials; DJ will provide music; costumes are requested. COVER: $30 in advance, $35 at the door (includes one complimentary drink).
‘A Very Funky Halloween’ at Mulcahy’s
INFO: 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh; 516-783-7500, muls.com WHEN: Friday, Oct. 25 THE DEAL: Bands Disco Unlimited (at 8 p.m.) and O El Amor (10 p.m., pictured) are slated to shake the stage; wear disco or Halloween costumes for a chance to win a free limousine ride. COVER: $12 in advance at ticketweb.com, $15 at the door; VIP tables are available for reservation.
‘Night Of The Living Cover Bands’
THE DEAL: A four-night event, this mini concert series takes place at four Long Island venues and features several local musicians performing while dressed as their own favorite artists or bands. Venues will be decorated in spooky Halloween style and doings such as face/body painting and tarot readings will take place; hosted by Maxwell Peters (pictured). WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 24 at Portside (242 E Main St., Port Jefferson; no cover), Friday, Oct. 25 at Finley's of Green Street (43 Green St., Huntington; $10 cover), Saturday, Oct. 26 at Long Shot Bar and Grill (3720 NY-112, Coram; $10 cover), Thursday, Oct. 31 at 89 North (89 N. Ocean Ave., Patchogue; $12 cover, ages 16-20: $15); 6:30 p.m. nightly.
Halloween Costume Bash at Post Office Cafe
INFO: 130 W Main St., Babylon; 631-669-9224, thepostofficecafe.com WHEN: 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 THE DEAL: Costume contest and drink specials; beats by DJ Deano. COVER: $5
Hamptons Biggest Halloween Party at The 324
INFO: 44 Three Mile Harbor Rd., East Hampton; 631-324-3329 WHEN: starts at 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 THE DEAL: Juan Camilo Sanchez--better known as DJ Camilo--has long been a star on the club scene. With a reputation as one of the top hip-hop DJs anywhere, his nickname "International Club King" applies as he drops beats around the globe at spots in Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Asia. However, he'll be in the Hamptons for Halloween 2019, along with DJs Carlito and Jun for a costume party and contest with prizes for top get-ups. COVER: $50, available online at eventbrite.com.
Halloween parties at Salt Shack
INFO: 100 Ocean Pkwy., Babylon; 631-422-7222, saltshackny.com WHEN: Oct. 25-26, starting at 5 p.m. THE DEAL: Two days of live music near the beach with The 60s Invasion playing Friday, Oct. 25 and the Legendary Murphys (pictured) on the 26th; costumes are encouraged. COVER: no cover.
LION's Halloween Rescue Ball and Costume Contest at The Ballroom of Huntington
INFO: 508 New York Ave., Huntington; 516-592-3722, humanelongisland.org WHEN: 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 THE DEAL: The nonprofit animal advocacy group LION (Long Island Orchestrating for Nature) is hosting a benefit bash featuring dancing, music and vegan drinks among other offerings, with baskets available for raffle and prizes offered for top costumes. COVER: a $40 donation (all funds raised benefit LION); pay at the door or preorder online.
New Wave Halloween Bash at Aura Light And Sound Suite
INFO:1900 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow; 516-794-1300 WHEN: 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 THE DEAL: Touch the 80s (AKA "The Touch") is performing with DJs Andre and Rob Krush spinning at this new wave Halloween costume party and contest. COVER: $10 with costume, $15 without.
'Halloween Costume Party’ at Library Cafe
INFO: 274 Main St., Farmingdale; 516-752-7678, thelibrarycafe.com WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 p.m.-4 a.m. THE DEAL: Costume party and contest, DJ will provide sounds. COVER: No cover.
Halloween party at Maxwell’s
INFO: 501 Main St., Islip; 631-210-0011, maxwellsny.com WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 THE DEAL: DJ Rob spins while guests join a costume party and contest; drink specials at the bar. COVER: $5
Halloween Party at Po'Boy Brewery
INFO: 200 Wilson St., Port Jefferson Station; 631-828-1131, poboybrewery.com WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. THE DEAL: Costume party and costume contest (costumes absolutely required). Prizes for costume contest: $50 gift certificate and a growler fill for first place, $25 plus two-can fill for second place, $15 and one-can fill for third. Free food and specials on select beer and ciders will be offered; watch for special release brews available only during the soiree. COVER: No cover.
Halloween bash at CJ’s Fire Island
INFO: 479 Bay Walk, Ocean Beach; 631-583-8870, cjsfireisland.com WHEN: starts at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 THE DEAL: Costume party and contest plus free buffet and happy hour "shocktails" and other drink specials from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.; beats by DJ FI-RA (starting at 9 p.m.) COVER: No cover; rooms at the The Palms Hotel are available starting at $199.
Halloween at Karvers Grille
INFO: 480 Patchogue-Holbrook Rd., Holbrook; 631-868-7300, karversgrille.com WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, starting at 9 p.m. THE DEAL: Costume party and contest plus live music from Kathy & the Man. COVER: No cover.
‘Evil Dead’ at Cult Cafe
INFO: Cinema Arts Centre: 423 Park Ave., Huntington; 631-423-7611 WHEN: 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 THE DEAL: A newly remastered version of the original 1981 "Evil Dead" horror film will be screened in the venue's theater space; food, there will be giveaways plus craft beer and wine available for purchase. COVER: $12 (members pay $7), tickets available in advance via cinemaartscentre.org.
‘Boo Bash’ at Danford’s
INFO: 25 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson Village; 631-928-5200, danfords.com WHEN: starts at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 THE DEAL: DJ and producer Frankie Cutlass (pictured) is best-known for his efforts on the freestyle and hip-hop music scenes, but he's also set to spin at this year's Halloween costume party at Danford's; prizes will be given for best costumes. COVER: $15 with costume, $25 without.