What are the coolest gay guys wearing for Halloween this year? Well, I’ve just compiled a little list of my favorite Top 10 Out and Proud Halloween Costumes. It was hard narrowing it down to just 10. There are a lot of out and proud options out there, which I think we can all agree is progress. So, let’s get started!
10. Freddie from Scooby Doo
Poor Freddie. With his unrequited crush on Shaggy, and Velma’s constant urgings to come out of the mystery closet, he is probably one of the more tragic gay heroes from Saturday morning television. Is the orange ascot a bold fashion statement or a sartorial noose representing his own self-loathing? A daring and haunting costume!
9. Prince Charming
When I was 8, I informed my mother I wanted to be a prince for Halloween, then went about constructing a crown out of construction paper. I may not have known exactly what a Prince did, but I did know that while the Charmings and Phillips and Erics of the fairy tales may have been saving and kissing princesses, they’d really probably rather be relaxing in the royal hot tub with each other.
Even before Brokeback Mountain, the whole cowboy thing was a long-standing icon of gay culture. I mean, we transformed chaps from outdoor wear to club wear. And don’t get me started on the red hankies.
There must have been a time when vampires weren’t dark, brooding heartthrobs that everyone wants to sleep with. Straight guys may put on fangs and smear blood gel around their mouths, but the gays know that if you’re going to be a vampire, it’s all about the clothes. Capes and vests and ruffles and gloves. Drink blood? Yes. But in a martini glass, please.
6. Broadway Baby
If your Rum Tum Tugger and Jean Valjean costumes have seen better days, you’re in luck. You can now go as Link from Hairspray or as Sweeney Todd! Who wouldn’t want to be a Sondheim-singing, throat-cutting, revenge-seeking demon barber? And if you’re wondering who the third fellow is in the lineup, he’s listed as “Pitchfork Pete” on costume websites. However, with his bowler hat, makeup and neckerchief, I’m choosing to believe he’s a really angry chorus boy in a community theatre production of Chicago who just found out he’s not the only one sleeping with the director!
This is…um… See, the camp factor here… Um…okay, this is totally gay…which is not a bad thing. I’m using it as a compliment here. I’m just glad there’s not a sexy spandex version of this with a plunging neckline and short shorts. Although…hmm…
I couldn’t choose just one costume for this entry. Each and every pirate costume is gayer than the last. Since they apparently can’t brand and sell them as “Butt Pirates,” they can convey the message loud and clear through the use of sashes and feathers and spandex. Plus, Johnny Depp didn’t exactly lend any machismo to the role. For which I am grateful. “Arrr! Prepare to be boarded, matey! Show me yer booty!”
Holy Elbow Grease, Batman! Can anyone say “boy wonder” without thinking “power bottom?” I have the utmost respect for Robin (and not just because of the power bottom thing). I’ve dated a few self-absorbed guys who live in caves, and believe me, it’s no picnic. So kudos to you, Master Grayson. You deserve a break today.
2. Go-Go Boy
If you’ve got the body…and delight at the idea of making your friends uncomfortable all night, then why not? There are lots of choices in this category. Which fantasy of heightened masculinity shall it be? Sailor? Football player? Cop? Wait a minute, now we’re talking about the Village People. Don’t forget to bring along a sock or something to stuff dollar bills into! And a bouncer to remind the audience to enjoy the show, but keep their hands to themselves.
1. Captain Rex & Obi-Wan Kenobi
If you saw The Clone Wars movie, you know that Jabba’s Uncle Ziro wasn’t the only ‘mo in the galaxy. The movie revealed that Captain Rex was Obi-Wan’s hot clone man lover. I can only imagine the pain Obi-Wan suffered when Order 66 turned his loving life partner into a Jedi-killing jerk. No wonder he spent the rest of his days aging rapidly on Tattooine, until Luke came along and got him killed. Still, it’s a great couples costume. Especially if your boyfriend is a murderous clone, and you’re a big gay British Jedi.