’s Halloween Countdown: Costume contests

With our countdown to Halloween, we hope you’ve had time to pick out your costume. If not, get a move on! It’s not just about looking good, it’s about winning big! Whether you’re going for the $9,000 in prizes available at LAX, the $1,000 in prizes at both Rockhouse and PBR Rock Bar or any of the contests below, finding that perfect costume could be the key to making up for all the cash and self-esteem you lost in the casino. Here are the best costume contests in Las Vegas this year, arranged by why you want to win:

Haze Halloween 2013. Photo courtesy of Haze Nightclub.


What better way to ring in Halloween than by winning a boat load of cash? Sure, there’ll be some prizes thrown in there too. But never discount the value of money in your pocket, or purse or wherever you can stick it underneath your skimpy costume. Here’s where you can find the most bucks for your banging outfit:

Hakkasan: Enter the Forbidden City and vie for the attention of the sultry Empress. Over four days, she’ll judge the sexiness of everyone around her while giving away $60,000 in total cash prizes.

LINQ Promenade: Silent Disco may sound like the newest hipster band to feature one member who only plays musical roller skates, but it’s really a fabulous 21+ party at the LINQ Fountain Stage with a costume contest giving away a $10,000 grand prize.

Light: Playing on perfect puns, Light Nightclub will becomes a true #Lightmare as a sexiest costume contest beams out $10,000 on Halloween with a performance by Nicky Romero and Nov. 1 with Krewella.

1 OAK: Nick Jonas (yes, that guy who was in a boy band then got super hot) will host yet another sexiest costume contest – this time featuring $20,000!

Haze: As Aria’s amazing club comes to an end, DJs GTA and resident Ryne Green will leave you with clear and crisp memories of Haze’s heydays, and maybe even leave you richer from the $10,000 costume contest.

Señor Frog’s: Monsters of Rock is the theme for this costume contest featuring $5,000 in cash and prizes. Open bar tickets are available.

Gilley’s Saloon: You don’t have to dress as a cowboy to enter this costume contest, although it might help the with the costume bull-riding competition. But if you want to consider a zombie or vampire cowboy you might just have a shot at the $1,500 in cash and prizes.

Zombie Prom at Ghostbar 2013. Photo courtesy of Ghostbar.


Though many clubs will give away cash, some have gone the extra mile to hand out some prizes most costumed club goers wouldn’t even know to covet. If you’ve ever wanted to win something you might not buy for yourself, and you’re comfortable putting on a silly and/or sexy costume to do it, here are the places with the best prizes this year:

Drai’s: In addition to a super supply of cash giveaways, this Halloween Heroes party is handing out a shiny new Ducati motorcycle worth… probably a lot. We have no idea. But it’s exactly what you’d need if you wanted to truly fight crime in your Just-this-side-of-copyright-infringement Man costume! Sign up on Drai’s website. The motorcycle will be given away on Nov. 2, and finalists will be notified by text.

Ghostbar: Night of the Killer Costumes at Ghostbar will give out $5,000 in cash to the winner as well as a one-night stay in a one-story sky villa. It’ll feel like you died, became a ghost, won an awesome costume contest and got to haunt a killer hotel room for a night.

Phish at MGM Grand: If the clubs aren’t your thing, because you’re more, let’s say, mellow, you still might have time to grab tickets to the Phish concert at MGM Grand on Halloween night. Throw on a costume between the time the doors open and before the third set, get your photo snapped at one of three photo booths by the merch station and main entrance and the photo will automatically be uploaded to the band’s Facebook page. If the fans vote your costume the coolest, you’ll win two tickets to see Phish live in Miami on New Year’s Eve! Runners up get some goodies too. And everyone gets a print of their own photo.

Rx Boiler Room Halloween 2013. Photo courtesy of Rx Boiler Room.

Bragging rights

Not everyone’s in it for the money or the prizes. Some people just want to say they won, they’re the best, they spent way more time and energy on their costume than anyone else and they’re not ashamed of how many nights they stayed up until 3 a.m. sewing when they could have been out having a life. Or they just bought an awesome costume. Either way, here are some costume contests that’ll make you feel like a winner:

Commonwealth: Monsters Ball is an instant downtown Las Vegas classic. Burlesque performances, live DJ sets and specialty cocktails will all surround the costume contest giving out $1,000 for best overall costume, $500 for sexiest costume and $500 for scariest costume. But isn’t it enough to say you’re the best monster at the ball?

miX Lounge: What do you get when you mix angels, demons and a whole lot of partying? Aside from one lame pun that we’re not very proud of, you get miX Lounge’s Angels vs. Demons Costume Contest. Come dressed as your sweetest angel or sultriest demon and flutter your feathers or sharpen your pitchfork for a shot at $1,000 in prizes.

Rx Boiler Room: Chef Rick Moonen’s restaurant will fully embrace its steampunk laboratory motif with its “Ricky” Horror Halloween Bash. Guests at this earlier party (starting at 8 p.m.) are invited to dress as mad scientists and macabre monsters to enjoy a specialty menu and costume contest.

Bourbon Room: Known mostly as the “Rock of Ages” bar, the Bourbon Room is switching up this Halloween with a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” Halloween Party and costume contest with $2,000 for the best Frank-N-Furter, Magenta or any other character you can put together.

Chateau Industry Halloween 2013. Photo courtesy of Chateau Nightclub/Powers Imagery.

Nov. 1

Don’t think the party has to end just because October has passed for another year. Saturday, Nov. 1, will bring its own opportunities for those who still haven’t transformed from pumpkins back into carriages. Here are some chances to keep your costume alive through the weekend:

Chateau: Letting go of the romantic nature of Paris for at least one night, Chateau nightclub will embrace the scary spirit of the holiday, on Nov. 1 that is. Crawl beneath the Eiffel Tower and see what’s waiting for you with special DJs and a $10,000 costume contest.

Ghostbar Dayclub: In keeping with the theme of its nightly counterpart Ghostbar, GBDC will host Day of the Killer Costumes, for everyone who couldn’t make it out the night before – or those who were too scared to go to sleep. A total of $5,000 in cash and prizes will be offered.

Surrender: On either side of Halloween, Oct. 29 and Nov. 1, ladies can let loose with sexiest costume contests shelling out $20,000 and $10,000 in cash and prizes – just in case you weren’t sexied out by the end of the week.

Costumes are meant to be seen, shared and shown off. If you think you’ve got the right stuff, or just the stuff that makes you look right as hell, get down to one of Las Vegas’ hottest costume contests and win something spectacular for your scary, sexy self.


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.