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The Best Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Las Vegas

Halloween in Las Vegas isn't quite the same without Fright Dome or Bonnie Screams around anymore. But, don’t worry, Sin City is still a spooky place that's full of scary things -- like resort fees, paid parking, and getting charged for storing your insulin in the “refreshment center.” So pick out your favorite Avenger costume and make the most of Halloween this year. There's plenty of fun parties and events all over the valley leading up to October 31.

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Cabo Wabo Cantina
Cabo Wabo Cantina

Sip on cocktails made with haunted spirits

Tuesday, October 1 - Thursday, October 31
Multiple locations
Some of your favorite bars and restaurants will be showing their creativity all month long with holiday-themed cocktails. Tom's Urban at New York-New York has the Eye Candy combo of Bombay Sapphire, St. Germain, and yuzu poured over a cloud of cotton candy. The Hangover Bar at Madame Tussauds (in the Vegas-centric exhibit dedicated to The Hangover movie series) has a Black Magic Margarita with a creepy candy eyeball to go along with a salt or sugar rim as garnish. Prime Rib Loft at the Orleans is serving Red Rum (a combination of Bacardi O, Cointreau, and pineapple juice with a splash of "bloody" raspberry puree) from October 27-31. Last but not least, Cabo Wabo Cantina at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood could be having the most fun with Once Bitten -- a cocktail of Bacardi Cuatro, St. Germain, ginger beer, lime, and a swirl of blood orange puree served in a take-home, skull-shaped glass. 
Cost: $5-$15.50

Get scared at Town Square

Wednesday, October 2 - Sunday, November 10
Town Square 
Scare at Town Square is a two-story, pop-up experience at the outdoor shopping district. Costumed performers encourage guests to face their fears, whether it's killer clowns, bugs, or an alien abduction. Grab drinks at the regular bar upstairs or a secret speakeasy downstairs. (And who doesn't love a good speakeasy in Las Vegas.) The attraction opens at 7pm daily and promises to keep visitors busy with a haunted maze, escape room, and themed stations for snapping the perfect photo.
Cost: General admission begins at $30

Hotel Fear
Hotel Fear

Feel the fright twice in one night

Thursday, October 3 - Thursday, October 31 (select dates)
Meadows Mall
One of the longest running haunted traditions in Las Vegas is back for "21 years of fear" at Meadows Mall. You've got two different attractions to choose from -- "Asylum" (inspired by an old mental health institution) or "Hotel Fear" (modeled after a spooky hotel). Maximize the terror and experience both at a discount. 
Cost: Tickets begin at $17

Downtown Summerlin
Downtown Summerlin

Get into some "mischief" at Downtown Summerlin

Friday, October 4 - Thursday, October 31 (select dates)
Summerlin
Spirit Halloween is throwing a Parade of Mischief every Friday and Saturday night in October at Downtown Summerlin. Come watch costumed performers ride floats down Park Centre Drive, beginning at 7pm. On Halloween night, the retail plaza transforms into Treat Street, where families can dress up and trick-or-treat at various shops from 5-7pm. Bring your dog along for a "Howl-O-Ween" costume contest at Macy's Promenade at 8pm. Outdoor screenings of It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown! will run continuously for two hours beginning at 5pm as part of Metro Police's Spooky Block Party. 
Cost: Free to attend (registration for "Howl-O-Ween" dog costume contest begins at $20 to benefit the Animal Foundation

Freak out with an R-rated haunted house

Friday, October 4 - Thursday, October 31 (select dates)
West Valley
Get spooked three times in one night. Freakling Bros’ Trilogy of Terror is three different haunted attractions in one place: Castle Vampyre, Coven of 13, and Gates of Hell, which is R-rated and definitely geared toward adults who can handle the intensity. Trilogy of Terror has been around for 27 seasons, making it one of the biggest Halloween hits in Vegas. Keep in mind -- it's the final year for Castle Vampyre, which will be replaced by a new concept in 2020. So check it out while you still can. 
Cost: Castle Vampyre and Coven of 13 are $15, Gates of Hell is $17, all three can be done for $40

Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street Experience

Rock out all month long at the Fremont Street Experience

Tuesday, October 8 - Thursday, October 31 
Downtown
The Fremont Street Experience hosts a nightly "Rock of Horror" celebration, featuring costumed house band Alter Igor on the 1st Street Stage, the Wicked Dreams stage production on the 3rd Street Stage, and an assortment of pop-up mobs and attractions. On October 31, a costume contest will offer prizes of $250, $500, and $1000. 
Cost: Free to attend 

Take the plunge at HallOVeen

Friday, October 11 - Thursday, October 31 (select dates)
West Valley
The Magical Forest at Opportunity Village once again transforms into HallOVeen for much of October. Lights, decorations, and jack-o'-lanterns will illuminate the park while guests stay busy with a train, carousel, giant slide, mini-escape rooms, and a motion-simulated coffin ride that reveals what it's like to be buried alive. In a potentially terrifying twist, this year couples can renew their vows or get married in spooky style on Halloween night. Space is limited so email in advance to make a reservation. Gates open each night at 5:30pm.   
Cost: Tickets begin at $15 (Weddings begin at $300, vow renewals begin at $50)

Enjoy a big-top spectacle in Cornerstone Park

Friday, October 18 - Sunday, October 27 (select dates)
Henderson
Mr. Bizarro's Big Top Boo Bash is a rare opportunity to see acts common on the Strip -- acrobats, aerialists, comic performers -- out in the suburbs in Henderson. The production unfolds under a circus tent in Cornerstone Park during the two weekends leading up to Halloween. Audience members in costume receive priority seating. 
Cost: $15

The Hunger Games: The Exhibition
The Hunger Games: The Exhibition

Save money at the Hunger Games interactive exhibit

Friday, October 18 - Sunday, November 3
MGM Grand
The Hunger Games: The Exhibition -- which is actually a pretty cool thing to check out here in Vegas -- is offering an impressive Halloween season discount. Locals get in for just $10 in a walk-up deal. Out-of-towners get a rate of $20 for adults and $15 for kids. (Use "holiday" as your online discount code.) In a very non-Vegas move, the service fees are included. The exhibit will keep any fan of The Hunger Games happy. It includes costumes, set pieces, and scene recreations from the sci-fi movie series. You can also test your bow-and-arrow skills.
Cost: $10 for locals (otherwise $20 for adults and $15 for kids)

Go on trial with a taste of Salem, Massachusetts

Thursday, October 24
Downtown Grand
Scott Commings's Culinary Road Trip series showcases the food of a different city with each edition. This time around, the chef is taking a trip to Salem, Massachusetts -- famous for the witch trials of 1692. The menu includes seasonal New England favorites like lobster pie, stuffed baked haddock, pumpkin sage gnocchi, and more. All four courses come with a cocktail or wine pairing, including an apple cider mimosa and a “fire and brimstone” concoction.  
Cost: $65 per person

Set sail on the lake during Halloweek

Thursday, October 24 - Thursday, October 31
Lake Las Vegas 
Get spooked with a "Halloweek" series of events by the water at Lake Las Vegas. A Creepy Clown Carnival runs from 2-7pm (October 24-27) with food, games, prizes, and clown performers who would give that guy from It a serious run for his money. A Pirate Ship Haunted Experience runs from 7-8:30pm (October 24-25) with a cruise, costume contest, games, and performers on board La Contessa. A two-hour Shipwrecked Halloween Party Cruise on October 31 leaves the dock at 7pm. It's limited to adults 21 and over with drink specials, appetizers, music, dancing, and prizes for the best costumes. 
Cost: Creepy Clown Carnival free to attend, Pirate Ship Haunted Experience is $25, and Shipwrecked Halloween Party Cruise is $50

Travel back in time at the Sahara

Friday, October 25
The Sahara
Now that the SLS has gone back to the future by reclaiming the Sahara name, it's time to dig out your Marty McFly costume and see what's new at the resort. Club 101 is throwing an "Everything '80s Halloween Party" with DJ Sean Essex playing your favorite retro hits from the Reagan era. We have a feeling someone is gonna bust out the Thriller dance. Here's a treat -- bottle service is just $101 -- almost free by Strip standards. 
Cost: Free admission

