Vegas is ghoulish about Halloween

It doesn’t need to be Halloween to wear a costume in Vegas, but it’s certainly more fun to don your crazy attire when there’s money and prizes involved.

If you pack accordingly, you could enter several costume parties over the course of the weekend without ever wearing the same outfit twice. Just keep in mind that there were multiple sightings of Bumblebee from the movie “Transformers” last year and while the crafty costumers spent plenty of time on the outfits, the costume took first place at several contests.

If you’re not looking to build a plasma cannon or deal with hydraulics, we don’t blame you. There are plenty of other Halloween events to keep you busy that won’t pit you in science-fiction battle between robot aliens.

We’ve compiled a list of the most ghoulish Halloween events that will appeal to the inner demon inside of everyone.Bumblebee_Pure


Where: Moon Nightclub at Palms
When: 11 p.m. Oct. 26
An industry Halloween party hosted by 9 Group’s marketing manager and nightlife guru, Jason “JROC” Craig. Complimentary face painting and $5,000 costume contest.

Vampires and Villains
Where: Blush Boutique Nightclub at Wynn
When: 9 p.m. Oct. 26
An industry party featuring a $5,000 costume contest for the sexiest vampire or villians. Zac Bagans, host of the show “Ghost Adventures,” hosts.

Industry Halloween Party
Surrender Nightclub at Encore
When: 10 p.m. Oct. 27
Features a $10,000 costume contest.

Halloween Haunted House
Blush Boutique Nightclub at Wynn
When: 9 p.m. Oct. 27
Costumes welcome and ladies on the guest list drink free champagne from 11:30 p.m.-12:30 p.m.

Mingle & Mayhem
Where: Blush Boutique Nightclub at Wynn
When: 9 p.m. Oct. 28
Price: Starts at $30
Presented by The Link Las Vegas and offering a $3,000 costume contest and open bar from 10-11 p.m.

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Tryst Nightclub at Wynn
When: 10 p.m. Oct. 28
Zombie invasion with $20,000 in cash and prizes.

Naughty or Nice
Gold Boutique Nightclub and Lounge
When: 10 p.m. Oct. 29
Gold is giving $1,000 to the winner of their Naughty or Nice Halloween Costume contest.

Sexiest Vampires in the World
The Bank
When: 10:30 p.m. Oct. 29
A dozen vampires are coming to The Bank all the way from Romania! These voluptuous vampire vixens will host the opening night of Halloween weekend, and one will be crowned the “Sexiest Vampire in the World.”

Where: Blush Boutique Nightclub at Wynn
When: 9 p.m. Oct. 29
Open Heineken and champagne bar from 11 p.m.-midnight.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road
Where: Revolution Lounge
When: 10 p.m. Oct. 29-30
Revolution Lounge hosts a Wizard of Oz theme for two nights, encouraging partygoers to dress in their sexiest Oz outfit.

Devil’s Night 13
Where: Crown Theater and Nightclub
When: 9 p.m. Oct. 29
Thousands of costumed characters join in the fun with a set up including wicked sounds, massive props, go-go girls, stilt walkers, zombies and other elements. Sponsored by Hustler, there is a $1000 costume contest.

PBR Costume Contest
PBR Rock Bar & Grill
When: Oct. 29-31
PBR Rock Bar & Grill will reward the best costume on Oct. 29 with $500 in cash. On Oct. 30 and Oct. 31, the best costume will be rewarded with $1,000 in cash each night.

Crazy Horse III Costume Contest
Where: Crazy Horse III
When: Oct. 29-30
On Oct. 29, Crazy Horse III will host its “Jersey Shore Costume Contest” rewarding the winner with $5,000 in cash and prizes. On Oct. 30 there is a “Sexiest Costume Contest,” awarding  $5,000 in cash and prizes to the top three hottest costumes of the night.

Haunted Happenings on the Patio
Where: Serndipity 3
When: 9 p.m. Oct. 29-30
Costume contest with a chance to win $4,000 in cash prizes.

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Blush Boutique Nightclub at Wynn
When: 9 p.m. Oct. 30
Sexiest costume contest with $10,000 in cash and prizes.

All Hallows’ Eve
Surrender Nightclub at Encore
When: 10 p.m. Oct. 30
Surrender Nightclub presents a special DJ set by the Space Invader himself, Joachim Garraud, and a $15,000 costume contest.

Night of the Killer Costumes
When: 10 p.m. Oct. 30
Rain, ghostbar, Moon and Playboy Club come together to host the biggest costume contest in Las Vegas. Rain Nightclub will give away almost $47,000 in cash and prizes for the top three funniest, scariest and most shocking costumes. Ghostbar has cash and prizes totalling $11,000 for the top three ghostly goblins and ghouls. Moon is doing the best Sci-Fi costume with the top three taking home almost $37,000 in cash and prizes and “Jersey Shore,” star Pauly D will be spinning. Playboy keeps things sexy with a $9,500 sexy costume contest.

Plastic Halloween Party
Gold Boutique Nightclub and Lounge
When: 10:30 p.m. Oct. 30
Come as a blonde, redhead or brunette Barbie look alike and get your share of the $5,000 cash prize. The creepiest Ken gets $500.

HallowEve Industry Party
Where: Eve Nightclub at Crystals
When: 10:30 p.m. Oct. 30
Dead rock stars and groupies themed party hosted by Two costume contests with high-end Halloween goodies up for grabs.

Sexy Lingerie party
Where: The Deuce Lounge
When: 10 p.m. Oct. 30
Ladies dressed in lingerie get complimentary champagne from 10 p.m.-midnight, while Playboy playmate Summer Altice spins the beats.

Surrender Halloween
Where: Surrender
When: 10:30 p.m. Surrender
Compete in the ultimate costume contest for your share of $15,000 in cash and prizes. World-renowned DJ Joachim Garraud spins.

Sex Kittens $10K Contest
The Bank
When: 10:30 p.m. Oct. 31
The sexiest kitty in costume will win $10,000.

Rockin’ Halloween Party
Where: Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall
When: 8 p.m. Oct. 31
Crossfire makes a special performance for this Halloween party. The night also includes a $300 cash prize for the best costume winner, second gets $150 and the two top honorable mentions take $50 each. No masks or painted faces.

Where: XS Nightclub at Encore
When: 10 p.m. Nov. 1
Halloween doesn’t end on Oct. 31 at XS. The nightclub makes a throwback to the 1920s prohibition era.

Celebrity appearances and performances

Yelloween at Tao
Tao Nightclub at the Venetian
When: 10 p.m. Oct. 29-31
A bevy of hosts celebrate Halloween at Tao over the weekend with Ryan Kwanten of HBO’s “True Blood,” kicking off the celebration on Oct. 29. LMFAO makes a performance on Oct. 30 and international superstar DJ Erick Morillo spins Oct. 31.

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Where: Lavo Nightclub at the Palazzo
When: 10 p.m. Oct. 29-31
Annalynne McCord from the CW’s “90210,” hosts on Oct. 30 and there is a $5,000 costume contest Oct. 31.

Ciara’s Birthday Celebration
Where: Haze at Aria
When: 10:30 p.m. Oct. 29
R&B superstar Ciara celebrates her birthday at Haze with a costume contest and beats spun by DJ Karma.

Sean Kingston at Pure
Where: Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace
When: 10 p.m. Oct. 29
Jamaican singer Sean Kingston performs.

Nightmare on 54th Street
Studio 54 at MGM Grand
When: 10 p.m. Oct. 28-31
The party gets started on Oct. 28 with Throwback Thursday with old-school DJ Doug E. Fresh spinning the beats. Studio 54 keeps things classic with a performance by Vanilla Ice on Oct. 29. The party gets thrown into gear on Oct. 30 with the Second annual Hollyween, sexy costume party with an appearance by Playboy model and “Peepshow” star Holly Madison. The celebration comes to a close with the 44th annual Beaux Arts Ball, which benefits Golden Rainbow in an effort to support those with HIV/AIDS.

True Bud Halloween
Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub
When: Oct. 28-31
Rockhouse kicks off Halloween weekend with two-for-one Budweiser bottled beers all weekend long. It will also hold a sexy costume contest on Oct. 28 with the winner taking home $500. Ladies in costume get complimentary cocktails from 10:30 p.m.-midnight. There is another costume contest on Oct. 29 with a $500 prize for most creative costume and $1,000 for best costume. The weekend wraps up with $500 up for grabs for best dressed costume.

Nightmare in Jersey with The Situation
Jet Nightclub
When: 10:30 p.m. Oct. 29
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino from MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” stops by to kick off Halloween weekend.

Nightmare in Jersey II: Snooki’s Revenge
Where: Jet Nightclub
When: 10:30 p.m. Oct. 30
Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the dance floor…Halloween weekend continues at JET with The Shore’s other breakout star, Snooki whooping it up.

Heidi Montag hosts
Pure Nightclub
When: 10 p.m. Oct. 30
Heidi Montag from MTV’s “The Hills,” hosts a $10,000 costume contest.

Marilyn Manson
When: 10:30 p.m. Oct. 30
Haze gets Halloween weekend going with the creepy sounds of Marilyn Manson. And for those who don a unique costume there is a chance to take home your share of $10,000 in the costume contest. David Christian spins the beats all night long.

Save Kendra at LAX
LAX at Luxor
When: 10 p.m. Oct. 30
Playboy model and star of E!’s “Kendra,” Kendra Wilkinson hosts a sexy Halloween costume party with $10,000 in cash prizes.

Operation All In
Golden Nugget
When: 2 p.m. Oct 30
The poker tournament will be hosted by MMA legend Randy Couture. There will also be a charity auction benefiting the Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation. The party will continue after dark at Gold Diggers.

T&T’s Halloween Pre-Party
Where: Tacos and Tequila inside the Luxor
When: 7 p.m. Oct. 30
T&T will give away $1,000 in cash to the best costume with prizes for second and third place contestants.

Fabolous Halloween
Where: Jet Nightclub
When: 10:30 p.m. Oct. 31
JET’s fun-filled Halloween weekend climaxes with a special performance from hip-hop heavyweight Fabolous.

Closet Sundays Presents Trick or Treat Me
Revolution Lounge
When: 10 p.m. Oct. 31
Closet Sundays lets all the skeletons out for Halloween a costume contest, goody bags, and halloween-themed performances, including a special performance by “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kim Zolciak.


15th annual Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
When: 10 p.m. Oct. 30
Named one of the Top 10 Events in the World by Travel Channel, this party is the place to be during Halloween weekend. It will feature a number of celebrity appearances and some outlandish performances. The event takes place at The Joint and two adjoining ballrooms and featured more than 6,200 people last year.

Phazing Nights
When: 10;30 p.m. Oct. 31
Haze opens for a special Sunday night party with the sounds of Dirty South, Chris Lake and LA Riots and dance floor robot Kryoman.

Swedish House Mafia at Masquerade Motel
The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
When: 9 p.m. Oct. 31
The Joint turns into Masquerade Motel for one night only as Swedish House Mafia spins their electrifying sounds and energetic beats.

McFadden’s Three-Day Celebration
McFadden’s inside the Rio
When: Oct. 28-30
The “Edward-40-Hands” challenge start the action. Participants have 40-ounce beers taped to each hand and the first one to finish will receive a $100 bar tab. On Oct. 30, McFadden’s will host their official Halloween bash, “Boos and Booze.” The best costume will be rewarded with cash and prizes.


Fright Dome
Circus Circus
When: 7 p.m. – Midnight Thursday-Sunday through Oct. 31
Ranked among the top five scariest attractions in the country, Fright Dome offers five haunted houses including the all-new “Saw” and “My Bloody Valentine,” themed houses.

13th Floor Haunted Tour
Circus Circus
When: 2-10 p.m. through Oct. 31
The 13th floor of the Circus Circus has been completely transformed with creepy hotel furniture that comes to life, a seance to contact former guests and more. The 13-minute tour through 13 rooms is interactive with spooky hotel staff and haunted inhabitants.

Chaos at The Cannery
The Cannery
When: 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m.-midnight Oct. 28-31
Two of Las Vegas’ top haunts in one location. “Hauntworld Magazine” has ranked both The Asylum and Hotel Fear in the Top 13 Haunts in the U.S. Each has its own history and story line, but is connected by an intertwined plot.

Madame Tussauds After Dark
Madame Tussauds inside the Venetian
When: 9 p.m. – midnight Oct. 24 and Oct. 29-31
Ever wonder what happens when the lights go out at Madame Tussauds? You will be guided by a single light where you will have to survive Scream and the Chamber of Horrors. Prepare for the wax figures to come alive and for the scare of your life.

Till Death Do Us Part Wedding Package
Where: Mandalay Bay
When: Oct. 29-31
Eternally bonded souls will have their ceremony in a themed haunted chapel and will receive two tickets to Fright Dome.


Haunted tours at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
When: Through Oct. 31
Some people are questioning if lost passengers have returned to the personal items they once carried on board the doomed Titanic.

Halloween Seance with James Van Praagh
Where: The Orleans
When: 8 p.m. Oct. 30-31
New York Times best-selling author James Van Praagh shows audience members the process of mediumship and attempts to receive messages from the spirits of family and friends.

Haunted Vegas tour
Las Vegas
When: 9:30 p.m. nightly
This spirited and spooky ghost tour will take you to the haunting grounds of Bugsy Siegel, Liberace, Redd Foxx and Elvis. Also covers the “Motel of Death,” where numerous celebrity deaths have happened and the former home of a Las Vegas legend where his ghost continues to haunt.


Haunted Harvest
Where: Springs Preserve
When: 5-9 p.m. Oct. 24, Oct. 29-31
The family-friendly event features a haunted maze, trick or treat stations, carnival games, live entertainment and much more spooktacular fun.

Lion King
Where: Mandalay Bay
When: 4 or 8 p.m. Oct. 31
Costumed children attending the show will receive a free gift from Lion King.

Haunted Reef
Mandalay Bay
When: Oct. 30
The Shark Reef takes on a Halloween theme with haunting music replacing the usual soothing sounds of the ocean and jungle. The tunnels go dark with ghostly decorations and jack-o-lanterns lining the walls.

Fall Fun Fest
College of Southern Nevada’s Charleston campus
When: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 29-30 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 31
Features raffles, food, activities, vendors, dance performances, concerts and much more. Guests 21 or older can also visit the festival’s beer and wine tasting gardens.

El Dia De Los Muertos Celebration
Where: Tacos and Tequila inside the Luxor
When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Enjoy the Deadly Mariachi Brunch while boys and girls take part in trick-or-treating, free face painting, airbrush tattoos and the haunted photo booth. Children 12 and under showing off their costumes have a chance to win Halloween prizes.

Where: Downtown
When: Through Oct. 31
A number of events will take place downtown from the inaugural Las Vegas Halloween Parade on Halloween night to a tribute to Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne and the Haunted Casino at Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel. Many of the events are free of charge.