Gay Dad Life

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.

Show Comments ()
Gay Dad Life

Cooking with Kids: An Interview with David Burtka

David Burtka sits down with us to talk about his new book "Life is a Party."

When you're a young couple it's easy to order in or dine out on a daily basis, but when the kids come along, spending time in the kitchen to prepare nutritious and healthy meals for them can become a problem for some dads. We turned to gay dad and celebrity chef David Burtka who just published his debut recipe book Life is a Party, to get some advice, inspiration, and support as we take our baby steps in the kitchen.

Keep reading... Show less
Gay Dad Family Stories

Philippe "Swiped Right" on This Handsome Young Dad

At first, Philippe wasn't sure he could date a man who was a dad. But Steve, and his son Gabriel, have helped him realize a "fatherly side" of himself he didn't know he had.

"It's been one hell of a ride since the beginning," said 26-year-old Steve Argyrakis, Canadian dad of one. He was 19 when he found out he was going to be a dad and the mom was already several months along in her pregnancy. Steve, who lives in Montreal, was struggling with his homosexuality but wanted to do the "right thing," so he continued to suppress his authentic self. "I was so scared about the future and about my own happiness, that I had put aside my homosexuality once again."

A couple of months later, little Gabriel was born, and it was love at first sight.

Keep reading... Show less
Entertainment

Ain't No Party Like a Gay Dad Dance Party

Gay dads singing and dancing with their kids is EXACTLY what you need to get your weekend started right.

Who jams to Led Zeppelin with their kids?

Who rocks some sweet moves to Kelly Clarkson?

Who sings along with their kids in the car?

Who breaks it down with a baby strapped to them in a carrier?

We all do! But these guys happened to catch it all on tape for us to enjoy! Thanks dads. 😂

Keep reading... Show less
Gay Adoption

5 Ways to Know Your Adoption Agency Is LGBTQ-Friendly

So you're ready to adopt. How do you know your adoption agency won't just discriminate against you as a gay man, but is actively welcoming to LGBTQ people?

You know what is the worst? Adoption agencies who discriminate! So how do you know your agency welcomes you? Check out our list of five immediate ways to know if your agency is LGBTQ affirming.

Keep reading... Show less
Change the World

Gay Dads Featured in Enfamil Commercial

A new ad for Enfamil showcases two gay men talking about their daughter.

The best kind of inclusion is when you're not singled out but instead included right along with everyone else. This kind inclusion inspires others to pursue their own dreams and desires, just like any one else. As part of our popular culture, we know that brands are uniquely suited to inspire us in this way.

Keep reading... Show less
Politics

Daughter of Married Gay Couple Who Used Surrogacy Abroad Isn't Citizen, Says U.S. State Department

A decades-old law can be used to discriminate against gay couples who use surrogacy abroad.

James Derek Mize and his husband Jonathan Gregg are both American citizens, but their daughter, born via a surrogate, may not be, at least according to the U.S. State Department.

The New York Times took an in-depth look at this case in a piece that ran in the paper yesterday. While James was born and raised in the U.S, his husband Jonathan was originally born in Britain. That may be enough, according to the State Department, to deny their daughter citizenship.

"We're both Americans; we're married," James told the New York Times. "We just found it really hard to believe that we could have a child that wouldn't be able to be in our country."

According to decades-old immigration law, a child born abroad must have a biological connection to a parent that is a U.S. citizen in order to be eligible to receive citizenship upon birth. Children born via surrogacy are determined to be "out of wedlock," according to the Times report," which then requires a more onerous process to qualify for citizenship, such as demonstrating that a biological parent is not only an American citizen, but has spent at least five years in the country.

The intent of the law, which dates back to the 1950s, was to prevent people from claiming, falsely, that they are the children of U.S. parents. But LGBTQ advocates argue this archaic policy is being used intentionally to discriminates against same-sex couples, who often have to rely on donors, IVF and surrogacy in order to have biologically children, and are thus held to a higher standard.

"This is where our life is. This is where our jobs are," James told the Times. "Our daughter can't be here, but she has no one else to care for her."

Read the whole story here.


Popular

Couple That Met at the Gym Now Spotting Each Other Through Fatherhood

How two real New-Yorkers became two soft-hearted dads

This article is part of our family feature series with Circle Surrogacy, a surrogacy agency that has been helping LGBTQ+ singles and couples realize their dream of parenthood for the past 20 years.

Byron and Matthew Slosar, both 41, met ten years ago at one of New York City's Equinox gyms. "I asked him for a spot on the bench press," smiled Byron. The couple were married September 22, 2012.

Surrogacy was always the way Byron and Matthew wanted to become parents. They chose to wait and become dads later in life, until they had established careers and the financial means to pursue their chosen path.

They signed with Circle Surrogacy after interviewing a few agencies. "We immediately connected with their entire staff, particularly Anne Watson who lovingly dealt with my healthy neuroses on the daily for 1.5 years," said Byron. "They definitely personalized the service and helped us understand all 2,000 moving parts." The dads-to-be were also very impressed with how much emotional support they received from Circle.

Keep reading... Show less

Fatherhood, the gay way

Get the latest from Gays With Kids delivered to your inbox!

Follow Gays With Kids

Powered by RebelMouse