The LINQ
The LINQ

Celebrate Halloween all week long at The LINQ

Friday, October 25 - Thursday, October 31
The LINQ
The LINQ outdoor promenade is going all out for Halloween with holiday-themed performances on the Fountain Stage on the hour from 8-11pm. On October 26, guests are invited to collect candy from more than 40 shops for "Triq or Treat" fro, 3-7pm (while the High Roller wheel lights up in Halloween colors). A Day of the Dead celebration will showcase Latin music at the Fountain Stage from 8-11pm.
Cost: Free to attend 

Get your freak on at the Bunkhouse Saloon

Saturday, October 26
Downtown
A new Halloween party called "Freak the Beat" is making its debut at the Bunkhouse Saloon. The event honors the Day of the Dead, runs from 4pm-1am, and carries over outdoors with food trucks and a silent disco. We're especially interested in the beer garden and Casamigos speakeasy. Dress your best. A costume contest will hand out $3,000 in prizes. 
Cost: Tickets begin at $30

Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball
Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball

Spice things up with your favorite fetish

October 27
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
It's safe to say the Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball is one of the sauciest events of the season. The late-night bash gets underway at 10pm inside the Hard Rock and runs all night long until 4am. Risque costumes are borderline mandatory, but use your best judgment on what crosses the line and what doesn't. (Hint: no nudity.) You may even find a nice accessory at the x-rated lifestyle expo that will be part of the bash.   
Cost: Tickets start at $89

Sin City Halloween
Sin City Halloween

Attend a Downtown parade and celebrate horror-movie culture

Saturday, October 26
Downtown
A Sin City Halloween Parade and block party runs from 5-11pm in the Fremont East district of Downtown. Expect decorated cars, costumed performers, vendors, and special guests -- including two different actors who played Michael Myers in the Halloween movies. A celebration of Godzilla begins at 6pm at the El Cortez Hotel & Casino and a T-Rex Race runs 8-11pm. 
Cost: Free to attend

KAOS Nightclub & Dayclub
KAOS Nightclub & Dayclub

Hit the clubs for Halloween parties all week long

Monday, October 28 - Thursday, October 31
The Strip
The best nightclubs in Vegas have a few excuses to dress up in costume and stay up late all night long. Jewel at Aria has a killer clown theme in honor of It Chapter 2 on October 28 with Desiigner. Marquee at the Cosmopolitan hosts a "Seven Deadly Sins" party with a $7,777 costume contest and music by Sam Feldt. The 22,000-pound chandelier at Omnia inside Caesars Palace doubles as a spaceship for a science fiction-inspired "Armies of the Night" party with Steve Aoki on October 29. Tory Lanez will perform at 1OAK inside the Mirage on October 30 for an industry-night Halloween bash with open bar 10:30pm-12:30am. Tao at the Venetian has a $5,000 costume contest and music by Mustard on Halloween night. Calvin Harris headlines a Halloween celebration at Hakkasan inside the MGM Grand. And Cardi B helps KAOSdebut its new climate-controlled pool deck at the Palms with a "Demon Dome" party also on October 31.
Cost: Tickets begin at $20 ($30 for Calvin Harris and $60 for Cardi B)

Black Tap Burgers & Beer
Black Tap Burgers & Beer

Overdose on candy corn with a Halloween milkshake

Wednesday, October 30 - Sunday, November 3
The Venetian
If you need an excuse to check out the newly renovated patio at Black Tap Burgers & Beer, stop by on Halloween weekend and order the new Halloween CrazyShake. The over-the-top dessert combines vanilla ice cream with a heaping pile of candy corn, a chocolate cupcake spider web, orange rock candy, twisty pops, whipped cream, orange sprinkles, and a chocolate drizzle. You may need to bring a buddy to help finish this off.   
Cost: $17

