It’s the beginning of October, which means Halloween is right around the corner. If you’re reading this article you’re likely too old to go around the neighborhood trick-or-treating (I know, sad), but you’re not too old to dress up and party! Read our guide for the hottest concerts in NYC, plus 2014 costume ideas sure to make you the coolest person at the club.

Best Halloween 2014 Concerts in NYC

Primus @ The Beacon Theatre

It doesn’t get any weirder than Les Claypool & the crew. With a Willy Wonka-themed album and tour, this is probably the hottest ticket in NYC on Halloween night. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab7jGl8dgRo

Lettuce with Soulive @ Terminal 5

Looking to bust out your bellbottoms and rock your best Saturday Night Fever costume? Lettuce and Soulive will both be performing one of the funkiest shows of the night. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON1dUYrWLkw

The Infamous Stringdusters with Keller Williams @ Highline Ballroom

The Infamous Stringdusters are doing a two-night Halloween celebration. October 30 is being called “Night of the Living Dead,” where they’ll be joined by Keller Williams to celebrate songs of the Grateful Dead. Not your thing? Then come hang the next night for original tunes from the band. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hNuZKuglbk

Capital Cities with Sneaky Sound System @ Brooklyn Bowl

This L.A. group began their careers as jingle writers back in 2008, thus it should come as no surprise they’d be able to pen a song as catchy as “Safe and Sound.” The indie electro duo will be performing at everybody’s favorite bowling alley on Halloween. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47dtFZ8CFo8

Danny Tenaglia with Kasper Bjorke @ Output

After coming back from a hiatus earlier this year, it seems Danny Tenaglia is back and better than ever. Catch the techno legend at Output on 10/31. Joining him will be Kasper Bjorke, a DJ from Copenhagen. Don’t forget to bring your kandi. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tudCRykClPM

Halloween Costume Ideas

It’s been a good year so far for pop culture in 2014. Well, I guess that depends on how you define “good.” While we’ve certainly had some low points–wars, diseases, domestic disputes–we’ve also had high points. Facebook finally found a positive purpose with viral fundraising videos, and between pop power couples and new Disney films, we have a whole new repertoire of songs to karaoke to. Needless to say, we drew a little bit of inspiration from everywhere for our 2014 Halloween costume ideas.

1. Slutty Frozen Costume

yandy frozen costumes“Let it goooo, let it gooo!” Your inhibitions that is. Let it all hang out in the myriad of sluttified Frozen costumes, including everybody’s favorite snowman, Olaf.

2. Miley Cyrus & the Hotdog She Rode in On

miley cyrus hotdog rideSay what you want about Miley, but the chick rode a hotdog. While singing live. In a yellow fur coat. There are sooo many potential Miley costumes inspired by her Bangerz tour, but we just couldn’t get over how funny it would be to have your beau follow you around dressed like a wiener all night. (Photo courtesy Daina via Flickr.)

3. Jay Z & Beyonce

beyonce outfitsDespite breakup rumors and elevator fisticuffs, Beyonce and Jay Z remain raps power couple. The two even shared the stage for this year’s “On the Run” tour, and Bey was just as awe-inspiring in her outfits as Miley. Plus, there’s this available online (sadly, only in the UK). (Photo courtesy Beyonce’s Instagram.)

4. Ice Bucket Challenge

ice bucket challenge costumeMark my words: this will be the biggest Halloween costume in 2014. A spinoff on the ol’ lamp and table outfit we’ve all come to know and love, this year will be filled with party goers awkwardly bumping into walls with an empty bucket over their head, with the hashtag #ALSChallenge written across it. Or, people will just walk around sopping wet.

5. The Ebola Virus

ebola virusAnother fun development this year was the return of the Ebola virus. And it seems the disease has made its way to the U.S. just in time for Halloween festivities. The outfit is simple: just wear a bowl on your head, and when people ask you what you are, answer in an Italian accent: “Imma’ Bowla!”

Halloween 2014 Concert Tickets in New York City