These are some of the best costume parties from sunny California to the snow-capped Alps. Be sure to check out the GayCities’ Halloween Guide to get in on all the events and ghoul parties near you.

New Orleans: Descent











New Orleans is usually hotter than hell, and it’s going to stay that way until Halloween. Halloween XXX is one of the cities biggest celebrations, and Descent, a smoldering party based on Dante’s “seductive and riotous” journey through hell, is its penultimate party. The risque and riotous costumes abound are sure to cause the house to swell and maybe even burst at its seams.

New York City: Matinee Halloween












All Saints’ Day is going to be anything but saintly in New York. Get ready for the North American edition of Matinee Halloween, a raucous, post-Halloween party at one of the largest event spaces in New York.

San Francisco: Halo












You won’t find skinny nerds or Google Glass at this massive San Francisco circuit party named after a video game. Instead, get ready to take a journey through history with costumed, Grade-A go-go studs as your guide. If booze, extravagant costumes and a multi-story venue (Mezzanine) aren’t enough, expect a pupil-dilating LED light show to highlight your evening.

Las Vegas: Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball














Gay, straight, bi or something else fabulous altogether, you’re welcome at this annual celebration of kink, fetish and fantasy at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. Tickets get you access to three rooms and two levels of Halloween leather fantasy, with kinky shows on the venues stage every fifteen minutes.

Washington, DC: Mixtape, Halloween Edition

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Throngs of closeted Republicans in disguise are scheduled to descend on Washington, DC’s historic Howard Theatre for Halloween Mixtape, the city’s longest-running house-hopping party. So grab your costume and get ready to dance the night away to your favorite electro and dance pop in DC’s bumpin’ U Street neighborhood.

Zurich: WE Halloween Weekend











In Zurich you won’t need one costume, but five if you want to keep up with the city’s LGBT-themed Halloween parties: Check out the events that guys go club to club for all night long…if you dare.

London: Exilio













Sometimes the locals in cool London need a bit of Latin heat to get fired up for Halloween. So grab you skimpiest outfit and dance the night away to Salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton, cumbia, latin pop and electro latino at the Halloween edition of London’s most popular Latin dance party.

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