Party at the Pool for Halloween

Thursday, October 31
The LINQ
It's getting pretty cold out there, but dayclub season isn't over just yet. The main pool will be heated to 85 degrees for a Halloween bash at the Influence pool party at The LINQ hotel. It's open to adults only and includes Halloween-themed cocktails for $10 and draft beer for $5. Wear a costume and receive a free shot. The smaller back pool will be warmed up Jacuzzi-style as well. 
Cost: Free admission

Get paid to wear your costume at Stripburger

Thursday, October 31
The Strip
Stripburger & Chicken at Fashion Show Mall has a Halloween deal that's hard to refuse. DIne anytime while in costume between 11am and midnight on October 31 and receive a $25 gift card for a future visit. 
Cost: Prices vary per dish

Mob Museum
Mob Museum | Chris Wessling

Journey to the Roaring '20s at the Mob Museum

Thursday, October 31
Downtown
The Underground at the Mob Museum is throwing a Prohibition-style Halloween party from 5pm-midnight. So expect mobster and flapper outfits to dominate the prizes for best costume. Guests will also enjoy live entertainment, $10 drink specials, and tarot card readings. 
Cost: Free admission with password ("Heebie-Jeebies")

 

The Strat
The Strat

Get your thrills at the top of the Strat

Thursday, October 31
The Strat
The Strat is hosting an adults-only Halloween party at the resorts recently renovated SkyPod observation deck. The price of admission for "ScarePod" includes an open bar, food bites, live entertainment, and unlimited turns on the thrill rides that sit atop the 1,149-foot-tall tower. Those could be the scariest thing you experience anywhere for Halloween. Wear your best costume for a chance to win a prize. The fun gets underway at 9pm. 
Cost: $99 

Spend Halloween with Marilyn Manson

Thursday, October 31
The Palms
Marilyn Manson arrives in Vegas for a Halloween night show at the Pearl Theater inside the Palms. The man behind alt-rock classics like "The Dope Show" hasn't released a new album in two years, which may explain why recent setlists lean heavily on his mid-'90s material. Is the singer still provocative or actually starting to settle in as a classic rock act? Either way, the show should be heavy on makeup and special effects. In other words, it's perfect for Halloween. 
Cost: Tickets begin at $59.95

Gilley's Saloon
Gilley's Saloon

Boot scoot to a kickin' country Halloween at Gilley's

Thursday, October 31
Treasure Island 
Gilley's Saloon is hosting a costume contest on Halloween night at 9pm. First place gets a $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. Dez Hoston 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

Win cash prizes during a Halloween party at Golden Tiki

Thursday, October 31
Chinatown
The Golden Tiki is giving away more than $1,300 in cash and prizes during its annual Halloween costume contest. The bar is open 24 hours, so even if you miss the giveaways, it's still a great after-hours spot if you want Halloween to continue until the early morning. 
Cost: Free admission

Trick-or-treat at the Lion Habitat Ranch

Thursday, October 31 - Saturday, November 2
Henderson
The Lion Habitat Ranch will have "Boo at the Zoo" trick-or-treat stations for visitors 14 and under. Costumes are encouraged for youngsters -- just don't wear anything that covers the eyes and please bring your own bags. The ranch is home to a number of lions who were formerly part of stage productions on the Strip. They'll receive some holiday-themed treats over the weekend as well. 
Cost: Admission is $20 for locals otherwise it's $25 for adults, which includes one free admission for a child 14 and under (kids 4 and under are always free)

Party on the Strip for Halloween weekend

Thursday, October 31 - Sunday, November 3
Caesars Palace and Harrah's
Caesars Entertainment has a couple of big parties running all weekend long. The Spanish Steps in front of Caesars Palace will have games, beer pong, drink specials, and a DJ. Across the street at Harrah's, Carnaval Court will be in full holiday-mode with drink specials, party favors, and games. Both locations will have a costume contest on October 31 -- starting at 10pm at Caesars and 11pm at Carnaval Court (so do a double-shot and compete in both).  
Cost: Free to attend

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Rob Kachelriess has been writing about Las Vegas for Thrillist for more than six years. His work has also appeared in Travel + Leisure, Leafly, Supercall, Modern Luxury, and Luxury Estates International's seasonal publication. He's not dressing up this year. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelries.