Described by some as one of the “high holy days of the gay world”, Halloween has always played a big role in the gay community and Vancouver is no different. Afterall, we’re not the only one’s dressing in drag that night! We’ve found some gay (and not so gay) events in and around Vancouver that are sure to please the devil in all of us.
First up is the Stanley Park Ghost Train. Since 1999, the Stanley Park Minature Railway is transformed by the Mortal Coil Performance Society with a different theme each year. This year’s theme is titled “Alice in Nightmareland” and promises a tea party you’ll never forget. This is a definite fun-for-all-ages tradition and runs through October 31st from 6pm – 10pm nightly.
How about something a bit scarier? Through October 31st Playland at the PNE is transformed into Fright Nights. From 6pm to late into the night the usual Playland rides are there to give you a little scare but there is also the all-new Haunted Clown House, plus the annual haunted mansion, a creepy maze and other scary delights that have all the makings of a night ready to make your skin crawl (or let out a little squeel).
This year’s Parade of Lost Souls might be scaled back from previous years, but the event is still sure to please. On Saturday, October 30th from 5pm to 9pm, at a mysterious locale (only to be revealed on the day), the Dusty Flowerpot crew will be enticing locals into the back alleys, streets, and open spaces around Commercial Drive to awaken their neighbourly spirits.
Trains, thrill rides and lost souls not your thing? How about a party (or two)? Vancouver’s gay party scene gives you plenty choices! Here are a selection of the Halloween parties happening around the city both in the local bars and elsewhere:
Friday, 29 October 2010
Dead Sexy Queered – a BDSM playparty for kinky queers with a Halloween theme.
Lick: Freaky Friday Halloween – DJ Cho Cha spins with a costume contest at midnight.
Numbers: Halloweek 2010 – start Halloweek off with a costume contest & DJ Del.
Saturday, 30 October 2010
Club 816: Massacre – TFD presents DJ Rafael Calvente at this after-hours party.
Paranoia Halloween – TFD presents Grammy nominated DJ duo The Freemasons (UK) with a midnight Halloween show.
Something Wicked – the OIS Rainbow Cultural Society presents their annual Halloween party at Blue Corvette in Surrey.
Celebrities: Hellraisers Halloween – The Perry Twins headline this annual Halloween party.
Queer Bashoween: RIP vs VIP – this eastside party promises the biggest and creepiest Queer Bash ever.
560: Whore House Halloween – Five Sixty party features DJs Adam Dreaddy, Quest, Mumbles, Jef Leppard and MKW.
Lick: Cursed Halloween Party – get ready to scream, titillate, and dance the freaky night away.
Numbers: Halloweek 2010 – Halloweek continues Miss M is in the house and another opportunity to win for your costume.
Naked Hell: The Devil’s Playground – the Pacific Canadian Association of Nudists presents its annual Halloween naked party
Celebrities: Sin City Fetish Halloween – it’s Hallowe’en and there is no better time to GIVE IN TO SIN!
Numbers: Halloweek 2010 – Halloweek concludes with your host Shari Muttart and a final costume contest.
J Lounge: Hells Belles – a Halloween drag show like you’ve never seen before.