“Needless to say, we had a fucking great time.”
The first time I attended a Halloween party at the McKittrick Hotel was their opening run in 2011, which was meant to be six nights of costumed revelry. I remember this well because it was the same weekend Hurricane Sandy hit. While most of the parties were cancelled of course, I was one of the few to hit a pre storm fete.
Every year since, it’s been a tradition to attend what I consider the greatest Halloween party in NYC. The multi floor space is decked out into a wild spectacle of costumes, performances, dance music and flowing prosecco.
This year’s theme was “The Witches’ Ball.” Of course, I invited my most spooky Brooklyn friend, Madame Morbid to attend with me. Who better to spend Halloween with than a friend who runs a haunted trolley company?
Madame Morbid channelled her favorite rock n roll witch for the occasion—Courtney Love. She put on her best celebrity skin for her first McKittrick Halloween experience, complete with fake cigarettes.
I, being incredibly uncreative at costuming, tend to be a “witch” nearly every year for Halloween regardless, wearing my normal clothing. We entered the party and floated past an array of well dressed attendees. A gorgeous sequin candy corn adorned gown, multiple Stevie Nicks (s), Carrie covered in blood, hot scantily clad performers—the works!
The venue is an intricate maze of multiple floors, each hosting a different experience. A lounge with a live band. Upstairs, a laser filled room hosted a shirtless DJ playing electronic music. The main room had theatrical performances complete with their signature confetti cannons.
All guests attending had to be vaccinated and tested within 24 hours, assuring that covid cautious attendees (much like myself) felt incredibly safe to properly celebrate Halloween for the first time since 2019. Needless to say, we had a fucking great time.
Thanks for having us at the McKittrick Hotel! We can’t wait to come back next year.