10/24/16 3:44pm
Don't fear the cheaper: our Brokelyn picks for can't-miss events this Halloweekend

You don’t have to pay to get into 30 rock just to have fun this weekend. Via Pinterest

Point of fact: Halloween is the best holiday in New York City. Why? First of all, it’s the only holiday whose sole adult purpose is partying. Second, it’s the most creative holiday. And since New York is a hotbed of creative energy, we get some wild instances of that. (Not to mention, New Yorkers are especially good at bringing getting their pets into the spirit.)

Our friends over at DNA Info agree with us — though  9/10 dentists may not — and that makes for not one but two reliable journalistic sources to back up the next argument you have with your friends about Halloween. Even if you don’t have a costume yet (here, let us help!) this weekend has tons of spook to keep you frightfully delighted, all the way through to the last trick-or-treater at your front door. We picked out our favorites:  (more…)

10/05/16 11:40am
Let me live my damn life Sidney via. Quotesgram

Let me live my damn life Sidney via. Quotesgram

Throw on the Psycho theme, because we’re ready for the ultimate spook. You could stay in bed and watch a scary movie (probably with the lights on, wimp) but what will you do about the lingering shadows keeping you up at night?

If haunted houses aren’t your cup of blood, watching a scary movie in a theatre is the next best scare: that slight chill from the air conditioning, the hushed whisper and focus of everyone waiting for what happens next, the swell of suspenseful music that inevitably leads to someone starting to scream profanities at the screen.

In that spirit (get it?), here’s Brokelyn’s spooktacular roundup of scary movie showings all around the borough. We’ll keep updating this list with additional series as they are announced. In the meantime, head to these movies, and keep the creepy clown costumes at home (also burn them). (more…)

09/26/16 12:06pm
Sigourney Weaver is all of us via Imgur

Sigourney Weaver is all of us. via Imgur

You know those cheery Christmas loving freaks who cram holiday spirit down your throat as soon as September hits? Screw that. Cue the Ghostbusters theme and the dancing pumpkin newscasters because I’m here to talk up the best season: Fall! It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Brokelyn may seem like the ultimate pro-summer fan club with our tank tops and our articles on beach forts, but not all of us bask in the sun. Some of us prefer the homier aspects of the changing seasons, basking in our ghostly paleness, layering up, and putting our final touches on the Halloween costume we’ve been working on since last October.

With the fall equinox coming and going this past Thursday, Brooklynites have already been graced with lower temperatures and dead, stomp-worthy leaves on the sidewalk. So many things lie in store as the weeks go on; pumpkins, Halloween, finally figuring out what season six of American Horror Story is actually about…  I can’t be the only one to Google what Roanoke was, but regardless, here are 13 reasons why fall is supreme. (more…)

10/28/15 11:13am
A Batfleck costume would be a real pissah, and it's wicked easy to make. All illustrations by Shaylyn Berlew

A Batfleck costume would be a real pissah, and it’s wicked easy to make. All illustrations by Shaylyn Berlew

All Hallow’s Eve, everybody! It’s the most wonderful time of the year when we get to indulge our inner theater kid and play dress up and get randy with each other. Despite heading out to LA my heart is still in Brooklyn and my bank account is still questionable, so here I am with Brokelyn’s second annual guide to easy DIY Halloween costumes and their apropos sexual innuendos to say while wearing them.

To make sure we’re clear, these aren’t “sexy” costumes- you guys can probably go as a random occupation or pizza-loving rats wearing only bras and banana hammocks without my specific instructions. Rather, here are some cheap and simple costumes- some even capable of keeping you warm- and ways to leverage your dressing up into an undressing by November 1. (more…)

10/23/15 9:30am

There’s a universe of options for $31 tattoos at Big Bang Ink, and other tattoo shops this Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner and here in Brooklyn you can celebrate it right many different ways. In addition to all the parties happening, five awesome tattoo shops are treating you to something that will last forever (unlike your Halloween candy), $31 tattoos. So grab your $31, and the nearest (dare)devil and go get inked!


Gaze into the abyss, the delicious delicious abyss. via Facebook

It’s Halloween time and beyond all those parties you have to make time for, you’ve also got to make room in your stomach for candy, so much candy. Of course, now that you’re an adult your tastes might be leaning towards something a bit more mature, something that sounds a bit more French. If that’s the case, Bay Ridge bakers (and makers of great holiday-themed stunt foods) is rolling out what they’re calling Pain au Halloween, or in English, candy-stuffed croissants. (more…)

10/14/15 5:00pm
Spooky, scary. Poster by Meghan Doherty, via the skint

Spooky, scary. Poster by Meghan Doherty, via the skint

I have a confession to make: when I first moved to New York, the skint was my brokester bible. I don’t remember how I first stumbled on their website, but I do remember how quickly I got addicted. In a sea of big spenders at NYU, I felt like a lone ranger trolling skint listings to find cheap thrills. I still remember the day I cut class just to score a free lunch in midtown.

Oh, those were the days! It didn’t matter whether it was a lecture, a giveaway or a party — if it was listed on the skint, it was worth my time. And with Halloween 2015 just two short weeks away, I couldn’t be more tickled that the skint is hosting its very own eve-of Hallow’s eve party on Friday, October 30.  (more…)

10/05/15 1:23pm
No, just not. Go back to the drawing board.

No, just not. Go back to the drawing board.

As soon as websites started competing for EXCLUSIVES to determine how much pizza Pizza Rat actually ate and publications wrote highbrow thinkpieces about it and people hauled out cheap imitations like Milkshake Squirrel, you knew that Pizza Rat was an Official Thing of 2015. All Official Things of a given year wind up with Halloween costumes, and we don’t begrudge America’s cash-in costuming industry for grabbing at dollars. Still, a line has to be drawn somewhere, and we’re drawing it here, today. This Sexy Pizza Rat costume is all sorts of wrong, and it just needs to go. (more…)

10/31/14 4:35pm

When it comes to spooky lives, obviously every day in the lives of haunted Williamsburg apartment dwellers the Triplets of Kings County is Halloween. Still, even for these three identical 18-year-old triplets who are just trying to make it in this crazy city, their Halloween adventure was a step above the norm. They get free meat, meet their dopplegangers, attend a murder mystery dinner (with real murder) and learn some valuable lessons before the twist ending. We won’t spoil that though, because it’s on par with Hitchcock and other masters of the plot twist. Anyway, Happy Halloween! (more…)

jimmyjane bullet

Way, way better than fun-size Jujubees

It’s kind a bummer that now that we’re adults, people are less into the idea of giving us free stuff in exchange for dressing as Superman or Aquaman or Slutty Jon Stewart on Halloween, but we guess that’s just part of life. What’s this though? Babeland in Park Slope (462 Bergen Street) is getting into the spirit of the holiday tomorrow, giving away vibrators to the first 25 people who show up the the store tomorrow. You don’t have to show up in a costume, but there’s a potential reward in it. (more…)