Celebrate Halloween Vegas style


By Caroline Fontein

Other cities may have their annual parades and customary parties, but if you’re really looking to tap into your inner sinner and indulge in everything that Halloween is all about, Vegas is the place to be.

“The great thing about Vegas is that people come to Vegas to be something else. They can leave their persona behind in L.A. and invent themselves for the weekend,” said Michael Gilmartin, director of public relations for PURE Management Group. “I think Halloween is a natural extension of that. You can dress up and be something completely different and Vegas is the place to do it.”

Whether you’re looking for a wild party atmosphere, costume contest or a spooky attraction, Vegas has something for everyone when it comes to Halloween. We’ve compiled a list of haunted happenings that appeals to Halloween fans far and wide.

The Horror Film Fanatic

If you’re anything like Slipknot lead singer Corey Taylor, who refers to his affinity for scary movies as the “junk food” syndrome, then you won’t want to miss this horror film extravaganza:

Trinity of Terrors
Where: The Palms
When: 4 – 8 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun. Oct. 30 – Nov. 1
Price: $20 for 1-Day Pass; $50 for 3-Day Pass; $275 Silver Bullet Pass (includes VIP admission for three days into the exhibition and film screenings, admission to private VIP celebrity party, complimentary autographs, admission to see Slipknot and more).

Slipknot will play at 8 p.m. at the Palms on Oct. 31. Photo by John McMurtrie

Slipknot will play at 8 p.m. at the Palms on Oct. 31. Photo by John McMurtrie

Trinity of Terrors, presented by Fangoria Entertainment, publisher of the world’s best-selling horror magazine, will feature horror film screenings, an exhibition hall with the latest and greatest in dark entertainment and a special Halloween-night performance by Slipknot.

“We wanted to bring the first horror convention to Las Vegas. We wanted to put together a really great show seeing as that was going to be our last show for the tour cycle. We also wanted to try and incorporate some kind of film festival that would really showcase new horror movies coming out,” said Taylor.

Trinity of Terrors will include appearances from horror film celebrities, signings, vendors, exhibitors, panel discussions with prominent figures in the horror film industry, special FX make-up applications, video gaming, tattooing, collectibles, special VIP parties and more.

Some of the special guests include: Roger Corman (“Death Race 2000,” “The Pit and The Pendulum”), Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange,” Rob Zombie’s “Halloween”), George A. Romero (“Night of the Living Dead,” “Dawn of the Dead”) and more.

Panel discussions and film screenings will be presented in the Brenden Theatres inside the Palms. There will be more than a dozen films screened including Ti West’s “The House of the Devil,” the critically acclaimed documentary “Nightmares in Red, White and Blue” and the world premiere for “Dark House” starring Jeffrey Combs.

“This is something that is dedicated to real fans of the horror genre,” said Taylor. “It isn’t just a gimmick for Halloween’s sake. This is something we hope to do annually for a long time.”

The partier

There is no shortage of parties when it comes to Halloween. These events don’t include costume contests, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see people dressed up. Dance the night away amidst sexy nurses, scary ghouls, vampire vixens and other crazy characters.

Fetish and Fantasy Ball
Where: Hard Rock Hotel
When: 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Oct. 31
Price: $75
Indulge in hedonistic pleasure on the dance floor at Fetish and Fantasy Ball. Go-Go dancers, fire breathers, aerial silk dancers and more have landed this ball on “Maxim” Magazine’s list of events to attend before you die.

Se7en Sexy Sins
Where: Luxor
When: 10 p.m. Oct. 31
Price: $20 and up
Luxor celebrates Halloween with Se7en Sexy Sins, a party featuring specialty Halloween cocktails, Red Bull’s team of DJs and go-go dancers portraying the seven sins with a sexy twist. With drink and admission prices that won’t break the bank, this party is a great option for the budget conscious partier.

43rd annual Beaux Arts Ball
Where: Krave
When: 10:30 p.m. Oct. 30
Price: $20 in advance
Originally a party for Las Vegas Strip headliners, this ball is now open to the public and features performers from Strip shows and costume contests.

