Vegas celebrates Halloween with haunted attractions and freakish festivities

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When it comes to Halloween there are more things in Vegas to scare you apart from checking your bank account after a night of partying (Yikes! I went to a strip club last night?). When October rolls around, Vegas is also home to various haunted attractions and frighteningly fun ways to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year.

Fright Dome
Enter if you dare. Created by Jason Egan, this haunted theme park features five haunted houses, multiple scare zones and amusement rides that operate regularly during the rest of the year in Adventuredome at Circus Circus. For the second year in a row Fright Dome is partnering with Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures to create two new horror-movie-themed haunted houses including an interactive SAW-themed haunted house based on the “SAW” movie series and a “My Bloody Valentine” house themed by the horror movie of the same name.

In addition to the haunted houses this year, Fright Dome has two all-new scare zones, Zombie Apocalypse and Clown Evil Alley. For those of you who have never been to Fright Dome before, the scare zones are areas in the park filled with haunted props and roaming scare actors who lurk in dark corners waiting to surprise the next victim that walks by.  Fright Dome also features live entertainment from some of the world’s most notorious and macabre illusionists in the all-new “Show of Magic & Horror.” The show features a combination of shocking illusions and unsettling conjuring by three magicians – Dixie Dooley, Kevin James and Dan Sperry, who recently performed on “America’s Got Talent.” Fright Dome operates 7 p.m. – midnight Thu. – Sun. through Oct. 31.  

Haunted 13the Floor Tour at Circus Circus
It’s rare for a hotel to have a 13th floor. Most people think the 13th floor is bad luck or even a portal to the other side, and this haunted tour lets brave guests decide for themselves. Also created by Jason Egan, the tour features 13 rooms with frightening scenes including a séance room, a bellman-gone-bad room and a crazy catering room. The about 13-minute tour is $13 and operates everyday 2  – 10 p.m. now through Oct. 31.

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Frank & The Steins scare up some ghoulish good times on Fremont Street.

OktoberFrightFest at Fremont Street
Now through Oct. 31 Fremont Street is transforming itself into a nighttime playground of spooktacular fun with Halloween festivities including Viva Vision light and sound shows themed to “Time Warp” and “Monster Mash,” beer gardens featuring seasonal Oktoberfest food and drink specials,  free live entertainment by three Halloween-themed stage shows and a haunted house attraction inside Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel.

Live shows during OktoberFrightFest include:

  • Freakin’ Magic – Horror Hospital starring Kevin James who recently appeared on “America’s Got Talent.” His horror hospital illusions create bizarre and macabre scenes that leave audiences shocked and mystified. James performs at 8:15 and 10:15 p.m. Wed. – Sun. on the 3rd Street Stage.
  •  Frank & The Steins, a live musical revue of classic Halloween songs. Ghouls and goblins can boogie down to popular Halloween tunes including “Psycho Killers,” “Spooky,” “Time Warp” and “Ghostbusters.” Frank & The Steins performs 8:15, 9:15 and 10:15 p.m. Thu. – Mon. on the 1st Street Stage.
  • Alice and Ozzy’s Frightmare, which combines horror movie influences, vaudeville and garage punk to create a theatrical rock and shock band that pays tribute to Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne. Their electrifying performances feature smoke machines, a coffin, a guillotine and an electric chair. Alice and Ozzy’s Frightmare performs 9:15, 10:15 and 11:15 p.m. Tue. – Sat. on the Main Street Stage.

Haunted Casino
For the second year Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel is adding to the Halloween festivities with its haunted casino attraction featuring two chilling attractions. The haunted casino is open now through Oct. 31 7 p.m. to midnight Thu. – Sun. and Tue. – Sun. Oct. 26 – 31.

Halloween Parade
On Oct. 31 don’t just dress up, be in a Halloween parade. Downtown will be home to the inaugural Las Vegas Halloween Parade and participation is free, but costumes are required. Participates should meet at 6 p.m. to line up at the corner of Hoover Avenue and 4th Street (one block North of East Charleston Blvd and one block West of Las Vegas Blvd) and the parade starts at 7 p.m. The parade will make its way north from the corner of Hoover Avenue and 4th Street to Ogden Street. Join in the fun or watch as participants lurk their way down 4th Street. Afterwards guests can head back to the Fremont Street Experience for a lineup of Halloween entertainment. For more information about the parade and to view a street map visit: http://www.thelasvegashalloweenparade.com .

Chaos at the Cannery
Guests can visit two of the city’s top haunts The Asylum and Hotel Fear at Chaos at the Cannery. Each haunted house has its own unique history and story line, yet is connected by a larger intertwined plot with original characters, original plots and original effects.

“Hauntworld Magazine” ranked both The Asylum and Hotel Fear in the Top 13 Haunts in the United States. The houses are open now through Oct. 31 with frights from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Thu. and Sun., and from 6:30 p.m. to midnight  Fri. and Sat. Tickets are $12 for a single haunt and $18 for a Chaos Pass combo ticket. There will be a special “lights on” tour for the little ones under 10 years old on Halloween, Oct. 31 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for only a $2 donation with all proceeds benefitting the Ronald McDonald House.

