As Halloween is almost here, we thought it might be fun to share some of the places in Las Vegas where you can partake in haunted houses and parties.
Have fun and enjoy the creepy, scary fun!!
Twisted clowns and goblins descend upon the Circus Circus Adventuredome, twisting it into darkness and turning it into Fright Dome again this year.
This year marks the thirteenth edition of Fright Dome, which can mean only one thing, a visit from the frights at Friday the 13th. Delve into the horrifying world of Jason Voorhees with “Friday The 13th 4-D: A Deadly 4-D Experience.”
Get your fright on in six haunted houses and four scare zones, including the new Freakshow attraction.
This is the place to face your fears. One of the haunted houses, Insanitarium, is unique in that you go through alone.
The haunting starts after dark at 7 p.m. on weekends and select weekday dates.
For more information on Fright Dome, please visit fightdome.com.
The popular trio of haunted houses that is Freakling Bros. returns for 2015. This year, Gates of Hell and Castle Vampyre are joined by a new haunt, The Coven of 13.
There is a little something for everybody here, depending on your level of sickness and depravity.
Gates of Hell remains the first and only R-rated haunted house in Nevada. What does this mean? In order to enter Gates of Hell you must be at least 17 years old or accompanied by parent or guardian and you must sign a waiver.
Unlike most haunted houses, the actors may touch you. You can expect both mental and verbal abuse throughout. In case you cannot make it out, you are provided a safe word that will end your experience and return you to safety.
Also returning to Freakling Bros. is The Victim Experience. Based upon the Gates of Hell, The Victim Experience takes it up to a whole new level. Not much is revealed about this ahead of time, except that in the first year, only 30 percent of the “victims” were able to complete the experience.
Freakling Bros. is located at 4245 S. Grand Canyon Drive and opens at 7 p.m. nightly.
Asylum and Hotel Fear
Located in the Northwest Corner of the Meadows Mall (4300 Meadows Lane), Asylum and Hotel Fear are two haunted houses not to be missed.
Not to give too much away about these haunted houses, but the Asylum and Hotel Fear actually have themes and backstories that are linked together. Going through both houses gives you the complete story.
The haunting begins at 6:30 p.m. on weekends and select weekdays dates.
For more information on Asylum and Hotel Fear, please visit the website atlasvegashaunts.com.
Paws on the Patio Halloween Party
Halloween is not just for humans anymore. Now, with the Paws on the Patio Halloween Party, you can celebrate with your furry friends too.
The party is taking place on Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Crave in Downtown Summerlin.
It is a great place to bring your pet and socialize with other pet lovers. Crave features a spacious patio, which is the perfect setting to mix and mingle.
Crave American Kitchen and Sushi Bar is located at 10970 Rosemary Park Dr. For more information on Paws on the Patio Halloween Party, please visit them on Facebook.
Haunted Halloween Party at Sagos
Darkness falls upon Sagos Tavern on Thursday, Oct. 29 when the Las Vegas Informer hosts its Haunted Halloween Party.
Enjoy a scary-delicious Halloween-inspired cocktail special, including the Vampire Blood $3 shot.
Dress up as your scariest, sexiest or best duo costume and win a prize.
See into your future with a psychic reading.
Or just mix and mingle with your fellow ghosts, witches and super heroes.
Pictures from the event will be published in the Las Vegas Informer online.
Sagos Tavern is located at 4790 S. Fort Apache Rd. Party time goers from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
For more information on the Las Vegas Informer’s Haunted Halloween Party, please see the event page on Facebook.
Oktoberfest Fright Fest at Fremont Street Experience:
Fremont Street turns into a monster party during the Halloween season. This year Fremont Street will be celebrating it's seventh annual Oktoberfest and Halloween with halloween themed FREE live entertainment and specials. OktoberFrightFest is the ultimate festival that combines Oktoberfest and Halloween for a month-long street party. Costumes are welcome.
Show Dates: October 4 to November 1, 2015
This years Performers / Events
"Frank & The Steins"
"Frank & The Steins" will perform on 1st Street Stage (near Binion's and Golden Nugget), - Date/Time: Oct. 4 through Nov. 1, 2015, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (dark Mondays and on Oct. 20). On Halloween night, they'll perform 7:00 p.m. to midnight.
Halloween-inspired Viva Vision light shows
Special Halloween Viva Vision shows will play each night, set to musical favorites such as "Thriller," "Ghostbusters," "Monster Mash," "Time Warp" and the themes from "The Addams Family," "Halloween" and "Nightmare on Elm Street."
Date/Time: Nightly, following the regular light shows at 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Duration: 3-4 minutes long
Sixth Annual Fall Beer Festival at Golden Nugget
Featuring beer selections from more than 30 breweries, live entertainment, culinary offerings and more.
