Nights with the living dead in Brooklyn!

Horde of two: The Flatbush Zombie House serves its signature Zombie punch in a 32-ounce or 11-ounce skull — but only the big version gets topped with a flaming lime.
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Get down with the dead!

Nothing says Halloween like shambling hordes of brain-eating zombies! This month, the borough will be overrun with undead hordes of the singing, dancing and dying variety. Here are some of the best undead options:

Dead drunk

This drink will leave you shambling!

A new tiki bar in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens is pouring the perfect Halloween drink: the Zombie! The brains behind Flatbush Zombie House came up with a novel way to serve the popular punch, said the bar’s owner.

“What makes it ‘us’, kind of irreverent and fun, is that we serve it in a skull, and we serve it with gummi brains on top, soaked in absinthe,” said Josh Kaplan, who lives in Flatbush.

The potent beverage is served in a ceramic skull, and is made with a variety of different rums, falernum, bitters, and a splash of absinthe. Rather than forcing bartenders to mix the elaborate drink from scratch every time, Kaplan pre-makes giant batches of the punch and keeps it in a keg, so bartenders can pour it on demand.

“The Zombie is probably our most popular drink, and when we are moving at full speed, it saves a lot of time and hassle,” said Kaplan.

The bar, located in the newly designated “Little Caribbean” neighborhood, also gives the drink a local twist by using house-made bitters made from mauby root, a flavor often used in Caribbean sodas.

Those drinking with a horde of friends — or willing to face a skull-splitting amount of rum — can opt for the $25 version served in a giant glass skull, which holds a whopping 32 ounces of the tropical potion.

The bar will celebrate Halloween with a zombie costume contest on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 9 pm.

Zombie punch at Flatbush Zombie House (734 Flatbush Ave. between Parkside and Woodruff avenues in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Open Mon–Thu, 4 pm–4 am; Fri–Sun, noon–4 am. $11 ($25 for a giant bowl).

Zombies rockin’

The “Rock is Dead” show in Bushwick will feature a late night performance from “Stage Fright” — an all-zombie tribute to The Band starting at 1 am. Known in life as the blues band Mama Juke, the half-past dead four-piece will play Band hits including “The Weight” and “The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down.” Before midnight, visitors can hear David Bowie tribute act Starman, along with local acts Watergate and Dirty Bird, enjoy one free drink with entrance, and join in a costume contest.

Rock is Dead at Unit J (338 Moffat St., unit J, between Irving and Knickerbocker avenues in Bushwick, Oct. 28 at 9 pm. $20 ($12 in advance).

Dead can dance

Grown-ups are always grumbling about brain-dead teenagers — but if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! Dress as a zombified high school student and celebrate “Zombie Prom” at the House of Yes! The undead affair will feature prom photos, a “brains buffet,” and prizes for the zombie Prom King and Queen!

“Zombie Prom” at House of Yes (2 Wyckoff Ave. at Jefferson Street in Bushwick, Oct. 26 at 10 pm. Free.

Screams on screen

Catch up on the classic canon of zombie flicks! The restaurant and movie theater Syndicated BK will screen a whole night of movies starring the living dead, starting with “28 Days Later” — which kicked off the “fast zombie” craze of the early aughts, followed by George Romero’s original “Night of the Living Dead” from 1968.

“28 Days Later” and “Night of the Living Dead” at Syndicated BK (40 Bogart St. at Thames Street in Bushwick, $4 each. Oct. 26 at 7 pm and 9:30 pm.

Double tap!

The only good zombie is a dead zombie! Deader than usual, that is! Head down to Coney Island for the dark ride “Stop the Zombies!” where you can strap on a set of 3-D glasses for a fully immersive experience where you hoist your laser pistol and mow down incoming hordes of the undead.

“Stop the Zombies” at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park [3059 Denos Vourderis Pl. near Surf Avenue in Coney Island, (718) 372–2592,]. Sat–Sun, noon–7 pm until Oct. 29. $8.

Reach arts editor Bill Roundy at or by calling (718) 260–4507.
Updated 5:53 pm, July 9, 2018
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