The 41st All Hallows Ball brought out the creativity of Tampa Bay

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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The silver, scary and scantily-clad descended on the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) Oct. 14 for the 41st Annual All Hallows Ball, partying until 2:00 a.m.

With over 20,000 square feet to mingle, dance and drink, guests inspired by (or completely ignoring) the “Clara Futura” theme enjoyed music by local spin-master D.J. Reagan.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: All Hallows invitations are out and hate groups close to home

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TAMPA BAY READIES FOR ALL HALLOWS

Whispers on the wind and secrets in the shadows (okay, emails) have indicated that the invitations for Tampa Bay’s 41st Annual All Hallows’ Ball will soon be mailed, revealing the by-invitation-only event’s theme in the process.

The celebrated not-for-profit Halloween party, organized by a secretive group of locals and spearheaded by a friendly neighborhood “ghost” known only as Casper, will hold this year’s party at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in mid-October. (We’d give you more information, but we’re not sure Casper would appreciate it. No one wants to anger a ghost.)

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All Hallows brought out all the ghost and goblins for the 40th anniversary Masquerade Ball

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TAMPA – The Halloween season kicked off in a yuuuge way with the annual All Hallows’ Masquerade Ball at the Museum of Science and Industry Oct. 15.

Hundreds of people filled the museum dressed in every costume imaginable as All Hallows celebrated their 40th anniversary with the theme Ruby Red.

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All Hallows’ Masquerade Ball celebrates 40 years with another night at the museum

By : Adam T. McLaughlin
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TAMPA – Fall is upon us. Pumpkin everything is everywhere. Halloween is right around the corner. And for many Tampa area LGBT folks, that also means it’s time to start getting prepared for the annual All Hallows Masquerade Ball. On October 15, the ball returns to a previous, popular venue,the Museum of Science and Industry. This year’s event is special, as the ball celebrates its 40th anniversary. Highlights of the anniversary event will include an open theme, the customary costume contest, and a special guest performer to entertain partygoers.

What started out as a Halloween house party forty years ago has grown into one of the biggest parties in the city for the holiday. The origins of the ball date back to 1976.The inaugural party was a held by a group of friends in the home of a local physician. Within a few years, the party was moved to private venues due to the number of guests. As the years went on, the guest list expanded. In the late ‘70s, the number was around two-hundred. Last year there were well over two-thousand attendees and similar numbers are projected for this year.

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Overheard in Tampa: Somebody to love

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Find them Somebody to love, really
We love Crescendo: The Tampa Bay Women’s Chorus. So imagine our excitement when we got a chance to hear them do a surprise number not just once – but twice this month! The fabulous ladies first appeared at the start of the Metro Tampa Bay Gala when a “fight” broke out between two women, gaining the attention of the entire crowd within the Garden Club on Sept. 19. But soon, it was evident it was staged as women throughout the crowd took turns singing portions of the Queen hit “Somebody to Love.” By the time the song wrapped, the women, who had been stationed around the large room, were all together, near one end of the room belting out the mega-hit. It grabbed everyone’s attention and was a fabulous way to announce that the evening’s festivities were underway.

Just a week later at the launch party for the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, another “fight” broke out near the bar, grabbing the attention of everyone at the Tampa Museum of Art on Sept. 19. But once again, the familiar song started and the members of Crescendo appeared throughout the crowded museum, with one member belting out some impressive notes from atop the stairway. And yes, even though we had seen it a week before, the performance still surprised us, and delighted the entire room.

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