1. The 50 best costumes from the Tompkins Square Halloween dog parade. [Buzzfeed]

2. Mean Red's "End of the World" party is back this year (hey, how's that possible?) on Saturday, October 29th, 9 p.m., at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple (317 Claremont Ave., Brooklyn) with DJs Klever, Jubilee and more.  This year they promise that zombies will kill everyone who shows up. Fun! Tickets here.

3. We dare you to "Take This Lollipop." [Ed note: This is scary and has nothing to do with candy. Proceed with caution!]

4. London dubstep DJ, Benga, is spinning at Yotel (570 Tenth Avenue) on Wednesday, October 26, 10 p.m.  It's FREE before midnight with an RSVP here.

5. Lady Gaga bid $13,000 at a charity auction and won a dinner with E-Street band member/actor Steve Van Zandt.  The dinner's at downtown NYC restaurant Palma where the singer once worked as waitress and actually waited on Van Zandt. [Forbes]

6. The largest artist-grant program in the US, totaling over $50 million, is being funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. [LA Times]

7. Which Brooklyn high-rise building has the worst commercial?

8. Boo! There are FREE scary-face pancakes at IHOP this Friday, October 28,  from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Sorry, but it's only for kids under 12. Boo hoo.