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Though one could argue that hungover or still-drunk tourists doing the walk of shame in the early morning hours mean Vegas has a daily Halloween parade, it’s nearing time for the official version. The Las Vegas Halloween Parade, celebrating its fifth year, will return to the downtown area and follow a route along Fremont Street East.
The Fremont East buskers like Bumblebee and Elmo have been trying out their costumes for months, but now it’s your turn to show off your costume-creating chops. Anyone in costume can join the parade. At 4 p.m. on Friday, October 31, the parade begins lining up at East Fremont and 13th Street. The actual parade doesn’t start moving until 7 p.m. so, while you might get an early spot in the lineup, you can still fit in a few more hands of blackjack at your favorite downtown casino before things really get underway.
Wear your best costume, but be careful when raising Dracula. That player is out for blood. The Poker Gives charity group will host a Monster Mash Halloween Bash poker tournament and costume party at Binion's November 1 at 5 p.m. (Yes, not on Halloween, but the night after giving us one more reason to keep our costume on. The other, of course, being the hangover from the night before.)
Half of the money will go to the prize pool and half will be divided up between four charities: Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation, Special Olympics Nevada, Step by Step Foundation and Wish Upon a Hero Foundation.
Growing up in New York City, this writer had a taste for hanging out in the lower east side of Manhattan. That’s where the “freaks," artsy people and punk rockers used to hang out. There were lots of independently operated stores and there was a feeling that people could just be themselves, especially if they were a little left of center. It was at an independent theater in the lower east side where I first learned about the movie Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Seeing Rocky Horror Picture Show wasn’t just going out to see a movie. Almost everyone at the movie showing knew the characters and every line of dialogue. People would mimic dialogue from their seats, dress in those characters' costumes, and sing and dance along with the movie. It was a straight up party and much more than just a movie. Screenings like this and parties for Rocky Horror Picture Show have since spreads all over the country. These kinds of screenings were both freeing and fun to watch.
Halloween prep is in full swing in and around the Strip already. We’ve told you what to expect at Fright Dome at Circus Circus and about Trilogy of Terror's off Strip (and R rated) Gates of Hell. Meadows Mall (about 10-15 minutes from the Strip) is getting in on the action with The Asylum and Hotel Fear. The duo is touted as Nevada’s longest running haunted attraction.
If you’re wondering which haunted Vegas attraction to visit, the short answer is they’re all usually pretty good. From what we’ve seen over the years at this one and the other prominent haunts, the creators take care to craft terrifying venues and staff them with actors who, for the most part, really love what they’re hired to do, which is to act creepy and scare the pants off of you.
A haunted attraction so frightening it couldn't wait for Halloween is about to return to Las Vegas for the main event.
Freakling Bros' Trilogy of Terror will mark its 22nd year of scaring people shitless in Vegas beginning October 3. This season, the Circus of Horrors, Castle Vampyre and Gates of Hell will be found at 4245 S. Grand Canyon Drive, that's off Flamingo and the 215 freeway (about a 20-minute drive from the center Strip.) As before, the Gates of Hell will be a R-rated experience and you'll need to be at least 17 (or with an adult) and sign a waiver before you can even step one, tentative foot inside.
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While the masses of excited children and quasi-drunk tourists who regularly pass through The Adventuredome at Circus Circus are a tad scary, it’s time for something truly frightening as the metallic pink dome shifts into Halloween mode with Fright Dome. Opening Friday, October 3, Fright Dome will celebrate the 40th anniversary of classic horror flick The Texas Chainsaw Massacre by dedicating one of its six haunted houses to the theme.
Horror director Tobe Hooper and writer Kim Henkel are teaming up with Fright Dome to, hopefully, deliver quite the terrifying haunt. Attendees will see scenes from the flick as well brave the over-the-top sets and eerily accurate actors Fright Dome has become known for.
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If you think it’s a bit early in the year to be buying tickets for a haunted house, we would agree with you. Yet, that’s exactly what you’ll need to do if you want to experience what is poised to become one of the most extreme haunted attractions ever created. That’s because The Freakling Brothers, purveyors of terror in Vegas for more than 20 years, are bringing their most popular haunt from last Halloween back for a limited run this March.
