Must dos this weekend in Vegas: Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2015

As we summon the spirits of All Hallows Eve, our one Halloween wish is that your weekend be filled with mischief, enchantment and all the toil and trouble you can get into before someone calls the 5-0. Whether you’re getting graveyard glam or trying to find a place to take your lil pun’kins, Vegas is spellbinding for both saints and sinners. Here’s our full lineup of ways you can eat, drink and be scary this Halloween weekend. Now, let’s all take a deep breath and howl at the moon.


Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball, photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Weekly.

 Conjure some 21+ fun

For the big kids, one costume party stands above the rest: the Fetish and Fantasy Ball at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Many may wonder what’s slinking through the shadows of the deep, dank lair and there’s only one way to find out, buy yourself a ticket. Paid performers dance, dangle from the ceiling, breathe fire and there is always an impressive array of lights and pyrotechnics. This is a place where monsters take on a sexy twist and will make you want to go bump in the night. If that sounds a little too wild and crazy, you can still get your party on at other Halloween festivities on the Strip. Omnia in Caesars Palace is hosting “Phantom of Omnia” with DJ sets by Afrojack and Calvin Harris. Fans can get it on a little “Halloweezy” with Lil Wayne at LiFE Nightclub inside the SLS. Drai’s rooftop nightclub at the Cromwell will present a “Thriller” zombie-themed party hosted by Chris Brown. Still looking for more? See a complete list of Halloween parties in Las Vegas.


Rose, is that you? Photo courtesy of Kirvin Doak.

Sprinkle a little hocus pocus

If your little monsters are terrifying enough to give Freddy Kruger nightmares, you’re not alone. Lots of people have kids and they’re all trying to find suitable places to go for Halloween where Grandma’s doilies aren’t considered costumes. Every Saturday night in October, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition inside the Luxor Hotel and Casino will host a Haunted Ghost Tour. With more than 300 authentic artifacts from the wreckage, many guests and employees report claims of ghostly passengers coming to collect their earthly possessions.

The Springs Preserve annual Haunted Harvest is a family-friendly event with food, games and live entertainment. A bit like a bewitched carnival atmosphere, there is a haunted hay maze, spooky story time, a petting zoo, family bingo and even a Safe Street Trick-or-Treat.

For the big kids, Bonnie Springs Ranch has haunted houses like No Hope Hospital, Infected Circus and Quarantine that tell the story of a town overrun by zombies. There’s also a one-of-a-kind Zombie Paintball Express. When will you ever be able to shoot paintballs at zombies from a real, moving school bus?


Thriller at Michael Jackson ONE. Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil.

See our ghouls on stage

Just because this is the spookiest time of the year doesn’t mean that everything has to be oozing guts in order to be cool, but let’s be honest – it’s more fun if it does. Where else can you find a musical with horny brain eaters than Zombie Burlesque at Planet Hollywood? If you’re a fan of  “The Walking Dead” but thought, “This is good, I just wish the zombies were singing and grinding all up on each other in ways that give me rigor mortis,” then Zombie Burlesque is the show for you. Speaking of rigor mortis, this weekend wouldn’t be complete without a shout-out to the Halloween soundtrack “Thriller” by MJ. See the number live at Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson – ONE” at Mandalay Bay this weekend. Packed with world-class acrobats and hit after MJ hit, this is one Cirque show that you cannot miss.

Finally, you’ll feel right at home dressed like Hit Me Baby One More Time Britney Spears and the Blues Brothers. Just recently extending her residency, our girl B is heating up the stage with her “Piece of Me” show at Planet Hollywood Friday and Saturday. Hey, if you’ve got it – haunt it! Maybe not the Blues Brother, but a Blues brother, Jim Belushi and his blues band will be kicking off their two-show engagement at The Orleans Saturday and Sunday nights.


If you see this crew at Fright Dome, run the other direction. Photo courtesy of Alonzo Wright.

Get trapped in Fright Dome one.last.time

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. Fright Dome inside Circus Circus has been named one of the scariest haunted houses in the country year after year, and there’s one reason why: because they’re willing to push the envelope further than anyone else on what it takes to scare the living daylights out of you. This year Fright Dome has created the “Insanitarium,” which sends visitors on a terrifying journey through an authentic morgue, which has been disassembled from one of the most historically haunted locations in the country, the insane asylum Norwich State Hospital in Connecticut. It has been reassembled at Fright Dome and features freezing temperatures, hellfire from the crematorium, and rancid smells of rotting flesh…did we mention you have to go through it alone? You’ll have to sign a waiver of course, and visit a nurse’s station to make sure you’re of sound health and mind before you go in…’cause you sure won’t be by the time you make it out. This is your last weekend to experience a reality that is scarier than your nightmares. Watch what happens when our Vegas Insiders go behind the scenes with Fright Dome creator Jason Egan.

Dia de los muertos

A traditional Dia de los Muertos altar. Photo courtesy of the Springs Preserve.

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos

Celebrating a 3,000 year old tradition, Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that honors the dearly departed every year on November 1. On Sunday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Downtown Container Park is celebrating with free arts and crafts, face painting, $2 taco specials from Pinches Tacos and a Sunday Cinema under the stars featuring “The Book of Life.”

Tacos & Tequila inside the Luxor Hotel and Casino will be serving up Halloween hangover cures for “Day of the Feel Like You’re Dead” brunch on Sunday for those that did a little too much tricking and treating. They’ve got two-for-one Bloody Marias with Jose Cuervo tequila and breakfast burritos for 12 and 13 bucks.

Mercadito at Red Rock Resort has created a three-course, prix fixe menu to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. Guests can order the Mercadito Navajo Tacos with adobo beef and avocado cream, the duck confit mole negro with sweet potato puree, and the Mercadito flan. Those of you who are looking for the annual Dia de los Muertos celebration at Springs Preserve can find it next weekend.

See the complete listing for Halloween festivities in Vegas.


Born a Buckeye - raised a Hoosier. I grew up in a one-horse town that straddles the Indiana/Ohio state line and until 2006, was in two different time zones. There were three stoplights and a whopping 48 students in my graduating class. Fast forward a few years later, I was bitten by the travel bug and decided to head west. It seems like no matter how long I live here, there’s always something that still makes my jaw drop. That’s what I love about Vegas; you never know what you’re going to see next and that’s what makes living here so much fun. Basically, if you’re bored in this town, there’s something wrong with you…not the city. I’m an avid traveler with an incurable case of wanderlust so stay tuned for all the tours, attractions and shopping adventures that Sin City has to offer.