We are nearing the end of October and you know what that means: time to bust out the costumes for Halloween! It’s high holy season for our mothership store, PASSIONAL Boutique, and we would be delighted to not only aid in helping you look your very best, but also to ensure that you stand out this Halloween and more to come!
But not everyone wants to dress up and party within the perimeters of polite society- so don’t count out Sexploratorium’s collections of tricks and treats! To whet your appetite, we gathered up a list of parties of erotic interest… Please note that Sexploratorium does not sponsor and is not directly involved in these parties, and quite frankly, relied on the internet to find some of these events, but we thought we could save you that trouble.
If you want to party like a porn star for Halloween, here are some options outside of the traditional Halloween activities , and we have put together a menu ways for you to enjoy secret pleasures in even the most “vanilla” public settings in our guide. Honestly, what would this spooky holiday be without a few places to boogie down and share spirits…and perhaps see some…with your costumed companions? The following is a list of places to enjoy:
The folks who created and hosted the infamous Cut N’ Paste Halloween Balls of Queer Philly Fame have rallied to invent an overload of costumed queer creativity for this year’s HallowQueens Ball. Read some background HERE but get your TICKETS HERE
The Bike Stop
Looking for a place to party with other leatherfolks this weekend or on Halloween night? Tucked in a dark alley of Philly’s gayborhood, The Bike Stop is a must-stop for Halloween
Fetish Club Halloween?
Goddess Thain hosts the Newbie Corner at The Aviary parties.
Philadelphia is home to three regular (for now) fetish party venues that are sex-positive. The only regular (monthly) sex positive fetish experience that is open to the public (making it hands down one of the favorite events of Sexploratorium staff) is The Aviarywhich happens the second Saturday of every month and features multiple play spaces with strictly enforced rules and monitoring. Sir Roberto hosts the private invite only Masque party in central Philly once a month through January 2019 only – at which time it will go on indefinite haitus. Our city is also lucky to have Philly Music Hall as a private fetish community center with educational and social activities for the local kink and sex positive communities.
Bath House or Swinger Halloween?
Looking for sex without a focus on leather and fetish? Maybe a men’s bath house or a swingers party is where you want to be. There are options, but you must tread carefully. Please refer to Sexploratorium’s LGBTQ warning regarding these types of establishments. The main thing: You must “fend for yourself” in many of these settings as parties are loosely monitored if at all and consent is often assumed or negotiated with a wink and a nod.
Bath Houses have a “men only” policy and downtown Philly has two of them that are open all hours: Club Philly and Sansom Street Baths.
The swingers community as a whole consists largely of heterosexual wife swappers and there is not a lot of understanding regarding queer culture. That’s not to say that there are not queer swingers or trans guys who go to bathhouses– many clubs have bisexual and fetish nights that are specifically for the not-so-straight or not so gender binary but we must warn you in good conscience that you may have to explain your gender (many clubs have different pricing for men vs. women) and that you will have to guard and be prepared to make your boundaries known without any hesitation or hinting. That said, Friction Parties is planning a swinger hotel takeover planned for this weekend in suburban Philly or you can visit one of Philly’s swinger clubs.
Post Halloween Porn Convention: Xxxotica
Just an hour or so up the Jersey Turnpike in Edison, NJ the annual XXXotica Expo will take place from Nov 2-4. Mostly a fan convention for folks in the adult industry, the event welcomes couples and amateurs to see the shows, meet the people and even play in the dungeon. Women are free on Friday, so if you are even considering getting to know that porntastic and the pretty that is a great time for ladies’ of all genders to come check out the vibe and see if it is for you.
Lifting The Veil: A Dark Arts Festival
Featuring workshops by PASSIONAL Boutique & Sexploratorium alumni educators and entertainers, we would be remiss to not mention this festival of shadows, spirits and sensuality November 2-4
Philly Fetish Ball: Diabolique’s Dystopian Deviance
Break out your Halloween sex-cessories in two weeks and get your sexy ass to Diabolique Ball. This year’s Diabolique Ball features a post apocalyptic parade of pleasures from stage shows, charity playstations and open dungeon spaces (strict fetish dresscode, no nudity, but lots of play). Tickets are only $40 til Halloween, so get yours before the price goes up ($60 at the door) and make sure to be at the party on November 17 to Be Bad for a Good Cause!