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Masquerade Macabre

  • Livestream Public 195 Morgan Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11237 United States (map)

Gemini & Scorpio
cordially request your presence at

Seventh Annual Masquerade Macabre

$20* Tier 1 / $25* Tier 2 / $30* Tier 3 & door / $15 after 1am, 21+


A marvelous and mysterious event...a Halloween celebration of the extravagant and the all-night spectacle of atmosphere, costumery and diverse explosion of live music, dancing, circus arts, and late-night revelry, snake-charmed into an absinthe-fueled early-morning speakeasy.

The inimitable experimental composer Sxip Shirey, creating undefinable music on unbelievable instruments. Funkrust Brass Band, mixing punk, disco, EDM, metal, funk, Balkan brass and New Orleans second line with snazzy uniforms, choreography, megaphone vocals, and all-original music. Philadelphia's The Late Saints keeping you dancing to kazoo-driven Italian gypsy rock. Creepy burlesque by Anja Keister. Demonic dance floor by DJs Joro Boro & Reaganomics. Frighteningly accurate fortunes told by practitioners of the occult arts. Get caught in the Jorogumo Spider-Demon Web Lounge by Jaclyn Atkinson. Absinthe and other mind-altering potions by The House of St Eve (yes, t.h.o.s.e. cocktails). 

Costumes required:
Macabre carnival, aberrations of nature, cabinet of curiosities, dark Victoriana, evil funhouse, steampunk, Jan Svankmaier & Brothers Quay films, Freaks, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Think dark & creepy. Or dark & funny. Or whatever your Halloween costume happens to be. But if we have to ask, it's not a costume.

"Live music, dancing, absinthe and the dark arts" - The New York Times. "Late-night absinthe-fueled revelry, with dancing, circus arts, and a Victorian-inspired dress code." - The Village Voice. "Expect off-the-wall antics" - Huffington Post. "Denizens of the night...down absinthe until the sun rises." - TimeOut New York. "Absinthe-fueled debauchery." - Paper. "Vintage-inspired spectacle." - New York Press. "This quintessential New York experience, a costume-required masquerade ball, offers a cornucopia of pleasures guaranteed to keep you going all night (and morning) long." - Flavorpill. "Collection of artists who revel in all things exotic, sensual and creative." - Examiner

Some years ago, there was a surreal arts wonderland called 3rd Ward, a warren of studios and open spaces where everything from printmaking to laser cutting was explored. Also, there were parties. Legendary parties, with thousands in the street, and the huge building filled with music, spectacle, fire, and pure lawless magic. Halloween will mark our (and many of our collaborators from those years) first return to 195 Morgan with this kind of public event in two years. 

We've been graciously invited to bring our party magic back to 195 Morgan by the good folks behind Fitzcarraldo, the standout new-Italian restaurant on premises. Tasting Table: "The food is rooted partially in tradition and partially in the avant-garde, in a romantic space strewn with hanging plants." We highly recommend making dinner reservations on the night of the event. Dinner will be served 5:30pm - 11pm (last reservation 10pm). Afterwards, the restaurant will be turned into an enchanted absinthe lounge for the party, but will continue to serve bar snacks until 12am. 

*All ticket tiers offer the same access to the event. An additional $30 gets you a commemorative Masquerade Macabre hip flask engraved with the monster hybrid Victorian couple from the event flyer. The engraving is vintage-style blind etching, not the modern black laser. We like it classy. Flask pic:

Earlier Event: October 29
Soulga Yoga Happy Hour
Later Event: November 3
Film Interchange