Tag: halloween

From the Archives: Halloween 1996 — NYC, SF

| Mar 11, 2019 | Reply

Back in 1996 TGForum ran a bi-coastal pictorial feature on Halloween in New York City and San Francisco. Editor Cindy Martin did the photo layout of pictures shot in NYC by photographer Dana B. and photos from San Francisco taken by Jamie Faye Fenton. We bring you those photos again so you can enjoy the costumes and the lovely ladies back in the day.

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Photos From the Henry David Halloween Ball 2018

| Nov 5, 2018 | Reply

The Henry David Halloween Ball is an annual tradition that has happened every year in the city of Philadelphia since 1968. Local jeweler Henry David just presented his 50th Ball on last Wednesday evening. Your reporter Angela Gardner documented the fantastic costumes in photos and we present the photos here.

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The Occasional Woman — Halloween and Thrift Shops

| Aug 6, 2018 | Reply

Today Lorraine Anderson, the woman behind The Occasional Woman seamstress and custom costume service, takes on two topics and they are connected. First she brings up the fact that Halloween, the holy day of obligation for crossdressers, is coming in just a few short months. Then she tells you how to shop for costume pieces and accessories in thrift shops.

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The Henry David Halloween Ball 2017

| Nov 6, 2017 | Reply

Every year Halloween impresario Henry David, a jeweler in Philadelphia, produces his amazing Halloween Ball at a downtown Philadelphia hotel. The Ball occurs on Halloween no matter what night of the week that holiday falls on. Attendance varies with weekend Balls getting near 3000 costumed revelers to between 1500 and 2000 on weeknights.  The Ball […]

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Have a Scary but Comfortable Halloween

| Oct 30, 2017 | Reply

Lorraine Anderson, the costumer behind The Occasional Woman, is all about costumes and Halloween fun. She has been making costumes and wearing costumes for as long as we’ve known her. In this pre-Halloween post she brings up the things you need to keep in mind as you prepare to dazzle the world in that Wonder Woman outfit or Emma Peele cat suit. Will you be able to relieve yourself and get back into your costume? Will those shoes allow you to walk normally all night or will you turn into a limping disgrace before midnight? Read on for Lorraine’s guide to a sensational, trouble-free Halloween.

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Princesas de la Noche: A Columbian Halloween

| Oct 30, 2017 | 1 Reply

En Norteamérica Halloween is a big holiday for dressing up and going to costume parties, trick or treating and getting a belly ache from too much candy. While Halloween is always on the 31st of October in years such as this when it falls on Tuesday the parties are mostly all on the weekend before Halloween. It’s no different in South America. Our Columbian correspondent Katherine Diaz has a video and a blog post about the Halloween fun in Bogota. (Es en Espa?ol. To read an English translation go to Google Translate and paste in the Spanish text.)

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Halloween at Angela’s Laptop Lounge 2017

| Oct 23, 2017 | Reply

Every year Angela’s Laptop Lounge in suburban Philadelphia holds their Halloween Party in October. This year’s party drew a crowd of around ninety people and many attended in costume. We present a few of the notable costumes in this Halloween pictorial taken on October 21.

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Halloween Costume Guide

| Oct 23, 2017 | Reply

Everyone, or a least a substantial portion of the population, enjoys putting on a costume and becoming someone else on Halloween. That’s especially true for girls like us. Many may seek to blend in for the rest of the year but on Halloween they can become fabulous feminine archetypes and show off their glamor. As our founder JoAnn Roberts said, “Halloween is a holy day of obligation for crossdressers.” But we all want to look our best on the big night and sometimes that can be hard. Trans blogger Faith DaBrooke has put together a costume guide for trans girls and we are happy to present it here.

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Costumes

| Oct 31, 2016 | Reply

Several years ago it was a suggestion from Sophie’s wife that lead her to break down the wall that sealed off her feminine spirit. Her wife suggested that they go to a Halloween party with Sophie as Lois Lane and her wife as Clark Kent. It turned out to be the suggestion that turned Sophie’s life upside down and lead to her transition. That’s why since that fateful All Hallow’s Eve the holiday has had even more of a special meaning for her. Read all about her relationship with the Holiday and wearing costumes in today’s post.

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The Henri David Halloween Ball — 2016

| Oct 31, 2016 | Reply

On the night before Halloween all the ghouls, monsters, dragons, witches and sexy cheerleaders did gather at the Sheraton in Philadelphia for the Henri David Halloween Ball. That’s right. This year for reason unknown Henri was forced to have his gigantic costume party on the night before Halloween. This has only occurred very, very few […]

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The Occasional Woman — Get Ready for Halloween

| Aug 8, 2016 | 1 Reply

In the heat of August the last thing on your mind is a costume for Halloween. It’s hot and sticky outside and you can’t begin to think about corsetry, velvet and elaborate wigs and makeup. But, if you want to look great at the big Halloween party, and maybe even win a costume prize, you should start working on your Halloween costume idea right now. Fortunately there is an experienced seamstress and costume designer who can help you create a fabulous October 31st look. She’s or very own Lorraine Anderson, proprietor of seamstress service known as The Occasional Woman.

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The Occasional Woman: Plan Now For Next Halloween

| Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

Lorraine Anderson, proprietor of The Occasional Woman seamstress service, has been so busy all of October that she found herself the day before Halloween without a costume of her own for the big night. Being good with deadlines she went to a costume shop for inspiration and came out with an idea that she managed to sew together in one day. She recommends that you take a bit longer to design your costume for next Halloween.

