Still no Halloween plans? Here are some fun events taking place tonight–no reservations needed:
Halloween Scarefest at City College
For the first time ever, City College is offering free-to-the-public guided tours of its secret tunnels. The school is a neo-Gothic gem, making it a perfect backdrop on Halloween. Tours start from the North Academic Center (NAC) building lobby at 160 Convent Avenue.
Harlem bars with themed Halloween parties
Some of Harlem's best bars are throwing themed parties tonight, so take your pick and throw on a costume. Will it be the Harry Potter-themed bash at Hogshead Tavern, the '70s-themed "Shakedown" at The Honeywell, or the "Good Ole Fashion Costume Party" at Cove Lounge?
Village Halloween parade and cocktails (from your couch)
The Village Halloween Parade is famous for a reason: the costumes are exceptional and so is the mood. If you don't feel like navigating the crowds, stream or watch it live on TV from 8pm to 10pm, although you'll need a Spectrum account to do so. There's also a live webcam, although it might be grainy. Make it a real party with a special cocktail–try Cove Lounge's Heaven or Hell margarita, see recipe below–and settle in for a frightfully cozy night on the sofa.
Photo: John Simon
Heaven or Hell Margarita (aka Sweet & Spicy Margarita) from Cove Lounge
1 1/2 oz Herradura Silver tequila
1/2 oz Cointreau
1 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz lime juice
1/2 oz lemon juice
1 oz pineapple juice
2 slices of jalepeno (1 for garnish)
Directions: Rim the glass with a mix of salt and cayenne pepper, and put to the side. Muddle a small piece of jalapeño (the bigger the piece, the spicier it will be) with simple syrup and lime juice. Add Herradura Silver tequila, Cointreau, pineapple juice and lemon juice. Add ice. Shake. Strain over ice in the prepared glass and garnish with a jalapeño and lime.
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