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Up to No Good: Dear Darkling’s Guide to Halloween Events

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October is a busy month for us witches and weirdos. This is the time of year when we crawl out of our cozy tombs and venture forth into the world. We attend parties, markets, film screenings, and haunted houses. We creep through old graveyards, lurk in dark, twisted forests, dance around campfires, and stroll through pumpkin patches. Our nights are spent at seances and goth dance parties and our days are consumed with putting finishing touches on our costumes and hunting down the best “Halloween decor” (to use all year round, of course).

We know how difficult it can be to keep track of all the haunted happenings and ghoulish get-togethers with so much going on, so we put together a list of events happening all over, whether you’re in Philly, LA, NYC, or Salem. So dust off the ol’ broomstick, gas up the hearse, or reign in the coal-black mares that draw your ghostly carriage, don your most spectacular all-black ensemble, and come on out to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Perhaps you’ll see us there.

Into the Veil


Image Credit: Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura has teamed up with Green-wood Cemetery for its third year of Into the Veil, an entirely immersive theatrical experience that transports you to the space between the living and the dead. Guests are encouraged to don cocktail attire finished with comfortable shoes to set forth and roam the vast expanse that is this beautiful cemetery, experiencing performances both grand and intimate, hidden spaces, storytelling, history, readings, and more. The ultimate course of your night is up to you and your curiosity, with nothing but moonlight and winding pathways to guide you. Green-wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY//October 13 & 14

What We Do In the Shadows


No Halloweason is complete without a plethora of movie watching, and while we’re all for curling up on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn and a stack of horror classics, sometimes it’s nice to get dressed up all dead and delicious and go to a screening. What We Do In the Shadows is a fast favorite full of hilarious quotable lines, so go laugh your spooky little butt off and enjoy some boos; Videology offers drink specials during all their films. But do you think they’ll have bisgeti? Videology Bar & Cinema, Brooklyn, NY//October 14

Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Unleashing the ‘Demon Feminine’


Join Kristen J. Sollee, editrix-in-chief of Slutist and author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists, in her contribution to the Salem Satanic Temple’s October series exploring horror archetypes as metaphor for social topics. Kristen will dive into the witch as a feminist symbol, unpacking the ways in which wicked women and the “demon feminine” have been a catalyst for revolution and change. The Satanic Temple, Salem, MA//October 14

Samhain Mercantile


Mercury Cafe celebrates its one year anniversary with two floors of local Denver artists and makers slinging all sorts of magical goodies, as well as a Witch Wellness Fair and free activities for kids. Mercury Cafe, Denver, CO//October 15

Saint Vitus Halloween Flea Market


Saint Vitus has been killing the makers market game for three years, and their Halloween is one of their best, with drink specials, an array of vintage, new, and handmade goods, and all sorts of other fun. As they say, “bring your friends, bring your kids, bring your dog, bring your grandma.” Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, NY//October 15

Halloween Craft Bazaar


With a fully stocked bar and over fifty vendors, RiotNerd’s Halloween market is sure to thrill and chill. Drink and be spoopy while shopping some of Philly’s best makers of art, clothing, taxidermy, housewares, and more. 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA//October 15

Nosferatu with Live Score


Nosferatu is more than just a classic. It is a timeless pinnacle of horror that lives on in our dark hearts. We’re sure its already on your list of films to watch this October, but speaking from experience, if you haven’t seen Nosferatu with live accompaniment, you haven’t seen it. This particular showing features the talents of renowned silent film score creators, The Invincible Czars. Four members will be playing violin, glockenspiel, organ, flute, bass, clarinet, electric guitar, bass, and more, as well as incorporating Bela Bartok’s Roumanian Folk DancesAlamo Drafthouse, Brooklyn, NY//October 16

Nitty Gritty Monster Mash: 60s Dance Party


Shimmy into your tightest vintage dress and slip on your boo-gie shoes for this monster of a good time. DJ David Atlas will be spinning fifties and sixties graveyard rock and cemetery soul, all vinyl, all night, so you can dance, dance, dance until you die. The Dolphin Tavern, Philadelphia, PA//October 19

