Though we're still in the first week of October, it's not too early to start nailing down your plans for Halloween. If you've yet to get your costume and partying plans in gear, however, might we suggest stopping by the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animal's Creatures' Ball on the 29th at Surrogate's Court? There, you can do the monster mash all night while raising money for the non-profit that works to make New York Animal Control & Care a no-kill operation by 2015. Before the Mayor's Alliance came along, 74% of the over 35,000 animals entering AC&C were euthanized. Now, over 20,000 more dogs and cats are saved each year and the euthanasia rate is down to 32.5%. Not too shabby, right? Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij (whose new track "Wood" has been on repeat here at PAPER HQ as of late) will be DJing and there will be drinks, food and other goodies on hand. You have to be 21+ to attend and costumes are "requested."* Note that although the invite doesn't say "costumes are required," you should really wear a costume because everyone will secretly be annoyed with you if you come in your normal clothes and say something about how you "don't do Halloween." Shut up and just put some devils horns on, and, more important, help raise money so that animals in need of homes can be adopted by people who just want to love them and dress them up in witch costumes and take embarrassing photos of them. You can buy tickets here.
*A note from the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals: "Humans are the featured creatures at this ball - which benefits our beloved pets - so two-legged guests only please!"