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LGBTQ and Family-Friendly Halloween Events!

Looking to wear your coordinating family Halloween outfits more than once? Check out these local events that are LGBTQ and family-friendly this upcoming weekend! Know of other family Halloween events in your area? Let us know so we can add them to the list.


Kids' Halloween Party! Hosted by Families at the Center, San Diego, California

Saturday, October 28, 1pm-4pm

Location: San Diego LGBT Community Center, 3909 Centre St, San Diego 3909, California 92103

From the Invite: Bring the kids out and join us for some ghoulish games, freaky fun, and frightening food!
Don't forget to wear your costume for the costume contest!

RSVP to families@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x 212

Day of the Dead Celebration hosted by Our Family Coalition, Oakland, California

Saturday, October 28

Location: Fruitvale Plaza, Oakland, California

From the Invite: Join Our Family Coalition and Somos Familia to celebrate Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) in Fruitvale Plaza. There will be music, altars, dancing, food, and much more. Stop by the altar to celebrate our Latinx LGBTQ ancestors and the incredible Latinx LGBTQ lives lost to violence. Learn about the traditions and symbols of "Day of the Dead" too. Children and families can celebrate the memory of loved ones as well as honor the continuity of life through this annual cultural festivity!

Click here to register online

Halloween Social for Families hosted by Triangle Community Center, Norwalk, CT.

Saturday, October 28, 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Location: Triangle Community Center, Room B, 618 West Ave, Norwalk, Connecticut, 06850

From the Invite: We at TCC are very excited to celebrate Halloween with you and your family.

Geared for families with kids ages 12 and under, TCC's Halloween Social for Families will be a special, spooky event for you and your kids.

This free event will feature activities for families with kids, a spooky (age-appropriate) storytelling session, and goodies for your favorite ghoul or ghost!

Dress to impress: We encourage you and your little ones to come dressed in your Halloween costumes!

We are proud to partner with CT Fertility on the production of this event.

Conor Pfeifer Conor@ctpridecenter.org 203 853 0600 ext 101

Rainbow Families Halloween Party hosted by Rainbow Families, Washington, D.C.

Sunday, October 29, 2017, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Silver Spring United Methodist Church, 8900 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

From the Invite: Happy Halloween! Join us for a spooktacular evening of Halloween festivities! Everyone is encouraged to come in costume - parents, caregivers, children, and friends alike!

It promises to be a fun evening with music, dancing, crafts, food, fun, and, of course, a children's costume parade and contest. Kids of all ages are welcome!

Pre-Registration Rates are Available Online Only Thru the end of the day, Wednesday, October 25.

Member Pricing: $10/Adult & $5/Child (3 and Up) - All children 2 and under are FREE.

Non-Member Pricing: $15/Adult & $10/Child (3 and Up) - All children 2 and under are FREE.

After Oct. 25, you may still register at the door. At the door registration pricing will be $15/Adult & $10/Child (3 and Up) for everyone.

If the registration cost poses a financial barrier for your family's participation, please do not hesitate to reach out at info@rainbowfamilies.org as we want to insure the event is accessible to all.

Queer and Trans Family Event: Halloween Hullabaloo, hosted by The 519, Toronto, Canada

Saturday, October 28, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: The 519, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

From the Invite: A celebration of imagination, role-play, creativity and what learning can arrive from stories and ancestors. Focus is on fun and musical mayhem, and don't forget to dress for the Annual Costume Parade (or make a costume on the spot!).

Queer and Trans Family Events are designed for queer and trans families and celebrate LGBTQ diversity.

Kidding Around Halloween Party hosted by The Center, NYC

Saturday, October 28, 10:00am

Location: At The Center, 208 W 13th St, New York

From the Invite: In this edition of the LGBT Community Center's monthly family event, Kidding Around, things are getting mighty spook-tacular. Ghost, goblins, superheroes and princesses can celebrate Halloween with dayglo coloring, pumpkin decorating, a treat-filled bar, pizza and mini pumpkin pies! Make sure to wear your dancing shoes for the monster bash! Ages 8 and younger.

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Karamo Brown Co-Writes Children's Book with Son, Jason

The 'Queer Eye' star and his son named the story on a family mantra: You are Perfectly Designed

When his sons, Jason and Chris, were young, "Queer Eye" Star Karamo Brown repeated the same saying to them: "You are perfectly designed."

That mantra is now a Children's Book, cowritten by Karamo and his 22-year-old son, Jason, who used to come how and "say things like, 'I don't want to be me, I wish I was someone else, I wish I had a different life." As a parent, that "broke my heart," Karamo told Yahoo! Lifestyle. "I would say to him, 'You are blessed and you are perfect just the way you are,' as a reminder that you have been given so much and you should be appreciative and know that you're enough — I know that the world will try to tear you down, but if you can say to yourself, 'I am perfectly designed,' maybe it can quiet out some of those negative messages."

The illustrations, by Anoosha Syed, also make a point of displaying families of a variety of races and sexual orientations throughout the book.

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The Suburban Gay Dad

Are you intimidated by the suburbs? This gay dad was — but then he moved there.

In a recent article for Yahoo! Lifestyle, Steve Jacobs says the thought of living in the suburbs as a gay dad "intimidated" him. But when he started fantasizing about garages, he began to question that notion. Any apprehension he had soon evaporated, he said, one winter morning while trying to navigate the snowy streets of New York City with a stroller.

While "pushing the stroller through snow banks and pools of slush with snowflakes stinging our faces," he wrote, "a vision came to me: I pictured us walking into a garage, hopping into a car, and arriving at a diner with 10 times less drama. This image planted the seed of moving to the 'burbs that I couldn't shake."

Soon, the family of four found a house in a town a half hour outside the city. "It had grass and a beautiful yard for our spirited kiddos. The schools were good. There were even good restaurants. The only red flag: Census data estimated only 0.1 percent of the population was gay male."

There were some "growing pains" while trying to make friends in this environment. "When we attended our first dinner party, within minutes the hostess went to the kitchen and the other wives followed her, while the husbands settled into the living room. Ira and I froze, looking at each other. In the city, our straight friends hadn't separated out like this for the evening. Should we stay with the dudes, exert our masculinity, and blow off the mom we liked? Or does one of us go with the wives and accept the personal branding that comes with that? We did a quick rock paper scissors in the foyer. Ira went with the wives."

But ultimately, "being a parent defined me more than I ever imagined it would," he wrote, and he settled in nicely to his new suburban life.

Have you had a similar adjustment, from city life to the suburbs? Tell us about it at dads@gayswithkids.com for an upcoming piece!

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