Too Old for Tricks or Treats? Halloween Can Still Be Fun!

Matt Draper |

Aged out of your naughty nurse outfit? No longer interested in shoving your way through inebriated crowds for a glimpse of the Village Halloween Parade?

As fright night creeps closer, revelers throughout the city are planning a variety of adult-appropriate Halloween happenings.

Here’s our selection of local Halloween events for grown-ups:

Scary Movie Film Series
Film Society of Lincoln Center, Manhattan
Oct. 27-31

"Poltergeist," a 1982 classic directed by Tobe Hooper, will screen as part of the part of the Lincoln Center Film Societies Scar Movie Series. Photo courtesy of the Film Society at Lincoln Center.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center is offering a series of horror flicks this fall. There are some classic chillers like “The Seventh Victim” and “Poltergeist,” in addition to a few New York City premieres such as Ben Wheatley’s dramatic thriller, “Kill List,” and Ti West’s supernatural horror film, “The Innkeepers.” This year’s Scary Movie series is dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe, so in addition to a screening of Stuart Gordon’s “The Black Cat,” the series includes a live performance of Poe’s “Nevermore.”

TIME'S Up! Halloween bike ride starts in Union Square at 7 p.m. in Manhattan. Flickr/alexbcthompson. Flickr/alexbcthompson

TIME’S UP! Critical Mass Halloween Bike Ride
Union Square Park, Manhattan
Oct. 28, 7 p.m.

On Halloween night, grab a bike and slip into a scary (but comfortable) costume for a ride through the streets with Critical Mass, a grassroots environmental group, for a “spooky demonstration” that supports sustainable transportation and community. The ride will end at the historic squatter headquarters, C-Squat, located at 155 Ave. C in the East Village, so come ready to party. There will be free valet bike parking and a costume contest.

The Secret Lives of Mummies
The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn

Oct. 27, 7 p.m.

Learn about the ancient Egyptian art of body preservation during a behind the-scenes tour, “Exploring the Book of the Dead,” at the Brooklyn Museum’s Egyptian Galleries. Curator Ed Blieberg and Conservator Rachel Danzing will discuss the ancient Egyptian “Book of the Dead,” a 25-foot long papyrus sheet dating back to the 14th century B.C., on view in The Mummy Chamber. Space is limited, and registration is required.

Day of the Dead Photo Exhibit
The Majestic Theatre Condominiums, Jersey City, N.J.
Through Oct. 31

Brooklyn photographers Maya Joseph-Goteiner and Michael Courvoisier captured villagers’ preparations for Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico. Learn more about Oaxacan culture and tradition at the exhibit, “Oaxaca: Maya Joseph-Goteiner and Michael Courvoisier.”

Dead or Alive Food Experiments
New York Hall of Science, Queens
Oct. 29-30, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Experimenting with food, particularly your own cooking, may be the easiest way to strike fear into your friends and family. The folks at the New York Hall of Science at Flushing Meadows Corona Park are putting on a food-focused event complete with tutorials and tips from candy makers, molecular gastronomists and food scientists. Tickets are free with admission to the museum.

NIGHTMARE: Fairy Tales
107 Suffolk St., Manhattan
Through Nov. 5

Labeled “New York’s most horrifying haunted house,” NIGHTMARE, a hybrid haunted house and theatre performance, is tackling classic fairy tales in its latest Halloween show. Visitors can “get lost in a dark forest and wander through the woods,” while at the same time “becoming the characters and reliving the terrifying experiences extracted from over a dozen twisted stories.” Plus, the production includes puppets, and, really, who isn’t afraid of puppets? Tickets are $30.

Bugs and Brews: Halloween Fun for Grown-ups
New York Botanical Garden, Bronx

Oct. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Hosted by the New York Botanical Garden, this one-night, adults-only event includes a scary jaunt through an “Adventure Garden” followed by a freaky food and drink pairing (artisanal beers and insect delicacies). It certainly sounds like an interesting way to spend an evening, though perhaps not the best Halloween event for a first date. Tickets are $20 for members and $30 and non-members (includes complimentary beer).

Halloween at “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House”
Merchant’s House Museum, Manhattan

Oct. 27-31

Scared of the dark? Freaked out by ghost stories? Then you might want stay away from the Merchant House in NoHo during Halloween weekend. Events will include a candlelight ghost tour of the house, a mid-19th century funeral and cemetery tour that includes a recreation of the 1865 funeral of Seabury Tredwell, the original homeowner (mourning dress encouraged), and an evening of ghost stories. Candlelight tours are available at 6 and 8 p.m. from Oct. 27 to 29 and last for about 1.5 hours. On Oct. 30, there will be a funeral and cemetery tour from 3 to 5 p.m. On Halloween, the Merchant’s House will host a special evening of ghost stories at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets for each event are $30 for non-members and $15 for members.

Sam Lewis contributed reporting.

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