How to Be Gay This Halloween

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Everybody's coming out for Halloween.
If nightlife is any indicator, then Cleveland's gay community takes its partying a little more seriously than the rest of the club world, and they do it a bit more stylishly -- especially at Halloween. It's probably safe to assume that most bars will have some kind of Halloween bash -- but few of them rival the organized revelry slated for Northeast Ohio's gay & lesbian clubs. Here are some highlights: Adams Street: 77 N. Adams St., Akron, 330-434-9794. Sat, Tue: Halloween party, with contests. Apex: 11633 Lorain Ave., 216-476-1970. Sat: 10 p.m., Halloween party. Belinda's Nightclub: 9613 Madison Ave., 216-651-1968. Thu: Terri Williams' Halloween talent search costume contest an d dance party. Bounce: 2814 Detroit Ave., 216-357-2997. Fri: Halloween party, with contests and prizes. Club Amsterdam: 358 S. Main St., Akron, 330-535-6776. Sat: 5 p.m., Halloween party. Cocktails Cleveland: 9208 Detroit Ave., 216-961-3115. Fri: Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween party, with DJ Fuzzy, contests, Ramona West, and Marlena. Crew: 304 Cherry Ave. NE, Canton, 330-452-CREW. Sat: Halloween show, with Samantha Styles. The Edge: 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576. Thu: Goth & fetish night, with show. Fri: Saints and Sinners Halloween party. Interbelt Nite Club: 70 N. Howard St., Akron, 330-253-5700. Fri: Gothika: DJ Scotty spins classic alternative, dance, industrial, and new wave. Sat: Halloween Blowout: Return to the Dark Side dance party, with contests, cash prizes, and DJ Mike Lowry. Mon: Hip-Hop Hell Night, with Danyel Vasquez, Brionna Brooks, Mary J. Deamonte, and DJ Scotty K. No cover before 11. Leather Stallion Saloon: 2205 St. Clair Ave., 216-589-8588. Sun: Halloween party, with contests, Amanda Reckonwith, dancer, and DJ Chuck K. A Man's World/the Shed/Crossover: 2901 Detroit Ave., 216-771-7812. Sat: Leather and fetish Halloween party, with contests. Muggs: 3194 W. 25th St., 216-398-7012. Tue: Halloween party, with contests. The Nickel/Five Cent Decision: 4365 State Rd., 216-661-1314. Fri: Karaoke. Fri, Sat: Live music. Square: 820 W. Market St., Akron, 330-374-9661. Rocky Horror theme party, call club for details. Twist: 11633 Clifton Blvd., 216-221-2333. Thu: Rob Black. Sat: Halloween party, with contests and Melissa Ross. Visit Scene's online club listings for venue descriptions and a full rundown of all the area's hottest Halloween parties. And click here for Scene's Trails to Terror, a list of all the finer local haunted houses. -- D.X. Ferris

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