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The best LGBT and gay Halloween events in NYC

The best Halloween is a gay Halloween—here’s how to do it right, with costume parties, cemetery tours and other events

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By Melissa Kravitz |

There’s no shortage of LGBT and gay Halloween events in NYC this time of year. Rivaling NYC’s Gay Pride Parade in enthusiasm, costumes and all around queerness is the annual Village Halloween Parade down Sixth Avenue. But the LGBT Halloween fun doesn’t have to stop with NYC’s biggest parade or haunted places. Halloween parties, comedy shows, daytime raves and more celebrate the haunted season with killer LGBT events perfect for showing off your fabulous Halloween costume—after loading up on all of the candy, of course.

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Best LGBT and gay Halloween events

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Saturday Matinee: Queer Halloween Edition

Crown Heights

If you can’t wait to party until it gets dark—or even until it’s officially Halloweekend—head to Dyke Bar Takeover’s daytime celebration of all things spooky and queer and mix and mingle over pumpkin pie, live performances and other pumpkin-related activities. October 15

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Things to do, Walks and tours

Final Resting Place for the Famous Among Us


For those whose interest in cemeteries peaks around Halloween, this Out Professionals tour of Green-Wood Cemetery’s final resting places for LGBT celebrities and heroes will be your perfect October day. October 29

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Attractions, Sightseeing

Madame Tussaud’s Halloween

Midtown West

All eight floors of the Times Square wax museum, which is creepy enough on an average day, will be decked out in a haunted wonderland of drag. Brandon Voss’ annual party will include a spooky show featuring Willam of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame. October 29

Hot Rabbit Bad Habit Halloween Edition, Hell Yes!
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Hot Rabbit Bad Habit Halloween Edition, Hell Yes!


The weekly party for queer women and beyond will get a spooky makeover with a haunted warehouse theme, zombie vogue by the House of Olympus, a performance by Andrew Barrett Cox & the Cosmic Generation, special DJ sets and a costume contest with special prizes (including a $500 grand prize). October 29

Bars, Lounges

2 Queers and a Bitch Halloween Show

West Village

If laughing is more your beat than shrieking in horror (though who says you can’t do both), head to this humorous Halloween celebration promising both tricks and treats, stand-up comedians, sketch comedy and, of course, a costume contest. Prepare to laugh and be laughed at. October 29

Rocky Horror Picture Show
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Rocky Horror Picture Show

Financial District

Lose your RHPS virginity or do the time warp yet again as Elizabeth James hosts this Halloween viewing of the cult classic. Prop bags will be for sale before the screening, and a costume content will determine whose dramatic corset is scarily best. October 30

Bob the Drag Queen
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Bars, Lounges

The Only Blood Bath

Hell's Kitchen
RuPaul's Drag Race winner Bob the Drag Queen and runner-up Kim Chi will host a ghoulishly glamorous Halloween dance party in Hell's Kitchen. A $3,000 cash prize will be awarded for best costume. October 30
Night of Living Drag
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Fifth Annual Night of Living Drag

Hell's Kitchen

The Cast of RuPaul's All Star Drag Race Season Two rises again as drag zombies kill it on stage with host Shangela and haunting performances by Adore Delano, Alyssa Edwards, Katya and more reincarnated cast members. October 31

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