Haunted Reef at Mandalay Bay
The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay normally provides a tranquil escape to admire beautiful creatures from the sea, but on Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. the aquarium will undergo an eerie transformation. Spooky sounds like rattling chains, creaky doors and mysterious music replace the normally soothing sounds of the ocean and jungle as visitors make their way through the dark tunnels of the aquarium. In the exhibits, guests can admire deadly predators including tiger sharks and a rare Komodo dragon with dagger-like teeth, deadly saliva and piercing razor-sharp claws. This is one spine-tingling attraction that really makes a splash. Costumed children 12 and under receive complimentary access and sugary sweets. Guests 17 years and older who donate blood at the United Blood Services booth being set up for the occassion will also receive complimentary entry into Shark Reef Aquarium. The booth will be  open Oct. 30 only from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Haunted Tours at Titanic
Led by costumed Titanic experts, this tour explores some of the strange occurrences that have taken place at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Luxor. The exhibition was featured on SciFi’s “Ghost Hunters” and has many people wondering if any of the lost passengers ever return to some of the artifacts on display. Guests will learn about the “Lady in Black” often seen on the Grand Staircase crying for her famous friend Molly Brown in the First Class Gallery, the longest living Titanic survivor who died exactly 80 years after the boat sunk and other mysterious coincidences. The tour is free with paid admission and will be offered Oct. 29, 30 – 31 at 8 p.m.

Haunted Harvest at Springs Preserve
Haunted Harvest at Springs Preserve is family-friendly event featuring a haunted maze, trick-or-treat stations, carnival games, live entertainment and more.  The Springs Cafe by Wolfgang Puck adds to the festivities by hosting various themed evenings with food and beverage crafts, “tattoo” stations and photo opportunities. Some of the themes include “Wolfgang Puck’s World of Wizardry and Witchcraft,” “Puck’s Pirates and Princess Party” and “Wolfgang Puck’s Wild Wild West.” There is an additional $3 per person fee to participate.

The Haunted Harvest festival is open Oct. 15 – 17, 22 – 24 and 29 – 31 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children 5 – 12 and free for children 4 and younger.

Bonnie Screams
Located at Bonnie Springs Ranch about 30 minutes outside of Las Vegas and basically in the middle of nowhere, this thrilling attraction places brave visitors in a Western-themed town where the only ones who’ll hear you scream are the coyotes.  

The 115-acre ranch was built in 1843 to serve as a stopping point for wagon trains making their way down the Old Spanish Trail to California. The ranch was transformed into a tourist attraction in 1952, but the haunting history of some of the seedy characters that passed through there remains.

Bonnie Screams takes place in part of the ranch called Old Nevada Park, a Western-themed town designed to replicate the mining towns of the 1880s. The attraction features four haunts including Maze of Mayhem, Wicked Wax Museum and Slaughter of the Swines. The experience ends with the Trail of Doom where members from the Shepler family await to terrorize anyone who passes through. Bonnie Screams also includes a nightly magic show by Landon Swank.

Guests of all ages can scare up some fun at Bonnie Screams with their new family-friendly experience Spooky Town for guests 10 and under. Spooky Town features a train ride, petting zoo, small haunted attraction suitable for children, pumpkin patch, pony rides and other Halloween-themed events. Bonnie Screams is open Oct. 15 – 31 and tickets are $20. Tickets for Spooky Town are $10 and include one parent and one child admission. For more information visit http://www.wickedwesthaunt.com/ .

Haunted Vegas Tours
Vegas is known for its lively nightlife, but this tour is devoted to showing people the exact opposite. The Haunted Vegas Tour explores the mysterious side of Sin City by visiting different sites where there have been recurring ghost sightings. Robert Allen, the creator of Haunted Vegas Tour, based the two-and-a-half hour tour on the Discovery Channel’s “Haunted Ghost Towns” and paranormal author Janice Oberding’s book, “Haunted Vegas.” Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, this tour will show you a side of the city you won’t see on any postcard. Tours run at 9:30 p.m. nightly.

Madame Tussauds After Dark 
If you think walking through a museum filled with more than 100 celebrity wax figures is creepy then you’re in for a terrorizing treat with Madame Tussauds After Dark at the Venetian.  This spooky experience lets you walk through the museum after hours and in the dark. With only a glow stick as your guide you’ll have to make your way through the fog-filled museum and see for yourself which of the characters inside are wax figures and which are real. During your journey you’ll also encounter a few more scares in the “Scream” attraction. The After Dark experience is available Oct. 22 – 24 and 29 – 31 from 9 p.m. to midnight. Guests must be 12 years or older.

Silverton Fright Fest
There’s some monkey business going on at this Halloween happening. Through Oct. 31 Silverton is hosting Fright Fest featuring family-friendly attractions including games, rides, a pumpkin patch and more. For the more mature thrill seeker Fright Fest is also featuring two haunted houses including one themed after the horror movie “Silent Hill.” To top it off this spootakular event also includes a banada derby featuring monkeys racing on little dogs. Now that’s something to make all Halloween fans go bananas. Fright Fest operates 4 to 10 p.m.  on Mon. – Thu.; 4 p.m. to midnight on Fri; noon to midnight on Sat. – Sun.

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