How to Have a FaBOOlous Halloween in Las Vegas This Year
It may not be the kind of Halloween revelry that we’re used to here in Las Vegas, but there is still plenty of faBOOlous fun to be had in fabulous Las Vegas this Halloween season! From drive-through haunted houses to socially distanced costume contests and haunted yacht rides, get your ghoulish fill this Halloween – it IS a full moon after all, and the spirits still want to come out and play!
This year, the Downtown Las Vegas independent theatre company the Majestic Repertory Theatre has translated their annual “Horrorwood Video” immersive Halloween horror-movie-themed theatrical experience to a socially distanced drive-through experience, “Horrorwood Video: Highway to Hell.” Leon, the creepy manager of Horrorwood Video, has a whole new batch of cursed VHS tapes that PULL you right into the story, and you never have to leave your car! Shows are happening through Halloween night but hurry, tickets are selling fast!
The Sand Dollar Lounge on Spring Mountain Rd. has transformed into an immersive Halloween pop-up bar featuring Halloween-themed cocktails, pizza specials, spooky music, and creepy décor covering every nook and cranny. There are costume theme nights, including the “Intergalactic” theme on October 29. The “Nightmare” is open October 12-31, 6 p.m. – 4 a.m. and reservations can be made through OpenTable.com.
From the folks behind the Fright Dome at Circus Circus and the Official SAW Escape Room comes Fright Ride, Las Vegas’s largest immersive, socially distanced haunted attraction. Guests will be “transported” into a 75,000-square-foot top-secret research lab on “research transport vehicles” (golf carts) for a drive-through haunted experience.
“Trapped” is another haunted drive-through experience held in the parking lot of The Industrial Event Space (just down the street from Fright Ride if you want to make a double-header of it). Participants stay inside their cars the whole time, tuning into a special FM radio broadcast and interacting with characters outside the cars. The actual drive-in portion features some cinematic effects for a fully immersive experience in a post-apocalyptic narrative.
For a whole different kind of Halloween fun, hop aboard a two-story, 80-foot yacht with Lake Las Vegas WaterSports for a 90-minute “Haunted Cruise” with a DJ, spooky cocktails, and plenty of ‘grammable opportunities! Tickets start at $24.95 but hurry; only a few timeslots remain!
Halloween takes over TAO Las Vegas inside TAO Lounge for Halloween weekend. Friday and Saturday nights get ready to revel in geisha inspired surroundings while imbibing on spooky specials. Bottle service and a DJ complete each night.
For a limited time only, the most serious of ghost-hunters can get unprecedented access to the famous Ghost Adventures star’s collection of world-famous cursed and haunted paraphernalia with the exclusive Late-Night Flashlight Ghost Tour Experience. At $199 per person, the ticket price is steep, but with only 20 people allowed inside the Museum at a time, each participant gets free reign for a full 90 minutes (and you also get to keep the engraved flashlight).
Gamers and Mario Kart lovers, this is an event for you: On Halloween night, the HyperX Esports Arena will host a special edition of Saturday “Fright” Speedway featuring a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournament and costume contest starting at 5:30 p.m. Dress like your favorite Mario Kart character (or anything else) and take home a piece of the $500 contest, including $300 for first place. Racers can register in the tournament for $10 and compete to advance through four stages – qualifiers, last chance battle, semifinals, and grand final. A $700 prize pool will be split between all racers who qualify for the grand final.
The newly opened immersive entertainment megaplex AREA 15 will celebrate its first Halloween with two nights of festivities – ScAREA 15 on Friday, October 30, and Future Carnival on Saturday, October 31. On Friday there will be door prizes, costume contests, outdoor carnival games ghostly performances, music, and plenty of food and drink. On Saturday, don your best intergalactic attire and enjoy performances from acrobats, stilt walkers, and fortunetellers, as well as candy shoots, costume contests with cash prizes, and outdoor carnival games. Admission starts at $5 but make your reservations now; this WILL sell out!
Tim Burton’s Lost Vegas exhibit may no longer be featured at the Neon Museum, a sprawling collection of old Vegas neon signs and one of the top things to see in Las Vegas, but four pieces are now part of the Museum’s permanent collection, including the flashing “Betelgeuse” sign from Burton’s modern spooky classic, Beetlejuice. Halloween is a perfect time of year for Burton fans to pay homage at this uniquely Las Vegas outdoor museum experience!
The International Live Events Association Las Vegas Chapter presents a free, in-person, outdoor event on Tuesday, October 17 at 4:30 p.m. at Exploration Peak Park. Social distancing and masks are required; costumes aren’t required by are highly encouraged!
Part escape room, part haunted house, The Basement is the world-famous, number-one-rated, escape room featuring live actors located right here in Las Vegas! Right now, rooms are completely private, and through October 2020 all bookings receive a 15 percent discount.
Have some batty family fun at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum! The Museum has extended its summer traveling exhibit, In the Dark, until November 15th, inspiring two days of learning about “creepy critters,” batty story time, and live science experiment demonstrations as guests trick-or-treat at socially distanced stations throughout the Museum’s galleries. Tickets are $12 for adults, and children (ages 12 and younger) in costume are free on October 30 & 31.
Tom Devlin’s Monster Museum in Boulder City is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but on select nights throughout October – including October 28-31 – the Museum extends its hours and turns into “The Fright Zone” from 7-10 p.m. Devlin’s creepy collection of special effects makeup, masks, and props used in the filming of the most iconic horror films in history gets all the creepier when the creatures come out at night!
The hippest tiki bar in town, located in Las Vegas’s Chinatown, is hosting a Halloween party on Saturday, October 31, featuring a DJ and a safe and socially distanced costume contest every hour from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. for best male and female; prizes include $50 gift cards and tiki mugs, and everyone dressed in costume gets a free zombie punch or “Ghoul Whip.” Make your reservations through their website now—this WILL sell out!
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