Described by some as the “high holy days of the gay world”, right up there with Pride, 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! GayVancouver.Net (Gay Vancouver Online) took a look around and found some fun activities (both gay specific and general) all with a Halloween theme.
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 Ghost Train is titled “Legenda from the Underworld” and promises everything from zombies to three-headed dogs as you climb aboard. This is a definite “fun-for-all-ages” tradition and runs through November 1st from 6pm – 9pm nightly.
How about something a bit scarier? From October 16th to 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 add a haunted mansion, a creepy maze and other scary delights and you’ve got the makings of a night ready to make your skin crawl (or let out a little squeel).
Or how about Evil Dead The Musical based on Sam Raimi’s cult classics? Definitely more camp than scary, but who can resist a Halloween theatre treat that features a “splatter zone”. The show plays with two different productions at both the Vogue Theatre (20-31 Oct) and the Norman Rothstein Theatre (Oct 29 – Nov 7).
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra also gets in on the Halloween vibe with the presentation of the 1922 classic film Nosferatu with the music performed live by the VSO on Halloween Night, Saturday October 31st.
Trains, thrill rides, theatre or music not your thing? How about a party (or two)? Vancouver’s party scene, both gay and not so gay, gives you many choices at Halloween and with it falling on a Saturday this year, you’ll have plenty of time to recuperate! Here are a selection of the Halloween parties happening around the city both in the local bars and elsewhere:
25 October 2009
Any Witch Way But Loose: A Feather Boa Halloween Spooktacular! – Joan-E and Carlotta present a Halloween version of their weekly Feather Boa show.
29 October 2009
Blackout Bear Night & Pre-Halloween Bash – Numbers celebrates Halloween early with a party for the bears and a costume contest downstairs.
31 October 2009
Out in Surrey Halloween 2009 – for those not wanting to make the trip into downtown Vancouver, the OIS Rainbow Cultural Society presents their own Halloween costume party at the gay-friendly Blue Corvette in Surrey.
Celebrities’ Dark Ages – The Evil Medieval Gay Halloween Party – billed as Vancouver’s largest GLBT Halloween party, Celebrities will be transformed into a horrifying medieval period. With music from The Threesome.
Trick or Treat – A Wicked Women’s Halloween – Crema Productions presents their party at Jupiter Cafe with spooktacular decorations, best costume prizes and music with DJ Tracey D.
Oddysey’s Scary Fairy 2009 – DJ Drew spins among some “crazy creepy decor” plus a costume contest hosted by Joan-E at Midnight.
Something Wicked This Way Comes 10 – Sanctuary presents the 10th anniversary edition of its alt dance party.
WISE Halloween & ina unt ina CD Release Party – a halloween dance party and cd release for ina unt ina.
Numbers Halloween Party – awesome decor, DJ Shelly and costume contest.
Monty Python’s Haunted Holy Grail – the Pumpjack goes Python – come dressed as your favourite character.
1 November 2009
Naked Hell Halloween (1 November) – this annual event from the Pacific Canadian Association of Nudists includes cash prizes for the best “uncostume”.
Sin City (1 November) – Sin City comes to Celebrities for their annual Halloween fetish party.