Spooktacular family fun at HallOVeen in Las Vegas

An annual Las Vegas Christmas attraction is all dressed up for Halloween as the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village presents its first-ever HallOVeen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October from 5 to 9 p.m.

A carousel ride on the dark side. (Photo by Aleza Freeman)

Those who have attended the 22-year-old Magical Forest during the winter holidays — and even those who haven’t — will cackle with delight to see the family-friendly attraction covered from head to toe in spiders, ghosts, jack o’ lanterns, ghouls, goblins, tricks and treats.

“Wait til you see HallOVeen,” said Linda Smith, associate executive director of Opportunity Village. “I can’t believe it myself.”

Existing rides have fallen under a Halloween spell such as the Spooktacular Forest Express passenger train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, Rod’s Monster Mini-Golf  and the Slightly Scary Snowflake Slide.

Families can take a colorful jaunt through Boris the Elf’s 3-D Experience or brave a trip through the mouth of  a 150-foot long, 40-foot wide, 30-foot tall dragon — one of four in the world — known as The Haunted Adventure by Santino and Rocco Panaro.

There’s also a Candy Cabin, Magical Midway, nightly parades, treat stations, crafts, movies, Spookley the Square Pumpkin Storytelling Fridays and Scary-oke Saturdays.

HallOVeen is located about 15 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip on the Opportunity Campus, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd.

Costumes are encouraged.

Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $19.99 for an adult passport (entry and unlimited rides), $17.99 for a child passport (entry and unlimited rides), $11 adult general admission, $9 child general admission, $12 wristband for unlimited rides and $3 single ride or attraction ticket. Children 2 and under are free. All proceeds benefit Opportunity Village.