The Victim Experience debuted last year as an extension of the already extreme Gates of Hell haunted house. Gates offered an experience so intense that it came with an “R” rating and required that those entering sign a waiver. Word got round that visitors who were last to enter the house at the end of the night received extra attention. Once people started waiting around in attempt to be the last through, the decision was made to sell it as a separate experience. Limited to just five people per night, tickets for The Victim Experience sold out well before Halloween, much to the dismay of horror fans who didn’t learn of the option until it was too late.
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We’re still scratching our heads over Goretorium’s decision to close up shop just before the Halloween season kicked off. Fortunately, a new player has emerged in the Las Vegas haunted attraction scene to fill the void. At first glance, Sin City Scare Fair sounds a lot like Goretorium. Walk-through haunted attraction? Check. Celebrities from popular TV horror shows? In attendance. Zombie-themed vodka? They’re a sponsor. That’s, however, where the similarities end.
The most important difference between Goretorium and Scare Fair? People don’t leave Scare Fair feeling like they were ripped off. And, with lower ticket prices and more to offer, this new seasonal attraction seems much more likely to succeed. We were invited to attend the Sin City Scare Fair this past weekend to see just what kind of horrors they had in store. A quick glance at their website left us impressed. Two haunted houses, a burial simulator, some type of go-kart race against the dead, a pumpkin patch, and celebrities from both The Walking Dead and American Horror Story. Not bad, not bad, at all.
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In that case, be our guest.
This year, as in year's past, we've put our heads together to come up with costumes that will not only kick ass, but show your love for Vegas, too. And, anytime you can add Vegas to the mix, is an awesome time, are we right? Here are our top Halloween costume ideas for 2013. But, first a warning, choosing one of these could be hazardous... to the folks you're competing against in that costume party! Holla!
Ideal For: Males of All Ages, Women with Pixie Cuts
Requires: Tight pants, button down shirt with rolled up sleeves or tight black tee, diligent use of teeth whitening toothpaste, first three items you find around your home to use as juggling props
Works Especially Well For: Those with adorable grins, blessed with nice asses* (*Ed. note)
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This year, Halloween falls on Thursday and that's good enough for some Vegas nightclubs and restaurants to call for two weekends of celebrations. And, there's totally nothing wrong with that. In fact, it gives us even more opportunities to really get our money's worth out of that Halloween costume. Or, to justify splurging on some kick-ass body painting from a business like Vegas' Skin City (seen above) if just the thought of being seen in the same costume twice makes you shudder.
As with years past, there will be blood on the Las Vegas Strip, but only a ghostly silence will be heard from Goretorium which closed for good before this frightful season even got underway. There will be plenty of other places to find things that go bump in the night, though, from the horror of Fright Dome to a Zombie Run, and more. Here's where to go for a good scare. We'll add more events as they're announced!
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It's probably mostly happenstance, but there could be a wee bit of intentional design at work in making this October an awesome month to be in Vegas. Not only will a grand new hotel-casino be here, but we'll have a rockin' reminder that Life is Beautiful, a Shipping Container Park to explore, and much more. And, that's just in downtown. Here's a rundown of what's on tap:
While a soft opening in late September seems to be the plan, October will likely see the grand opening of this renovated and re-imagined hotel-casino in downtown Vegas.
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Think of it as a training exercise to help you through the impending zombie apocalypse. While the Goretorium and The Amazing Johnathan's Screamont Experiment will extend your scares long past Halloween, we have news of a very limited scare-a-thon that might be right up your alley.
Located in a, cough, alley renamed Haunted Alley, welcome to the Zombie Apocalypse. Here's the scenario: after legions of the deceased decide to go all-zombie on Las Vegas, an evacuation zone has been created by the military to get you the heck out of downtown. This militarized zone has, unfortunately, been infiltrated by, you guessed it, zombies. You'll need to be escorted in groups of fifteen down the alley to safety. It'll turn into a street battle with folks even rappelling down the walls. Intense!
Expect a fifteen minute parade of shocks. And, we have a little inside knowledge. Not everything around you is as it seems. They've uploaded a teaser video to give you a little insight: