Keep Calm and Carrie On

Halloween 2013 in D.C.

What better an occasion than Halloween to don our best silk prom dresses and highest of heels, douse ourselves in a liberal splash of pig’s blood, and spread a little terror?

Dave Perruzza photographed on Friday, Oct. 18, at JR.'s

Dave Perruzza photographed on Friday, Oct. 18, at JR.’s

(Photo by Todd Franson)

Yeah, we thought so, too, which is why we asked JR.’s Vice President Dave Perruzza to pose as the iconic Carrie White for our special Halloween issue.

“It was a little disconcerting reading the warning on the fake blood, ‘Keep away from your eyes and your mouth,’ just before it was put on me,” laughs Perruzza, “but it all turned out okay. Right afterwards I went to meet my boyfriend Richard for lunch at Commissary with the blood still staining my hands and face. I said, ‘Don’t ask, I just did something with blood.’”

Perruzza is the connector between two of our pieces in our cover story — a pictorial romp through the 17th Street High Heel Race, featuring photographs that ran in Metro Weekly as far back as 1999, and an interview with Kimberly Peirce, who directed the new adaptation of Carrie, which opened nationwide last weekend. We wrap things up with Doug Rule’s extensive look at the city’s Halloween offerings at the gay clubs and beyond.

Whether you mark the holiday season hunting for tricks or treats, or merely hoping for a little thrill from things that go bump in the night, you’ll certainly find something to get you in a merrily macabre mood.

Halloween 2013 

Heel Thyself

The 27th High Heel Race continues a triumphant tradition

Queer as Carrie

Openly lesbian director Kimberly Peirce brings a classic horror film up-to-date by infusing it with a modern — and queer — sensibility

Boo Binge

Halloween becomes Halloweek, with plenty of spooky entertainment on tap

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