Date/Time: October 9 - 10, 2015
Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball 2015:
Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball 2015returns to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. Considered the mother of all Las Vegas Halloween parties, the annual Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball is a jaw dropping event guaranteed to be one of the most outrageous, bizarre and risque Halloween parties you will ever attend. Expect lots of go-go girls, laser lights, fire breathers and aerial silk dancers.
Strict admission requirements dictate that everyone wear something fetishy, fantasy like, or a Halloween costume.
When: Saturday Oct 31, 2015
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
Hours: 10:00pm – 4am
Must be 21 & over to attend
Join Las Vegas PRIDE at Fuso Nightclub for Halloween Party and Zombie Ball on October 25th. Expect ghoulish GoGos, tasty treats, Jell-O Shots and a fabulous costume contest for cash and prizes!.
Location: Fuso Nightclub on the roof of Larry Flint's Hustler Club
Date: October 25, 2015
Admission: No Cover
Must be 21 & over to attend
If you are looking for more kid-friendly adventures:
Town Square Las Vegas
Saturday, October 31
3 p.m. to 8 p.m for Halloween activities
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for trick-or-treating
Town Square turns into Town SCARY this Halloween, and children of all ages are invited to trick-or-treat through the streets of Town Square as participating stores and restaurants will be passing out candy from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on October 31. Several activities will take place throughout the shopping center including:
- Costume Contests brought to you by 98.5 KLUC and pediped footwear
- Halloween Photos in Town Square Park
- Undead Maze- *not recommended for kids under 10 years old
- Cactus Coaster Rides
- Clark County Fire Department
- Bounce Houses
Town Scary is free and open to the public. Children are encouraged to bring their own basket for trick-or-treating.
Haunted Harvest at the Springs Preserve
Spring Preserve's annual Haunted Harvest is a family-friendly event that's fun for all ages. The spooktacular Haunted Harvest at Springs Preserve features a haunted hay maze, trick or treat stations, carnival games, live entertainment, a petting zoo, "haunted" train rides and much much more.
When: Oct. 16-18, 23-25, Oct. 30-31, 2015
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Admission: $7.00
HalloVeen at Opportunity Village:
Every weekend in October 2015 Opportunity Village will transform the magical forest into HallOVeen. This Halloween family friendly event will feature lots of fun games, events and entertainment for all ages. Included will be:
• The Haunted Adventure by Santino and Rocco Panaro
• Boris the Elf's 3D Experience
• The Spooktacular Forest Express Passenger Train
• Cheyenne's Enchanted Carousel
• The Slightly Scary Snowflake Slide
• Rod's Monster Mini Golf
• Nightly parades, crafts and movies
Dates: October 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 26-28 and 30-31 from 6:00 to 10:00p.m.
HallOVeen at the Magical Forest is located at 6300 W. Oakey Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89146
Linq Promenade Halloween Party:
This halloween The LINQ Promenade is the place to celebrate halloween. Begining October 22, The LINQ Promenade transforms with Halloween decorations as street musicians, face painters, stilt walkers and zombies take over the promenade and create a very festive halloween party.
2015 The LINQ Promenade Halloween Events
Thursday October 29
Families can TRIQ or Treat for candy at various retailers throughout the LINQ Promenade. Time: 6 p.m.- 10 p.m.
Friday October 30
Children TRIQ or Treating.Time: 6 p.m.- 10 p.m.
A Thriller flash mob will perform the classic horror of Michael Jackson's "Thriller". Time: 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday Oct. 31
The High Roller wheel lights up with a Halloween-themed pattern. The High Roller will feature an all new Zombie Zone with actors and staff members dressed up as zombies throughout the High Roller experience. Time: 6 p.m. to midnight.
Saturday Oct. 31
Free live band performs at The LINQ fountain stage as The LINQ Promenade hosts a Halloween costume contest for guests 21 and over with $15,000 in cash prizes. Time: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Ghosts and goblins will take over the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. Enter the Haunted Reef's dark and eerie tunnels at your own risk as rattling chains, creaking doors and spine-chilling music replaces the jungle noises and soothing sounds of the ocean that typically fill the air at the aquarium.
On opening day October 30th, kids 12 and under in Halloween costume and adults who donate blood at the United Blood Services booth from 10 am to 6 pm get FREE admission and candy treats.
