Fear Not!

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Halloween is a gay high holiday for many queer folks.

You don’t have to worry about buying gifts. You usually don’t have to go home to the family.But if you feel like traveling a bit, consider one of my favorite cities to celebrate this pagan holiday.

  • New York‘s 38th annual Village Halloween Parade kicks off at 7PM. You must be in costume to march. Looky-looks: Grab a viewing spot early as the small streets of the Village get packed quickly.
  • New Orleans, which is already scary fun, amps it up for Halloween. The historic French Quarter is where the action is all weekend, but especially on the big night (October 31). The Bourbon Pub & Parade offers pretty much non-stop parties from Thursday, October 28 through Sunday, Halloween.
  • West Hollywood‘s 23rd annual Halloween Costume Carnaval is expected to attract nearly a half million revelers to Santa Monica Blvd. Crowds gather the parade, the costumes, and the entertainment. Some have complained that there are more spectators than participants, but it’s difficult to top the sheer creativity of those in costume. This is, after all, the epicenter of the entertainment industry.

Las Vegas is not known for the scale of its Halloween celebrations, but I heard that the super gay-friendly Mandalay Bay is offering a “Till Death Do Us Part” special promotion, which includes a commitment ceremony in a themed haunted chapel!

Check out the Out guides to these destinations

About The Author

In dot 429's words: "dot429's Travel writer, Ed Salvato, is highly regarded as a journalist and LGBT travel guru. Salvato's work has been published by some of the most important LGBT media outlets, including Out Traveler, The Advocate, Out Magazine, OUT & ABOUT, SDGLN.com, TripOutGayTravel.com, and PlanetOut.com. Ed's also the on-air call-in travel expert for the Derek & Romaine Show on Sirius/XM OutQ and Proud FM Toronto. Recently Salvato joined OutThink Partners, a communications and marketing firm, where he is excited to focus on travel, tourism, and the LGBT market." "Salvato is dedicated to connecting LGBT travelers with unique, interesting, and exciting experiences offered by hotels, resorts, and attractions that invite and welcome their business. Salvato is an active member of the dot429 professional network and editorial community." I've also been developing an expertise in social media. I have managed two large social media campaigns this year. One was for a $10M 3-week-long arts festival in Philadelphia (PIFA; PIFA.org) ; the other for Philly's 11-day Independence Day festivities (Welcome America; WelcomeAmerica.com).

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