Halloween Fit for a Queen: LGBT Parties, Festivals, and Happy Haunts Across the U.S.

Halloween Carnival 2011 City of West Hollywood, CA

Halloween is next week! So, this can mean only one thing — it’s time to grab your costume and head out on the town to celebrate. However skimpy or politically driven your disguise portrays, make sure you plan to show off your spirit. There are plenty of events from coast-to-coast and here are a few to get you in the mood.

All events are on the 31st unless otherwise noted.

New York: At 7pm, the Village comes alive with all things Halloween. Only those in costume can join the parade, but for those feeling shy, music and dancers will entertain all revelers.

Boston: Grab your phone and open up the Pokemon Go! App in Boston Commons. Costumes are optional but encouraged as the gayborhood gets busy hunting the little cartoon characters from 710pm.

Provincetown: Only would the tip of the cape take the entire weekend to party it up. From a masquerade ball at Town Hall and tea dances at the Boatslip, the P-Town streets end the season in true celebratory fashion.

Washington D.C.: Our nation’s capital might want to take their minds off of what will happen the following week, so the Hyatt Regency is hosting their 35th Annual Masquerade ball on October 29 and 30th.

Fort Lauderdale: Wicked Manors is the signature holiday event that sees Wilton Drive close down for a masquerade ball. This year’s theme is Political Nightmares so there isn’t a shortage of costumes with all these recent stunts.

Chicago: From 510pm on the 31st, Midwestern ghosts and ghouls will take over Boystown with the 20th Annual Northhalsted Halloween Parade. With any one of the bars along the strip hosting viewing parties, it’s sure to be a festive event.

New Orleans: Don your best Pirate Jean Lafitte costume in the Cresent City from October 2730 with charity benefit dance parties. We know that the city is kinda haunted, so make sure you get spooked in the Lafayette Cemetery.

Dallas: Oak Lawn is taken over with a block party down Cedar Springs Road from 7pm2am on October 29th. A Costume Promenade, DJs, food, and beer are all on the agenda, so think big, because you know, everything’s bigger in Texas.

Palm Springs: If you think you have what it takes to take home a top prize, head to the desert for the Arenas Road Halloween event. Even if you don’t win the $800 reward, you can dance to Kristin W all night long.

Los Angeles: West Hollywood is all abuzz when Santa Monica Blvd, closes down for a Halloween-themed street party! SoCal temps allow for a skimpier costume from 6:3011pm and plenty of food vendors and music stages for the entire event.