Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 | 1:42 p.m.
Though the temperatures have not dropped too much, Fall is headed our way and Halloween is right around the corner. If you're looking for some terrifying entertainment, check out one of the many haunted houses that are already up and running. In addition to these spookier attractions, there are harvest festivals and Halloween events galore for the whole family to enjoy.
Fright Dome: Circus Circus's five-acre attraction featuring five haunted houses plus all the rides of the usual Adventuredome experience with 23 rides and attractions. Haunted attractions include homages to Saw, My Bloody Valentine and the Chainsaw Massacre films plus Hillbilly Hell and Flesh Feast.
Funtown Frightfest at Galleria Sunset Mall: Galleria Sunset Mall presents the Funtown Frightfest Pumpkin Patch to benefit People's Autism Foundation. Enjoy three acres of spooky fun, food and frights featuring midway games, carnival rides, bungee jumping, inflatable bouncy rides, runaway train, haunted hayride, pony rides, pumpkin patch, street entertainers, special celebrity appearances, raffles and more.
OktoberFrightFest at Fremont Street Experience: Fremont Street Experience immerses itself in the season with Oktoberfest and Halloween events all month long, including Viva Vision light and sound shows themed to "Time Warp" and "Monster Mash" plus beer gardens featuring seasonal Oktoberfest food & drink specials and special concerts including Freakin' Magic — Horror Hospital starring Kevin James, Frank & The Steins and Alice and Ozzy's Frightmare.
Springs Preserve Haunted Harvest: Enjoy spooky fun and tasty treats at the Spring Preserve's Haunted Harvest. The family-friendly event features a haunted maze, trick or treat stations, carnival games, a scarecrow display, live entertainment and much more spooktacular fun. Haunted Harvest will culminate with Sunny 106.5 FM's annual Safe Street Trick or Treating event on Halloween night.
Trilogy of Terror haunted houses: The AMC Theaters Rainbow Promenade 10 will be the site for Freakling Brothers' Trilogy of Terror haunted houses featuring Castle Vampire, Circus of Horrors and The Mortuary.
Blood Village and Boca Park Frightfest: The Boca Park shopping complex turns into Blood Village with six haunted attractions plus vendors, food, games, haunted midway games, a pumpkin patch and a beer garden for the adults.
Chaos at the Cannery: Two of Las Vegas' top haunts, The Asylum and Hotel Fear, are combined into one abysmally haunted terror — Chaos at The Cannery. The Cannery will horrify the masses as it partners with Lotus Broadcasting's KOMP 92.3 and 97.1 The Point to present haunted attractions that landed in the Top 13 Haunts according to Hauntworld Magazine. Tickets are $12 for a single haunt or $18 for a Chaos Pass combo. There will be a special "lights on" tour for the little ones under 10 years old on Halloween from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for only a $2 donation with all proceeds benefiting the Ronald McDonald House.
Silverton Fright Fest: The Silverton Casino & Hotel launches a month of Halloween festivities with the Silverton Fright Fest. Guests can enjoy a variety of family-friendly and ghoulish activities including haunted houses, games, rides a pumpkin patch, a banana derby featuring monkeys racing on little dogs and much more. Guests 21 and over can enjoy the beer garden.
Bonnie Screams: Bonnie Springs gets in the spooky spirit with Bonnie Screams, featuring three haunted houses, a nightly magic show by Landon Swank and a haunted train ride.
Saturday, October 16:
Fall Bazaar at Aliante Library: Enjoy a fall bazaar with homemade crafts and home businesses Scentsy, Usborne Books, Lia Sophia, Two Sweet Boutique, Ten Tiny Piggies, Pampered Chef, Willow House, plus homemade tutus, ornaments, wine glass charms, aprons, jewelry, home decor, kids' items and more. The event is hosted by the 66th Rescue Squadron and Detachment 1 Spouses Groups from Nellis Air Force Base.
Pumpkin Picassos at Whitney Ranch Rec Center: Painting is a safe alternative to carving pumpkins. We'll assist children as they paint their own pumpkin masterpieces and then entertain them with some great games. Bring a pumpkin and an old shirt for cover-up. The event is open to ages 4 through 12.
The Anthem Fall Harvest Festival: The Anthem Fall Harvest Festival includes a Farmers Market featuring fresh52 Farmers Market, an arts and crafts fair, live entertainment with the Dummkopfs, a costumed pet parade and various food vendors. The event takes place at the Anthem Center Ballroom and North Lawn.
Trunk or Treat Classic Car Show & Halloween Festival: Join Las Vegas Councilman Steve Wolfson for the Trunk or Treat Classic Car Show & Halloween Festival at Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center. The fun begins at 10 a.m. with free admission for festival goers and car show spectators. Families can dress in costume to enjoy contests, music, raffles, vendors, carnival booths, face painting, jump houses and to see the amazing cars. Trunk-or-treating will be available outdoors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the cars.
