The dreaded Escape Room concept has finally come to the Strip. Debuting just in time for Halloween and scheduled to run well into 2019, Zoe is an immersive bone-chilling experience by Escaped Vegas in which small groups solve riddles to move forward in a series of haunted rooms. The whole thing runs about 45 minutes and is scary enough to be limited to ages 16 and over. Prepare to be completely freaked out by a few surprises along the way.
Cost: $45 before 8pm, $55 after 8pm
Gilley's Saloon is hosting a costume contest on Halloween night at 9 p.m. First place gets $500 prize, second gets $250, and third gets $100. If you don't take home any cash, drown your sorrows and save a few bucks with specials on Tito's Vodka, Jack Daniels, and El Jimador. Scotty Alexander will play live and it may be worth it just to see people in Halloween costumes line dance. Sorry, no masks allowed for this one. (You know, casino security stuff.)
Cost: Free admission
Venture off the beaten path of Fremont Street and head to the Gold Spike, a small boutique hotel with a killer clubhouse vibe. The entire lobby and backyard will host Fright Spike IV with DJ Freddie B and what could be the biggest costume contest in the Downtown area. A total of $7,000 in cash and prizes will be handed out to winners in the categories of Best Overall, Scariest, Best Couple, and Sexiest Female.
Cost: Entry is free before 10pm
Off the Strip
Former Playboy Playmate of the Year and Strip headliner Claire Sinclair is hosting a Halloween night party at Sapphire Gentlemen's Club, beginning at 10 p.m. She's already picked out her costume -- Elvira, Mistress of the Dark -- and so have the evening's entertainers. So, expect a few naughty nurses and police officers to take the stage in outfits designed for quick removal. Groups of six or more get a free bottle, which is better than any candy you might receive trick-or-treating.
Cost: $50 package deal includes cover, two drinks, and round-trip Tesla or limo service