By: Jarah Wright | KTNV
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Spooky season is here as the valley gets ready to celebrate Halloween.
The annual holiday means big business not only in Southern Nevada, but across the United States. According to the National Retail Foundation, Americans are expected to spend a record $12.2 billion this Halloween. That’s even more than last year’s record of $10.6 billion. In Nevada, customers spent $171 million on Halloween candy, decorations, and costumers.
We also have compiled an additional list of family-friendly events.
The Red Cross of Southern Nevada said Halloween is also a dangerous time for pedestrians. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the risk of pedestrian fatalities is 43% higher on Halloween compared to any other night and that children between four and eight years old are 10 times more likely to be hit by a vehicle on Halloween.
Clark County officials have several tips for trick-or-treaters on how to stay safe this holiday season.
- Never trick-or-treat alone. Young children should always go trick-or-treating with an adult.
- All children should walk, not run, from house to house, and use sidewalks, not roads. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Trick-or-treat in familiar neighborhoods will well-lit streets.
- Wear costumers that allow you to be seen by drivers. Choose bright or light-colored clothing; decorate bags and costumes with reflective tape or stickers.
- Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes. Costumes should be made of fire-resistant materials. Avoid costumes with long, trailing fabric.
- Carry a cell phone with you and light your way with a flashlight.
- Cross the street safely at corners using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look both ways before you cross and keep looking as you walk.
- Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up. Don’t dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.
- Only visit homes that have the porch light on.
- Accept your treats only at the door and never go into a stranger’s house.
- Beware of jack-o-lanterns lit with candles, which are a fire hazard. It’s safer for households to use battery-operated candles or glow-sticks in jack-o-lanterns.
- Have grownups inspect your candy before eating. Don’t eat candy if the package is already opened. Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.
If you do plan on going out this Halloween, Lyft is offering a discount. That’s so fewer impaired drivers get behind the wheel. According to Lyft, the discounted pass will be available from Oct. 31 at noon through Nov. 1 at noon. Passengers will be able to get $5 off a Lyft pass in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Summerlin, Henderson, Sparks and Reno. You just need to use the code ZFHALLOWEEN.
Airbnb is also bringing back their anti-party rules for Halloween. According to a press release, the company is using an AI anti-party system that will block one-night and two-night bookings for entire homes that are identified as “potentially higher-risk for a party incident”. Guests making local reservations must also agree and state they understand Airbnb bans parties and if they break that rule, they could be suspended or removed from the platform.
The company implemented similar rules last Halloween and stated it prevented a combined 37,800 people from booking entire homes in California, Florida, and Texas. Neighbors can report concerns about a home they believe is listed on Airbnb by contacting their Neighborhood Support Line, which you can learn about here.
With another season of celebrations on the horizon, here’s a look at where you can get your scare on across the valley.
Guests who visit BODIES…The Exhibition or TITANIC: The Artifact Exhibition dressed up in Halloween costumes will receive $10 off regular admission from Oct. 28 through Oct. 31. Guests who are dressed in Titanic or Edwardian-inspired costumes as well as BODIES-themed costumes can enter to win a $100 gift card. On Oct. 31, the exhibitions will also be handing out candy to trick-or-treating guests of all ages.
The 1923 Prohibition Bar at Mandalay Bay is hosting a NOLA Nights Halloween party on Oct. 28. That starts at 9 p.m. and wraps up around 2 a.m. General admission is free. Guests can also book a VIP table here. Entertainer Troy Romzek is scheduled to perform Halloween song sets along with burlesque dancers in costume. Guests are also encouraged to wear costumes.
The Shark Reef Aquarium is also hosting a Hallow-Reef event. Chambers and corridors will be transformed with trick-or-treaters, costumes, and jack-o-lanterns. The event is scheduled to run from Oct. 27 through Oct. 29 and is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the last admission at 7 p.m. There will be free candy for kids 12 and under. There will be educational and fun activities for kids from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids between 5 and 12 years old that are in costume will receive $5 admission at the Shark Reef but must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Discounts are not available online and reservations are recommended.
On Oct. 30, Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que is hosting Halloween activities including a costume contest. Guests with the best costumes will be able to compete for cash prizes with first place receiving $500 plus a $75 bar tab and $25 in Free Slot Play. Live music with Easton Corbin is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. and also be a guest judge for the costume contest.
Museum of Illusions
Starting on Oct. 28, the Museum of Illusions will host several fun events including costume contests, trick-or-treating, and dance sessions.
