Halloween is our favorite queer holiday of the year. LGBTQ folkx go all out when it comes to this high-holy day. Whether you’re into skimpy, scary, or unique, you’re bound to find an impressive array of costumes. There’s always a ton of events going on, mostly on Capitol Hill. We’ve curated a list of events to help you decide where to wear that Stranger Things light-up alphabet costume you’ve been slaving over all year.
Cuff Complex Halloween Weekend
The Cuff Complex (1533 13th Ave)
Cuff has always been my go-to Halloween destination. Saturday night (this year titled “Freakshow,” with DJ Disco Vinnie and a costume contest) generally features lines around the block, so get there early. There’s also a Halloween Tea Dance on Sunday at 5pm, Trick Halloween Bash on Monday with DJ Matt Stands, and Friday “Masquerade” with DJ Erez Ben Ishay.
Friday, October 28 Hosted by Adé & Arson Nicki
DJ Sling Dion & DJ Kate
free! B4 9pm/$5 after
Saturday, October 29 Hosted by Jackie Hell & Betty Wetter
DJ Blank Eyes & Dee Jay Jack with Costume Contest at Midnight!
free! B4 9pm/$5 after
Sunday, October 30 World’s Spookiest Tea Dance
DJ El Toro & DJ King of Pants
Monday, Oct. 31st Hosted by Queen Dan’l & Strawberry Shartcake
DJ King of Pants & DJ Mixed Feelings with Costume Contest at Midnight!
Friday, October 28
7PM Betrayal: Widow’s Walk Release Party
Raygun Lounge (501 E Pine St)
If you love board games, you know that the classic horror game Betrayal at the House on the Hill just received its long-awaited expansion, Widow’s Walk. Come play it at queer-friendly venue Raygun for a great way to start your Halloween weekend!
7:30PM Sweeney Todd: Seattle Musical Theatre
Seattle Musical Theatre (7120 62nd Ave NE)
The Johnny Depp movie is entertaining, but there’s nothing like seeing this Grand Guignol-inspired bloody musical live. Friday night is opening night and it runs through November 20!
9PM Comeback Halloween Spooktacular
Chop Suey (1325 E Madison)
A quarterly party that feeds Seattle’s dance crowd with “the sounds of electro, italo, queer hip hop, house and more.” Hosted by Butylene Okipple, resident DJs/founders Colby B (NYC) and Mister Sister will be spinning alongside guest Stormy Roxx (PDX). Doors open at 9pm, $10 cover if dressed to slay or $12-15 basic attire.
10PM Boo, You Horror! with Dani Toro
Club Sur (2901 1st Ave S)
Verotica Events hosts a Halloween event for the circuit crowd, featuring international DJ Dani Toro. Tickets run from $20-35.
Saturday, October 29
A special Halloween edition of this popular drag king show, with the theme as “celebrating our deceased luminaries.” Maybe we’ll see a drag king David Bowie and Prince?
8PM Black Light Ball
CC Attle’s (1701 E Olive Way)
There’s no cover for this night of debauchery, featuring black lights all over the bar. Costumed folks get priority entry, so wear your finest!
8PM Bitten – The Nightmare
R Place (619 E Pine St)
$15 / 21+
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence always host fantastic events and do great charitable work, and your $15 entry donation goes to the Sisters Granting Fund. There’s a costume contest, and while you can wear whatever costume you like, the theme is creatures who bite, so bare your teeth! (Please ask for consent before biting the cute fellow at the bar.)
9PM DILF HOWL Seattle
Seattle Eagle Tavern (314 E Pike St)
DILF parties in the past have been fantastic. If you like daddies (or you are one), this is a definite destination spot or at least stop-off point in your Halloween festivities.
10PM Dead Celebrity Halloween with Reverend Dollars and DJ Help
Kremwerk (1809 Minor Ave)
$5-$10 / 21+
Presented by Kiss Off, a queer woman’s party for all LGBTQ and friends, Kremwerk’s underground vibe should be perfect for your darkly inspired costumes.
11:55PM The Rocky Horror Halloween Show ’16
Egyptian Theater (805 E Pine St)
Rocky Horror is a classic, and what better time to see it than Halloween weekend? Doors open at 11:30pm, and of course there’s a live show, props and the whole Rocky shebang.
Sunday, October 30
9PM Devil’s Club
The Mercury (1009 E Union St)
$3 Members / $5 Non-members
From the creators of Butch Queen and sex.wav, comes an extra queer hallow’s eve! Bring your scary, your nerdy, your slutty looks, no appropriative attire allowed. DJ Help, BareBacchus and BitchKitty will keep you moving with creepy visuals by Nina NasthHead. $3 for members, $5 for non-members.
Monday, October 31
9PM Seattle Gaymers and Queer Geek! Seattle Halloween at Neighbours
Neighbours Seattle (1509 Broadway)
$6-$10 / 21+
It may be a school night, but it’s Halloween! What better way to celebrate than with some Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart 8 and a costume contest? DJ Kid Amiga is providing the tunes and there’ll be an assortment of LGBTQ nerds to hang with.
Scary, drag-esque performances by Arson Nicki, Butylene O’Kipple, Cucci Binaca, Hexate (SF) and Jackie Hell (Seattle Legend) 21+, Kremwerk, Doors at 8p, Show at 9p
10PM Messy Webs
$8 / 21+
Dance party with MIDNIGHT Costume Contest. Categories will be announced soon with prizes to be awarded. Expect killer beats by Barebacchus, Mister Sister (Comeback) and Riff-Raff (Night Crush) with photos by Rio Flowers.