Ten Las Vegas attractions taking Halloween to horrifying heights

Just like everything else, Halloween attractions in Las Vegas go to the extreme. From world-famous haunted houses to real-life ghost tales, the city has what it takes to give you the ultimate “spook-tacular” treat. Here are 10 places not to be missed this October.

On the Strip

Curious what lurks beneath all the  glamour and glittering lights? Look no further than the Las Vegas Strip, where you’ll find a handful of scare-tastic surprises.

Fright Dome

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Fright Dome (seen above) inside Circus Circus teamed up with George A. Romero, the godfather of zombie films, to theme one of this year’s five haunted houses. Romero’s house, “Ward of the Dead,” takes you through a zombie apocalypse. Brave souls must try to escape before getting bit by the living dead. Fright Dome also features four new haunted houses including the zombie-inspired “Infected,” “Fright Dome’s Urban Legends,” “Camp Massacre” and “The Anniversary.”

Watch your back: Just because you’re not inside one of the haunted houses, that doesn’t mean you’re not being followed! In addition to the Fright Dome’s spooky scenery, scare actors will lurk from behind and jump in front of you.

Eli Roth’s Goretorium

If guts and gore is up your alley, look no further than Eli Roth’s Goretorium. The $10 million, 15,000-square-foot attraction opened last month as the city’s only year-round scare fest. It’ll be like celebrating Halloween every day of the year. However, if you’re going to be here around Oct. 31 anyway, you’re in for an extra ghoulish treat.

Walk through the multilevel maze of The Delmont, a mythical hotel and casino. The tale is based on deceased, tortured hotel guests and the serial-killing hotel owners behind their demise. To add to the frightening experience, you’ll encounter live actors, animatronic frights and special effects in a spooky hotel setting.

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

Deep within the Chamber of Horrors (seen right) inside Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, things take a terrorizing turn. The setting is a maximum security prison taken over by its inmates. These prisoners are on the loose and will become your worst nightmare.

Will you make it out of the cell block without being the victim of a psycho killer? In the chamber, anything can happen. The lurking shadows, door creaks and slams add to the creepy atmosphere.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

Who knew a ship could be so spooky?  With a paid admission at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Luxor, enjoy a complimentary Haunted Tour from Oct. 21 – 31. The seasonal experience puts the haunting story of the RMS Titanic into a thrilling, new perspective.

See apparitions like the “Lady in Black” on the Grand Staircase crying for her friend Molly Brown or  feel the presence of Frederick Fleet, the Titanic’s look-out man. Fleet watches over the Promenade Deck in an attempt to make up for his late sighting of the iceberg. You’ll also learn about mysterious coincidences like the longest-living Titanic survivor who passed away exactly 80 years to the day the ship struck the iceberg. Learn about the passenger who prophesied the sinking of the Titanic by writing to a friend just a few days earlier.

Tours start at 6 p.m. nightly.

Mandalay Bay Shark Reef

While we’re on the subject of water, the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef transforms into Haunted Reef from Oct. 26 – 28. Come face-to-face with sea predators like tiger sharks, a rare Komodo dragon and piranhas. In addition, experience rattling chains, creaking doors and spooky music while walking through the dark tunnels. Ghostly decorations and spooky jack-o-lanterns complete the vibe. Costumed children ages 12 years and younger receive complimentary entry and candy. You’ll also get a chance to pose in front of an aquarium featuring exotic fish and divers dressed in skeleton costumes.

Off the Strip

The Las Vegas Strip isn’t the only place with all the action. From haunted houses in downtown to an outdoor festival at Springs Preserve, fulfill your curiosity and explore beyond the Strip.

Asylum at Fremont Street Experience makes a true asylum look like a nursery. The wildly popular, nationally ranked haunted house Asylum (pictured right) is in its 14th year. The attraction is open at Fremont Street Experience’s 3rd Street area, right next to Binion’s.

Known nationwide for pioneering the trailer-haunt concept, Asylum takes brave souls on a terrifying journey through the story of the Meadview Asylum. Visitors must navigate the dark hallways alone through a terrifying series of fright-inducing rooms. These include the admitting area, nurse’s station, patients’ rooms, therapy room, morgue and much more.

The Amazing Johnathan’s SCREAMont Experiment

While you’re  in the downtown area, check out The Amazing Johnathan’s SCREAMont Experiment (pictured right). Located at the Las Vegas Club hotel,  this terrifying interactive walk-through attraction is guaranteed to give you a scare.

Once offered by invitation only, Amazing Johnathan’s annual haunted event at his private warehouse shocked his audiences for years. This attraction includes a multilevel haunted hotel featuring 35,000 square feet of themed rooms, optical illusions, mind-blowing special effects and terrifying twists around each corner. Tours begin at 7 p.m. nightly.

Springs Preserve

Fun for all ages,  families can have a spook-tacular time at the Springs Preserve’s annual Haunted Harvest.  Enjoy trick-or-treating, carnival games, a petting zoo, live entertainment and a haunted house now through Oct. 28 and on Halloween day.

In addition, the Springs Cafe will extend its hours and offer a special menu of spooky treats (with the exception of Oct. 27).  On Oct. 31 from 4 – 8 p.m., kids can enjoy a trick-or-treating event  at the Haunted Harvest. There will be no carnival games that day.

Outside Vegas

If you’re up for a late-night road trip and movies like “Jeepers Creepers” and “Joy Ride” didn’t faze you in the least bit, then take a drive outside the city to experience true twilight terror.

Bonnie Screams

If you’re all about thrills and chills, Bonnie Springs transforms into Bonnie Screams every October. The buildings convert to haunted houses and the live entertainment makes this a double scary treat. Haunted houses this year include “Phobia,” “The Apocalypse” and “Clown Massacre.”

However, Bonnie Springs may be haunted year-round: “Ghost Hunters,” the popular reality TV series on SyFy, featured an episode on the ranch in 2010. The hunters detected paranormal activity inside the buildings including the opera house, saloon, schoolhouse and wax museum. The staff will even tell you they’ve heard footsteps, doors slamming and odd noises. One person even witnessed the merry-go-round spinning on its own.

The Chamber Haunt

This Halloween, take a mind-altering journey to The Chamber Haunt. Located in Primm (at the state line of Nevada and California), the Travel Channel voted this haunted attraction as one of the top five scariest places in the world. The Chamber Haunt also received two awards from “Haunted Media” magazine for best haunt and best makeup in the country.

In addition to scare actors and cutting-edge effects, The Chamber Haunt features two mazes. The first path leads to The Chamber, a two-room haunt. Demons who captured humans as pets dwell at The Westchester House. At the Fortress of Fiends, see a barter town of hybrid animal-human beings who feast on the living.

For those who dare to see the second half, check out The Reactor. Considered the power source of The Chamber Haunt, this section includes unearthly zombie creatures.

Wherever you decide to get your terrifying dose, Vegas’ Halloween-inspired attractions do not disappoint. You’ll have plenty of stories to tell your friends — that is if you make it back home.


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