Halloween in Las Vegas

Remember that house on your block that always had the best decorations and sweetest candy every Halloween? That’s pretty much this whole city – but with professional decorations and some different types of candy. Magnificently macabre, devilishly decadent – Halloween in Las Vegas has something for everyone, whether you’re light or dark hearted. From the classic haunted houses in Las Vegas like Asylum and Hotel Fear at Meadows Mall, to creepy-themed specials at Bourbon Room, RX Boiler Room and much more, it’s time to knock on Las Vegas’ front door and get ready to taste some treats – or suffer a few tricks.

Party Smarties

Snoop Dogg at Tao Nightclub. Photo courtesy of Tao Nightclub.

Any night of the year you can find a party in Vegas — it’s kind of our thing. But Halloween brings out the special party devil in us all. LiFE Nightclub at SLS will be kicking off the residency of DJ R3hab. Get your tickets early and see what makes this DJ such a rising full moon. Tao Nightclub is holding their own Snoopadelic Cabaret, hosted by the one and only Snoop Dogg — we have no evidence for this, but we really hope he changes his name to Snoop Pumpkin for the occasion. And Commonwealth, one of Fremont Street’s sexiest stops, hosts “Monsters Ball.” This spooky spectacular delivers a witches brew of Guinness and apple cider as well as other specialty drinks. Burlesque performers will treat all your tricks. And, being part of Fremont East, it’s all in the heart of the Halloween fun on Fremont Street.

Fun for all the Peeps

Costumes on Parade. Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Halloween Parade.

If you’re not the nightclub type, or you have some little ghouls in tow who can’t get in, Vegas has plenty of other activities to doom and delight. Fremont Street is the setting for the Las Vegas Halloween Parade. Lurching down the middle of the road will be all manner of zombies, clowns and anything else participants can throw together. Anyone is welcome to participate — just be sure to come in costume. And if you happen to be an actual werewolf, it’s a fantastic way to blend in for a night out. It all leads to the fabulous OktoberFrightFest at Fremont Street Experience with special performances and a Halloween light show. For an even lighter but still ghastly affair, head to Springs Preserve for their Haunted Harvest. Dress your kids up as vampires, witches or something really scary — like Miley Cyrus — and walk them through a hay maze, trick or treat stations, a petting zoo, games and much more. And for a little more adventure, perhaps for that special age of tween and teen who are too cool to wear a costume but not yet old enough to wear one ironically, Fright Dome at Circus Circus houses all the rides, attractions and haunted houses in Las Vegas they could cram into one of the largest indoor amusement parks around. With so much going on under this big top, you’re bound to be scared by something more than the roller coasters.

Show off your Skittles

Day of the Killer Costumes Party at Ghostbar Dayclub. Photo courtesy of Ghostbar.

What would Halloween be without costumes? It would just be a bunch of kids asking for candy and a bunch of adults drinking until they do things they regret. In Vegas we just call that Thursday. So to show off the hottest or most hellish Halloween costumes in Las Vegas, head to the already Halloweeny named Ghostbar for their Night of the Killer Costumes. First place for best costume receives $5000 cash and one night in a one-story sky villa! If you’ve never stayed in a sky villa before, imagine your first apartment — now make everything about it a billion times better. And the day after Halloween, Ghostbar Dayclub will host Day of the Killer Costumes. Free admission for anyone in costume! Surrender Nightclub will have a sexiest costume contest and give away $10,000 in cash and prizes. And Hakkasan will hand out $60,000 in cash and prizes over the long weekend. At these costume parties, the only thing to be scared of is not being sexy enough.

Dress up like a peanut butter cup

Look at all those sequins! Photo courtesy of Williams Costume Co.

We know what you’re thinking. You came to Vegas over Halloween but didn’t think to pack your costume. And the schoolgirl outfit you do have is for something else. Don’t worry, this is a show town. And we’ve got all your Halloween costumes in Las Vegas covered. Williams Costume Co. rents and sells any sort of costume you could imagine. From masquerade masks to wigs, they even have a full selection of makeup and accessories for those creative types who really want to make an impression. And don’t be afraid to opt for sequins — they’re not going to run out any time soon. American Costumes is another fantastic shop if you’re looking for a classic Vegas look. Elvis, Marilyn, Showgirls and more are all available along with wedding outfits and historical characters. Admit it, who doesn’t want to dress up like a slutty Thomas Jefferson? And if you really want to wow the crowds with something a little kinkier, The Black Room imports leather and latex wears directly from Germany — because sometimes it’s best to not even try to compete with Germans.

