Get Into the SPIRITS of Halloween with Madame Fabulous!
Good evening…I am your host, Madame Fabulous, and I am here to show you how to have a SCARY good time in Las Vegas this BOOtiful Halloween season! Join me on a journey through the spirit realm and witness both the magical and the macabre, from the playfully spooky to the positively frightful, with these Halloween events and attractions. I know all you guys and ghouls will have a spooktacular time, bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!!! I will see you on Samhain, my pets! XOXO
DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS
For the first time in nearly a decade, visionary director Tim Burton is staging an exhibition of his original fine art in the United States, and he’s doing it at the Neon Museum. This exhibition opened just in time for Halloween—because what would Halloween even BE without Tim Burton classics like Beetlejuice and Nightmare Before Christmas???—and remains open until February 15, 2020.
If seeing Tim Burton’s artwork isn’t quite enough to scratch your Beetlejuice itch, then you can also hear music from the movie performed live by the Las Vegas Philharmonic, as well as many other works from composer Danny Elfman (many of them also from Tim Burton movies, including Edward Scissorhands and Nightmare Before Christmas) on Saturday, November 2 at the Smith Center.
Fremont Street’s annual Rock of Horror extravaganza includes special Halloween shows on the world’s biggest video screen—the Viva Vision LED canopy, as well as roaming entertainers in costume, nightly live performances by costumed bands and aerialists on all three stages, and a costume contest on Halloween night.
On Halloween night, head to the Underground, the basement speakeasy of the Mob Museum, for live music by Lady and the Vamp, $10 drink specials all night, tarot card and crystal ball readings, and a costume contest. Entry is free with the password “Heebie Jeebies!”
It’s not a haunted house: it’s HORRORWOOD Video! The brilliant folks at the Majestic Repertory Theatre in the Downtown Arts District are once again staging their successful interactive Halloween experience, where visitors are sucked into three different retro horror movies by a creepy clerk with access to a vortex. Check the website for available dates!
Zac Bagan’s Haunted Museum is a legitimately scary attraction that is open year-round, but during this time of year it is all the spookier! On weekends through November 2, the museum—located in a historic old mansion in Downtown Las Vegas that is said to be haunted itself—is holding the “Carnival of Souls,” a macabre circus set up in the parking lot to further entertain (and creep out) guests. Killer clowns, anyone?
From October 25-31, the LINQ Promenade is throwing a witchin’ block party with “Witching Hour” stage shows every hour from 8-11 p.m. nightly, an all-ages “TRIQ or TREAT” on Saturday from 3-7 p.m. with over 40 candy stops, and a bonus Day of the Dead Art BLOQ noon-11 p.m. on November 1.
From October 25-27, the Shark Reef Aquarium inside Mandalay Bay will transform into the Hallow Reef, a spooky shipwreck where kids 12 and under in costume receive complimentary admission on Friday and discounted admission Saturday and Sunday, with trick-or-treating all three days.
Club 101 inside the Sahara will host the annual ’80s and ’90s Halloween party “Thriller” on Friday, October 25 starting at 8 p.m. Wear your best ’80s and ’90s attire and dance to the biggest hits of these decades! The best part is, there is no cover charge, and bottle service is only $101 (absurdly cheap by Strip standards).
OFF THE STRIP
Every year, local charity Opportunity Village presents the HallOVeen Magical Forest in the parking lot of the CSN Charleston Campus, a spooky enchanted forest with family-friendly fun for all ages, including rides, entertainment, carnival food and games, treat-or-treat stations, carved pumpkin displays, and, of course, the fully decorated magical forest!
The Evil Dead are live in Las Vegas at The Space! Taking elements from the original Evil Dead movies and their slapstick sequel, Army of Darkness, Evil Dead the Musical 4D is a wacky musical journey following the adventures of Ash and the armies of the undead with lots—and, I mean, LOTS—of blood and gore. If you want to know what the “4D” part of this show is all about, sit in the first few rows and wear clothes you don’t care about.
Every Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. through the month of October, Downtown Summerlin presents the Halloween-themed “Parade of Mischief,” a free, family-friendly parade with a cast of more than 30 local kids dressed as zombies, ghosts, witches, and more! And on Halloween night from 5-7 p.m., families can trick-or-treat during the “Treat Street” event with screenings of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and a Howl-O-Ween doggo costume contest benefitting the Animal Foundation.
For anyone who has ever wanted to hang out in a Halloween-themed bar with Halloween-themed cocktails, Halloween-themed live entertainment, and Halloween-themed selfie sets, there is the fabulous SCARE at Town Square pop-up! Open daily through November 10, SCARE is full of all sorts of tricks and treats for a whole new kind of grown-up Halloween experience.
The Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror is a nationally-renowned trilogy of haunted houses. The two houses that are for ages 13 and over are classic haunts will some exceptional set pieces and scares, but it is the third attraction that gets all the attention—the R-rated Gates of Hell, where actors can touch you, scream at you, shock you (literally), and the scares are maybe just a little TOO real for some.
The infamous Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball returns on Saturday, October 26 for its final year at the Hard Rock Hotel—by this time next year, the property will be fully re-branded as Virgin Hotels Las Vegas—and it is one of the top Halloween bashes in Las Vegas! (And in the world, according to some.) With non-stop entertainment performing on multiple stages in different rooms throughout the venue all night long, as well as elements that certainly play up both the “fetish” and “fantasy” aspects of the party, Fetish & Fantasy continues to be one of the most storied and sought-after Halloween parties in the country, bringing in 5,000 costumed revelers every year.
This year-round show at Planet Hollywood is a vaudeville variety show/strip tease with a zombie theme, so what better time of the year than now to catch these lovely undead ladies live than now?