Tuesday, October 18, 2016

His and Hers: Halloween in Vegas

Men and women typically agree on how a successful Halloween should go. Must-haves include sexy costumes, plenty of Halloween-themed cocktails, theatrical smoke and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” But the devil is in the details. It’s the little differences that set men and women’s spooky celebrations apart. We asked two of our Vegas gurus of opposite sexes what makes the perfect Vegas Halloween celebration. Editor’s note: We’ve rated each of the Halloween festivities out of five pumpkins. One pumpkin denotes a low-key, family-friendly Halloween party. A five-pumpkin rating denotes a monster mash of epic proportions.

One Pumpkin

She says: Sharks and Halloween—two totally bad-ass things! Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay dons spooky decorations for the season, and it's incredibly fun! On Friday, Oct. 28 the wonderful staff members will be handing candy out to aquarium visitors dressed in costume. Children in costume receive free admission into Shark Reef before 4 p.m. The reef will be decorated all weekend but the cool trick-or-treating is only on Friday. Dress up the kiddos and head over to see the sharks, rays, jellyfish and more!

Two Pumpkins

He says: A relatively new tradition in the city, the sixth annual Las Vegas Halloween Parade returns to Fremont East Entertainment District the last weekend of October. Funding issues last year resulted in the celebration’s cancellation, setting the stage for an epic return. This year’s parade features a handful of extracurricular activities surrounding the event, including a hearse car show, a panel discussion with the Nevada Paranormal Task Force and a rowdy after party at the intersection of Seventh and Fremont Street. The parade will travel west along Fremont Street from Maryland Parkway to Seventh Street beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday. You won’t want to miss the crazy costumes and Burning Man-inspired parade floats.

Three Pumpkins

She says: I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve dabbled in ghost hunting. I’ve participated in the Haunted Encounters upon the Queen Mary and hiked around Bonnie Springs during their once-a-month ghost hunt. Yes, I’ve used EVP, audio recorders and radio frequency technology (all that stuff you see on Ghost Adventures) to prove to myself that ghosts are real. Some people aren’t into the mumbo jumbo, but for those that are, I recommend the Goodsprings Ghost Hunt. You go from pizza party to walking the haunted streets of Goodsprings with a group of fellow hunters and some “hunting equipment”—zero to a hundred real quick. Goodsprings was an old mining town, and it can get pretty terrifying at night. Bring your friends and embrace the Halloween spirit.

Four Pumpkins

He says: Nothing says Halloween in Vegas like topless zombies. Equal parts classic Vegas topless revue and B-movie horror, Zombie Burlesque at Planet Hollywood is the perfect addition to any adult Halloween in Vegas. The show is set in 1950s Las Vegas and features comedy routines, variety acts, a live band and an award-winning cast of characters. Ladies, you won’t regret taking your guy to this hilarious show. Boobs aside, it’s a good time. See the show nightly except Sundays at 8:30 playing in the V Theater inside Planet Hollywood.

Five Pumpkins

She says: This one is for the people who don’t have much responsibility on Halloween, or those who found a sitter charging triple for the holiday weekend. Wynnderland at the nightclubs of Wynn Las Vegas is a Halloween celebration in the style of Alice in Wonderland! All weekend, they’ll have performers at Surrender, XS and Intrigue. Book early for the chance to see Skrillex, Marshmello, Alesso or Diplo! Spend the holiday with friends at the club getting your groove on in that cute costume you got at Leg Avenue, or the one you made from that Pinterest post from a few months ago. Either way, party your face off this Halloween!

He says: If you’re really looking to turn up this Halloween, throw on your hottest costume and head to Mandalay Bay’s Light nightclub for its annual Forbidden Ball. This year’s spooky blowout features a DJ set from electronic music stalwart Disclosure on Halloween night beginning at 10:30. Tickets for the event start at just $20 for women and $30 for men. All parties at this innovative nightclub feature cutting edge video and lighting affects to compliment the world-class musical acts. Guys, if you’re looking for a Sin City Halloween party that’s sure to leave a lasting impression regardless of the amount of alcohol consumed, this is the one.

Whether you’d like to participate in some of Las Vegas’ Halloween-themed community events or throw down at a wild costume ball, there’s a Halloween party in Las Vegas for everyone. Follow VegasDaze, the preeminent voice on all things Vegas travel, on Facebook and join in the conversation! Let us know your favorite Las Vegas destination for Halloween festivities.

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