School children in Las Vegas grow up believing that Halloween in an official holiday because Nevada shares its official day of statehood with the October 31 celebration–but kids don’t care about “Nevada Day.” They just know that they get Halloween off. Considering how popular Halloween is in Las Vegas, this is an appropriate coincidence. The combination of costumes, elaborate decorations, and treats (candy for kids, alcohol-infused for adults), seems almost custom-made for Las Vegas.
If you’re planning on coming to Las Vegas for Halloween, you’ll find parties at most clubs and bars. Check ahead at any club you plan on visiting to find out particulars about things like guest celebrities, themes, and cover charges. Most clubs have yet to announce their official plans, but expect costume parties, special DJs, and live music.
Some other things planned for this year’s Vegas Halloween:
Fright Dome at the Circus-Circus: For 11 months of the year, the AdventureDome is a small, mild-mannered (tame, really) theme park. From October 1-31, it transforms into the Fright Dome, filled with fog, scary character actors, and loads of screaming people. This year the park will theme two of its five haunted houses after the horror movie “Halloween.” Fright Dome isn’t appropriate for kids under 12. Hours are 7 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $36.95. Expect crowds, especially on weekends.
Madame Tussauds After Dark: As if wax figures alone aren’t kind of creepy at any time of year, Madame Tussauds at the Venetian turns out the lights every evening for a week before Halloween. They’ve also added a scary attraction, “Scream,” which lets visitors pretend they’ve been trapped in a maximum security prison with some seriously disturbed inmates. The paranormal investigators from the show “Ghost Adventurers” spent the night here back in February and said they had a very interesting experience. Ticket prices for After Dark in Las Vegas haven’t been announced yet.
Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball at South Point: This massive, adults-only party is at the South Point Hotel Casino on October 29. Revealing costumes are not only allowed, but encouraged, as long as outright nudity is avoided (however narrowly). Live music, lots of drinks, and no kids at this event. Check the website for ticket information.
Other Las Vegas Halloween events that are planned, but haven’t yet released all their information, include the Zombie Precinct at Fremont East (renamed Screamont East for the event), haunted tours at the Luxor’s Titanic exhibit, the Haunted Reef at the Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef on October 29 (this an annual event quite appropriate for kids and even includes candy), and Binion’s Haunted Casino.
Photo courtesy of Kevin Galens