Wicked Manors Halloween Bash Brought Out the Freak Show

Michele Eve Sandberg

We had pretty high expectations walking into the annual Wicked Manors block party this past weekend. Let's face it, gay Halloween parties are far superior to traditional, nonqueer ones. It's just a fact. It's like science.

The costumes are more ornate, the parties are over-the-top, and the vibe is just completely different. Everyone walks around Wilton Manors admiring other costumes, chatting with people they might normally not even approach. While there's still your typical drunken holiday debauchery, it's not as "in your face" as in downtown Fort Lauderdale. It's relaxed yet fabulous.

This year's "Freak Show" theme was taken very seriously by attendees, with nightmare-inducing clowns aplenty. When we first arrived, we spotted two men in drag dressed as conjoined twin sisters. They were terrifying, and we loved them.

We saw roughly ten Twisty the Clown costumes, a nod to the new season of American Horror Story. Sadly, there were no Jessica Langes in sight.

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The 15 Best Halloween Parties in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

Categories: Halloween

Andrew Soria

There is no better time of year than fall in South Florida. The summer's too hot, the winter holidays are all stress, and we don't even have a proper springtime. But the real reason this season is kicking all the others' asses is because it's the one with the best day ever: Halloween.

There's nothing more rejuvenating than getting into a costume you made with your own two paws and consuming massive amounts of chocolate. And the parties! Oh, the parties. There are so many this year. And we know you love to mingle, so here's our huge list of 15 Halloween festivities in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

See also: The Ten Most Florida Halloween Costumes

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Halloween Horror Nights 24: The Scares Are There, but Go For the Novelty (Video)

Sneak Peak of Halloween Horror Nights 24 at Universal Orlando from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

The sun had set and the sky was indigo. As you walked passed the revolving globe and up to the arches, the eerie music coming from the loudspeakers and musky, earthy smell of the lingering rainfall set the scene perfectly.

Though Universal Studios Orlando can't control the weather (and they likely wouldn't want it raining on their parade as often as it does), the trickling mist after the afternoon downpour made the opening night of Halloween Horror Nights 24 (HHN) feel as if you were transported into a classic horror movie.

And after walking through the gates and encountering any scare-actors roaming the streets with chainsaws, yeah, you totally felt like Laura Strode.

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Ten Last-Minute Musical Halloween Costumes

Categories: Halloween

Yes, that's Ellen as Nicki Minaj.
Halloween has approached Christmas territory in the obnoxious early hype it receives. Does Walgreens really need to start displaying the plastic jack-o'-lanterns while it's still September?

Though a fabulous, memorable Halloween costume usually requires ample time for preparation, this is the last minute. So, here are some musical costume ideas you might consider running around town prepping for. They are separated by sex, but since any place liberal enough to celebrate Halloween, gender bend all you want. Feel free to get freaky the one day of the year it is universally accepted.

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Top Five Sexiest Halloween 2013 Hotspots

Categories: Halloween

Lex Hernandez

It's fine being sexy every day, but sometimes, it's a bit much. Like sexy breakfast with morning breath and eye snot? No thanks. However, things change around October 31. The slut shammers stop their hollering, and ladies and dudes hitch up their drawers to celebrate Halloween, the most sensual holiday.

Fishnets, boy shorts, pasties, corsets that push ta-tas up to chins or banana hammocks, body paint, and even dudes in mini skirts that can pass as belts: we can and will bare it all, not giving a flying "what" about what people think. So, in honor of the horny, we've put together a list of the five hottest Halloween spots. Just a warning: This isn't for the slightly prudish. Seriously, folks. Channel your inner sex god/goddess and get ready to let go.

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West Palm Beach's Halloween Party Guide 2013

Michele Eve
Looking dead has never looked so good.

With both Dade and Broward's lists for Halloweeny events up and running, we couldn't neglect the 561 on this scariest of holidays (other than Christmas with the family, of course). After all, Palm Beach County is home of the legendary Clematis Street, regularly packed with prowling partiers, and there's always something to do up here, from Delray to Lake Worth -- especially in costume.

Read along for drunk zombie walks, local music so good it's frightening, and, of course, Moonfest.

See also: Fort Lauderdale's Halloween Party Guide 2013

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Fort Lauderdale's Halloween Party Guide 2013

Michele Eve

Leave the wimps at home, slather on a zombie-inspired look (or really get creative and dress as Miley!), then abandon all your stuffy inhibitions, because it's motherfunkin' Halloween.

This year, the raunchiness emerges like the undead, but sexier of course. Like a horny Dracula-type thing. And BroCo is chock-full of fetish parties, beach bashes, ghost tours, and ghoulish DJs spinning dark, deep sounds.

Let this be your guide to the most frightening night of your life, but in a good way.

See also: West Palm Beach's Halloween Party Guide 2013

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Ten Scariest Musicians in Honor of Halloween

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As October barrels toward All Hollow's Eve, the desire to be spooked grows and grows. You don't need to read up on Aleister Crowley or the Amityville house to get your scares, though; you can just dig into your record collection. Some of the musicians in there are false monsters, mere tricks, but here, we'll dig deeper. With these ten scariest musicians, we reintroduce you to some real ghouls who make music. These ten would be anything but a treat if you ran into them in a dark cemetery.

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Fear Factor at Festival Of Souls Is "Legendary"

Categories: Halloween

Who needs the Affordable Health Care Act?

There is nothing more awesome than being followed by a creepy monster in complete and utter darkness. And obviously by awesome, we mean terrifying in the most titillating way possible. The second annual Festival of Souls promises tons of those good scares from now until November 1.

Last year's popular FOS at Gulfstream Park provided an 8,000 square foot haunted house, aka Demon Mansion, and a zombie safari. Apparently, Brandon Kittendorf, chief executive officer of FOS, decided that scaring the pants off of his visitors wasn't enough -- he wants their suffering to "be legendary." Oh, and don't let his last name fool you, this Kittendorf's got claws. When we mentioned how terrified some visitors were last night, he grinned and said, "I enjoy that."

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Calling All Living Dead: Casting Call for Fright Nights Scream Park

Categories: Halloween

Rachel Cobcroft via Flickr Creative Common
There are times when you look and feel like you're dead without even trying -- probably Monday morning around 8 a.m. -- and, as unfortunate as it may be, you most certainly do not look like some hot True Blood version of a vampire.

Your forenoon bitchy resting face is most likely more along the lines of a zombie: scary but unintentional.

Luckily, your chance to purposely scare people is here. Cruzan Amphitheater is holding a casting call for all ghouls, ghosts, zombies, and whatever other crackhead-looking characters are out there.

See Also: Fort Lauderdale Zombie Walk 2012: Five Favorite Undead Looks

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