HAPPY HALLOWEEN LAS VEGAS STYLE
The History of Halloween
As Halloween draws near, the streets will soon be filled with ghosts and goblins, terrifying spirits, gruesome zombies, creepy clowns, and scary monsters. While Halloween is not an official holiday, it's celebrated like one. People of all ages love this holiday and what it represents today – lots of candy, crazy costumes, festive parties, and a good scare!
The Halloween holiday originated nearly 2000 years ago with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. On October 31, the Celts believed the spirits of the dead would return to earth to damage their crops and cause trouble, so they lit bonfires and wore unique costumes to ward off the ghosts. Observers also believed the boundary between this world and the next became especially thin at this time, enabling them to connect with the dead. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints, and soon, All Saints Day was incorporated into some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening of October 31 st became known as All Hallows Eve. Over time, Halloween evolved into a holiday celebration, especially for children - carving pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and dressing up in fancy costumes.
Halloween in Vegas
In Vegas, Halloween belongs to the adults; it's one of the best places on the planet to celebrate with endless parties, spooky rituals, costume contests, and special nightclub events. While the holiday is observed on October 31, there are many month-long activities and festivities. From Downtown to The Strip, visitors can enjoy the Rock of Horror Halloween party; special holiday light shows on Viva Vision, the world's largest video screen, at the Fremont Street Experience; plus escape rooms, haunted houses, guided tours and attractions, pub crawls, and over-the-top nightclub parties with headlining DJs, Halloween-themed cocktails, and costume contests with cash giveaways.
In 1995, a Las Vegas couple threw a Halloween party that rivaled the famed Vanderbilt Masquerade Ball in New York City. Year after year, the guest list grew bigger and bigger, requiring a larger venue space and more entertainment. Today, there are few people who haven't attended the annual Fetish and Fantasy Ball – and you don't want to be one of those few. The Fetish and Fantasy Ball is the largest Halloween party to rock Sin City, and the guest list in the tens of thousands is proof of that. The Ball's typical fair of fetish freaks and the undead in bondage-inspired costumes, notable guest musicians, and theatrical performances grace this party and create an unparalleled experience for its guests. The Fetish and Fantasy Ball is not for the faint of heart; you can expect the unexpected around every corner.
For all you spook-seekers, and brave, adventurous souls, Las Vegas is filled with hauntings, ghost towns, and paranormal activity. If you love celebrating Halloween, you'll love some of the places listed below:
Witches and Warlocks Magic Show – Located Downtown in the Las Vegas Magic Theatre, you
Asylum-Hotel Fear Haunted House – Asylum and Hotel Fear are Las Vegas' top haunted houses and nationally ranked by magazines such as BuzzFeed, Forbes, Hauntworld, and 2020 Parade plus Best10.com, and Headout.com. They are unique because they have an intertwined storyline, and both are highly detailed and heavily themed.
The Undead Maze – Celebrating six years in their off-Strip location, this haunted house is 2,000 square feet of creepy twists and turns with zombies, killer clowns, chainsaws, toxic waste, monsters, and dark shadows lurking around every dark corner.
Freakling Brothers Horror Shows – Rated "#1 Scariest Haunt in the Country" by USA Today and Nevada's only R-Rated Haunted House, Freakling Brothers is a Trilogy of Terror - a series of three Las Vegas haunted attractions: the Gates of Hell, Castle Vampyre, and Coven ranging from "magical and nostalgic to intense and shocking."
Las Vegas Nightclubs on Halloween
The nightclubs on the Vegas Strip put forth their best effort to create a spooky party environment to kick off the holiday with world-class entertainment, costume contests, outrageous décor, and drink specials. Top clubs like TAO throw their own twisted version of a Halloween party with notable guest celebrity performances by artists like Ludacris, DJ Mustard, and Jermaine Dupri. Many other celebrities and famous athletes have also been known to show up at these spirited events and join in judging the costume contest and reserving the prime VIP Tables throughout the club. TAO's sister property, Marquee, offers $10,000 for the best Halloween costume.
