By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly
Halloween in this town often — almost always — feels gigantic, even bigger than Pride: the costumes, the soirees, the energy. (Perhaps it’s the SAD and/or the wine talking, but I stand by my declaration.) All Hallow’s Eve brings out the best — and most creative — Portland has to offer, and the events and parties are usually more than equal to the creative task.
This year, the day itself falls on a Friday, but Portland is getting things started the weekend before, so there’s all manner of party going on in the days and moments leading up to October 31. Here’s a smattering of our best Halloween bets (and for even more events, check our calendar on page 17):
Monday, October 20:
The days are getting shorter, darker, and cooler, but it’s still an excellent time to get your active socializing on. Gay Skate is a joy. Meet queers and mingle with them outside the bar setting — maybe your dream lover will ask you to hold hands during couples’ skate. And there are themes now! Themes! (Count on Halloween Madness for this month’s festivities.) Come dressed to impress and wine beautiful prizes, and look for our publisher, who’s always handing out copies of PQ. And, you know, you’ll probably get a date. Food drive for Take Action Inc. 7pm, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. $6.
Friday, October 24:
Lumbertwink is back! Now a Portland institution, they’re scaring up some good times for their big Halloween Edition! Get in or on a good costume for their fall party and get a discount at the door. We want you to think long and hard about how you’re going to make plaid scary (or scarier than it already is, depending on your perspective.) DJ Freddy King of Pants (SEA) DJ Hold My Hand (PDX), photos by Wayne Bund, Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave, $4 in plaid or costume, $6 without, 9:30pm.
Saturday, October 25:
Hex: A Homo Halloween Party and Queer Cover Bands Show. Come out in your costume for a big gay party at Slabtown Portland. Live cover band lineup: Heart On (Heart), Down On Her Corner (CCR), PGay Harvey (PJ Harvey), and one more TBA. Live show followed by the dirtiest dancing you can manifest. DJ’s TBA. 8pm, Slabtown, 1033 NW 16.
Gula’s House of Whores and Blow Pony all rolled into one. The kick off to the Halloween season—last year, Gula Delgatto, the ghost mistress of the house, wrecked the stage with her girls from the other side. This year, Nicholas Hongola will fill you with terror and delight as he narrates the ghost story of how Gula and her girls made it to the other side in “Gula’s House of Whores: Before the Grave, a Ghost Story.” Starring Gula Delgatto, Shitney Houston, Stacy Stl Lisa, Wolfgang Sebastian Bloodhawk III. Blow Pony’s Seventh Annual Homoween, with deejays Airick X, Kasio Smashio, Fingerbang, Stormy Roxx, Just Dave, and more. 9pm, Rotture, 315 SE Third. $5.
Sunday, October 26:
Each and every week, Superstar Divas. This Sunday, it’s a special Halloween edition. So join Bolivia Carmichaels, Honey Bea Hart, Topaz Crawford, Isaiah Tillman, and guest stars as they perform your favorite pop, Broadway, and country hits — with more than a dash of seasonal splendor. Dance floor opens after the show. The Drag Queen Hunger Games are over, and the shows must go on! Check out the newest and freshest Diva hits. 8pm, CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis. Free.
Thursday, October 30:
Miss Kennedy’s Theater of Burlesque brings back “The Rocky Horror Pastie Show ” to the historic Star Theater Portland. Now in its fourth year, The Rocky Horror Pastie Show has become a tradition among Rocky Horror and burlesque fans alike. In case you missed them before and especially if you didn’t, you’ll truly be shivering with anticipation as they bring you a live stage adaptation of Rocky Horror with a little less dialogue and a LOT more T&A. Starring Zora Phoenix, among many others. 7pm, Star Theater, 13 NW Sixth. Tickets and info here: https://public.ticketbiscuit.com/StarTheaterPortland/Ticketing/213748.
Do you have a few costumes ready? We certainly hope so. We’ll see you out and about!