Where: Fremont Street
When: Times vary, Oct. 25 – 31
Price: Free
In downtown Vegas you can celebrate Halloween every day of the week with OktoberFrightFest, a street party featuring free live entertainment including a Viva Vision light and sound show themed to “Time Warp” and “Monster Mash” and three Halloween-themed stage shows. Performers include master illusionist Jan Rouven from Germany, musical revue “Frank & The Steins” and “Sexy and Dangerous Mario & Jenny” from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” There will also be Oktoberfest food and drink specials. Dress up and enjoy the festivities.

Veuve Clicquot’s Yelloween
Where: Tao at Venetian and Lavo at Palazzo
When: Oct. 31 at 10 p.m.
Price: Men $40, Women $20 (Tao); Men $30, Women $20 (Lavo)
Party with celebrity guests who play vampires, shape-shifters and other mysterious characters.“Twilight” stars Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz host Halloween night at Tao and “True Blood” stars Rutina Wesley and Sam Trammell host at Lavo.

Studio 54
Where: MGM Grand
When: 10 p.m. Oct. 30
Price: $40 men and women
The night before Halloween stay cool with a performance by Vanilla Ice.

The Thrill Seeker

From the Strip to Fremont Street you can find a wide assortment of haunted attractions for Halloween. They are a great option for families, groups and those who like the thrill of venturing into the unknown and getting scared by horrifying creatures.

Fright Dome
Where: Circus Circus
When: 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 25, 28 – 31
Price: $34.95; Fast Pass Upgrade $15 (Includes express entry into all of the haunted houses)
Note: This event is not recommended for guests under 12 years old
Since Fright Dome opened in 2002, more than 60,000 visitors a year have visited the park for a night of frightening fun. This year Fright Dome teamed up with Lions Gate and Twisted Pictures to create two “SAW”-themed haunted houses. Each features “games” from the “SAW” movies created from scratch by Fright Dome creator Jason Egan and his team of designers and animatronics experts.

“Not only do you get to watch SAW on television and in the movies now you get to experience walking through some of it,” said Egan, who’s been creating haunted houses since he was a kid.

There are three additional haunted houses, 23 rides, freak show performers and scare zones. Even when you’re not in the haunted houses you’re likely to be getting scared. The five-acre theme park is filled with actors dressed as scary clowns and other ghoulish creatures who roam the park waiting to jump out at unsuspecting victims. “It’s a good full night of terror,” said Egan.

Zombie Precinct
Where: New York-New York
When: 6 p.m. to midnight Oct. 25 – 31
Price: $20
The Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York is transforming into the only haunted house located directly on the Las Vegas Strip, a haunted zombie precinct filled with ghoulish creatures. “Legend” has it that inmate No. 13 cursed everyone in the precinct to an eternal life of darkness while he was sitting in the electric chair. Fright seekers will brave a dark maze of grotesque-looking guards and spooky inmates.

Haunted Casino You Bet Your Life
Where: Binion’s
When: 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. Oct. 25, 27 – 31
Price: $15 and up
Note: This event is not recommended for guests under 12 years old.
Located on the second floor of Binion’s casino, this theater-of-the-macabre attraction includes three separate haunts: Club Dead/Casino RoyHell, The Hotel Diablo and The 3-D Toxic Martini Lounge. Each haunt includes state-of-the-art animatronics and live “scare actors.” This is one casino experience where you might lose more than just chips.

chris screamMadame Tussauds After Dark
Where: Venetian
When: 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. Oct. 13 – 17, 20 – 24, 27 -31.
Price: $20; $35 for a combo ticket including general admission to Madame Tussauds during the day and a return visit for After Dark.
Note: This event is not recommended for guests under 12 years old.
If you think walking through a museum filled with more than 100 celebrity wax figures is creepy, then you’re in for a terrorizing treat with Madame Tussauds After Dark. Before entering the museum you’re handed a glow stick and a ghoulish-looking guide directs you to the escalator leading up to the museum and into the dark. Ominous music, fog machines, special lighting effects and live actors posed as wax figures add to the experience.

The Costume Contest Contestant

You’ve worked hard on your costume, and you’re ready to strut your stuff in hopes of cashing in on some of that prize money. Some of this year’s costume contests are themed while others award prizes for best overall costume. Even if you’re not entering, the spectacle is a not-to-be-missed experience.

Christian Audigier The Nightclub
Where: Treasure Island
When: 10 p.m. Oct. 31
Price: $30 for men and $20 for women
Party on the patio overlooking the Strip or break it down on the dance floor at this Halloween rendezvous complete with a $2,500 costume contest. First place will receive $1,250, second $750 and third $500.

