There’s no place like Las Vegas to celebrate the most spooktacular day of the year. In fact, with a nickname like Sin City, it should come as no surprise that Halloween has become a month-long celebration in Las Vegas. The city hosts a variety of can’t-miss events for every age group throughout the month of October, guaranteeing plenty of frightful fun for those brave enough to attend one of its many Halloween-themed events.
FOR BOYS AND GHOULS
Long before Halloween became an all-ages affair, it was a holiday where kids dressed up and got free candy. While Las Vegas may be known for its many adults-only costume parties at various nightclubs on the Strip, there are several places around town that host family-friendly events the whole family can enjoy together.
One of the most popular all-ages events in town is the Springs Preserve’s annual Haunted Harvest (springspreserve.org). Now in its 10th year, guests can go Trick or Treating at candy stations throughout the “Bootanical” Garden, listen to ghost stories, visit a hay maze, attend Ghostbuster training sessions, enjoy live entertainment and more every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 29 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Opportunity Village is another local favorite for those looking for some frightful family fun, as its Magical Forest goes slightly scary each year for one of its annual fundraising events, HallOVeen (opportunityvillage.org). Celebrating its fifth year, guests will discover fun rides and attractions appropriate for any age, like Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, the Forest Express Ghost Train, Rod’s Monstrous Mini-Golf and an all-new mini-coaster experience, The Blizzard. Visitors can also enjoy live entertainment, festive treat stations, pumpkin displays and a Candy Cabin filled with gifts and goodies! The event continues Oct. 20 through 31 running Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Local waterpark Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas is also getting into the spooky spirit of the season with its first-ever Halloween event, Halloweenville (wetnwildlasvegas.com). Running Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 20 through 31, visitors of all ages are invited to see the damp creatures left behind once some of the water has been drained from the park and the slides are at a halt. Guests can journey down a 17-foot, Halloween-themed dry tube slide, visit a pumpkin patch, test their paintball skills at the Zombie Paintball Booth and Gallery and more during the costume-friendly event. A Trick or Treat Village will also be open Oct. 27 through 31 where guests can take home several scrumptious sweets for an additional fee.
For the ultimate Trick-or-Treating experience, families needn’t look any further than Town Square Las Vegas’ Town Scary (mytownsquarelasvegas.com). Taking place Oct. 31 from 4 to 7 p.m., costumed kiddos can go door to door visiting the outdoor retail center’s many tenants getting free candy during the annual Trick-or Treating event as well as enjoy fun, family-friendly entertainment and attractions—including costume contests and a bounce house.
Las Vegas also boasts two of the best haunted attractions in the world for brave tweens, teens and adults: Fright Dome and Freakling Bros.’ The Trilogy of Terror.
Celebrating its 15th season, Fright Dome (frightdome.com) has been hailed as one of the country’s premier haunted attractions. Comprising 250,000 scare feet of the Adventuredome at Circus Circus Oct. 19 through 22 and 25 through 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight, guests can brave five all-new scare zones inside the fog-filled indoor amusement park with scare-actors lurking around every corner—some with chainsaws!—as well as venture through six haunted houses. Highlights from this year’s event include the largest haunted house in Fright Dome’s history, the 15,000-square-foot Zombie City, as well as an isolation-style haunted house for guests who upgrade to a Fast Pass or VIP tour called Lights Out where guests only have an old flashlight to help them wander through the darkness alone. Victims—err, visitors—can also ride several of the Adventuredome’s most thrilling rides in the dark and enjoy live entertainment from various freak show acts throughout the night.
For a truly electrifying Halloween experience, Freakling Bros.’ The Trilogy of Terror (freaklingbros.com) boasts three terrifying haunts in the parking lot of the Grand Canyon Shopping Center just off Flamingo Road and the 215. Open from 7 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 27 through 31, guests can venture through three unsuspecting trailers—including the classic Castle Vampyre and the all-new Coven of 13—and experience a seemingly never-ending maze of horrifying fun. Guests never know what shocking experiences they’ll encounter—or even if their group will make it through the attractions together. The Trilogy of Terror also boasts Nevada’s only R-rated, full-contact haunted house, Gates of Hell, which requires guests ages 17 and older (or children with their parents) to sign a consent form before even stepping inside the hellish nightmare. In honor of Freakling Bros.’s 25th anniversary, a special after-hours Victim Experience is available this year, too, for thrill seekers willing to take part in a truly twisted, masochistic experience where the chances of making it until the end is less than 30 percent. Sign up, if you dare.
Naturally, if you’re an adult, spending Halloween in Las Vegas means hitting up the nightclubs in your best costume hoping to win one of the many prizes up for grabs. Countless clubs on the Strip host Halloween costume parties, like JEWEL inside Aria (jewelnightclub.com), which will be hosting a $20,000 costume contest on Oct. 30 while Steve Aoki is at the tables.
The Bank Nightclub inside Bellagio (thebanklasvegas.com) will also be hosting a costume contest on Oct. 28 as part of its “Beauty & The Bank” weekend with $10,000 in cash prizes going to clubgoers in their sexiest costumes. Then on Halloween night, Drai’s Nightclub atop The Cromwell (draisgroup.com/las-vegas) will cap off its five-night Haunting Halloween Weekend Celebration featuring music by DJ Crooked, Trey Songz, Future, Lil Wayne and Rae Sremmurd (Oct. 26-29 and 31) with a costume contest of its own where the group with the best coordinated costumes will be awarded a $10,000 prize to split.
Country favorite Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que inside Treasure Island (gilleyslasvegas.com) will hold a costume contest as well on Oct. 28 at 10 p.m. with the first-place winner receiving $600, the second-place winner receiving $300 and the third-place winner receiving $100. Drink specials featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Jack Daniel’s, el Jimador, Herradura and Bacardí will be offered, too, and guests can enjoy live music by six-piece pop country music group SMITH.
Finally, the ultimate adults-only costume bash, the annual Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball (fetishandfantasyhalloweenball.com), moves to Red Rock Resort on Oct. 28. Guests can enjoy world-class DJs and outrageous specialty acts from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. while enjoying some of the best people watching ever. Costumes are not only encouraged but required.
THE SHOW MUST GO ON
Of course, Halloween isn’t for everyone, and as the old saying goes, “The show must go on.” Some of the Entertainment Capital of the World’s hottest tickets will be running on Halloween night, including Cirque du Soleil’s jaw-dropping production Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay, which seems more than appropriate to watch on Halloween given its “Thriller” number. Other can’t-miss acts performing on Halloween include the musical mash-up BAZ at The Palazzo, America’s Got Talent favorite Piff the Magic Dragon at Flamingo Las Vegas and legendary magicians Penn & Teller at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The only thing scarier than missing some of these shows while you’re in town is paying full price for your ticket, so be sure to check out their ticketing pages on BestOfVegas.com to save some money!
Las Vegas, NV – 10/20/17
By: Heather Turk