Pumpkin patch and craft fair: Christ the King Catholic Church presents a pumpkin patch and craft fair featuring food booths, games, rides, hand crafted items, adult bingo with prizes, live entertainment and raffles.
Downtown Oktoberfest: Celebrate the changing of the seasons with German music, dance, food and of course beer.
Thursday, October 21:
Halloween Happening at Mountain Crest Park: Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown and the Mountain Crest Neighborhood Services Center will host "Halloween Happening" at the Mountain Crest Park. Activities include pumpkin carving, arts and crafts and games.
Friday, October 22:
Ghosts and Goblins of Nevada's Past: The Clark County Museum's Ghosts and Goblins of Nevada's Past includes trick-or-treating on Heritage Street for children ages 12 and younger. All ages can enjoy old-fashioned games (for an additional minimal charge) and costume contests as visitors search for apparitions at the Haunted Train Depot, Spook Alley and Ghost Town. Games and activities are designed for children ages 12 and younger and their parents. For more information, please call 702-455-7955.
Saturday, October 23:
"Candy Couture" at Emergency Arts: Altered Nation Designs and Flockflockflock host a fashion show and raffle to benefit local charity Opportunity Village, whose thrift store recently suffered from a fire. The show will feature the talents of local designers and artists. Each fashion designer has been challenged to use real candy and candy wrappers in their garments in celebration of Halloween.
The 5th Annual Trunk or Treat: Costumes are encouraged for Easter Seals Southern Nevada's 5th Annual Trunk or Treat. Enjoy the haunted house, trick-or-treating from trunk to trunk, candy, food and much more. Place an entry in the scarecrow-decorating contest to showcase your festive side. Stick around for the Haunted House from 8 until 10 p.m.
StorageOne Haunted House: StorageOne is proud to present its second annual Haunted House. The event will have food, treat bags, face painting and raffle prizes. The first 100 children will receive a free pumpkin. Get free admission with non-perishable food donation.
Halloween Carnival & Haunted House: Mirabelli Community Center will host its annual Halloween Carnival & Haunted House for the community.
Costume Drive for SAFE House: PostNet at Stephanie and Horizon Ridge is collecting costumes for kids living at SAFE house. Please donate new or gently-used costumes in good, wearable condition, clean, and age appropriate for infants through teens.
Sunday, October 24:
Trunk or Treat at Black Mountain Rec Center: Put on your costumes and follow the trick-or-treat trail in the Black Mountain Recreation Center's parking lot where volunteers pass out treats from the trunks of their festively decorated cars.
Tuesday, October 26:
Pumpkin Painting at Malcolm Library Express your creativity as you decorate your own pumpkin at Malcolm Library. Register online at www.mypubliclibrary.com or call (702) 263-7522. The event is open to ages 7-12.
Wednesday, October 27:
Halloween Origami at James I. Gibson Library: Scare yourself silly with creepy holiday origami. Learn how to make a witch, a pumpkin and a skull. The event is open to ages 8-12.
Parkdale Community Center Mini-Halloween: Parkdale Community Center hosts a mini-Halloween event for ages 2 to 5. Enjoy a Spooky Spiderfest, which includes games, treats and themed activities. An adult must accompany each participant. Although the event is free, registration is required and ends on Oct. 25. Those interested can call the center at 702-455-7517.
Thursday, October 28:
Halloween Spooktacular: Put on your costume and join the festivities at Paseo Verde where guests can enjoy games, activities and spooky stories.
Howling Halloween Carnival and Haunted Hallway: There are plenty of scary faces waiting to lurch out and scare you at the Howling Halloween Carnival and Haunted Hallway at Doolittle Community Center.
Candy and Corridors at Paradise Recreation Center: Paradise Recreation Center will host Candy and Corridors where children under 13 can trick-or-treat, visit the haunted house and participate in activities where tickets are offered for 10 for $5.
The 2nd Annual Great Pumpkin Run: Pick out a spooktacular costume, strap on your running shoes and head over to the Easter Seals Southern Nevada's 2nd Annual Great Pumpkin Run. The Great Pumpkin Run takes runners, dressed in a variety of costumes, on a 5K jaunt through Woodlawn Cemetery and Bunkers Edenvale Cemetery to a spooky Halloween after party complete with food, drinks and entertainment. There will also be a one-mile walk option as well. Register soon as the prices go up closer to the day of the event.
Halloween Extravaganza: James I. Gibson Library presents the 8th annual Halloween Extravaganza celebration. Guests can enjoy games with prizes, a costume contest and a Jack-O-Lantern contest.
