In what the internet has deemed a perfect summation of the year 2016, Halloween falls on a Monday this year. Talk about scary! In fact, in most places it’s a total bummer, but if you’re lucky enough to be spending the spookiest time of the year in Las Vegas, your Halloween won’t suffer from a case of the Mondays.
From costume parties and haunted houses to movie nights and nightclubs, there are about a million ways to do Halloween in the desert — even if, like me, you still have Real Life (TM) to tend to on Monday and Tuesday. Check out some of Vegas’ Halloween activities for this weekend.
Night(clubs) of the Living Dead
For 21-and-uppers looking for an adult Halloween experience.
Omnia / Caesars Palace
Omnia’s Rise of the Phantom Halloween Weekend hosts Calvin Harris and Mantoma on Friday, Oct. 28 and Martin Garrix and Vice on Saturday, Oct. 29. If you’re looking for a “next-level” club experience, look no further.
General admission starts at $50 for ladies and $125 for fellas.
Vanity Nightclub / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
The Everything 80’s Video Rockstar Reunion Halloween Costume Contest is going to do to Halloween parties what video did to the radio star. The event’s loquacious name pretty much says it all, but if you’re looking for a little extra incentive: admission starts at $25 for ladies and gents and includes two hours at a Bacardi-hosted bar. The fun kicks off tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 28) at 10 p.m.
Hyde / The Bellagio
Hyde Bellagio boasts not one but two Halloween parties this weekend. The first, Dead Famous, invites guests to hit the club this Friday, Oct. 28, dressed as their favorite dearly departed celebrities. Macabre? Maybe. Fabulous? Definitely. Party number two is Sunday, Oct. 30. Squad Up: The Villains of Nightlife is inspired by the summer blockbuster “Suicide Squad,” and it’s all about unleashing your inner super villain.
Both parties start at $25.55 for ladies and $38.14 for gents.
Fun for the Whole Family
For mummies, daddies, and all their little monsters.
Halloweekend / Container Park
From tonight ’til October 31, Downtown Las Vegas’ Container Park is hosting a smorgasbord of Halloween events. In addition to the usual shopping and dining, there will be live music, food and drink specials, arts and crafts, good old-fashioned costume contests, and a pajama party! I’m so there, it’s unreal.
Check out the complete schedule of events:
👻 lululemon Halloween Zumba Party (6-8 p.m.)
🎃 Mini-pumpkin decorating for the first 100 kids! (2-4 p.m.)
👻 Halloween Pajama Party w/ scary bedtime stories (4-6 p.m.)
👻 Costume Contest (6 p.m.)
🎬 Movie on the lawn: Beetlejuice (9 p.m.)
🍭 Candy Walk (5 p.m.)
👻 Costume Contest (6 p.m.)
🎬 Movie on the lawn: Hocus Pocus (7 p.m.)
Haunted Harvest / Springs Preserve
The award-winning gardens at Springs Preserve take on a supernatural quality this time of year. Mischievous Halloween spirits take over the park and leave trick or treat stations, carnival games, petting zoo creatures, crafts, and live entertainment in their wake. Admission is $8 per person for all guests two and older, and the fun runs from 5-9 p.m.
There is also a traditional hay bale maze and a haunted train you can ride for $5 extra. It’s a special way to experience the prettily decorated paths of the Preserve.
Note: While costumes are welcome at the Haunted Harvest, adults are not allowed to wear masks.
The LINQ Promenade Halloween Party / The LINQ
On Oct. 27-28 (tonight and tomorrow!), you can take your kids “TRIQ or treating” at the LINQ Promenade. The outdoor shopping and dining district will host family friendly music courtesy of DJ Miguel; complimentary face painters; and spooky zombie stilt walkers to pass out candy. Your kids are terrified of mile-high zombies? No worries. All of the retailers and restaurants are also passing out candy.
Festivities run from 6-10 p.m., so you’ll have plenty of time to trick or treat, catch the LED drum line, and even ride the High Roller. In honor of Halloween, kids 12 and under ride for free!
Haunted Houses & More
For courageous scare-seekers.
Fright Dome / Circus Circus
Five acres of fright! The Fright Dome has become a staple of Las Vegas Halloweens, known for its variety of disturbing displays. From Oct. 1-31, it contains not one, not two, but six haunted houses, and four “scare zones.” Creepy themes range from Insanitarium to Doll House to Killer Clowns.
You can still enjoy the regular Adventure Dome during the day, but things take a turn for the scary every night from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Admission ranges from $36.95-99.95.
Zombie Escape / The LINQ
Zombie Escape invites the brave of heart to step into a horrifying alternate reality overrun with the undead. The Hollywood studio designed “containment facility” features terrifying sights of realistic horror and surprise zombie attacks around every corner. Will you make it out alive, or will you join the hordes of the undead? There’s only one way to find out.
General admission starts at $20 per person.
Freakling Bros. Horrow Shows Presents The Trilogy of Terror
Rated the fourth-best haunted house in the world by TopHaunts.com, theTrilogy of Terror is definitely not for the faint of heart. You will undoubtedly scream yourself hoarse in any of their three shows, which range in theme from witches and black magic in Coven of 13, bloodsucking creatures in Castle Vampyre, and eternal damnation in Gates of Hell.
The last of these, Gates of Hell, is the only R-rated haunted attraction in the state of Nevada. Due to its highly graphic and interactive nature, we recommend it only to the most seasoned scare-seekers. If you do go, be prepared for sensory overload that includes everything from vicious name-calling to physical pushing and shoving. (Name-calling might sound a little juvenile, but believe me: we aren’t talking smack-talk on the playground, here.)
General admission starts at $14 and includes entrance to one haunted house, but there is a “Freak Pass” available for $35 that will get you into all three.
Know of another great party or haunted house? Let us know in the comments. We want to hear all about it!