Vegas.com’s Halloween Countdown: A grab bag o’ fearful fun

Now that we’re nearly at the end of our countdown…on the eve of All Hallows’ Eve…you must be nearly bursting at the seams with ghoulish energy. In the past eight posts, we’ve given you loads of ideas for getting a scare, dressing up, imbibing and partying as well as paying homage to the state of Nevada. We’ve basically run out of categories now. But since we still have a few spook-tabulous events to mention that didn’t get covered in earlier posts, we’re creating this grab bag category. It’s filled with six (that’s right, a fiendish number) events that span the Strip and downtown.

The first annual Boneyard Bash held at The Neon Museum in 2013.

The Neon Museum kicked off its wickedly awesome Boneyard Bash in 2013. Photo courtesy of The Neon Museum.

Boneyard Bash

Where: The Neon Museum at 770 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
When:
Oct. 31 from 7 – 10 p.m.
Cost: General admission is $45 (in advance) or $55 (at the door).

Last year, The Neon Museum hosted the Boneyard Bash to celebrate its first birthday. As you would expect, the event was scarily successful so it’s returning again this year.

Try to envision the setting for your perfect Halloween party. We bet it looks a lot like the photo above. The Boneyard is home to old signs from many of Vegas’ legendary casinos and some other businesses. There’s a cute baby duck sign from former Ugly Duckling Car Sales and a “happy shirt” sign with waving arms from Steiner dry cleaning (you’ll love both of these). With colorful lighting cast on all the signs, the area takes on a haunted vibe – which will be enhanced by stilt walkers, jugglers, a tarot card reader and the cast of “Evil Dead The Musical.”

This year’s Boneyard Bash will also feature midway games, food trucks and cupcakes from Freed’s Bakery. In addition to a cash bar, you may be able to nab a free drink (while supplies last) courtesy of Las Vegas Distillery, Banger Brewing, Big Dog’s Brewing Company, Joseph James Brewing Company, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Tenaya Creek Brewery. Totescity, a DJ duo made up of Doodle Do and Gables, will help you get your “Monster Mash” on too.

Tip: Come in costume. Not only is there a contest, but you’ll just have more fun. And if you haven’t had enough partying when the Boneyard Bash ends, continue your night of terror at the Velveteen Rabbit. Show them your ticket, and you’ll receive a free drink.

Halloween decorations at The LINQ Promenade

Snap a pic with the frightening Halloween decorations on display at The LINQ Promenade. Photo by Erik Kabik.

Family Night and Silent Disco

Where: The LINQ Promenade (the corridor between The LINQ Hotel & Casino and the Flamingo)
When:
Family nights are Oct. 30 – 31 from 6 – 9 p.m. and the Silent Disco is Oct. 31 starting at 9 p.m.
Cost:
Free

In Vegas with your family? You’ll probably have to save clubbing for another time, especially if you’ve got young kids in tow. But you can still have a creepy good time by heading over to The LINQ Promenade. This outdoor pedestrian-only retail and dining district is decorated with eerie sights. In the early evening hours, little ones can go trick-or-treating and get their hands on candy being passed out by merchants. And on Oct. 31 after 9 p.m., there’ll be a grown-up celebration by the Fountain Stage. Have you ever seen a silent disco? Instead of a speaker system, people dance to music they’re hearing on their headphones. Even if you don’t join in, it’s amusing just to watch. You can try to guess what everyone is listening to from their movements.

SlotZilla at dusk

Riding SlotZilla is even scarier at dusk. Photo courtesy of Fremont Street Experience.

Halloween FlightFest

Where: SlotZilla at Fremont Street Experience
When: Oct. 30 from noon – 7 p.m.
Cost:  The Zipline ride is $20 and the Zoomline ride is $40.

Are you up for a high-flying adventure? Fremont Street Experience is hosting Halloween FlightFest for a good cause. Feel the rush at SlotZilla, the giant slot machine in downtown Las Vegas. You’ll have two choices: Ride the Zipline and take off from the lower tier (at 77 feet high) or soar on the Zoomline in a Superman-like position from the upper tier (at 114 feet high). Either way, 100 percent of your ticket cost will be donated to Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To make the experience even more memorable, the Viva Vision canopy at Fremont Street Experience will be lit up in pink throughout Halloween FlightFest. So when you’re in your harness and look around, you’ll see the pretty color everywhere.

Haunted Reef

You might spot some spooky divers staring back at you in Haunted Reef. Photo courtesy of Shark Reef Aquarium.

Haunted Reef

Where: Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
When: Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost: Admission for adults is $18 and for children ages 5 – 12 is $12. Children ages 4 and under enter for free. Nevada residents with valid ID receive a discount on admission. (Note: On Oct. 31, kids ages 12 and under who dress up in a Halloween costume as well as adults who donate blood at the United Blood Services booth will be admitted to the aquarium for free.)

On any given day, Shark Reef is filled with killer inhabitants – sharks, piranha, a Komodo dragon and others. But for three days over Halloween weekend, even more terrifying creatures will be lurking about. The aquarium’s hair-raising alter ego, Haunted Reef, is home to freaky skeleton divers. You may also hear rattling chains, creaking doors and spooky music as you explore the premises. In addition to these sounds and decorations, there’ll be trick-or-treating and events that pay tribute to Día de los Muertos.

Bass Pro Shops

Join the Peanuts gang inside Bass Pro Shops at the Silverton. Photo courtesy of Bass Pro Shops.

Peanuts Halloween

Where: Bass Pro Shops at the Silverton
When:
Oct. 30 from 5 – 8 p.m. and Oct. 31 from 4 – 8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Ask anyone what the greatest Halloween television special of all time is and you’re guaranteed to hear the same answer: “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” There’s just no better way to spend an evening during the witching season than watching the Peanuts gang grapple with trick-or-treating, a costume party and the legend of a Santa Claus-like figure called the Great Pumpkin. Thanks to Bass Pro Shops, you (and your kids, of course) can hang out with Charlie Brown, Linus, Sally, Lucy and Snoopy (characters may vary). Not only will you receive a free photo souvenir, but you’ll also get to do crafts like decorating a mini pumpkin. And on Halloween night, participate in a costume parade with the beloved characters and go trick-or-treating. Don’t worry, no rocks will be given out.

Monte Carlo Plaza

Carve pumpkins for prizes at the Monte Carlo Plaza. Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International.

Plaza Pumpkin Carving Contest

Where: Monte Carlo in the Las Vegas Strip-facing plaza
When: Oct. 31 from noon – 8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Nothing says Halloween like a pumpkin carving contest, which is a great opportunity to show off your spirit and imagination…and your great knife skills (we won’t ask how you acquired those). The Monte Carlo is hosting its Plaza Pumpkin Carving Contest on Oct. 31. Anyone who participates will be given a buy-one-get-one-free certificate for scoops of ice cream at BLVD Creamery, and the winner will dig into the Tempting Twelve, a massive sundae made with 12 scoops of ice cream, 12 toppings, two bananas and three waffle cones. The coffee shop Sambalatte will be serving hot cocoa and pumpkin vanilla Bundt cake during the event. So ultimately you’ll leave on such a sugar high you won’t have to worry about trick-or-treating later.

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