Crazier than candy corn

Fetish and Fantasy 2013. Photo courtesy of Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball.

With Halloween falling on a Friday, you can bet the crazies will be in full bloom this year. And if you just happen to be one of them, you’ve got a few options to indulge your wild side without having to respond to a party invite posted on Craigslist. Crazy Horse III, the classic Vegas strip club, will host their “Ghouls Gone Wild” party featuring a costume contest for guys and specials on bottle service. For the most dedicated party goers, the annual Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball returns to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Three rooms, two levels, constant entertainment — this is more than a party. Fetish and Fantasy is the epitome of Las Vegas Halloween decadence. Get your tickets early and embrace the insanity to come. But be sure to check out their website for details on the dress code. It’s important to know; but it’s also hilarious to read the organizers’ opinion on “Prudes for the elimination of erotic parties” or PEEPERS who place restrictions on the guests’ expression. And speaking of things that should maybe be restricted, this will be the second year for a particular attraction in Las Vegas known as the Victim Experience. We cannot stress enough how much this is not for children. In fact, only 30 percent of adults make it through without begging to be let out. More than a mere haunted house, the Victim Experience is a sensory assault designed to scare, haunt, traumatize and possibly enlighten through torment. It’s so frightening that victims are given an orientation prior to entry, and a “decompression and debriefing” should they make it through without shouting the safe word. The only thing that might be scarier than the Victim Experience itself is paying $120 and driving to the far west side of the city at midnight to take part.

Who needs candy when there’s liquor?

The Spellbinder cocktail at Hyde Bellagio. Photo courtesy of Hyde Bellagio.

We understand that, despite the variety, not everyone will feel up for the things already listed. Maybe you don’t have kids, and you’re not into the whole sexy scene. But you’re also not borderline insane enough to try the Victim Experience. Thankfully, Vegas also has plenty of calm, relaxing alcohol. Hyde Bellagio says hello to fall with their new Spellbinder cocktail. Combining rum, coconut milk, and, because it’s fall in America, pumpkin puree, this tasty treat will make you feel like resting your feet by a warm fire while someone else rakes your leaves. For the pale-skinned and reflection-challenged, Tacos and Tequila at Luxor introduces the Vampire Bite, a mix of Grey Goose Vodka, Grey Goose Cherry Noir, and Patron Cafe XO Dark Cocoa that’s more tantalizing on the lips than Robert Pattinson — or James Marsters for vamp fans too cool to care about the Twilight reference. Off the Strip, Panevino restaurant has a collection of cruel concoctions including the Fallen Angel — Angel’s Envy bourbon, Sweet Revenge wild strawberry liqueur, macerated strawberries and rhubarb bitters — and the Devil is a Liar — Coldcock American herbal flavored whiskey with Ogden’s Own Underground handcrafted herbal spirit, Marilyn Manson’s Mansinthe and Bittermens citrus bitters. And for the fearless, or just someone looking to make a fool of himself trying to impress a date, there’s the Unforgiven made with Stoli Jalapeno vodka, Rogue Chipotle Spirit, Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur and homemade habanero simple syrup. We can’t decide which is more unforgivable: not trying this drink, or downing it too quickly.

Halloween in Las Vegas can be a hell of a lot of fun. But as always, we want you to have a blast and stay safe. So the rule for this year is: Don’t die! But if you do, be sure to come back as a zombie and keep partying!

 

Comments

I came from a little town in the Midwest. And believe me, I’m never going back. It’s probably nice if you love grass and snow; but I love the lights, the glamour, and the flocks of tourists seeking fun and fortune. Once the sun goes down, I’ll be the first one out hitting the clubs or just wandering the Strip for a little nighttime adventure. Passing through Bond on my way to Lily Bar, or taking a shortcut through Double Helix before landing at Parasol Up/Down, I’m the one you’ll randomly bump into – only sometimes literally – strolling through Sin City’s liquored veins – and loving every minute of it.