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Photos From The Henri David Halloween Ball 2015

| Nov 2, 2015 | Reply

Every year since 1968 Philadelphia jeweler Henri David has thrown a gigantic, fabulous Halloween party on October 31. Over 2000 people attend. People spend months working on elaborate costumes. In past years some have used only body paint to create a costume. From sensational to simple there are a lot of men wearing women’s costumes […]

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Trick or Treat Tranny

| Oct 19, 2015 | Reply

Our late founder JoAnn Roberts called Halloween a holy day of obligation for crossdressers. It is the one day in the year that regular guys can experiment with wearing women’s clothing without repercussions from their friends. The Artist D believes that Halloween should happen everyday and what the world needs is more straight men wearing dresses. If they did that the whole world would shift and anything would be cool.

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High Holy Day

| Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

It’s almost time for Halloween and the ghosts, goblins and ghouls will be competing with the Donald Trumps for as much Halloween candy as they can get. Sophie Lynne has mixed feelings about Halloween. On the one hand it’s the holiday that let her true-self out of the closet. On the other hand now that she’s out and living as her true-self she doesn’t want to be anyone else.

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TGF User’s Halloween Pix

| Nov 10, 2014 | 1 Reply

We put out the call for Halloween photos of TGF users and today we bring you the pictures in our TGF User’s Halloween Pic pictorial. Thanks to everyone who contributed!

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Wondering About Halloween

| Nov 3, 2014 | 1 Reply

Halloween can be a major turning point for trans people. Whether you fall on the crossdressing end of the spectrum or are more toward the transsexual end often times a TG person’s first time out of their closet in feminine attire, or masculine attire for FtMs, is Halloween. It’s the perfect time to try out the identity you’ve been longing to express. This month Sophie Lynne does some wondering about Halloween.

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The Henri David Halloween Ball

| Nov 3, 2014 | Reply

Every year on Halloween night Henri David, a local jeweler in Philadelphia, throws his Halloween Ball. What started as a house party in 1968 now attracts a crowd of over 2000 people in the ballroom of a downtown hotel. Among the many fantastic fantasy costumes you can always find many males in female attire. Some […]

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Angela’s After Halloween Party

| Nov 3, 2014 | Reply

The Philadelphia area was loaded with Halloween costume parties all week long but even after the big bash, Henry David’s Halloween Ball, there were still a few hardy TGs who wanted to get into costume one more time. So Angela’s Laptop Lounge obliged with a Saturday night, After Halloween Party on November 1. Here are […]

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The Week In Transgenderism 10/27/14

| Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

Meet the “queens” of Scotland. A trans woman has won a landmark determination against the Army. A teacher comes out to the whole school. A trans fire fighter is a poster person. Jane Doe is suing. The star of “Transmormon” is happy her church condemns her. Sharon Needles tells all. Miz Cracker offers Halloween drag advice. Rhode Island makes it easier. Geena Rocero spoke at the HRC’s annual dinner. Fallon Fox is making waves. All that and more plus a couple of TWIT Awards is packed into this edition of TWIT!

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Dina’s Diner 10/27/14

| Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

Ooooo kids, it’s almost Halloween! That’s scary enough but Dina Amberle finds going out for the first time in drag to an event with your family or co-workers to be really, really scary. She what advice she has on what to do for Halloween, along with her thoughts on an opera singer who gave up her career, Jimmy Choo going public and big butts. It’s all part of the delicious mix that can only be found at Dina’s Diner.

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The Occasional Woman — Costumes!

| May 19, 2014 | Reply

It’s May and spring is in the air. The flowers are in bloom and the pollen floats in the air with the spring. It’s May when everyone knows — if you want a fabulous Halloween costume now is the time to get started! And The Occasional Woman, a seamstress of some renown, has a few suggestions for you.

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Henri Haunts and Hangovers

| Nov 4, 2013 | Reply

Sophie Lynne reports on her big night out at the Henri David Halloween Ball. There were Duff Men, vampires, zombies, superheroes and things you couldn’t name. There were even men in dresses and women in nothing but tape. The Ball has been happening every year for 45 years, always on Halloween night. This year Sophie was a flamenco dancer (and Goddess of the Night). Read her report on the festivities.

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Such Strange Goings On! Henri David 2012

| Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

The Henry David Halloween Ball has been appearing in Philadelphia, Pa. since 1968, like clockwork, every Halloween. Between 9 and 10 p.m. the creatures of fantasy, legend and myth begin to gather in a center city hotel and at midnight the costume contest begins. Our own Sophie Lynne was there and files this report.

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Photos from The Henri David Halloween Ball 2012

| Nov 5, 2012 | 1 Reply

The Henry David Halloween Ball is a Philadelphia tradition going back to 1968 when Henry David needed a venue in which to wear his imaginative and larger than life costumes. It started as a house party and now fills a ballroom. Photos from the 2012 Henry David Halloween Ball.

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Season of Dreams

| Oct 8, 2012 | 3 Replies

In this post Sophie incorrectly states that our editor Angela Garnder said Halloween is the high holy day for CDs. JoAnn Roberts told Angela that while they were at a Halloween ball and Angela stole it. But Sophie’s right, Halloween is the biggest excuse for dressing up.

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