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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, pumpkin smash edition

1. Put some dance in your pants at Salsa/Hustle Party with Dj Woody who’ll take you on a magical journey of disco and salsa combined together. (Friday, DeKalb Market, FREE)

2. Transport yourself to the airport at Nicole Wolcott: Luggage Lost, combining both comedy and pathos as mountains of luggage become a collective burden, transforming from walls to weapons to dance partners. (Fri-Sat, Triskelion Arts, $18)

3. Go back in time for a Spooky Speak Easy Murder Mystery and prepare to solve a murder mystery while drinking 1920’s inspired cocktails, and all proceeds will go toward The Solidarity Room Project. (Friday, 3B, $10)

4. Experience the original horror of Nosferatu with Live Music and see a screening of the German horror film, with “evil” live music by Mondgeist. (Friday, Film Noir Cinema, $20)

5. Get down and freaky at the Freak Party Halloween featuring performances by the Loop Troupe Family Band and Funkrust Brass Band, tons of special guest performers and dancers, with free candy and surprises. (Friday, Littlefield, $15)


Don your costume and float around (#14). Photo via.

6. Get a handle on your finances at The Four Most Important Numbers for Your Money, this class will help you understand how to measure your financial health and offer ways to improve it by following four key numbers. (Saturday, Brooklyn Brainery, $12)

7. Flex your digital liberties at How to Exercise Digital Civil Liberties in a Surveillance State, an introductory cybersecurity workshop showing why Signal is simple enough to schedule drinks with, yet secure enough to use for planning a protest. (Saturday, Triangle Arts Association, $30-45)

8. Find the next Batman at Comic Arts Brooklyn, a must-see celebration of modern cartooning featuring Chris Ware, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Art Spiegelman, and hundreds of cutting-edge artists and publishers. (Saturday, Pratt Institute, FREE)

9. Use your sugar energy for Yes Homo: A Queer Daytime Party and beat the post-Halloween blues with a daytime dance party celebrating queer icons, queer culture, and queer pride, hosted by Mini Horrorwitz. (Saturday, C’mon Everybody, FREE)

10. Have a night of culture at First Saturdays: Crossing Asian America, and celebrate the long-anticipated reopening of the China and Japan galleries with a night of music, performance, and art-making from the spectrum of Asian American talent in Brooklyn and beyond. (Saturday, Brooklyn Museum, FREE)

11. See expansive art at James Allister Sprang and Jia Sung with a selection of floor-based photo-sculptures and a new series of cyanotypes, and a spatialized book between the two artists. (Saturday, Knockdown Center, FREE)

12. Halloween isn’t over at the Halloween Costume Ball for a night of costumed revelry, with dancing, drinks, decadent live music from The Aquarience, as well as prizes for scariest, funniest, best group, and best overall costumes. (Saturday, Mirror Tea House, $5)

13. Dance is a form of worship at Ambient Church: Kara-Lis Coverdale / Kelly Moran, a nomadic experiential event series dedicated to working with artists to bring new ecologies to architecturally unique spaces through transcendent audio and visual performance. (Saturday, Bushwick United Methodist Parish, $30)

14. Put your dancing shoes on for Night of the Living Float where the DJs will curate the perfect soundtrack to lead you on an utterly unique dance party adventure through New York’s parks, plazas, and hidden spaces. (Sat-Sun, Soda Bar, $25-35)

15. Sing ‘n scream at the 10th Annual Scary-oke Costume Contest, and win prizes based on costume creativity, song compatibility and other categories by celebrity judges, including Senator Julia Salazar. (Saturday, Pine Box Rock Shop, FREE)


See the original horror (#4). Photo via.

16. Sprint off your couch for the NYC Marathon and cheer on over 50,000 runners as they pass through long stretches of Brooklyn on their way to the finish line. (Sunday, various locations, FREE)

17. Eat, drink, and take in the views at the Winter Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg Grand Opening with 50+ Brooklyn Flea vendors and 15 Smorgasburg vendors, now open all winter long. (Sat-Sun, 25 Kent, FREE)

18. Have a smashing good time at the Pumpkin Smash, and bring your pumpkins, gourds, and jack o’ lanterns to turn them into compost that the NYC Compost Project will use in city parks and green spaces. (Sunday, McGolrick Park, FREE)

19. Try out something new at Art Chakra: Music & Art Fundraiser with musicians who will showcase their music every hour on the hour, followed by an open mic and stage to bring your performance, or just sit back and enjoy the show. (Sunday, The Artifications Gallery, $10 suggested)

20. Blow some hot air at the First Harmonica Summit where blues harp virtuoso Jarno Varsted and avant grandpa-style harpist David First will each play a solo set, followed by a meeting of the reeds together. (Sunday, Sunview Luncheonette, FREE)

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