Vegas Values: Freaky Festivities

Las Vegas puts on quite the show for New Year’s Eve, the only other holiday that draws such a crowd is Halloween. There are spooky sights, trick-or-treats, parties and plenty of fun in the streets. Costumes range from clever to creative to downright flirtatious. Visitors and casino workers, such as dealers and cocktail waitresses all participate. Not yet sure how to celebrate this year? Here are a few suggestions for a spooky holiday.

A Blackjack dealer celebrates Halloween
Photo by Kellee Kunovic

The Fright Dome at Circus Circus has been a long-time favorite. This haunted theme park features five haunted houses, multiple scare zones and amusement rides. For the second year in a row Fright Dome has partnered with Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures to create horror-movie-themed haunted houses inspired by SAW and My Bloody Valentine. In addition to the haunted houses there are two scare zones, Zombie Apocalypse and Clown Evil Alley. For those unfamiliar, the scare zones are areas filled with haunted props and scary creatures roam to surprise passerbys. Fright Dome operates 7pm-midnight through Oct. 31; admission is priced from $34.95. Circus Circus also has a rare 13th floor, some consider it bad luck. They’re exploiting the superstition by offering a tour that features 13 rooms with frightening scenes including a séance room, a bellman-gone-bad room and a crazy catering room. Admission is $13 and operates 2pm-10pm through Oct. 31.

The month long Oktoberfest FrightFest continues on Fremont Street through Halloween. Festivities include Viva Vision light shows themed to “Time Warp” and “Monster Mash”. Plus, a haunted house attraction inside Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel 7pm to midnight through Oct. 31 and free live entertainment at three Halloween-themed stage shows:
Freakin’ Magic, Horror Hospital stars Kevin James from “America’s Got Talent” fame, his illusions leave audiences shocked and mystified. James performs at 8:15 and 10:15pm on the 3rd Street Stage.
Frank & The Steins perform classic Halloween songs 8:15, 9:15 and 10:15pm on the 1st Street Stage.
Alice and Ozzy’s Frightmare is a rock and shock band that pays tribute to Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne. Performing at 9:15, 10:15 and 11:15pm on the Main Street Stage.

Downtown will also host an inaugural Las Vegas Halloween Parade on Oct. 31 at 7pm. Participation is free, but costumes are required. Participates should meet at 6pm to line up at the corner of Hoover Avenue and 4th Street (one block North of East Charleston Blvd and one block West of Las Vegas Blvd). The parade will make its way north from the corner of Hoover Avenue and 4th Street to Ogden Street. Join in or bring the kids for a witching good time.

Fremont Street is hosting spooktacular events
Photo by Kellee Kunovic

Little ghouls and goblins will also enjoy The Haunted Reef at Mandalay Bay Oct. 30 from 10am to 10pm. The Shark Reef will undergo an eerie transformation. Spooky sounds like rattling chains, creaky doors and mysterious music will startle visitors as they make their way through the dark tunnels of the aquarium. Children 12 and under, dressed in costume receive complimentary access and sweet treats.

More fun includes the Haunted Harvest at Springs Preserve. It is family-friendly and features a haunted maze, trick-or-treat stations, carnival games, live entertainment and more. The Haunted Harvest festival is open 5pm–9pm. Adult admission is $8, children 5 –12 are $4, and those under 4 are free.

Those that are older and not faint of heart should check out area haunted houses such as Monster Mayhem, and Trilogy of Terror for terrifying good time. And those looking to be a bit naughty don’t forget the Fetish and Fantasy Ball or any of the other parties offering contests and potions. Click here for a listing.

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