Pure Nightclub
Where: Caesars Palace
When: 10 p.m. Oct. 30 & Oct. 31
Price: $30 for men and $20 for women
Friday night is a contest for the sexiest costume with prizes totaling $5,000. First place receives $2,500, second $1,500 and third $1,000. Saturday night is a $10,000 costume contest judged by celebrity guest Nicky Hilton. Best overall costume will get $5,000, second place $3,000 and third $2,000.

LAX Nightclub
Where: Luxor
When: 10 p.m. Oct. 31
Price: $30 for men and $20 for women
Black and reds create a haunted castle-like interior for this $10,000 sexiest costume contest. First place wins $5,000, second $3,000 and third $2,000.

Carnal Carnival at Voodoo Lounge
Where: Rio
When: 7 p.m. Oct. 31
Price: $30; Ladies in costume, free
“The Lost Boys” star Corey Haim hosts this night of goulish good times with dancers in latex body paint, freak show performers, a rock band, DJ Mike Toast and a costume contest with $5,000 in prizes.

3rd Annual Taolloween
Where: Tao Nightclub at Venetian
When: 10 p.m. Oct. 30
Price: $20 for men and women
This year Taolloween will feature a “SAW VI” release party hosted by 944 Magazine, including a $5,000 costume contest and sounds by DJ Reach.

Moon Nightclub
Where: Palms
When: 11 p.m. Oct. 27 & 31
Price: $20 for men and women on Oct. 27; $40 on Oct. 31
On Oct. 27, Moon Nightclub hosts J-ROC-O-Ween featuring a thriller costume contest with $5000 in prizes and nightlife guru JROC. On Oct. 31, the three most out-of-this-world Sci-Fi-costumes will win prizes totaling $13,000.

Rain Nightclub
Where: Palms
When: 11 p.m. Oct. 31
Price: $40. 
Cash and prizes nearing $38,000 will go to the top three funniest, scariest and most shocking costumes. 

Where: Palms
When: 8 p.m. Oct 31
Price: $25
Calling all creatures of the night, this costume contest will award approximately $8,000 to the top three ghostly goblins and ghouls.  

Playboy Club
Where: Palms
When: 11 p.m. Oct. 31
Price: $40
Channel your inner playmate for a Best Playboy-inspired costume contest. About $43,000 will go to the top three sexy-chic Playboy-themed costumes. 

Studio 54
Where: MGM Grand
When: 10 p.m. Oct. 31
Price: $40
Celebrate “Hollyween” at Studio 54 with a costume contest hosted by celebrity guest Holly Madison.

Mingle and Mayhem
Where: Blush at Wynn
When: 9 p.m. Oct. 29
Price: $50 for front-of-the-line admission
Come in costume for a night of wild fun and $5,000 in cash and prizes awarded for best costumes.

The Paranormal Researcher

If you’re looking for something less Halloween-themed and more about documented paranormal activity, then these are must-see attractions. Vegas is known for its lively nightlife, but these tours are devoted to showing people a darker side of Sin City.

Ghost Tours on the Titanic
Where: Luxor
When: 8 p.m. Oct. 25, 29 – 31
Price: $27 adults, $20 children, $25 seniors
Led by Titanic experts, this tour explores some of the strange occurrences that have taken place at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. The exhibition was recently featured on SciFi’s “Ghost Hunters” and has many people wondering if any of the lost passengers ever return to some of the artifacts on display. Guests will learn about the “Lady in Black” often seen on the Grand Staircase, the longest living Titanic survivor who died exactly 80 years after the boat sank and other mysterious coincidences.

Haunted Vegas Tour and Séance
Where: Las Vegas
When: 9:30 p.m. nightly
Price: $66.25
Note: Guests must be 13 years of age or older.
The Haunted Vegas Tour and Séance takes guests to locations throughout the city where there have been recurring ghost sightings, such as the Flamingo pool where the ghost of notorious mobster Bugsy Siegel has been spotted and the Liberace mansion where it’s said that Liberace can still be heard playing one of his pianos. The three-hour experience includes a séance in the Liberace Plaza’s 1930s-style séance room, hosted by prominent Las Vegas medium Victoria Wayne.

Caroline Fontein can be reached at caroline.fontein@vegas.com. Follow Vegas.com on twitter at www.twitter.com/vegascom.


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