Quiz: Plan a Halloween Party and I’ll Tell You Which Ghost of a Queer TV Character Is Haunting You

Picture this: you’re innocently attempting to plan a Halloween Party. You’re not sure if you should name it “American Horror Story” or “Oh My Gourd!”. Will you have a theme? Will you prepare a playlist of songs or a playlist of people screaming at unexpected intervals? What will you wear? Will you serve caramel corn? Will you put peeled grapes in a bowl and say that the grapes are eyeballs? Will you put gummy worms on a table draped in a tablecloth dotted with pictures of bats and ghosts? These are very big decisions to make, and there is so much at stake.

But then, things suddenly get worse — you feel a breeze across your sweater’ed skin, like something ghoulish has passed by you, or passed through you. You think you can hear someone reciting Shakespeare through the vent, a knife sharpening through the wall. You think you can hear an erratic young writer chanting softly to herself as she composes terrible literary non-fiction. You think you can feel a spirit in the air. You are not sure if you can continue planning this Halloween party until you know specifically which ghost is haunting you.

Plan a Halloween Party and I'll Tell You Which Ghost of a Queer TV Character Is Haunting You

What image are you going to use for your party invitations?(Required)
And what are you calling the party itself?(Required)
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What are you serving your guests?(Required)
What’s the music plan for your party?(Required)
What movie are you gonna watch the night before?(Required)
What costume are you hoping to see someone sporting at your party?(Required)
And what will you be wearing?(Required)
What would turn your Halloween party into a nightmare?(Required)
What would turn it into a dream?(Required)
Finally, how will your party end?(Required)

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. So many of us are being haunted by Jenny! She’s going to have a lot on her plate this Halloween. I think my haunting might have already started considering the last episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds I watched was “Charades” featuring Mia Kirshner as Amanda! I’m in for it, aren’t I?

  2. Wow, so glad I didn’t get Kenny Schecter. That girl was annoying. Anyhoo, I got Tara, and I never watched the show so it’s lost on me. Is she also an extremely vanilla nerd who loves costumes and is easily frightened?

  3. Haven’t seen True Blood but Tara Thornton sounds perfect! “You’ve got yourself a very special ghost because she’s already died twice, so she’s a pro at this. She’s also gonna protect you and your friends for as long as there’s room in the walls for her to lurk — and she’s always on the lookout for Fangtasia’s Next Top Bartender.”

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