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Virtual Village Halloween Costume Ball

October 31 @ 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Theater for the New City’s Village Halloween Costume Ball, a revered Village tradition that frequently welcomes over 1,200 revelers, will be presented virtually this year with most of its key traditions preserved. Notable artists including Everett Quinton, F. Murray Abraham, Austin Pendleton, Phoebe Legere, and Penny Arcade will appear along with over 100 other performers. A wide variety of multi-arts events is promised, including cabaret shows, music for dancing, radio plays, kids’ attractions, an art exhibit, I Ching readings, a scream contest, a costume judging, and a vicious and sexy late-night cabaret.

The celebration starts at 2:00 PM on October 31 and everything will be streamed on the theater’s Website and its Facebook Page. Only new works will be presented. All events will remain posted for about a week until they are archived. Attendance will be free but donations will be gratefully accepted.

TNC’s Village Halloween Ball, an explosive fall tradition, is always held on the actual night of Halloween and celebrates the creative fertility of the season. Since its beginning in 1976, it has been a point of origin for many of the City’s most original entertainers. Six full-length plays have grown out of playlets written for the fest and it is probable that the theatrical movement in Performance Art began there. It has been a launching pad for such formative artists as Paul Zaloom, Alice Farley, Bloolips, The Red Mole, Penny Arcade, Basil Twist, and Alien Comic Tom Murrin. Each year, many acts, skits, sketches, and skadoodles go on to become the basis of larger theater works. It is also interesting to note that TNC originated the Village Halloween Parade as part of its annual Halloween Ball. The procession wound its way through the Village from TNC’s second home at the corner of Jane and West Streets to Washington Square Park. Ordinarily, the observance takes up every available inch (both floors) of TNC’s multi-theater complex at 155 First Avenue (the former First Avenue Retail Market building) and adjoining outdoor spaces.


  • Upload a TikTok type of video performance in your original costume to enter the contest.
  • Winners will be featured on our website and receive a Surprise Prize.
  • Send your video submission to [email protected]


Do you DARE look into your future? Get your free readings from expert Phyllis Yampolsky. On Halloween day and evening, October 31, your destiny will be unveiled!


  • Submit your question via email to [email protected] with the Subject Line: “I-CHING READER.”
  • Include your name and any other biographical info that you would like to share.
  • Your question should be short and specific.


On October 31, your answer will be posted on our Website, Facebook, and Instagram.  On our website, head to the tab “Halloween Costume Ball”, then click on (the category) “Phyllis Yampolsky, THE I-CHING READER.”


WHERE: Outside of TNCs Shop Garage Doors on 10th street, between 1st and 2nd Avenue. The event will also be Live Streaming on TNCs website.

WHEN: Saturday, October 31st from 7:15PM – 9:30PM EST

WHAT’S HAPPENING: The Chop Shop Theater will have live performances from 7:30PM – 9:30PM EST. There will be stage lights, a backdrop, a piano, and two microphones. The garage door will be open but the gate will be closed. The performances will be held behind the gate. The audience will be standing room only on the sidewalk. The audience will be required to wear a mask and there will be circles on the ground that will show where to stand to watch.



October 31
7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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