… and it’s coming for you.
Las Vegas always has the best bashes in the country, and Halloween is no exception. Who says you have to be under 12 to celebrate? You want candy? Go to the grocery store and buy some. Grownups in Las Vegas do Halloween with a martini in hand and partying most of the night while hoping they are lucky enough to win large amounts of cash and prizes. All you have to do is make your reservations, invent the most imaginative costume you can, depending on where you want to go, and you have a shot at winning as well as having a great time.
The biggest bashes will be at the clubs. Hakkasan at MGM Grand is turning into the Forbidden City from Oct. 28 to Nov. 2, because one night simply isn’t enough. The Empress will be returning, searching for the best costume she can find, so you may want to come up with the ultra-sexiest costume you can because that is the theme. The total cash prizes are $60,000 over the three-day event.
Surrender at Encore is ramping it up with zombie apocalypse décor, body parts as decoration and zombie attired servers on Oct 29 through Nov. 1. They will be having sexy costume contests also for the ladies, with $20,000 in prizes and cash awarded on the 29th, and $10,000 on the 31st. Some of the best DJs will be there, including the Grammy-nominated DJ Snake, Dillon Francis and Diplo.
The theme at Ghostbar on Nov. 1 is Day of the Killer, a favorite with visitors and locals for its wild Halloween costume parties. Again, there will be a costume contest with $5,000 in prizes and cash, so use your imagination and come up with the wildest costume you can and you may go home with a bundle of green.
Halloween parties are being planned at some of the other hotels, including XS The Nightclub at Encore, featuring Kaskade on Saturday, November 1 (more performances to be announced), Krewella and Nicky Romero will be DJing at Light Nightclub at Mandalay Bay, Mike Carbonell at Tryst Nightclub at Wynn and Irie and Quintino are DJing at Drais Rooftop Nightclub on Oct. 30-31. Other parties are being held at Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub at Rio, LAX the faux Gothic club at Luxor, the Foundation Room on top of Mandalay Bay and Chateau at Paris. Those are just a few and the list will undoubtedly grow.
Halloween wouldn’t be complete without the Fetish & Fantasy Ball at the Hard Rock. For this party, the sky’s the limit, so dig into that closet and find those old handcuffs and whip (you know they are there). This is the ultimate party to indulge your fantasies and was named by the Travel Channel as one of the top 10 events in the entire world and one of the top events to go to before you die by Maxim Magazine. Where else can you go see a human petting zoo? There will be zombies, flashy shows, freaks and fire, and a horde of people in outlandish costumes.
When it comes to Halloween insanity, it would be hard to outdo Beacher’s Madhouse. When the normal inhabitants include little people swinging from wires over your head, Amazon Ashley, Beacher’s Babies, live animals and contortionists, need we say more? They are celebrating Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
If you aren’t in the mood to dance to throbbing music, then you might check out Circus Circus and their renowned Halloween attractions. During October, it turns into the Fright Dome, one of the top 5 haunted attractions in the country, complete with six themed haunted houses that will make your blood curdle and some very scary live entertainment. Fright Dome will be in operation from Oct. 3 to the 31st, so there is plenty of opportunity to go see if your hair turns white from terror. Leatherface is waiting for you.
I started to write because I developed laryngitis and needed to communicate or burst. It’s true. However, once I discovered the written word, I fell in love. I edited and wrote for my college newspaper and wrote articles for various journals after that. I am still working on the great American novel but I have yet to find the one among many starts I want to finish. Above all, I am fascinated with the world and the people in it. I have a dog who sincerely believes he should write instead of me but I steadfastly refuse to show him how to use the keyboard partly because of writer neurosis and partly because I hate his style.