Ghouls. Ghosts. Goblins. Dominatrixes. Naked chefs. We know how to celebrate Halloween! From special festivities and costume contests at your favorite watering hole, to large produced annual events, there is much to choose from to celebrate Halloween this year (for most venues, the main festivities occur on the Saturday before Halloween, October 27).
Billed as Portland’s biggest Halloween Party with approximately 2,000 ghosts, zombies, and vampires, the Portland Erotic Ball celebrates its 13th year, usually considered an ominous anniversary but for this wicked event, well-suited. While this isn’t a gay-only event, it welcomes a pansexual audience interested in the sexy side of the scare. Hosted by Emmy-nominee Sasha Scarlett, this event is held at the Crystal Ballroom.
Says Scarlett, “It is great to know that our event will sell out. We’ve built a great brand showcasing an adult Halloween party experience…” People from as far away as Hawaii and Florida come to compete in the costume contest.
Scarlett adds that this year’s event will feature the entertainment of Pepe & the Bottle Blondes, Keegan Smith, and The Slants, and will also feature aerial acts and 6 fetish demonstration stages showcasing bondage, flogging/paddling, electric shock, tickling, and suspension. (Now where did I leave my nipple clamps???)
Costumes are mandatory at this party. More than $5,000 in prizes will be given away for categories such as Most Original, Sexiest Couple, and Best Group. A few of Scarlett’s favorite costumes include: two guys who came on stage dressed as the Titantic, broke apart, and then sank and a group dressed as lifelike Orks during the Lord of the Rings craze, complete with 15-foot wingspans.
“Our goal with this event is to make sure we have a balance between lifestyle enthusiasts — meaning those from the queer, BDSM, leather, swingers, bondage, piercing/tattoo, sex positive communities, and straight couples that really have one sexy costume and want to have a great time,” added Scarlett.
Portland Erotic Ball 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. October 27th
Crystal Ballroom (1332 W Burnside)
$39 or $69 VIP
More parties on Saturday the 27th
This longest running ladies-only Halloween event features $50 Grand Prizes for Vampiest and Fiercest! Its early start time can have you either in bed with the demon of your dreams at a reasonable hour or fit to look for your dream goblin at parties that start around closing time. hotflashdances.com
6 – 10pm, $10
Wicked Awesome, created by Freddie Perry, aka DJ Freddie Says Relax is on October 27. Perry says that he wanted to create a Halloween experience for a community of queers. “I like to be around my LGBT scene on Halloween,” Perry says, “so it doesn’t feel like straight people gone wild.”
But wild is certainly one way to describe the parties that started in 2009 with All Homo’s Eve and continued for the past two years as Wicked Awesome. The synthesis of creative queers, killer DJ lineups (this year Roy G Biv, Mr. Charming, Bruce LaBruiser and Freddie Says Relax), and truly authentic cover band madness has created the perfect homo Halloween experience. Being joined by event producer Katey Pants will also ensure that this year runs smoother than ever. clubzone.com
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Plan B (1305 SE 8th Ave) $8
Blow Pony’s Hella Queens & Headless Kings
At times controversial but always freaky, scary fun Blow Pony brings San Francisco Trannyshack legend Heklina up to mistress the ceremonies. It would be enough to see her interpretation of Elvira, but I fully expect a plethora of gender demolishing fright. rotture.com
10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Rotture (315 SE 3rd) $5