On Oct. 31, Katy Perry fans are invited to participate in a “Best Katy” costume contest for the chance to win a meet-and-greet with Perry after her show that night. According to resort officials, contestants should arrive at the Resorts World Theatre starting at 4 p.m. on Oct. 31 to have their photo snapped. Photos will be taken until 6 p.m. Three lucky winners will be announced and notified before the show, which is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Guests going to the Halloween show will also receive an exclusive Red Mushroom temporary tattoo, which are an exact replica of the one Perry and her cast and crew recently got to represent her two-year residency at the resort.
AREA15 is getting a makeover into ScAREA15 for Halloween. The venue has a whole lineup of unique Halloween events including a Goth and Glampire gRAVE on Oct. 21, immersive showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Oct. 27 and Oct. 29, and a Halloween Massive on Oct. 28.
The Atomic Museum is hosting a Halloween Spooktacular event on Friday, Oct. 27. That’s scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and wrap up around 3 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes and enjoy kid-friendly science activities and take the perfect photos with Halloween-themed backdrops. Museum admission is complimentary for guests 17 and under while visitors 18 and older can receive discounted $15 tickets at the box office.
The UNLV Lady Rebels are hosting a Halloween Spooktacular at the Cox Pavilion on Oct. 28. Event organizers said fans will be able to Trunk-Or-Treat from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and catch the team in action.
Paradise Recreation Center
Commissioner Jim Gibson is hosting a Paradise Patch Trunk-Or-Treat event at the Paradise Recreation Center, located at 4775 McLeod Drive, on Saturday, Oct. 21. The free event will feature trunk-or-treating, games, and arts and crafts. Event organizers said you should wear your costume and bring your own bag for candy. It’s scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS
Fremont Street Experience
The Rock of Horror Halloweekend is back this year. FSE officials said the annual celebration is scheduled for Oct. 27 through Oct. 31.
The Legacy Club at Circa is hosting an adults-only Masquerade Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 28. That’s from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. That’s on the 60th floor of the resort. A live band will perform while guests check out “frightfully delicious cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to die for”. Masquerade masks will be given to all attendees and can be picked up at concierge starting at 6 p.m. on the night of the party. Tickets are $150 per person plus a LET tax. Guests can receive 15% general admission tickets for groups of four of more by using the code MASK15.
Corner Bar Management is getting ready for a Halloween edition of The Block in East Fremont. Special events are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 26 through Tuesday, Oct. 31. Some of the entertainers scheduled to perform include DJ AR, Danco, Father Kap, DJ Exile, Skunkz, Vegaduzit, Gream, Wet, Willy, Bizzy, Jeyfari, i5, Santoyo, YehMe2, Friendly Fire, Gary Richards aka Destructo, Disco Lines, Angrybaby, Alex Parra, Halftime Hooper, BENJO, Nick Bike, Dj Wizdumb, DJ Shaun & 530, and Claude VonStroke.
Clark County Government Center Amphitheater
University Medical Center is hosting their Halloween Safe-tacular and BOOster Bonanza on Oct. 28. That will be at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater, which is located at 500 South Grand Central Parkway. The event will include games, candy, live performances, a DJ, and safety information for families from more than 25 community organizations. Families will also have the opportunity to receive complimentary booster seats from Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians, while supplies last. The fun kicks off at 10 a.m. and wraps up around 1 p.m.
The Beverly Theatre
The Beverly will be showing Halloween and horror classics including Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Evil Dead 2, Frankenstein, The Shining, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Tickets start at $10.
Little Vegas Chapel
It’s “Love At First Bite” as the Little Vegas Chapel plans to offer special Halloween wedding ceremonies on Oct. 31. Couples can be married by a themed officiant including Elvira, Talking Tina, a witch, corpse bride, Darth Vader, or a vampire. For $760, couples get a Halloween ceremony with eerie music, transportation from the couple’s hotel, a unity candle ceremony, an eight-inch Bundt cake, six-rose bouquet and boutonniere, professional photography, a private online photo gallery, and 10 digital images and video of the ceremony. After the ceremony, couples can celebrate at the Nightmare Cafe, a horror-themed restaurant and bar in the Arts District where the couple will receive a free drink and 15% off their food order for up to six people.
Sure Thing Chapel
The Sure Thing Chapel is offering After Dark wedding packages that includes Hellvis, the ghost of Elvis, a blood-themed spooky burlesque show and wine hearse for photo ops.
