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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, getting spoopy edition

1. Start with an art party at Gowanus Open Studios Kickoff Party and meet other artists participating in the open studios throughout the weekend, plus take in some massive art by one of the GOS founders. (Friday, The Vanderbilt Republic, FREE)

2. Get some tattoo inspiration at Prime Real Estate, where over 60 tattoo artists have contributed original artwork straight from their imaginations, reflecting unrestricted concepts they themselves are passionate to recreate as actual tattoos. (Friday, Eight of Swords, FREE)

3. Art imitates life at The L Train Shutdown Nightmare, where straphangers are led on a terrifying, mind-altering journey through the decaying streets of Bushwick, warped by the chaos and destruction from the disturbing aftermath of the L train shutdown.  (Fri-Sun, Club Transit, $20-35)

4. See some basement comedy at Lo-Fi NYC, combining a classic 70’s variety show format with the most freewheeling underground comedians, featuring sketch, stand-up, musical guests, and sledgehammer giveaways. (Friday, Union Hall, $8)

5. Heat things up at A Night At the Baths: A Disco Party, where all the hits and the best of the underground will combine along with performances by a special group of talented dancers, singers, and entertainers sure to get things steamy and leave you panting. (Friday, C’mon Everybody, $5)


Get hexcited for some hexing (#13). Photo via Facebook.

6. Clear out your shelves for the Big Brooklyn Book Sale, where you can donate your old books so you’ll feel better about going through their huge selection of $1 paperbacks and $3 hardcovers. (Saturday, Brooklyn Public Library, FREE)

7. See the work of over 350 artists during Gowanus Open Studios who will open their studio doors and welcome the public to view art, learn about the process of art-making, and get a glimpse of an artist’s life. (Sat-Sun, Gowanus, FREE)

8. Uncover something new at Hidden History: Evergreens Cemetery and explore the winding paths on a walking tour of the gravesites of notable residents, including artists, actors, musicians and entertainers, as well as some controversial personalities. (Saturday, Evergreen Cemetery, $5)

9. Engage in a dialogue at Gentrification in Downtown Brooklyn: A Walking Tour that will highlight the development that has recreated downtown Brooklyn, and conversations around building new affordable housing and the use of eminent domain at Atlantic Yards. (Saturday, Jay St & Myrtle Ave, $10)

10. Listen to some sweet sounds at Brooklyn Overground, a music focused collective curating concerts and intimate shows that bring local and emerging talent to the people, featuring Bassam Shawl, Hundreds Thousands, Raycee Jones, and more. (Saturday, Rubulad, $10)

11. Try and survive The Gravesend Inn: A Haunted Hotel, where the spirit of a departed Native American women has made its way through a time portal, taking guests on a skin-crawling adventure. (Sat-Sun, Gravesend Inn, $5-10)

12. See an eclectic lineup during the Witching Hour: An October Art Party, featuring live music, dance, film, ritual and performance art, and puppetry with Cookie Tongue, Cult of Hope, Nadahada, and more. (Saturday, The City Reliquary, $10)

13. Find strength in numbers at the Ritual to Hex Brett Kavanaugh, where he will by no means be the only target, so bring your rage and and all of the axes you’ve got to grind, with “The Rites of the Scorned One” ritual to follow. (Saturday, Catland, $10)

14. No guarantees you’ll make it out alive from the The Ridgewood Asylum Haunted House, and experience true horror as you try to escape this fun, interactive haunted attraction set in Ridgewood’s dark history with escape room elements. (Sat-Sun, The Deep End, $10)

15. Magical surprises await at Alien’s Dark Side of the Moon, a psychedelic sound, color and light endurance performance lit by glowing black lights, where a studio is transformed into an intimate haunted and surreal funhouse. (Saturday, Michael Alan Studio, $20)


Blacklight surprises await (#15). Photo via via.

16. Go back in time with World War I Living History Day and learn how WWI impacted New Yorkers at home and abroad with living historians, explore classic subway cars, speak with reenactors, and view and handle objects representing new technology of the era. (Saturday, New York Transit Museum, FREE w/museum admission: $5-10)

17. Cut your way through Knife-Wielding Girls: Popular Representations of Women and Butchery, and delve into the often obscured world of “butcherettes,” who work at meat processing facilities and how the meat industry affects gender roles, performance, and equity. (Sunday, Museum of Food and Drink, $14)

18. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned at Femme Fatals & Final Girls, and examine of the most prominent tropes in modern horror, the women of horror and the power of female rage. (Sunday, Quimby’s Bookstore, $7)

19. One of your last chances to visit before they close, Nosferatu with Live Score are bringing back Tenth Intervention for another special screening of the 1922 black and white vampire horror film classic. (Sunday, Videology, $20)

20. No news is good news at Sunday Night News, where Kelly Cooper is doing the news her own way (after being fired because of a “lawsuit”), and she takes the stage as the lead anchor and field reporter of her brand-new news show, presented the way she wants. (Sunday, Vital Joint, FREE)

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