It was the night before Halloween, and spooks of all stripes were gathered at the Highline Ballroom to hear the comedy stylings of a familiar voice—that of Alex Borstein, who plays Lois Griffin on Family Guy. Of all the costumed guests who had shown up for “What’s So Bloody Funny?” a comedic benefit event for the National Hemophilia Foundation, the Transom’s award for best getup went to a black guy dressed as Walter White, one of the more cerebral Breaking Bad references we’d see this year.
Stumping among pumpkin patches, ponies and the occasional pirate, Joe Lhota journeyed to the South Shore of Staten Island to meet a few voters on Halloween today.
Backstage at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, before the Procession of the Ghouls, an actor balanced horns and a snout atop his costume’s red velvet potbelly. Without his striking hand-sculpted mask, he had white hair and smiling eyes. With it, he transformed into a devil.
It’s Shindigger’s favorite time of year again, as ghastly creatures creep around our fair city—and we’re not just talking about the horribly dressed ones crowding Soho, searching for fall fashion sales. Rather, we mean the circus of guests attending costume events, like Bette Midler’s legendary Hulaween, which is allegedly taking on a New Orleans twist, and Heidi Klum’s annual party, which will have a creepy dollhouse theme.
(Photography by Nick McGynn)
If you aren’t feeling bad about the relative sexiness of your Halloween costume yet, don’t worry, we have something new for you to fret about: Like if you are cool enough, young enough or at least Internet-savvy enough to correctly identify the one-third of the costumes paraded at the Brooklyn Bell House last night during the annual Hallowmeme party?
Every year, New Yorkers fret over their Halloween costumes. As last night’s 3rd annual Hallowmeme proved, it’s hard to be clever without being too clever and totally confusing everyone.
It may not have always been the case, but in the last couple years, Halloween has become as soul-sucking and joyless as that other, shrieking-harridan of a holiday, Valentine’s Day. Because we’ve forgotten how to have fun, really, in between all the politicizing of “sexy costumes,” the feminist screeds against (and occasionally, for!) skimpy clothing and Fox News fear-mongering that your baby is being dressed like a slut. It’s like, the best solution we’ve come up with to deal with the fact that ladies want to look good on Halloween but don’t want to be objectified is to fund a Kickstarter so next year we can all go as Baba Yaga.
These watches are a bit funky, a little scary, a lot out of the ordinary. In short, they’re perfect for this macabre season. But don’t worry—these are meticulously crafted watches that can be worn all year round (unlike those plastic vampire teeth). Read More
There may be something strange in the Museum Mile neighborhood, as the Transom discovered last Friday night. Thankfully, we had already called the Ghost Doctors, Pete and Stew Kandel, and the brothers agreed to take us on a tour of one of their favorite haunts: the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Read More
Halloween didn’t happen in New York last year. If you’ll recall, all the ghouls and goblins were held captive indoors after Hurricane Sandy surged through the city, sadly having nowhere to vomit and embarrass themselves in public.
And because Halloween didn’t happen, New York City’s crazy, fantastical Village Halloween Parade didn’t happen either. Read More