The Halloween Maze is now open at 8665 West Flamingo Road, Suites #114 through Suite #117. General admission tickets start at $30. The maze is open Thursdays through Sundays from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Desert Breeze Community Park
Clark County officials are hosting a Hall-O-Breeze Tots & Treats event on Saturday, Oct. 21. The event is for kids that are three to five years old. It’s scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and run until 3 p.m. There will be a bounce house, carnival games, a candy trail, and a trackless train. Pre-registration is required and registration will be in-person only. It costs $5 per person.
For older kids, there will be activities, like inflatables, carnival games, a rock climbing wall, a candy trail, and food vendors that same day. It also costs $5 per person and is scheduled to run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Helen Meyer Community Center
City officials will be hosting a Haunted Halloween Trunk-Or-Treat event on Oct. 25. That’s at the Helen Meyer Community Center, which is located at 4525 New Forest Drive. The free event is scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
WEST LAS VEGAS
The organization is once again hosting their HallOVeen outdoor theme park. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event, which raises money to support people with disabilities in Southern Nevada. It’s scheduled to run from Oct. 20 through Oct. 31 and you can learn more here.
Asylum & Hotel Fear
The haunted attraction is back for the 25th year. That will be at the Meadows Mall, in the northwest parking lot by JCPenney. That’s between Valley View and Decatur off the 95. It will be open through Oct. 31. Times vary depending on what day you go. The attractions open at 6:30 p.m. and close between 10 p.m. and midnight. Ticket prices also vary, ranging between $37 and $49.
Aquatics Springs Indoor Pool
City officials are hosting a “Spooky Springs” event at the Aquatics Springs Indoor Pool on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. That’s located at 7025 South Fort Apache Road. It costs $5 for adults, $4 for kids, and $3 for seniors.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Bolden Area Command is hosting a Trunk-Or-Treat event on Oct. 30 at Mario’s Market. That’s located at 1960 North Martin Luther King Boulevard. The event is scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. According to event organizers, there will be free candy, music, drinks, maze, a petting zoo, and pumpkin painting.
Downtown Summerlin’s Parade Of Mischief is held every Friday and Saturday in October. Over 70 youth performers take to the streets with different Halloween-themed costumes and dances, starting at 6 p.m.
Grape Street Café
HELP of Southern Nevada is hosting a Night of the Witches, presented by Mystic Mona on Oct. 30. That will be at the Grape Street Café in Downtown Summerlin from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $40 and includes a witches brew specialty beverage, a raffle ticket, a word search puzzle, happy hour pricing, and entry into a costume contest. A Night of the Witches collectible glass will also be given to the first 70 guests. Aimee Thomas and Shawn Tempesta from 102.7 VGS will also make a special appearance as judges for the costume contest.
Intermountain Health Performance Center
The Las Vegas Raiders are hosting a Trick-or-Treat rally that is open to the public at the Intermountain Health Performance Center, which is located at 1475 Raiders Way in Henderson. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will include a Raiders-themed costume contest for all ages. Contest winners will receive two tickets to a home game, signed memorabilia, and Raiders Image gift cards. There will also be trick-or-treat stations for kids, food trucks, and a DJ. It costs $5 per person and proceeds will benefit the Raiders Foundation. Since capacity for the event is only 800 people, fans need to RSVP for the event, which you can do here.
Lake Las Vegas
The Hallowen Golf Cart Parade returns to The Village at Lake Las Vegas, located at 20 Costa Di Lago, on Saturday, Oct. 28. The event is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and wrap up around 10 p.m. The Village will also include carnival games, face painting, and live entertainment by Kendra Daniels. Guests are also encourage to wear their best costumes for the chance to win prizes. The event is free and open to the public.
Black Mountain Recreation Center
The City of Henderson is hosting a Trunk Or Treat event at Black Mountain Recreation Center on Thursday, Oct. 26. Guests are invited to wear costumes and follow a trick-or-treat trail to visit decorated vehicles and pick up treats. There will also be live entertainment, a costume contest, and other activities. There are two separate sessions for the event. Guests can either visit between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. or between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $3 in advance and $5 at the event.
Green Valley Ranch
Borracha Mexican Cantina will be offering a “Midnight Margarita” that guests can try from Friday, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Nov. 5. It costs $19. The drink is made with Volcan XA tequila, lime juice, triple sec, ancho chile, and activated charcoal with a chamoy drizzle down the glass. At Bottiglia, they’ll be offering a pumpkin espresso martini throughout the month of October. It’s made with Absolut Elyx vodka, espresso, Kahlua, and pumpkin cream for $18.