(Space is limited, appointment recommended) To make an appointment contact United Blood Services at 702-638-7400 or visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code: SharkReef
Dates: October 30 – November 1, 2015
Haunted Reef Hours:
Friday, October 30th; 10am - 10pm. (last admission at 9pm)
Saturday, October 31st; 10am - 10pm. (last admission at 9pm)
Sunday, November 1st; 10am - 8pm (last admission at 7pm)
General Admission: Adults: $20.00; Children (4-12): $14.00; Children (3 & under): free; Seniors (65+): $18.00
It was an institution on Fremont Street for over seventy years but the Las Vegas Club could not survive in 21st-century Las Vegas.
Word came down in the last couple of weeks that the venerable casino was closing for good. No word yet on what will take its place at the corner of Main and Fremont Street but it is well worth remembering the history of not only the Club but that corner as well.
The Las Vegas Club was originally located across Fremont Street in the block where the Pioneer Club once was. At that location it had been home to several different businesses including the Isis Theater in the early days of Las Vegas.
The Isis gave way in the 1920s to the Las Vegas Hotel and Cafe and then became the Smokehouse Restaurant. The Smokehouse had a tough go of it at that time. The Union Pacific Railroad had pulled out of Las Vegas during the strike of 1922. While trains still came through hauling passengers and freight, the machine and welding shops were closed. "Live was pretty tough in those days", remembered the late Ed Von Tobel, Jr.
As the population dwindled down to only the most heartiest who continued to believe in the town, the Smokehouse closed. The Bank Club opened very briefly and then in 1930 reopened as the original Las Vegas Club. The Las Vegas Club received one of the first gaming licenses offered in 1931.
The Las Vegas Club would remain at this location untlil the late 1940s. It was then that owner Kell Houssels, Sr. moved the Club across the street to its present location.
The new location was already steeped in Las Vegas history. In the beginning it was the Overland Hotel. Pictures of the Overland Hotel dating back to 1906 can be found on old postcards and at Special Collections and the Nevada State Museum. John Wisner bought the property at the 1905 land auction for $1,750. (Don't ya wish you had a time machine?) and built the Overland Hotel.
In 1911, the Overland had a devasting fire and burned down. The firefighters lacked equipment except for some fire hoses and a cart. This event was a turning point in the city decided to incorporate later that year.
They rebuilt the Overland bigger and better. It now had a free sample room where traveling salesmen could display their wares. George Foley, Sr recalled a trip to Las Vegas with his father in 1926 when George was just a boy. They stayed at the Overland and George remembered "I looked out the window that night and Fremont Street was only lit by one bare light bulb and I remember feeling very afraid".
The Overland briefly became Frank Donovan's Chatterbox Club as well as the Talk of the Town Bar before, in the late 1940s, Kell Houssels, Sr decided to move the Las Vegas Club across the street, perhaps thinking that the Club might do better being right across Main Street from the Train Depot. The Overland continued as a hotel above the Club. The Overland had a separate neon sign with a train engine that hung above the second floor.
In 1961, Jackie Gaughan and Mel Exber bought the Las Vegas Club and redid the facade, adding much more neon. They also bought out the Overland and the Las Vegas Club became a hotel and a casino.
The casino thrived in those classic days as Gaughan and Exber understood the tourists and locals who frequented Fremont Street.
Once Gaughan sold the property in 2002 to the Tamares Group, the casino/hotel began to falter. They tried opening a new poker room in 2007 and toyed with the idea of turning the place into a high-rise condo/hotel. Those plans evaporated in the wake of the Great Recession.
There was talk of turning the eastern part of the property into a mega-pharmacy (because the one thing Las Vegas needs is another CVS or Walgreen's, I guess) but finally the owners sold to Greg and Derek Stevens, current owners of the Golden Gate and D Hotel.
There is talk of renovating the Club but as of now, no one is sure what will happen to the property.
Watch this space.
How many of these do you remember?
Had a terrific lounge as well!
The Neon Museum is raising money to restore this sign. You can help: http://www.neonmuseum.org/support/desert-rose
Once graced the side of the Golden Gate. Taken down a few years ago.
One of the best animated neon signs in Las Vegas. An electrical fire damaged the sign.
Old school Las Vegas menu that included frog legs. (courtesy of Alan Sandquist)
Now resides at the Neon Museum.
Still shining proudly. Designed by Brian "Buzz" Leming, Sr.
Along with the Blue Onion, a traditional teen-age hang-out for many years.
Somerset Motel along Convention Center Drive.
The Starlight Motel in north town.
The Yucca Motel on Las Vegas Blvd.
Hit the comments and tell us which ones you remember!
Talking with friends the other day and we got to talking about our favorite Classic Las Vegas Strip hotel.
Which one was yours?
El Rancho Vegas
The Hotel Frontier
Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn
The Sands- A Place in the Sun
The Royal Nevada
The Original MGM Grand Hotel
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