Dare to be scared at Haunted Reef in Las Vegas

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Slithering snakes. Perilous piranhas. Daunting dragons. And that’s just the regular exhibit!

Dare to be scared when Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay dresses up for Halloween as the Haunted Reef Friday, Oct. 25 – Sunday, Oct. 27. An overall eerie ambiance, including bone-chilling sounds and scary displays, will invade the 105,000-square-foot aquarium.

“This is the twelfth year of Haunted Reef and every year we add to the spooky fun decorations with more ghosts, witches and ghouls,” said Adrienne Rowland, director of Shark Reef. “Guests continue to love (or hate) the drop down spiders and no visit is complete without a picture with our skeleton divers.”

Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Shark Reef houses more than 1,200 species of marine life including sharks, exotic fresh and saltwater fish, an eight-foot-long Komodo dragon and much more. Shark Reef’s newest resident is a 50-year-old, 320-pound sea turtle named OD.

Haunted Reef  is open Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Admission is $18 for adults, $12 for children. Children four and under are free.

Oct. 25 is Community Day and costumed children 12 and under will receive free entry and can decorate their own trick-or-treat bag to collect candy throughout the aquarium.

Adults will also receive free entry on Oct. 25 by donating blood at the special United Blood Services booth on-site from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

But, beware: You know what they say about sharks and blood …

Aleza Freeman

Yes, I’m from Las Vegas. But I’d like to clarify a few things: I don’t live in a hotel and I’m not a showgirl. I put my pasties on one nipple at a time, just like everyone else. I’m a regular girl who plunges off the side of ridiculously tall Las Vegas landmarks and writes about it for a living. I also ride roller coasters, hang at the spa, shoot holes in zombies and take art lessons from bottlenose dolphins. You know, normal stuff. My career as a journalist and copywriter has led me out of Vegas and around the world, but the 24/7 normality of Las Vegas sucks me back in every time. Am I oblivious to the plethora of slot machines everywhere I go? Sure. But that’s because I’m distracted by all the pretty lights. Follow me on Google+ and Twitter.

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