In Las Vegas, you can find outlandish costumes and over-the-top thrills on any day, at any time. During the Halloween season, the city cranks it up several notches, so what’s normally over-the-top becomes even more extreme. The costumes are sexier, the thrills are more frightening, and the parties are the kind you’ll tell your friends about for years to come. Check out these top picks for wild and spooky seasonal events you can only find in Vegas this October, with no dull pumpkin patches or mind-numbing hay rides included.
*Check individual venues for pricing information. Some events require advance reservations and have limited space.
Zombie Hunt Experience – The Range 702
Sept. 26 – Oct. 31 – Nevada’s largest indoor shooting range has transformed two of its private shooting lanes into foggy, ghoul-haunted graveyards. Practice your aim: the zombie targets actually ooze blood.
Haunted 13th Floor – Circus Circus
Oct. 1 – Oct. 31 – For this haunted tour, all you have to remember is the number 13. Visit 13 horrifically decorated rooms on the hotel’s 13th floor, while hotel horror stories flicker on the walls. The cost? $13. Not recommended for those under 13.
Asylum and Hotel Fear – Meadows Mall
Oct. 3 – 31 – Visitors say this is one of the most frightening haunted house experiences in the country, comparing it to being trapped in a horror movie. The experience is actually two in one: tour both a haunted hotel and an asylum filled with disturbed patients.
Fright Dome – Circus Circus
Oct. 3 – 31 – The Adventuredome at Circus Circus transforms into the Fright Dome to celebrate the season, promising more than 250,000 “scare feet” of thrills, including six haunted houses and an experience based on the horror flick The Collector.
The Freakling Bros.’ Trilogy of Terror – AMC Theatre’s Rainbow Promenade
Oct. 4 – 31 – Enter one of three horrifying attractions: Castle Vampyre, featuring the bloodthirsty undead, the freakshow-themed Circus of Horrors, or the R-rated Gates of Hell. Buy a Freak Pass and see all three for one price.
Bonnie Screams – Bonnie Springs Ranch
Oct. 10 – 31 – Bonnie Springs Ranch dates back to 1843, and during Halloween the old western ghost town becomes a literal one, with haunted houses, a haunted train, and plenty of undead residents wandering around.
Haunted Titanic Tour – The Luxor
October 21 – 31 – Take a tour of the Titanic exhibition during Halloween season and you’ll get a special ghost tour, as guides tell some of the doomed ship’s creepiest stories, as well as share their experiences of ghost sightings at the exhibit itself.
Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball – Hard Rock Hotel
Oct. 26 – Maxim Magazine called this yearly party “one of the five events to attend before you die.” The Hard Rock Hotel calls it “three giant rooms and two levels of all-out insanity.” With pre-parties at multiple venues, and an after-hours party that lasts until 6:00am, it’s probably also Vegas’ longest-lasting Halloween party in addition to its wildest.
Back to the Future Party and Contest – Ghostbar at the Palms
Oct. 26 – Ghostbar has Halloween events all week long, starting with its Back to the Future bash. The club will party like it’s 1985 in tribute to a film that’s retro and futuristic at the same time. Prizes will be awarded to the best ‘80s costumes.
Halloween Specials at Tacos & Tequila- Luxor Hotel
Oct. 26 – Nov. 4 – Get your pre-party vibe going with Devil’s Kiss martinis and ghost pepper salsa. The celebration continues through Day of the Dead (Nov. 1 – 2) with 2-for-1 margaritas.
Halloween Horror Hosted by Marilyn Manson – Hyde Bar at the Bellagio
Oct. 29 – Who better to take charge of Halloween festivities than goth rocker Marilyn Manson? Join Manson and other revelers with music by Konflikt and Shadowred. Book a VIP table with friends and enjoy bottle service all night.
Haunted Shark Reef – Mandalay Bay
Oct. 29 – Aquatic predators are even more fearsome this time of year, especially with the addition of spooky sounds and creepy decor. The not-too-scary event is kid-friendly, and those under twelve get in free with a costume.
DJ Hollywood’s Haunted Rooftop Party – Chateau Nightclub at Paris
Oct. 31 – Dance all night to DJ Hollywood’s hip hop and house music at the only nightclub located right under the Eiffel Tower. This year’s Halloween party is superhero-themed, so get your capes and masks ready (though any cool costume will do).
Zombie Prom – Ghostbar at the Palms
Oct. 31 – Show up in your best zombie attire, and win $7,500 if you’re voted the best undead couple. (Runners-up get $2,500.) Don’t forget to check out the glass-floored balcony, which is good and creepy any time of year.
4th Annual Las Vegas Halloween Parade – Downtown, Fremont Street
Oct. 31 – Rivaling the Halloween Parade in New York City, this free street event is a chance to see all the wildest costumes in one place. Strut your stuff in the parade yourself, or gawk from the sidelines. It’s a spectacle not to be missed.
Haunted Eiffel Tower Experience – Paris, Las Vegas
Oct. 31 – Nov. 3 – The Eiffel Tower gets ghoulish with zombie tower ambassadors, spooky Halloween decor, and a few scary surprises. Halloween admission includes a beverage and a souvenir photo.
Haunted House of Pain – Haze Nightclub at Aria
Oct. 31 – They didn’t name this party haphazardly: Rapper T-Pain is the featured guest DJ at this Halloween bash, with a costume contest worth $10,000.
Rock n’ Horror 80s Halloween Party – Body English Nightclub at Hard Rock Hotel
Oct. 31 – Wayfarers and neon will be back in style as Body English celebrates Halloween 80s style, with a guest appropriate to the era: Leigh Jordan of Bow Wow Wow. DJ CB Shaw will be spinning retro tunes all night long.