Vegas.com’s Halloween Countdown: Spooky shows

We’re continuing our Halloween countdown this week with shows. There’s a lot of spine-tingling entertainment to be found in Las Vegas during the month of October.

You can venture through totally terrifying haunted houses and be disturbed by macabre creatures at places like Fright Dome at Circus Circus. But not everyone has the guts to tackle those scary attractions. Maybe you’re looking for something fun, but a little more tame — and we’ve got just the thing for you. Las Vegas has several shows that are spooky enough to get you into the Halloween holiday spirit without completely freaking you out. Here are some of our favorites:

Zombie Burlesque

Zombie Burlesque

Where: V Theater, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Cost:
Tickets from $49.99

Zombies are all the rage these days so why not see a show about them? Head back to 1958 during Las Vegas’ atomic era and be the first living audience to experience a classic burlesque show in the hottest, once zombie-only, nightclub in town.

Zombie Burlesque is an old school burlesque show with a twist…the cast features some of the sexiest zombies around. Two singers, six dancers and a live band perform comedy, variety acts and zany musical numbers.

Evil Dead The Musical

Evil Dead The Musical

Where: V Theater, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Cost:
Tickets from $44.99

Fans of the 1981 Sam Raimi film “The Evil Dead” probably never thought they’d see the movie become a musical, but this is Las Vegas and we can turn anything into a musical.  Evil Dead The Musical is a 4-D theatrical experience with a “splatter zone.” We’re not sure what you’ll be spattered with exactly, but it’s a safe bet to assume it’ll be bright red and you should probably wear an old T-shirt and sweats if you’re sitting in those seats.

This hilarious stage show features elements from the classic cult horror films “Evil Dead 1,” “Evil Dead 2,” and “Army of Darkness” combined into one night of zany, zombie fun.

Like any good horror film, the plot follows five college students who go to a cabin for a weekend of fun and accidentally unleash evil forces that turn them into demons.

Marriage Can Be Murder

Marriage Can be Murder

Where: The D Las Vegas
Cost: Tickets from $64.40

Come to Marriage Can Be Murder and you might be sitting next to a murder suspect at dinner. Don’t worry, it’s just pretend.

Marriage Can Be Murder is an award-winning interactive comedy and murder mystery dinner experience where the audience members become part of the show.

Anyone can be a suspect as actors are not readily apparent among the seemingly innocent guests. Only time will tell as the night unravels and more clues are revealed.

Each guest has a game card with space for your name and a place to write who the victim and killer are and what the motive is for each of the four murders that take place during the show.

Marriage Can Be Murder combines comedy and suspense to keep you guessing right up until dessert.

Criss Angel Believe

Criss Angel Believe from Cirque du Soleil

Where: Luxor
Cost:
Tickets from $75.85

If you’re a fan of the mind-blowing illusions and crazy stunts on Criss Angel’s “Mindfreak” TV show, you’ll love his stage show, Believe, at the Luxor.

Audiences at Criss Angel Believe are wowed with illusions featuring everything from levitation to “how’d-he-do-it?” disappearances. Angel brings out all the acts he has made famous on “Mindfreak” and then some, along with some more traditional illusions with an added “Mindfreak” twist to them.

From the theater itself to the set pieces, the whole atmosphere of the show is dark with gothic accents, reminiscent of old-fashioned circuses and carnivals with a morbid twist.

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