'Tis the season to be spooky, and few places embrace this time of year with more gusto than Las Vegas. From elaborate haunted houses to nightclub costume contests with thousands of dollars on the line, the Strip celebrates Halloween the way it celebrates most major American holidays: by going huge. Expect decked-out costume parties at every nightspot on the Strip and haunted happenings with some extra production value. For visitors traveling to Las Vegas in October, here are a handful of can't-miss attractions and events that only come once a year:Freakling Bros. The Trilogy of Terror:
This local classic returns for a 25th year this fall, its titular trilogy represented by a trio of haunted houses, including Castle Vampyre, the Coven of 13 and Gates of Hell, an R-rated, interactive attraction that's not for the faint of heart. If the standard creepy sets and axe-wielding actors don't get your adrenalin pumping, the Victim Experience might. This 18+ after-hours ordeal places guests in the role of victim for an interactive gauntlet of psychological and sensory torture that Freakling brags only 30% of attendees complete. Good luck. Fright Dome at Circus Circus:
Every October Circus Circus's iconic Adventuredome is given a rather ghastly makeover. The result is Fright Dome, an immersive, 250,000-square-foot fright fest that features six haunted mazes, zombie- and clown-themed "scare zones," a 4-D theater playing Friday the 13th and the usual assortment of roller coasters and thrill rides. Watch out for the chainsaw-heaving demonsand for the teenagers fleeing to safety.
The Adventuredome at Circus Circus gets a seasonal makeover for Halloween complete with haunted mazes, hammer-wielding hillbillies and lots of screaming guests.
Haunted Harvest at Springs Preserve: This family-friendly weekend festival is less about inducing sheer terror and more about embracing the lighter side of All Hallow's Eve. Think trick or treating, carnival games, live entertainment and a petting zoo. Costumes welcome.
Halloweenville at Wet'N'Wild: How does a water park transition to fall? By draining its slides and rides and transforming them into a spooky ensemble perfect for Halloween. Along with a haunted train and head-spinning rides, Wet'N'Wild will also offer zombie paintball target practice, a pumpkin patch and a moonlit dance party on select nights.
Sin City Halloween: Downtown Las Vegas's blowout bash is set for October 28, when the Fremont East Entertainment District will host a packed lineup of Halloween events, starting with a 5K costumed fun run and continuing with a Halloween parade, hearse and car show and finally a block party where actors from Halloween will sign autographs and ghost hunters will answer questions about exploring the paranormal.