Depending on the club, winners of the costume contests can walk away with rounds of alcohol or large monetary awards. Even if your costume doesn't win, you could still be entitled to limited open bar just for participating. Trust us when we say that the quality of costumes that enter into these costume contests will blow your mind. If you want to win, make sure you put as much time and effort into building your costume as possible.
Other clubs in Las Vegas like Hakkasan , Omnia, and < XS all have major Halloween events with world-famous headlining DJ's like Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris, and The Chainsmokers playing an eclectic mix of electronic, Hip-Hop, and remixed Halloween classics like Thriller, Monster Mash, and of course the eerie piano theme by John Carpenter from the movie, Halloween.
Get Your Freak On
From witches to werewolves and everything in between, be sure to bust out your scariest get-up and let Vegas VIP Services find you the perfect party for your ghoulish night out. Every nightclub, lounge, and venue in the city will have an event planned for this extraordinary night, no matter what date it falls on.
If going to a nightclub isn't necessarily your thing, no worries, there will be plenty of people- watching to be had up and down the Las Vegas Strip with a crowd of people in diverse and outrageous costumes along with the drunken hilarity that always ensues. This makes for unbelievable pictures and videos.
Halloween 2020 is Canceled
Unfortunately, all Halloween events and activities in Las Vegas have been canceled for 2020 due to Covid-19, state regulations, and mandates. While there may be some bars and lounges open, there won't be any mass gatherings or wild club parties. However, that can only mean one thing, Halloween will be back with a vengeance in 2021 and beyond, so stay tuned.
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HALLOWEEN EVENTS PARTIES in LAS VEGAS
At some point in history, Halloween turned into a day of celebration for children. The act of getting dressed up and slinking from house to house in search of the neighborhood's best candy has completely overtaken any adult themes that the holiday once carried. Though the ghouls and ghosts may have taken a backseat as of recently, it's not too late for the adults to reclaim this holiday of horror – and Las Vegas is the best city for this takeover to start. While you're busy putting together your child's costume, plan one for yourself in the back of your mind. From this moment on, it's time for the adults to get the most out of Halloween.
Halloween 2023 Events
In 1995, one couple threw a Halloween party that rivaled even the most catered affairs. Year after year, the guest list grew vaster, requiring a larger venue space and more entertainment. Nowadays in Las Vegas, there are few people who haven't attended the annual Fetish and Fantasy Ball – and you don't want to be one of those few. The Fetish and Fantasy Ball is the largest Halloween party to rock Sin City, and the guest list in the tens of thousands is proof of that. Amongst the Ball's typical fair of fetish freaks and the undead, special guest musicians and theatrical performances grace this party and create an unparalleled experience. If you would consider yourself a prude, than the typical bondage inspired costumes of this party may be a bit too much for you. The Fetish and Fantasy Ball is certainly not for the faint of heart, as you can expect the unexpected around every corner.
To aid in infusing a little adulthood into Halloween, various nightclubs in Las Vegas put out their best effort to create a spooky party environment to kick off the holiday. Amongst the usual fair are top clubs like Tao who all throw their own twisted version of a Halloween party. Special guest celebrities like Ludacris, Snooki, and Marilyn Manson have been known to grace these events and partake in Costume Contest judging. At these events, costume contests can award anything from rounds of alcohol to large monetary awards. Even if you know you wouldn't win any contest, be sure to bring a costume as masked individuals may also be entitled to a limited open bar.
Each year, women and men alike flock to the numerous Halloween retailers that spring up in September. From witches to werewolves, these same people typically gather in costume at family functions or use their disguise to walk their children through the neighborhood. If you're in Las Vegas, wasting a perfectly good Halloween costume on either of those two dull occasions is the greatest sin. This Halloween, don your scariest get-up and let Vegas VIP Services find you the perfect party for your ghoulish night out.