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Costumes and comics: 10 things to do in Brooklyn this weekend

October 31, 2019 Scott Enman

Even post-Halloween, we’ve got lots of spooky events this weekend, including a Día de los Muertos celebration at Green-Wood Cemetery, a costume party in Williamsburg and a Nets game at Barclays Center — because let’s be honest, it’s scary how good the team will be this year.

1. Get dressed up

A costume party. Image via Pexels

Williamsburg bar “Sunday in Brooklyn” is not messing around with its Halloween party. Not only are costumes required, but they have to be fairytale themed. If you have what it takes to get in the door, expect boozy brews, snacks and live music. Plus, you’ll be partying for a good cause as 100 percent of profits will be donated to the ACLU.

Thursday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Sunday in Brooklyn. $75. More info here.

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2. Celebrate the dead

Día de los Muertos. Image via Pexels

Head down to Brooklyn’s most famous graveyard for an afternoon celebrating Día de los Muertos — the Mexican holiday commemorating those who have died with offerings, music and food. There will be crafts, storytelling and snacks.

Friday from 3:30-6 p.m. at Green-Wood Cemetery. Free. More info here.

3. Watch a Nets game

Nets superstar Kyrie Irving. AP Photo by Sarah Stier.

The Nets season is fully underway, and although they’ve lost three of four games, the team has been competitive in each contest and it’s always exciting to watch Kyrie Irving play. Plus, they’ll be battling the Houston Rockets, which means James Harden and Russell Westbrook will be coming into Barclays Center.

Friday at 7 p.m. at Barclays Center. Prices vary. More info here.

4. Eat and shop

A look inside 25 Kent, where Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea will be this winter. Photo courtesy of 25 Kent

This is the first weekend that Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg will be coming together for their joint indoor market. The two festivals will be moving to 25 Kent Ave. Expect more than 50 Brooklyn Flea merchants and 15 Smorgasburg vendors. Plus, there will be beautiful views of the East River.


Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 25 Kent Ave. Free. More info here.

5. Listen, dance and look

The Brooklyn Museum. Photo by Richard Barnes

The Brooklyn Museum hosts free art and entertainment on the first Saturday of every month. This weekend’s event, “Crossing Asian America,” features music from Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera and Asian comedians and poets. Attendees will also be able to explore the newly reopened Arts of China galleries and see the museum’s new “One: Xu Bing” exhibit.

Saturday from 5-11 p.m. at the Brooklyn Museum. Free. More info here.

6. Get your chart read (and listen to vinyls)

A vinyl record. Image via Pexels

Every other Friday in Williamsburg, VICE hosts a Night Market complete with vinyl spinning DJs, scrumptious food and delicious drinks. This week, Natasha Diggs is on the ones and twos. There will be complimentary astrology readings and Mekleburg’s, Mao’s Bao and Oyster Party will be serving treats.

Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight at Villain. Free. More info here.

7. Dance on a Sunday

Rapper Sean Paul. AP Photo/Andy Kropa

Grammy-nominated rapper Sean Paul is heading to East Williamsburg this weekend for a must-see concert at Avant Gardner. No word yet on if he’ll be performing “Temperature” or “Get Busy.”

Sunday at 8 p.m. at Avant Gardner. From $20. More info here.

8. Watch the marathon

Marathoners in the 2018 race run through Brooklyn. AP Photo/Craig Ruttle

The New York City Marathon is this weekend, and runners will be completing miles three through 12 in Brooklyn. With Sunday expected to be sunny and crisp, find a spot along the route and cheer participants on.

Sunday from 8:30 a.m. along the route. Free. More info here.

9. Watch public art

“He Did What?” is playing at BAM through Saturday. Photo by Sam Polcer/BAM

Passing by BAM’s Peter Jay Sharp Building? You may see a colorful display projected onto the building’s side. That’s an art installation — a comedic mini-opera by Irish filmmakers Brian Irvine and John McIlduff. The 10-minute animated short, titled “He Did What?” will be on view through Saturday night.

Thursday through Saturday from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Peter Jay Sharp Building. Free. More info here.

10. Read comics

Comics. AP Photo/Steve Luciano

The Comic Arts Brooklyn, now in its third year, is coming to the Pratt Institute on Saturday. The festival will feature more than 250 exhibits with books, prints, art and lots and lots of comics.

Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pratt Institute. Free. More info here.

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