Check out these Halloween parties for a spooky, scary time

The first Dead Celebrity Awards is tonight at Mary's in East Atlanta, a fun way to kick off the second weekend of Halloween parties in the gay ATL.

The party starts at 10 p.m. with contests in such categories as Best Supporting Detached Body Part, Best OMG, Way Too Soon, Most Convincing Lookalike with a grand prize for Most Gruesome in a Major Role.

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Annual ‘Black Party’ comes to Opera Sunday

Black Party

One of the biggest party weekends on the gay calendar culminates Sunday with the 10th annual “Black Party,” which takes place from 5 p.m. to midnight at Club Opera. More than 3,000 people will be donning their chicest black attire for the event, which is themed “Wicked.”

“It will be everything that wicked encompasses, whether it's wicked scary, wicked sexy, wicked temptation – it will all come to fruition,” says Warren Huntley, an event planner and member of 5FRIENDS4life, the group that hosts the Black Party and its summer counterpart, the White Party.

“People come in everything from very, very skimpy sexy outfits to cocktail dresses and suits, it really just depends on your interpretation of what dressing in all black is,” Huntley says.

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Melissa Carter: Confessions of an elitist Halloween snob

Melissa Carter

I’m an elitist Halloween snob. I freely admit that I have a few hard and fast rules that I impose in a Pentecostal way.

For example, I oppose sexy Halloween costumes if they only exist for the sake of being sexy. An effort to simply show skin at Halloween is a sacrilege to what I believe is the beauty of Halloween: creativity and humor. The true judge of your costume is the reaction that others have and I have never been impressed by a costume just because it was sexy.

I take this time of year as an outlet to set aside all levels of political correctness. Normally, I am sensitive to the tragedies experienced by others, but on Halloween, all bets are off and I will eagerly use these tragedies to shock and amuse others.

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Jerusalem House revamps Halloween event with ghost theme

Halloween events

The dead shall walk, and they shall be fabulous.

Jerusalem House is retooling its annual Halloween fundraiser from a Carnevale masquerade ball to a “Ghosts of Hollywood” themed event, and organizers are offering lot of surprises.

The event is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the Atlanta-based nonprofit that provides housing to HIV-positive individuals and their families.

“It’s going to be a party in three different phases. It’s going to be exciting for our guests because the venue will be changing around them,” Jerusalem House Executive Director Charlie Frew says. “A lot of it is going to be a surprise, but people will see the size of the venue change and different things with lighting and other ways.”

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[Photos] Gay Atlanta celebrates Halloween

GA Voice photographers were on-hand all weekend, capturing the best of LGBT Atlanta's Halloween celebrations. Check out our Halloween nightlife galleries below. Be sure to click the gallery titles for more photos.

Halloween 'Fame' Party at The Arts Exchange

Halloween

“Fame: A Halloween Party Where People Will Remember Your Name” was held on Sat. Oct. 28, 2011 at The Arts Exchange. DJs Vicki Powell and Kyle Keyser provided the beats. (Photos by Brent Corcoran/RNZ Photography)

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Melissa Carter: A story to get you in the Halloween mood

Melissa CarterIn honor of Halloween season, I wanted to share a story I heard on the Roswell Ghost Tour. I love this time of year when our imaginations are allowed to roam free. So for all of you with ghoulish minds wide open, this one is for you.

Susan tripped on something in the hallway.

Ouch! What was that? Susan squinted and looked on the floor to see what she had tripped over. She saw that the culprit had been one of Alison’s dolls that had been left in the hallway near her daughter’s closed bedroom door. In fact, several of Alison’s dolls were on the floor, lined up perfectly next to one another, side-by-side, along the baseboard.

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Podcast: ‘We are the 99%, too’

GA Voice editor Laura Douglas-Brown was featured on AM 1690 | The Voice of the Arts this week in a bi-weekly segment highlighting upcoming arts and entertainment events and LGBT community news featured in our upcoming issue.

In this week's segment, Laura discusses our cover story, "We are the 99%, too" highlighting LGBT involvement in the Occupy Atlanta movement, our interviews with actress Meredith Baxter and author Gregory Maguire, and upcoming LGBT-specific Halloween events.