An Afternoon with Edgar Allan Poe


Venture into the beauty of America’s first landscaped cemetery for an afternoon of spooky history. Rob Velella, a literary historian, brings our favorite teller of spooky stories, Edgar Allan Poe, to life through readings, conversation, storytelling, and humor. Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA//October 22

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark


If you’re anything like us, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was formative in turning you into the horror-loving, creepy ghoul that you are today, and so this event is a chance to relive those late nights under the covers with a flashlight, reading furiously, too scared to go to sleep. The Glen Foerd mansion will be transformed into immersive theatre lead by Tome Wilson. Brave guests will be led from room to room by candle light, experiencing three tales of terrors from this iconic collection. Glen Foerd on the Delaware, Philadelphia, PA//October 22

Boutique Bazaar: Halloween Market


House of Yes boasts a full calendar of sexy events in honor of Halloween, from a cirque noir freak show to a haunted house of senses, so of course we’re curious how this infamous Brooklyn venue does a fall market. House of YES, Brooklyn, NY//October 22

Western Mass Witches’ Ball


Celebrate Samhain amongst those who do it best: witches. Dinner, drinks, dancing, and divination await you at this magical night of mischief and mayhem. Union Station Banquets, Northampton, MA//October 27

I Remember Halloween Party


Is it even Halloween if you don’t see a Misfits cover band? Of course not, and this party is overflowing with all sorts of creepy, classic fun; spooky tunes, tarot readings, sideshow acts, costume contests, and best of all? Free candy. Ortliebs, Philadelphia, PA//October 27

Museum After Dark: 11th Annual Halloween Bash


There’s something undeniably eerie about visiting a museum after dark, so of course we think it’s the perfect setting for a Halloween bash. Haunt the art-lined hallways, drink in hand, and dressed to scare. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT//October 27

Mischief at the Mütter


Image Credit: Philly Voice

So remember what we said about museums? Now imagine that museum is already filled to the brim with bones, skulls, diseased specimens, and other strange oddities of medical science. The Mütter knows how to do the strange and unusual, so we can only imagine that party they’ll throw. Mütter Museum, Philadelphia, PA//October 27

Ghouls Night Out

Grab your best ghouls and head on out for a night of good ol’ fashioned DIY fun. Local bands, burlesquing babes, vegan eats, and a tunnel of terror await you. Index Art Center, Newark, NJ//October 28

Halloween Horcrux Hunt


Out of this whole list, this event wins in our dark, nerdy hearts. We really can’t think of any better way to spend Halloween (or any day, really) than getting drunk on butterbeer and tracking down real-life horcruxes. We’ll be the ones in the all-black cloaksThe Victoria Freehouse, Philadelphia, PA//October 28

Dearly Departed Dinner


If dining in silence and communicating with the dead isn’t enough to sell your spooky soul, take a look at that menu. Illuminations, Cedar Rapids, IA//October 29

Lore Live


We’re going to assume you’re as in love with Lore as we are (and if you haven’t listened yet, hurry up and do it), and so seeing our favorite scary storyteller, Aaron Menke, live, ON HALLOWEEN?! Yes please. The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA//October 31

Cabaret de L’Enfer


This costume-mandatory event promises aerialists, stilt-walkers, dancers, and more, all coming together to create an experience that is truly unique, unusual, and wondrous. We have the feeling stepping into this party will feel like going back in time to All Hallows past. The Edison, Los Angeles, CA//October 31

Dia de Los Muertos: Masquerade Ball


Celebrate the Day of the Dead in a way that actually supports and honors Mexican heritage and tradition. This event, complete with food, drinks, music, and prizes is all in support of the museums program and upholding the importance of Mexican art. National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL//November 4

The Second Annual Witches’ Night Out Fall Market

Believe it or not, witches don’t hang up their pointy hats and hide away the moment October ends. We exist all year round, and we’re super into celebrating all that is weird and witchy well into November (and all the time), not to mention get a head start on some holiday shopping. This market boasts thirty plus vendors, many of whom are Dear Darkling favorites, tarot readers, vegan food, beer, photos, music, and more. Bat Haus, Brooklyn, NY//November 11 & 12

Mischief managed.

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Haleigh is a lover of all things dark and magical. She works in fashion, and is the co-founder of Babe Coven. Follow her on IG to keep up with her latest darkling musings and desires, her all black everything wardrobe, and no shortage of cat photos.

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