The Hornet Guide to the Greatest Halloween of Your Life

The Hornet Guide to the Greatest Halloween of Your Life

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For many gay men, Halloween is like Christmas. When else can you dress up in an over the top costume and party till dawn? (Well, okay, for some of us, that’s just “Friday night,” but still.) Fancy feathers, shiny rhinestones, sparkling sequins, oh my! We take pride in planning how campy we’ll be on Halloween.

With the right costume on hand, you just need to figure out where to show it off! Many bars and clubs in different cities all have special events scheduled for this celebration. However, these cities know how to throw the best parties, and you have to check them out for a Halloween you’ll never forget.

New Orleans

Anne Rice’s Interview With a Vampire. American Horror Story‘s haunting Coven. Louisiana Voodoo and Marie Laveau. New Orleans has a rich history when it comes to spookiness. So, of course, New Orleans knows how to do Halloween right. Visit New Orleans and party with the locals, maybe some vampires, and witches on this day. Many bars have special events scheduled throughout the week for this holy holiday. You won’t be disappointed.

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New York City 

The Village Halloween Parade is the signature Halloween event in New York City. People from the boroughs come together on this day and dress up in creative outfits. With a politically charged year, you’ll likely see Trumps, Clintons, and even Bernies mingling together in the parade. Not to mention, bars and clubs from Hell’s Kitchen to West Village all have special events set up for party-goers.




West Hollywood

Like the Village Halloween Parade, the West Hollywood Halloween Carnival is a must-see. This carnival blocks off the street in West Hollywood and draws people from all over Hollywood for a fun public party — including six stages playing your favorite music! The event concludes with the coronation of the “Carnival Queen.”  You will see scantily-clad, hunky guys and you’ll wish that you spent more time at the gym for this carnival.


Las Vegas

Las Vegas knows how to throw a great party and Halloween is no exception. The Halloween Ball is the must-attend party — and it’s one of the longest running events in Sin City. Besides the Halloween Ball, clubs around the strip also have massive Halloween events scheduled for people to party till dawn.




Halloween on Halsted is a fun neighborhood party packed with activities. It starts with a parade and hosts different costume competitions for the party goers. This almost mile-long stretch of festivities covers a predominantly LGBTQ-friendly area of restaurants, bars, and clubs that all celebrate this day with door-busting specials.



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