How are you celebrating Halloween?

Halloween can be a pretty fun time of the year – beyond being a great excuse to eat a load of candy, there’s fancy dress to be worn, and there’s generally some kick-ass parties.

Why is Halloween like a queer Christmas?

As queer kids, growing up we’ve generally had to hide a lot of ourselves – repressing our emotions and often our creativity. Halloween has always been that time of year when we’ve been encouraged to let our freak flag fly.

All bets are off when it comes to Halloween – you can dress up however you want, you can be whoever you want. A lot of drag queens will tell you that they started their drag careers on Halloween – it’s a unique chance to try new things.

Halloween is also a holiday that celebrates being with your friends and your queer family. It’s a night for partying and staying out late, there’s no expectation of having to sit down for a polite dinner, or hold it together while presents are opened.

Halloween is all about getting a bit loose, and letting go.

What makes a good Halloween costume for queer people?

Heading out to a Halloween party should involve a bit of thought and effort in the costume department.

However you’re celebrating, having some fun with dressing up and getting into character is worth investing some time in – even if it’s just for the likes from your Insta followers.

Technically, your costume should be a bit spooky, but there’s no denying that you’re also going to want it to be a bit sexy, if not down-right slutty.

Halloween is a fancy-dress challenge where less is definitely more.

What’s on in Brussels this Halloween?

Spooky museums

The city’s museums are getting into the spirit of the season. For example, there’s the Ga’goh’sah at the Art and History museum – these carved wooden Iroquois masks take on the contours given to them by the shamans. Considered powerful and highly dangerous, these fascinating faces are believed to possess powers to ward off evil spells and diseases. Or head to the Wiertz Museum – fascinated by death, Antoine Wiertz never stopped painting frightening scenes and dramatic subjects, this is gothic art at its most macabre. If spooky art is your thing, then head to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts – highlights include the work of James Ensor and his celebration of skeletons. There’s also the grotesque gargoyles and sandstone sculptures of the King’s House. Culture can be chilling!

Spooky cemeteries

The cemeteries of Brussels, Laeken, Molenbeek and Dieweg invite you to stroll through the gravestones.

A cemetery is that delicious collision of death, grief, history, art, and drama.

Spooky parties

Thé Dansant presents Dia de los Muertos Fluo – bringing colour to the festival of the dead. This is an afternoon tea dance but you still get to bring out your best Halloween costumes. The line-up includes Citizen Kain, Sylphomatic, and Paige Tomlinson.

If you like a bit of Latin flair, Centre Culturel Bruegel in Marolles presents a celebration of dia de muertos. This is a neighbourhood celebration around a large altar lit with candles, where everyone is invited to make an offering.

Spooky tours

Immerse yourself in the film noir vibe of the city with a crime tour of Brussels. Tour leaders Brussels by Foot will take you through of the landmarks of the major criminal cases that have grabbed the headlines throughout the centuries.

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