Ah, Halloween. Also known as “America’s Gay Holiday” or “Gay Christmas.” Sure, anyone can partake in the revelry, but it’s a widely known fact that LGBT folks own the holiday… which is why it’s also an excellent time for romance. No, really! There are so many queer things going on all around the city. Not to mention, nothing brings two souls closer than a moment of shared terror. Here are five spooky date ideas to get you and yours’ hearts thumping this Halloween season.
Now in it’s 28th year, the Vampire Ball is an annual October celebration inspired by Anne Rice’s enduring Vampire Chronicles and the sexually ambivalent Vampire Lestat. The theme of this year’s ball is “Midnight in the Savage Garden of Blood and Evil.” It will be held on Friday, Oct. 28 at The Republic and will feature music from Skinz N Bonez, Pandora Black, Varna, and DJ Seraph. As usual, Anne Rice will also make an appearance. Tickets are $75-$125.
Art aficionados won’t want to miss this spooky, month-long exhibition at Trèo, an upscale art and libations venue located at 3835 Tulane Ave. in Mid-City. Sip signature craft cocktails as you peruse the funky second floor gallery, taking in all the dark and surreal works created by local Louisiana artists. The show runs through the month of October.
When you’re finished, grab another drink a Mid-City’s only gay bar, Tulane Ave Bar & Grill, located just down the street at 3813 Tulane Ave. The bar regularly hosts drag and burlesque shows, live music, and karaoke.
Speaking of drag shows… if you’re looking for something a little less morbid but not less flashy, head over to The Pub at 801 Bourbon St. to see Lipstixx, the legendary New Orleans drag show featuring some of the city’s best celebrity female impersonators. Shows happen every Sunday at 8 p.m, with a special Halloween-themed show happening on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. 21+.
Also, check out the Drag Brunch at the Country Club at 634 Louisa St. in the Bywater. Shows happen every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling (504) 945-0742.
Prepare to be positively petrified as you wander the dark hallways of this haunted house that was recently declared the “Most Intense Haunted Attraction” by The Travel Channel. Located at 319 Butterworth St. in Metairie, just minutes outside of New Orleans, this year’s House of Shock features a brand new “Bunker of Torture,” demon van, and other macabre entertainment guaranteed to scare you silly. Tickets are $25-$55 and can be purchased online or at the door.
Afterward, hop over to the Four Seasons & Patio Stage Bar, Metairie’s oldest gay bar located at 3229 N Causeway Blvd, to help recover from the horror.
Now in its 33rd year, Halloween New Orleans is a bewitching, four-day celebration that attracts thousands of LGBT people from across the country. The weekend is a fun way to wow a date and includes a black tie gala, a neon-themed dance party, a costume contest (and party), Sunday brunch on a riverboat, and a second line down Bourbon Street. The theme of this year’s event is “Pirates Revenge: The Curse of Jean Lafitte.” Tickets information is available here. All proceeds will go to Project Lazarus, dedicated to providing healthcare and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS in New Orleans.
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