Nightlife: The Thrilling, Chilling Holiday Season is Here

Judging from a recent trip to CVS and Home Depot, you’d think Christmas was right around the corner. But, I’ve got news for you boys, you’re glossing over the biggest holiday of the gay calendar—Halloween. Yes, Halloween is the highest of holy days for the gays and here are a couple of ways to get into that holiday spirit:

In Fort Lauderdale, War Memorial Auditorium has been transformed into the Village of Horrors with 6000 sq. ft. of dark winding terror inhabited by monsters and freaks. The attraction is open Thursday-Saturday through Oct. 29 from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight. Tickets are $10 in advance at or $15 at the door.

Miami International Mall, 1455 NW 107th Ave. in Doral, has become the House of Horror Amusement Park. In addition to a genuinely scary haunted house, you can celebrate the witching season with blood-curdling carnival rides and games, too. House of Horror is open Monday – Thursday from 6 p.m. to midnight and Friday – Sunday from 5 p.m. to 12 midnight. Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for children at

In the meantime, there are a couple of weeks to get into that holiday spirit and a great place to start is one of these South Florida bars and clubs. Here’s a look at some of the highlights of the week ahead:

Wednesday, Oct. 12

It’s October, so why not also celebrate the German season, Oktoberfest? Georgie’s Alibi is hosting a stein hoisting competition and the winner could become the 2011 Samuel Adams champ. Nikki Adams is your host for the competition. Alibi is located in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors.

Bill’s kicks off its 16th Anniversary celebration with a week of special parties. Nikki Adams runs across the street to host the opening party with a full moon contest at 11 p.m. Stop by the popular local bar each night for all kinds of fun events. You’ll find the action at 2209 Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors.

Thursday, Oct. 13

Johnny’s in Fort Lauderdale launches its three-night underwear party tonight. Come in your underwear and get in free, as well as suck down free drinks from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. And, just a friendly reminder, make sure those tighty-whiteys are truly white! Johnny’s is at 1116 W. Broward Blvd.

Friday, Oct. 14

We’re dating ourselves, but we remember the original movie, Footloose, starring Kevin Bacon. Tonight, The Manor, 2345 Wilton Dr., hosts a “Footloose” dance party in honor of the remake starring “what’s his name?” Anyway, the winner with the smoothest moves takes home $250. Daisy Deadpetals and Estephania St. Lords are your hostesses.

South Beach promoter has a new Friday night party at ultra-chic martini lounge, MOVA, 1625 Michigan Ave. All the cool kids hang out there, along with DJ Bryan Zero and hostess-with-the-mostest Pusilla. This is definitely the party to hit in trendy South Beach.

Saturday, Oct. 15

Boardwalk owner Victor Zepka has a big month planned and this week he features performer Ricky Larkin for two shows on Friday and Saturday nights—live in the flesh! In addition to Larkin, you’ll enjoy the bar’s hot dancers and potent drinks. Boardwalk is located at 1721 N. Andrews Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.

Sunday, Oct. 16

We hate to admit it, but we love happy hour prices. Unfortunately, all those 2-4-1 chips that so many bars dispense and honor during the week don’t do us much good on the weekends. That is, except for Tropics, 2000 Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors. Yep, the drinks are 2-4-1 even on the weekend and you can collect those chips for use later in the week, too.

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