Lion Habitat Ranch
Boo At The Zoo returns to Lion Habitat Ranch from Oct. 27 through Oct. 29. The event is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The animals will receive Halloween-themed enrichment each day. For the humans, there will be a costume contest with the winner participating in a painting demonstration with Ozzie the giraffe. There will also be a scavenger hunt for everyone to learn more about extinction and conservation. It costs $20 for locals and $25 for visitors. One adult admission also includes one child under 14 years old for free while children four and under are always free.
The Havre House, located at 919 Havre Avenue in Henderson, will have a pirate village complete with a full-size pirate ship that you can walk through. There will also be a medieval castle on display with several photo ops. The display is open on Oct. 27, 28, 29, and 31 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. While the display is open to the public, organizers are requesting that each guest bring two canned goods per person that can be donated to Three Square Food Bank.
EAST LAS VEGAS
Clark County Wetlands Park
The Clark County Wetlands Park is hosting its annual Spooky Maze and self-guided Story Walk. That’s open during daylight hours through Oct. 26. Entry is fee and if you complete the maze activity, guests can earn a prize. There will also be a “Haunt The Wetlands” event on Oct. 27 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. It costs $6 in advance and is $10 on the day of the event. The event is for all ages, although minors must be accompanied by adults.
Lewis Family Park
Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom is hosting a Monster Mash & Movie Bash at Lewis Family Park, located at 1970 Tree Line Drive, on Saturday, Oct. 21. The fun starts at 4 p.m. and will include carnival games, trunk-or-treating, bounce houses, and food trucks. The event is free and open to the public and is scheduled to wrap up around 8 p.m.
Walnut Recreation Center
City officials will be hosting the “Walnut Scare House” at the Walnut Recreation Center, which is located at 3075 North Walnut Road, on Oct. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free and for all ages, although minors must be accompanied by adults.
Cambridge Recreation Center
According to Las Vegas officials, they’ll be hosting a “Boo Bridge” event at the Cambridge Recreation Center on Oct. 30 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The free event is for youth that are five to 17 years old.
Hollywood Aquatic Center
City officials are hosting “Tommy’s Spooky Adventure” at the Hollywood Aquatic Center, located at 1550 South Hollywood Boulevard in East Las Vegas. The event is $5 for adults, $3 for youth, and $2 for seniors and is open to all ages, although minors must be accompanied by adults. That’s on Oct. 26 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Whitney Recreation Center
The Whitney Recreation Center, located at 5712 East Missouri Avenue, is hosting a “Wicked Whitney” event on Oct. 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to all ages. However, Clark County officials said minors must be accompanied by adults.
Bob Price Recreation Center
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Northeast Area Command is hosting a free Halloween Trick-or-Treat on Oct. 26. The event is scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will include candy food, music, and games. Families are encouraged to wear their favorite Halloween costumes.
NORTH LAS VEGAS
Craig Ranch Regional Park
City officials are partnering with The Great Las Vegas Taco Fest for a Trunk or Treat event on Friday, Oct. 27. The free event is scheduled to run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a candy giveaway as well as a car show. The event is for kids 13 and younger. No masks or face painting will be allowed and adults must be present. City officials are also hosting a Haunted Harvest Festival on Oct. 28 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $5.
Pearson Community Center
Clark County officials are hosting a Halloween Safe Night on Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is free, although county officials said all minors must be accompanied by adults.
North Las Vegas police are hosting a Safe Halloween event at Liberty Park on Oct. 25. The free event is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
Neighborhood Rec Center
North Las Vegas officials are hosting a Trunk-Or-Treat event at the Neighborhood Rec Center on Oct. 28. The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
BBSC Endurance Sports is hosting a Pumpkinman Triathlon on Oct. 28. The race will start at Lake Mead and finish at Wilbur Square in Boulder City. There will be several race events including an Olympic Triathlon, which includes a 1,500 meter swim, 24.8 mile bike ride, and a 6.2 mile run, a Spring Triathlon, which includes a 750 meter swim, 12.4 mile bike ride, and a 3.1 mile run, an Olympic Aquabike event, which includes a 1,500 meter swim and a 24.8 mile bike ride, and several multi-sport relays. Entry fees vary between $85 and $175. You can learn more, including how to register, here.
Pinkbox has a whole lineup of scary and spooky treats. Company officials said the Halloween lineup will be available at all Pinkbox locations through Oct. 31.