Sin Dee NYC’s Guide to Halloween—2020: Pandemic Edition

Unlike our buds on the west-coast, NYC isn’t going to let a pandemic scare us away from celebrating the Devil’s Night Out. When questioned about a ban on trick-or-treating, Gov. Cuomo responded “If you want to go for a walk with your child through the neighborhood, I’m not going to tell you you can’t take your child through the neighborhood.” In other words, trick-or-treat at your own risk. Luckily masks are in this year!

However, if you’re opting to stay in we’ve put together a guide socially-distant activities to celebrate Samhain 2020.

The Spirit of Halloween Will be in NYC

In an Open Letter to the Halloween Community, Jeanne Fleming, Director of the NYC Village Halloween Parade announced that despite the annual gathering’s cancelation “we are going to do a trick that will be a treat! Like the Parade itself—which is a spontaneous gathering of people, our Halloween treat will be spontaneous and unannounced and unique to our night Parade.” Keep your eyes peeled and let us know if you spot any spooky treats from the NYC Village Parade.

“So, Halloween lovers of New York, we are not abandoning you—the Spirit of Halloween will be in NYC—except this year, instead of YOU surprising US when you arrive to be in the Parade, WE will surprise YOU and keep the spirit alive.
And remember…in the spirit of Halloween—WEAR YOUR MASK!”, the Village Halloween Parade

Frightening Flicks and Spooky Series

Remember when Netflix and Chill was a novelty? Though you probably feel like you’ve run out of all the shows and movies on your must-see list, this handy guide from Thrillist has you covered. From the highly anticipated follow-up to the 2017 horror-comedy The Babysitter: Killer Queen, to Ratched — a Netflix Original Series based on the infamous Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

The Annual 31 Halloween Horror Flicks List is Here!

Sin Dee NYC’s 31 Halloween Horror Flicks – 2020

Of all Halloweens, this might be the best year for a good-old-fashioned horror movie binge fest. Take a look at favorite picks from The Sinners for the 2020 Samhain season.

Once in a Halloween Blue Moon

Source: Farmers’ Almanac

According to Farmers’ Almanac, “For more than half a century, whenever two full Moons appear in a single month, the second full Moon is christened a ‘Blue Moon.’ When you look at the full Moon on Halloween night, it won’t appear blue in color but you’ll be looking at something pretty uncommon. A full Moon on Halloween occurs roughly once every 19 years”.

Sin Dee NYC: Guide to Samhain

Brujas should prep for this special event with a trip to the Botanica for essentials. Check out the Sin Dee NYC: Guide to Samhain Pinterest board for tips, tricks and treats for every witch, no matter your level of experience.

Here’s a quick witchy tip from Sin Dee:

Back when witchcraft was still taboo (before TikTok witches existed) you had to get creative with camouflaging spells and tools into your everyday surroundings. One great thing about Halloween is the instant hidden candle holder others call, the Jack O’ Lantern. After carving your pumpkins with the kids, use this opportunity to prep a fancy ritual candle for Samhain. Choose any color corresponding with your needs. The idea is you can get as wild as use want with your candle adding feathers, carvings, charms, etc. You don’t have to hold back from what you include on this candle since it will be hidden from the naked eye. Once you’re ready and whatever candle magick you chose has been cast, move the candle to your favorite Jack O’Lantern (preferably one you carved). Tuck the little spark of magick in and set at the entrance of your home or near your altar. Visitors will never know the true magic of your Halloween decorations.

Quarantined in their home-away-from-space Virginia, GWAR hasn’t let COVID-19 censor their political views. If anything, they’ve embraced the use of videos to infiltrate our safe homes. From an interview on CNN, to teasing the release of the 30th Anniversary “Scumdogs of the Universe” Box Set on Twitter. Though New Yorkers won’t get to dance in blood at the annual Gwaroween show, Gwarantine can be just as fun with a little inspiration from our favorite murderous aliens.

Even the mighty metal band GWAR is heeding advice to self-isolate. Rick Damigella talks with lead guitarist Pustulus Maximus about it. Source: CNN

According to their website, Blothar the Berserker had this to say:

Denizens of Richmond, Virginia! Americans do everything in their cars, and now that will include watching the greatest rock and roll horror show on this or any other planet! Truly, what is October without a global pandemic and the chance to watch GWAR from the comfort of your shitty old hoopty?! Grab a hotdog, slather it in chili, and shove it down your throat as we bring you the pinnacle of entertainment, the ultimate creature feature, live and writhing…all over your windshield!

Maybe there will be a recorded version of the Drive-In special feature for us East-Coasters in time for All Hallows’ Eve? Let’s be honest, we’re all just waiting to see which POTUS they decapitate next. Until then, a good binge-fest of all their GWAR-antine antics should get you in the mood for the spooky season.


Another option for some Halloween headbanging is Obituary‘s 3-part concert mini-series. Starting Oct 17th, the death metal legends will pump out live stream concerts during the Halloween season. You’ll have to shell out $15 per “ticket” but admit it, pre-COVID days this was a killer of a deal for a show.

Don’t Ditch the Costumes

You might not have anywhere to go this Halloween, but that doesn’t mean you have to ditch dressing up on October 31st. We recommend you use this odd Halloween season to embrace a more comfy costume option.

The Onesie for All

Sin Dee is known to strut around her home in footsie PJs from Fall through Winter. Aside from the nostalgia, these days the youthful designs double as instant costumes! Gone are the days of rummaging the Youth Clearance racks for a XXL union suit. The possibilities are endless including footless options, so you can throw on some boots for your beer run. If you’re feeling extra sloth-y we recommend you opt for the butt-flap. Do we really need to explain?

Tip: Now’s the time to splurge on that ridiculously cool PPE mask you spotted for sale on the corner of your block. Grab one that matches your onesie to top off your look when you run outside for Halloween essentials.

An homage to Katy Keene, created by Bill Woggon

That’s all for now Sinners! Check back soon, as we continue to roll out tons of spooky tricks and treats on the brand spanking new all month long. Happy Haunting!

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