The Halloween season is finally here, and nobody does it better than Las Vegas. Always filled with excitement and intrigue, the Strip and Downtown go all out in late October with special events, attractions, holiday-themed shows and nightclub parties galore. Prepare for outrageous costume contests, celebrity-hosted bashes and specialty cocktail creations that only Las Vegas could serve up.
Here are a few of the many events taking place in and around the city:
The upscale venue at Cosmopolitan gets into the spooky spirit early this year with a "Seven Deadly Sins" party on Monday Oct. 28. Put on your sexy/scary best for their $7,777 Costume Contest and DJ Sam Feldt.
Barbershop Cuts and Cocktails
Cosmopolitan's heavily themed speakeasy/salon unleashes Faded Karaoke: Rocky Horror Picture Show Edition on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Do the time warp during their weekly Industry Night for karaoke with a Halloween twist starting at 10 p.m.
On The Record
The new-ish speakeasy/club at Park MGM hosts three consecutive bashes for All Hallow's Eve. Wednesday, Oct. 30 will feature a "$10,000 Scary and Sultry Costume Contest" during Industry Night Trick or Treat. Thursday, Oct. 31 presents "Little Monsters Ball," with a $10,000 Lady Gaga costume contest. Finally, on Friday, Nov. 1st, "Nightmare In The Park: Day of the Dead" will feature a $5,000 Costume Contest and DJs G-Squared, Tony Tone and Judy Elahi.
The longtime favorite at the Venetian welcomes DJ Mustard on Halloween night, along with a $5,000 Costume Contest for a few lucky dolls and demons. The party starts at 10:30 p.m.
The two-story indoor-outdoor venue at Paris Las Vegas (also home to Anthony Cools, the Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck and the Mandara Spa) offers a 21+ bash with gorgeous views of the Strip and sounds by Liz Clark starting at 10:30 p.m. VIP Packages for groups of five and up are available, and reservations are suggested.
Mandalay Bay's supersized club will be presenting singer/rapper Saweetie with a performance during their LIGHTMARE event on Halloween night. Be a part of the $10,000 Costume Contest beginning at 10:30 p.m. on the 31st.
Hakkasan at MGM Grand
Resident DJ Calvin Harris lights up the dance floor on Halloween night with special guest Generik. Adjacent Ling Ling Club will feature sounds by Toronto-based producer/DJ Dash.
Steve Aoki returns to Caesars Palace on Tuesday, Oct. 29, with "Armies of the Night 2: Unbreakable Hearts." Then on Thursday, things get cosmic with DJ Fergie for "Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind" on Halloween night.
Cocktail Collective at Venetian/Palazzo
This trio of upscale lounges at the Strip's largest resort triples the fun with a bevy of spook-tacular offerings.
Electra at Palazzo has "Boos" specials in honor of fright night running the 31st through November 4th. On Halloween night, they will present a $1,500 dinner-and-bottle-service package to the largest group of coordinated costumers.
Rosina Cocktail Lounge honors "National Caramel Apple Day”on the 31st. Enjoy Halloween-inspired cocktails like the Golden Apple (apple brandy, Four Roses bourbon, honey, lemon, all spice, and cinnamon) paired with a pumpkin-spiced caramel apple.
The Dorsey Cocktail Bar features three signature Halloween cocktails Oct. 31 through Sunday, Nov. 3:
Jame-O-Lantern - Jameson, Yellow Chartreuse, Antica Carpano, Chocolate Bitters, Orange Twist Garnish
Oogie Boogie - Altos, Falernum, Fresh Lime, Ginger Syrup, Allspice, Fever Tree Soda
Its Alive! - Absolute Elyx, Lime, Lemon, Simple, Matcha Powder, Egg White, Cream, Fever Tree Soda
You can sample The Dorsey’s Halloween cocktails for free between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Halloween night.
Troy Liquor Bar
Golden Nugget offers the best view of Fremont Street's Halloween madness at Troy Liquor Bar. Deejay Exodus provides a booming soundtrack, and the dance floor will be open until the wee hours of the morning on the 31st.
Golden Tiki Lounge
Chinatown's famed destination for 24-hour fun is on Spring Mountain Road. They're celebrating Halloween all month long with wacky live entertainment, campy cocktails and celebrity shrunken-head inductions. "Hauntingly Happy Hour” is every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with half off all "boos and appetizers."
SAW Escape Room
Of course, Halloween fun isn't just limited to the nightclubs. SAW Escape Room has unveiled new effects, actors and puzzles just in time for the season of scares. The themed attraction has extended operating hours for the next few weeks due to increased demand, no doubt bolstered by its ranking in USA Today as the number one attraction of its kind in the nation.
This spooky season, Apocalypse Vegas is featuring "Escape From Area 51," a totally immersive new thrill experience. Get hands-on training by real Special Forces operatives before facing an invading alien invasion army. Take down the little green men and save the planet from total annihilation.
Zak Bagans' Haunted Museum
Step inside the frightening mansion in Downtown's Art District and face your fears on a tour like no other. With over 30 rooms of horror, featuring "The Funeral," "The Devil's Rocking Chair" "Dr. Kevorkian's Death Van" and "Peggy the Doll," you'll be fighting off nightmares for weeks to come.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
Numerous paranormal sightings have taken place at the attraction on Luxor's mezzanine level. From ghostly apparitions to moving objects and frightening after-hours security camera footage, it appears that souls from the sunken vessel have found their way to Las Vegas. See if you can make contact with the dead at the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, open daily at 10 a.m.
If your affection for the macabre leans towards the visceral, you may want to check out REAL BODIES at Bally's this Halloween. Immerse yourself in this raw, openly authentic and awe-inspiring exhibition on human anatomy. Featuring 20 real human specimens, you may never look at people the same way again.
Marvel's AVENGERS STATION
The superhero attraction at Treasure Island is featuring $10 admission this month from Monday to Wednesday in honor of Halloween. The exhibit presents a family-friendly trick-or-treating event on Friday October 25th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guests will receive a free Marvel sack to collect goodies as they visit each room.
Town Square Las Vegas
Then there are the countless haunted houses, pumpkin mazes and carnivals that have filled up the valley this month. SCARE at Town Square combines them all into a multi-level attraction with an escape experience, phobia rooms, a haunted maze and an adult-centric nightclub. The top level features live performances, DJs and stunning signature cocktails (this writer's favorite is the "Minty Ghoul") and appetizers like "Zombie Bites." SCARE at Town Square is open through Nov. 4th.
Whatever you and and your ghostly companions choose to do this Season of the Witch, have a safe and happy Halloween in Sin City.