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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, Halloween edition

Rozay Labeija will slay you at Cryptkeepers (#4)
Rozay Labeija will slay you at Cryptkeepers (#4)

1. Start your Halloween weekend artfully with Norte Maar’s Beat Nite Greenpoint, with 10 galleries around the neighborhood open late. (Friday, Greenpoint, FREE)

2. Be a relaxed witch at Chick Flicks & Coloring, with Halloween-themed coloring books, group tarot readings, a screening of Practical Magic, midnight margaritas, and more. (Friday, Threes Brewing, $13)

3. See a slew of musicians in costume at the Halloween Cover Bands Bash, with performances of everyone from MC5 to Green Day to Marvin Gaye to Sonic Youth. (Friday & Saturday, The Gutter, FREE)4. Queer it up at Culture Whore’s Cryptkeepers, with a dozen hosts, several DJs, and shows by Aja, Mysha, Rify Royalty, Rozay LaBeija, and Zenobia. (Friday, Aviv, $15)

5. Stumble into the Upside-Down at the skint’s Stranger Things (With Candy) Party, featuring tunes by DJ Steve Reynolds, a supernatural photographic experience, video projections, and endless flashing lights. (Friday, Littlefield, $5)

Have a fabulous Fright Night with Evolfo (#)
Have a fabulous Fright Night with Evolfo (#11)

6. Play around to your heart’s content at Kickstarter’s Ghost Arcade, a Halloween-themed celebration of Brooklyn’s flourishing community of game creators and players. (Saturday, BRIC, FREE)

7. Squee the day away at the 18th annual Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest, billed as the borough’s “premiere cutthroat canine costume competition.” (Saturday, Fort Greene Park, $10)

8. Parade around in your best costume at Ghouls & Gourds, with spectacular shows, weird workshops, and a wacky parade full of colossal puppets, giant drums, and stilt dancers. (Saturday, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, $15)

9. Go comics crazy at the Hallowzine Festival, a smorgasbord of zines, comix, prints, and live drawing curated by Brooklyn Draw Jam. (Saturday, Shoestring Studio, FREE)

10. Get spooked at Obscura Society’s Magicians & Mediums, an exploration of the occult and the esoteric in — where else? — the cemetery. (Saturday, Green-Wood Cemetery, $22)

11. Feel a chill at TimeOut’s Brooklyn Fright Bazaar, with Evolfo playing The Cramps, an all-metal tribute to the Bee Gees, food vendors, drink specials, games, karaoke, and dancing into the night. (Saturday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $10)

12. Rage all night at ROCK. IS. DEAD., a night of “revived rock acts” in a warehouse including the Zombie Beatles, the Talking Deads, and the Ghost of Patsy Cline, plus a costume contest, cricket brownies, and blood punch. (Saturday, Unit J, $29)

13. Another chance to enter the Upside-Down: Gemini & Scorpio’s Stranger Things Halloween, an immersive environment filled with seances, life-size games, a sensory-deprivation pool, music from the likes of Sxip Shirey and his Jank! Band and This Way To Egress, and an all-night demonic dance floor. (Saturday, location w/ RSVP, $30)

14. Get your groove on at A Future Old School Halloween, a hip-hop dance party with BOOze giveaways, a costume contest, and surprise guests. (Saturday, Friends & Lovers, $10)

15. Blast off at Halloween 3000, an out-of-this-world dance party with intergalactic aerial acrobatics, abduction stations, secret science chambers, alien food, and DJs Moon Boots, David Kiss, Zephyr Ann, Ryan Clover, and Fabi Jugo. (Saturday, House of Yes, $30)

Chris Thile & Michael Daves will ease your Halloween hangover (#18)
Chris Thile & Michael Daves will ease your Halloween hangover (#18)

16. Figure out how to be a delightful do-gooder at Superheroes Anonymous, empowering everyone to make positive change with talks, workshops, homeless outreach, blood and marrow donating, a clothes and food drive, and more. (Sunday, 501 Union, FREE)

17. Celebrate community at the annual ¡Calabazafest!, a family-friendly mashup of Day of the Dead, Halloween, and Harvest Fair traditions. (Sunday, Maria Hernandez Park, FREE)

18. Twang it out at the fifth annual Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash, with two stages and a bevy of bands, including 9 Pound Hammer, Tony Trischka, Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, and Chris Thile & Michael Daves. (Sunday, Bell House, $30)

19. Dig up your darkest duds and head to the Goth Swap, a clothing swap where everything must be black. (Sunday, Silent Barn, FREE)

20. Figure out what’s going on in your scared brain at The Science of Fear, a lecture by developmental psychobiologist Dr. Rosemarie Perry. (Sunday, Post Office, FREE)

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