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From Cats to Hamilton and beyond, Jerusalem House takes gay Atlanta’s must-do Halloween party to Broadway.
By James Parker Sheffield

It’s that dreaded time of year. We have to come to terms with summer being over and… Nope. Who am I kidding? Fall in Atlanta is awesome, especially October. Atlanta Pride, Halloween, and dressing in layers is the magical gay trifecta.

October also ushers in the beginning of the holiday season, which means welcoming back the Jerusalem House Halloween Party.

This year’s theme, A Night On Broadway, brings the opportunity to dress like Cats and finally be relevant again. OK so most will go Hamilton. That’s cool too. Besides a rotating theme, an open bar, great music and cash prizes are just few of the staples that keep us coming back to this event year after year. While the party is definitely a great time, it’s also one of the premier fundraisers for a vital organization.

Since 1988, Jerusalem House has grown into the largest provider of permanent supportive housing for people affected by HIV/AIDS in Atlanta. Funds raised at the Halloween party go to furthering the mission and work of the organization.

That’s right. Not only do you get to bring your Broadway “A” game, you’ll feel good about doing it. I mean, you’ll feel good dressed up as a singing feline, but you’ll feel extra good knowing you did it for a worthy cause.

Look. If you aren’t excited about the revival of an Andrew Lloyd Webber classic, you don’t have to go that route. In fact, to win the party’s infamous costume contest, you don’t even have to stick to the theme. Going to a gay costume party and being off theme is beyond my personal scope of understanding, but apparently it’s a thing that people do and it’s considered acceptable allowable.

“Contest winners are always original,” says Jon Santos, director of development for Jerusalem House. “They stand out for being unique, extraordinary, and self-explanatory.”

He also recommends being funny and never breaking character. “Those two things really stick with judges during deliberation,” he says, encouraging all partygoers to get in on the fun. “Entry into the contest is included for all guests, so everyone should take their chance to be in the spotlight.”

Whatever direction you decide to go with for your costume, be on point – maybe with tips from our costume starter kit in this issue of Goliath. There’s $3000 in cash and prizes to be awarded, and the judges are looking for the best of the best.

In addition to the awards for the top three individuals, a new category has been added to the mix for 2016. The “Halloween Krewes” group category includes everyone buying the 10-ticket bundle pack. Besides saving money by purchasing as a group, you also get an extra shot at prizes by coordinating costumes. Keep in mind, only those purchasing the ticket bundles get to enter the group category.

Wherever you land on the costuming to dominate Instagram, this is the place to be to kick off Halloween. Veteran DJ Bill Berdeaux kicks the beat, W Atlanta Midtown offers the backdrop, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka provides the libations. Ticket prices are higher at the door, so purchase online in advance.

Want to go?
What: Jerusalem House Halloween: Night on Broadway
When: Saturday, October 22
Where: W Atlanta Midtown
188 14th Street NE
Information & Tickets: jerusalemhouse.org

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