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Trick-or-treat travel

Halloweek_1.jpgGhosts, goblins and gays are synonymous with Halloween. And if you’re looking for a spooktacular LGBT-friendly destination to spend the holiday, here are Elsewhere’s picks:

  • Toronto — One day is simply not enough time to celebrate Halloween in Toronto. Celebrating its 5th year, Halloweek is held in the heart of the city’s gay neighborhood, Church Wellesley Village. Area restaurants offers special Halloween-themed menus, businesses dress up their windows (interiors and exteriors with eye catching Halloween displays), pumpkins are carved and there is one hell of a block party.
  • West Hollywood — Being the gay neighbor to the entertainment capital of the world has its benefits, especially when it comes to Halloween. Each year, half a million people gather on WeHo’s Santa Monica Boulevard for an amazing street party and to enjoy the craziest, most eccentric costume creations ever. The big draws of the evening are the Halloween Costume Contest and crowning of a “Queen of the Carnaval.”   
  • New Orleans — The Big Easy doesn’t need an excuse to party but when it has one it makes the party all the more fun. For 2011, visitors can enjoy a packed weekend of activities including a black tie ball, a costume parade and a steamboat brunch. Proceeds from the weekend support Project Lazarus, a home in New Orleans for men and women with HIV/AIDS.
  • New York City – For nearly four decades, New York’s Village Halloween Parade has been dominated by the gays but is open to participation by anyone in costume. Participants are joined by an ever-changing menagerie of giant puppets. The theme of this year’s parade is “the i of the beholder.”

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