Halloween is Here!

After Hurricane Sandy put a damper on last year's festivities, the city's got two years of partying to catch up on. Halloween 2013 looks set to be nothing short of epic and with more events planned than perhaps ever before, we're already starting to feel the city's dark side burbling towards the surface. After spotting two Albert Einsteins, a fox that goes gering-ding-dingeringeding and several cats wandering the streets today, we thought we'd give you a sneak peak of what's in store.

Get your Ghoul On!

Trick or Treat? How ever you decide to dress for Halloween, on October 31st is up to you. We checked in at Ricky's NYC to get the inside scoop on some creatively creepy ideas this season. Not only does Ricky's carry a stand-out selection of costumes, accessories and wigs, but they also feature really spooky decorations that are sure to impress your guests! Here's to looking booo-tiful!

Channel your inner songstress with Ricky's impressive line of Katy Perry costumes and accessories. Wigs, frothy California Gurl costume and come hither lashes!

Trick or Treat: The Best Halloween Sweets

MexiBBQ, located in Astoria, is not one to skimp out on Halloween. In addition to the handful of pumpkin and Halloween-themed beers they'll be serving, make sure to stop in for some of their Pumpkin Panna Cotta with Apple Cider Donuts. Nothing says its October like a good dose of apple cider, and there's no better way to enjoy it than in a decadent donut.

Chef Francois Payard is offering scrumptious Pumpkin Macarons at both his Francois Payard Bakery and Francois Payard Patisserie. The macarons are filled with a traditional pumpkin pie flavored ganache and can be ordered in sets of 12 ($29) and 24 ($49), as well as individually ($2.25). A macaron gift box will make someone very happy if you're in the market for gifts!

Terrifying Tipples: Recipes From Around the Country

Countdown to Halloween: 1.5 weeks.

With the goriest of holidays right around the corner, it's no surprise that Halloween is one of the best excuses to get drinking. Whether you hail from Texas, Florida, Boston, or beyond, we've got a round-up of the best cross-country spots to imbibe, as well as recipes you can whip up yourself in case you are too much of a zombie to leave the house!

Corpse Reviver #2 (Served at Peche, Austin, TX)

1 oz. gin

1 oz. Cointreau

Meet Lil Jon at Ricky's Soho

This Sunday, October 21st from 5 pm to 6 pm, Lil Jon lovers will have the chance to meet the music mogul at Ricky’s NYC’s Soho location. In addition to chatting with the rapper, producer, DJ and TV star of Celebrity Apprentice, guests will surely enjoy onsite Halloween costume consulting from the expert staff at the one-stop Halloween shop hub and of-course photo opps with Lil Jon.

Snap your fingers and say, Yeaaaahhhh.

Disturbingly Divine Halloween Dinner

Don't let the kiddies have all the fun this Halloween - adults, err, foodies know how to get down, too. This one's for you! Luckily, Pounds & Ounces in Chelsea is hosting a 'Disturbingly Divine' Halloween dinner party on October 31st. There will be plenty of tricks and treats at this fiesta. Not only will DJ Jimmy Prada be mixing spooky tunes all evening long, but there will be specialty Halloween cocktails and a tasting menu built around The Seven Deadly Sins created by Chef Cipollone. You can see the full menu below.

Creepy Cocktails: Recipes From Beyond the Grave

Calling all ghouls and gremlins...Halloween season is here and it's time to celebrate the best way we know how - with drinks! There are plenty of fun and fiendish recipes for you to test out before All Hallow's Eve arrives. And for you New Yorkers, there's a couple of spots serving spooking servings of devilishly delicious concoctions.

Pumkin Patch (Served at 230 Fifth)

1 oz. Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice

½ oz. coffee liqueur

Hot coffee

Garnish with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices.

Hot Halloween Costume Ideas

Quicker than you can utter the words "boo" Halloween will be here. Where to go, what to wear? As always, Joonbug has the answers to all of your Halloween celebration needs! We checked in with Ricky's NYC to share our hot costume finds! As we walked in and read Ricky's motto - "Looking Good. Feeling Good" - we knew we were in the right place!

Here are some great ideas for those of you who are looking for a quick, yet very cool Halloween costume. You're sure to be thoroughly impressed with the endless costume selection for men, women, children and even your pet at Ricky's! There are also spooky decorations to set the mood and decor for a haunted party. Happy Halloween ghouls and guys!

Childs Play

Halloween is a child's dream holiday - playing dress-up, eating candy, and telling ghost stories - it can't get better than that. But adults want in on the fun, too! Now is your chance to relive Halloween as you never have before, adult style. We've got some fun tricks and treats up our sleeves. Check them out!

Killers: A Nightmare Haunted House: This controversial haunted house is a must-see this Halloween. Steering away from traditional haunted houses, this one plays homage to both real and fictional serial killers. You won't get scary monsters popping out at you at every turn, but you'll get something much more frightening -- a look into the world of real-life killers. Patrons weave their way through trials, executions, feasts, and bloody hallways, interacting with the actors the whole way through. Brave souls can have a bloody X painted on their forehead to indicate they want to be touched by the actors. We recommend doing so to take advantage of the whole experience. The sets and special effects are remarkable, completely immersing you into the lives of Ted Bundy, Jack the Ripper, and even Dexter. As you wait to enter, check out the exhibit of paraphernalia from noted serial killers, including yearbook photos, drawings, and execution letters. This is one haunted house that will leave you shaking in your boots.

Five Easy DIY Costumes

Just three weeks away, Halloween is going to creep up on us any minute! If you're stuck in a rut and can't decide on a costume--have no fear! Below are five easy DIY costumes you can put together with stuff that's probably already in your closet!

1. PSY: Okay, so "Gangnam Style," went viral via YouTube and frontman, Psy, is a fun appraoch to a Halloween costume DIY! This should be a big one this year for guys or girls! All you need is a baby blue blazer, a black bowtie, and black shades! The hardest part of this costume will probabaly be the dance you'll have to learn to go with it!