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We’re back for a new round of NYC Best Weekday Bets! Each day will feature a top pick in the areas of 1. fitness (active), 2. comedy, 3. culture, 4. film, 5. food + drink, 6. free, 7. music and 8. staying in (because let’s face it, sometimes you just want to not leave your couch). Get ready for lots o’ solid Halloween-appropriate movie screenings (including Carrie, our GIF theme), plus pumpkin carving contests, spooky storytelling and MORE! Details:

Monday, October 29

ACTIVE: WINTER IS COMING, so if you’re into biking, then get to REI for a free cold weather clinic to help you prep for riding during the f-f-f-f-freezing months ahead.

COMEDY: Head to Union Hall for Outcasts (a comedy show for the freaks) ft. host Fareeha Khan and guests John Reynolds, Rachel Pegram, Larry Owens and MORE! Tickets are $10 a pop.

CULTURE: It’s a new round of Ilana Glazer’s Generator Series at Murmrr Theatre tonight! Grab yourself a $15 ticket before they’re all SOLD OUT, y’all!

FILM: Technically it’s a TV series, but considering there’s a talk w/ Desiree Akhavan and select cast afterwards, I’m gonna categorize the premiere of episodes 1 and 2 of The Bisexual as film! This is part of NewFest at SVA Theatre, and tickets are $16 each.

FOOD + DRINK: If you’ve yet to carve a pumpkin this year, head on over to Dinosaur BBQ for the first-ever Dino Carving Contest! Tickets are $30 and include a pumpkin, carving tools, a brisket slider, 3 jumbo smoked chicken wings, a beer + chips & guac.

FREE: Bluestockings is hosting Get On The Stage tonight, which “is an open mic based around uplifting and centering the voices of Queer/Trans People of Color, Trans, Two Spirit, Gender Non-Conforming, Non-Binary, Intersex and anyone who falls between the margins of these Western labels,” which sounds pretty rad to me! Also, free, in case that was not clear from this categorization!

MUSIC: Catch We Were Promised Jetpacks at Brooklyn Steel tonight for $25, duh!

STAY IN: I’m in the middle of watching The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, so that’s what I’ll be doing, but Ghostbusters is on FX tonight, plus The Birds is on BBC America and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is on AMC!

Tuesday, October 30

ACTIVE: Get to Space Ninety 8 for Glow with the Flow Halloween Yoga! Complimentary refreshments will be provided afterwards, and tickets are a suggested donation of $15.

COMEDY: America’s favorite comedic personalities (aka Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson) weirdly have competing (semi-serious) events tonight – Ilana’s at Murmrr Theatre for another round of her Generator Series (tickets are $15) and Abbi’s at Town Hall to talk I Might Regret This (tickets are $38+) // DECISIONS, DECISIONS!

CULTURE: It’s a new round of Why Your Train Is F*cked at Caveat tonight, and the theme is the SPOOKY SEVENTIES! Go learn all about why, even though the train sucks HARD in the present day, it’s not nearly as terrifying as back then. Tickets are $15-$20 each.

FILM: Catland is hosting Fright Night: A Witch’s Film Fest this evening for just $10 a ticket! Plenty o’ spooks ‘n refreshments will be provided, and 50% of proceeds will be split evenly between RAINN and the NYC Anti-Violence Project. OR if you’re down for a live-scored screening of Night of the Living Dead by Morricone Youth, then obviously make a beeline for Brooklyn Bowl where that’s happening for $10!

FOOD + DRINK: If you’re a rice fanatic, then most definitely make your way over to MOFAD for a special presentation ALL ABOUT the many, many, MANY varietals of Japanese rice! There’ll be a tasting after the presentation, so save some room. Tickets are $25 each.

FREE: New York Times bestselling author Emily Spivack will be at the Museum at FIT to present Worn in New York, a contemporary cultural history of well-loved clothes and the people who wore them! It’s a free event, but be sure to RSVP to reserve a seat as this one’s likely to “sell” out!

MUSIC: 100% hit up Baby’s All Right to see one of my favorites dot com, aka RALPH! (All the way down from Canada!) The show is a double-headliner with Traces, and tickets are just $12-$15 a pop. SEE U THERE!

STAY IN: Halloween is on AMC, so probably tune in and get hella spooked!

Wednesday, October 31

ACTIVE: Stretch yourself out in anticipation for all that C-A-N-D-Y with some free community yoga in Bed-Stuy tonight!

COMEDY: For a little combo comedy-storytelling, head to Union Hall for Spooktown Hometacular: A Very Special My Hometown Event! Sophie Santos, Sam Taggart, Nat Towsen, Ilana Michelle Rubin and more will be telling you all about the spookier aspects of the places their originally from, and tickets are just $6-$8!

CULTURE: Head on over to Caveat for Midnight Society: Why You’re Still Scared of the Dark ft. lots of spooky stories and the IRL reasons they continue to captivate us as grown ass adults! Tickets are $15-$20 each. (And/or just go party it up with witches at Catland’s Samhain Festival! Tickets are $10 each.)

FILM: Catch a $7 screening of the OG Carrie at Syndicated tonight, duh! And stick around for Halloween karaoke after that from 11pm to 3am! Or if you love you some Rocky Horror vibes, get to the Bell House for a big ol’ extravaganza! Tickets’ll run you $12-$60 each.

FOOD + DRINK: First off, The Wild Honey Pie is hosting a costume dinner party ft. a musical performance by Salt Cathedral at Le Fanfare! Tickets are $50 each, the price of which includes food ‘n beer.And/or hit up Ghost Donkey’s Day of the Dead party ft. all-you-can-eat Mexican inspired bites + all-you-can-sip tequila cocktails, punch ‘n beer! Tickets are $55 each.

FREE: Party at Braven’s Spooky Soul Shakedown, aka their first-ever Halloween bash ft. a costume contest w/ a $100 Braven gift card up for grabs! No cover!

MUSIC: I mean, I can’t really think of a more appropriate way to spend Halloween than at a $25+ GWAR show at Irving Plaza, but if that doesn’t suit you, the 13th Annual NY Night Train Haunted Hop sounds equally good ‘n weird ft. performances by the one and only Roky Erickson! Tickets are $20-$30 each.

STAY IN: It’s the 25th Anniversary Bash of Hocus Pocus on Freeform tonight, PLUS there’s a fourteen hour long Simpsons Treehouse of Horror marathon on FXX! But obviously don’t forget to watch AHS: Apocalypse (which is new tonight) on at 10pm and/or when it replays at 11pm!

Thursday, November 1

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