Stranger flings: Three Halloween parties inspired by ‘Stranger Things’

Leggo my Eggo: At the “Stranger Things”-inspired Halloween parties, you are sure to see fans dressed up as worried mom Joyce Bryers, telekinetic girl Eleven, and poor, doomed Barb.
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This one goes to Eleven!

Three “Stranger Things”-themed parties will take Brooklyn by storm in the days leading up to Halloween. The wildly popular Netflix series, set in 1983, is a natural fit for Halloween, with its secret government experiments, supernatural forces, and iconic figure Eleven, a girl with telekinetic powers. But the show’s ode to ’80s culture is its most powerful draw, said one party organizer.

“I saw the show and got sucked into it immediately. After seeing the first episode I said, ‘This has to be the theme of the party,’ ” said Chris Willets, of low-cost entertainment group the skint. “It’s the music and the nostalgia and the references. It gives us kind of a chance to live out the ’80s for Halloween.”

So bust out your leg warmers and blonde wigs for these four Halloween parties that let you step back to the “E.T.” era:


Embrace a “Stranger” aesthetic with Barb makeovers and Eleven-style buzz cuts at this nostalgia-inducing 1980s blowout hosted by the skint. Memorialize the night in a “supernatural photo booth,” gorge yourself on pounds of candy, and let your inner Joyce Byers out in front of a ton of flashing Christmas lights. It’s a “Stranger Things”–inspired affair, but its costume contest is open to all get-ups. Prizes include limited-edition art prints of characters in the series.

Stranger Things With Candy at Littlefield (622 Degraw St. between Third and Fourth Avenues, Oct. 28 at 10:30 pm. $8.


Take a time warp into the past with an ’80s movie marathon, old-school candy, and plenty of Tab soda to wash it all down at this Williamsburg micro-cinema, which will screen some of the 1980s flicks that inspired the creators of “Stranger Things.” Organizers will stay true to the show’s period detail with goodie bags full of Pez, Pop Rocks, and Now & Laters, and a soundtrack of 1983’s biggest hits. The bar will be decked out in “Stranger Things” decor, including movie posters, Christmas lights, and remnants of Nancy’s journey into the Upside Down. And every visitor gets one free waffle from the Wafels and Dinges truck parked outside.

“Stranger Things Halloween Dance and Costume Party” at Videology Bar and Cinema [308 Bedford Ave. at S. First Street in Williamsburg, (718) 782–3468,]. Oct. 29, 4 pm–4 am. $15.

Gemini & Scorpio

A two story Gowanus warehouse will transform into an immersive Hawkins, Indiana, with areas that reflect the Upside Down otherworld, Joyce’s wall of Christmas lights, and Mike’s blanket fort. A game of Dungeons & Dragons will run all night, and you can tap into your inner Eleven at the Eggos bar, attempt a “mind reading face-off” with government agents, or join a séance to find the missing Will Byers. The main floor will feature DJs, bands, and burlesque, while the second floor hosts an all-night dance party. Costumes are mandatory — “Stranger Things”–inspired or otherwise. But be warned: 1980s casual won’t cut it.

“Stranger Things Halloween” by Gemini & Scorpio (600 Degraw St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus, Oct. 29, 9 pm–4 am. $30 ($15 after 1 am).

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2517. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Posted 12:00 am, October 27, 2016
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Reasonable discourse

Sam from Bushwick says:
That photo contains an extremely tasteless joke.
Oct. 22, 2016, 7:57 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
-"So bust out your leg warmers and blonde wigs for these four Halloween parties that let you step back to the “E.T.” era:"

-"Four Brooklyn Halloween parties will also celebrate the series."

Now, I hate to seem like I'm starting any kind of trouble on the air like this...But...Well I don't know how to say this. Ok. Here it goes:
There are only THREE parties on the list.
Here's to the pardon that I'm hoping you will grant me, John Wasserman for pointing this out.
John Wasserman
Oct. 27, 2016, 4:04 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Pardon my constant emailing, but I have a theory of what caused this:
Perhaps there were originally FOUR parties, but then one of them was canceled due to, oh I don't know - "total lack of interest" or the like, but then the editing team forgot to make this correction within the article itself. Of course this is just the opinion of one man. That man's name is John Wasserman. Pardon the interruption.
John Wasserman/Patriot
Oct. 27, 2016, 4:12 pm

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