Queer Boy Costumes 101: Your Guide to Wearing Whatever the Hell You Want this Halloween

Halloween can sometimes be a distressing time for queer men. What may seem like a particularly fun time of year where anyone can dress up and have a great time can sometimes turn into a month-long battle between what you’d like to dress up as, and what the world fins acceptable for you to dress up as. This vortex of making yourself happy vs making the people around you comfortable often times seem completely suffocating. But the reality of the situation is that almost every recently out queer man, both young and mature,  will find themselves centred in the middle of a tug and war between your own feelings and the assumed feelings of those around you. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. In all reality, dressing up for Halloween should be something amazing and freeing. It shouldn’t make one feel as if they have to choose between personal happiness and the level of acceptance or tolerance that those around you may have. It’s your night and you should be able to wear whatever you want. You should be able to dress as masculine and as feminine as you want. As outrageous or as tame as you’d like (just as long as it isn’t socially insensitive and offensive) In reality, the only stress one should feel during the spookiest time of the year is the stress of choosing just one costume out of all the great ideas floating around out there. Hopefully, this article will help you put your brain into overdrive during these last few days leading up to Halloween and help you put together the most amazing queer boy costume this year.

When in Doubt, Pastel Out

Whether you opt for femme boy extraordinaire or super masc gym rat chic. Pastels are always a great way to keep things fun for Halloween. Forget bright colours and all black ensembles. Pastels manage to give you a hint of softness with any costume you wear. Wearing an entire pastel outfit, or certain pastel elements can often time give you a sugary sweet and often times funny contrast; especially if you’re fusing something scary or overly masculine with your pastel look. You’re bound to be the centre of attention in your ice cream coloured party outfit if you opt for a pastel gig. Options for your pastel costume are endless. Some super fun ideas are The Chanels, Almost any kind of dessert, The quintessential fairy costume, cheer captain, and Anime Lolita.

A Gay Staple: The Unicorn

Now, this may seem like a no-brainer, lgbtqa+ folks have been associating themselves with the mythological creature for decades now. And for good measure. The unicorn is one of those majestic creatures yields great importance in the world of myth for its power, dominance, and strength. However, the reason the unicorn should be a go-to Halloween costume for queer kids over something like a dragon (not to say that dragons are badass) is that it doesn’t present its strength through overt masculinity, instead, it presents an image of strength through the balance of graceful femininity and brute masculinity. It’s a perfect balance between the two.Now the fun thing about a unicorn costume is that you can make it as feminine or masculine as you’d like and as sexy or tame as you’d like. The possibilities are endless. Imagine dressing up as a fetish unicorn, a space unicorn, a ridiculously hilarious blow-up unicorn or a sexy boudoir unicorn.

Your Favourite Drag Race Alumni

It doesn’t matter if you’re gay, straight, bi, queer, or everything in between. If you’ve had the pleasure of becoming a Rupaul’s Drag Race fan, then you’ll know how sickening some of the girls that have walked through the workroom are. And you know deep down inside (like Madonna said) you want to know what it feels like for a girl. So here’s your chance. With over 100 different queens to choose from. Drag race has a plethora of queens to chose from. Even if your favourite queen’s look is too hard to achieve, you can pick any of the other queens who’s looks are easier to achieve. However, when attempting to recreating a queens look, be aware that there may be more work you can commit to last minute. Nails, makeup, tucking, and wigs are all part of the processes, but you don’t have to go full on drag. Remember, it’s your choice. Some good example of gag-worthy queens is Valentina, Alaska, and Trixie Mattel.

Video Gay-mes

Here’s where you can really start to get creative and have fun. The possibilities could be endless. Whether you want to gender bend your favourite character or recreate their entire look. Video game characters are an amazing option for a queer boy to celebrate Halloween in. The world of video games has countless iconic characters to one can emulate or borrow from. Form Square Enix and their Final Fantasy series to Nintendo’s huge game roster. In all fairness, of all the costume ideas on this list. Video games are by far the easiest to recreate since there are most likely plenty of costume stores that sell video games costumes, but there are hundreds of tutorials online on how to DIY your favourite characters looks. Some good bets could be Princess Peach, Payne, Ash Ketchum, Ivy Valentine.

Please, No More Clubs: Your Best Options This Halloween

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Halloween is fast approaching, and this year, it’s on a Saturday, which means that it will essentially take over your weekend. If you don’t feel like battling a slew of humans on King Street to force your way into an overcrowded club, fear not. I have compiled a list of things I would rather be, and most likely will be, doing. Here’s your Halloween 101 if you don’t want to be downtown.

1) The Grandstone Budapest Hotel : The Gladstone Hotel will transform itself into Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel. You are encouraged to dress up as your favourite Wes Anderson character, and be sure to keep your eyes open for live performances throughout the hotel. Of course, Zero the lobby boy will be there, with Gustave to greet you at the front door, and the hotel has partnered with Glory Hole Donuts to create their own Mendl’s Patisserie. Count me in for this.

Where: The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West

2) Back To Church : Church Street will be closed and filled with the blood, guts, and gore of Torontonians. CHURCH on Church Street is hosting Back To Church, featuring DJ Liam Skinner and DJ Delicious, with a $100 prize for best costume.

Where: CHURCH on Church, 504 Church Street

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3) Psycho at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra : This is your chance to experience Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho like never before. The TSO will screen the thriller classic, while performing spooky live Bernard Herrmann’s iconic score in real time.

Where: Toronto Symphony Orchestra, 212 King Street West

4) The Haunted Amsterdam BrewHouse : Oh man, if I didn’t already love Amsterdam, this really did it for me. They are turning their entire 14 000 square foot brewhouse into a haunted house. WHAT?! They are also bringing pizza and live entertainers, so this is a no brainer.

Where: 245 Queens Quay West

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5) Ghost Hole VII : If you don’t know what a ghost hole is, don’t feel bad, neither did I. A ghost hole is an unexplained event that occurs in an area of high paranormal activity. Scary right? This year, Ghost Hole 7 explores the old Jam Factory, a vacant building in the east end, rich in history, that will be illuminated by artists as they bring it back to life.

Where: Jam Factory Co., 2 Matilda Street