Friday, October 29:
Free Halloween carnival: Lit'l Scholar Academy in Summerlin, located at 8961 Hillpointe Drive, hosts a free Halloween event including a petting zoo, pony rides, jumpers, trick or treating, food, arts & crafts and carnival games. For more information call 702-256-5300.
Count Dracula: The Nevada Conservatory Theatre at UNLV presents Ted Tiller's Count Dracula, directed by David Iver. The ballet, based on Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, will be performed in the Judy Bayley Theatre. Additional shows run through November 6.
Fall Fun Fest at CSN: The College of Southern Nevada Foundation hosts the Fall Fun Fest at the CSN Charleston campus Oct. 29 through 31, featuring a variety of genres for the fest's concerts, ranging from punk to hip-hop. On October 29, check out Strung Out with The Vandals. On October 30, catch Big B and Unwritten Law. Other activities throughout the weekend include raffles, food, activities, vendors, dance performances, concerts and much more. More than 100 arts and crafts vendors will display fashion, jewelry, home and holiday décor wares. Food will be plentiful and reflect a variety of cultures, including American, Asian and Mexican and carnival treats. Guests 21 or older can also visit the festival's beer and wine tasting gardens.
Haunting at the Ranch: Ghosts will be swimming to celebrate their favorite time of year at the Whitney Ranch Aquatic Complex. Join the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department for an evening of haunted fun with games, trick-or-treat bag decorating, and a pumpkin scavenger hunt. Bring a blank pillowcase to make bag decorating extra frightening. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Nevada Pops Halloween concert at Artemus Ham Hall at UNLV: Get a little culture this Halloween with the Nevada Pops Halloween concert at Artemus Ham Hall at UNLV. The concert will include a performance of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" as well as music from the blockbuster book-to-movie Twilight, and traditional Halloween favorites including Danse Macabre and Night on Bald Mountain.
Saturday, October 30:
Birds With Spooky Reputations: Lots of creatures give people the creeps around Halloween and some of them are birds. Find out why crows, ravens, barn owls and turkey vultures have spooky reputations. The workshop features hands-on and educational displays and games that reinforce the learning experience and is hosted by the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. The event is open to children aged 6 to 12. Register online at cityofhenderson.com (activity 194015-63) or in person at any City of Henderson recreation center.
Pumpkin Smash archery event: The Clark County Shooting Park archery range presents the First Annual Pumpkin Smash. The "fun shoot" will consist of an archery shoot at paper pumpkin targets and a shoot-out every hour at pumpkins that ooze green goo. Hotdogs and drinks will be available for purchase, provided by the Guns and Grub Café.
Nu Vision Halloween Costume Ride: Going door to door to show off your costumes is so passé. BikingLasVegas.com and Nu Vision Cyclery have teamed up to offer another option: a costumed bike ride from the Nu Vision Cyclery store in Summerlin heading into Red Rock. The winners of the costume contest after the ride will receive gift certificates.
Pug-O-Rama Picnic: The Southern Nevada Pug Rescue, a non-profit organization, will host its ninth annual Pug-O-Rama Picnic at the Silver Springs Recreation Center Amphitheater in Henderson. The Halloween-themed event will feature costume contests, prizes, raffles and a silent auction. Pug owners are encouraged to dress up their pugs, pack a picnic and enjoy a few hours socializing with other pug owners.
East Las Vegas Safe HalloweenFest: Join the East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center for its annual spooky Safe HalloweenFest where there will be trick-or-treat booths, carnival games, and Monster Mash dance contests. Make sure you dress in costume and join us for the costume parade with prizes.
Halloween Dance featuring the Jerry Tiffe Band: Charleston Heights Arts Center wants to help you get in the spirit of the season and "monster mash" at the annual Halloween-themed dance featuring Las Vegas favorite Jerry Tiffe and his combo. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.
Sunday, October 31:
Las Vegas Weekly presents The Las Vegas Halloween Parade: On Halloween night, line up at Hoover and 4th Street by 6 p.m. The parade will kick off at 7 p.m., heading north to Ogden Street. Anyone in costume can participate.
Fab-BOO-lous Safe Halloween Hunt: Sammy's Woodfired Pizza offers little ghosts and goblins a chilling good time with the 4th Annual Safe Halloween Hunt at the Montecito Marketplace in Centennial Hills. Families can embark on an adventure with the Halloween Hunt Adventure Map to help them gather all their goodies like a spider-web of Cotton Candy from Sammy's Woodfired Pizza. With a number of stops at neighboring businesses, each offering a bewitching treat, children will have plenty of surprises to sink their teeth into.
Warm Springs Baptist Church Fall Festival: Enjoy this fun and safe alternative to trick or treating. The all ages event includes "trunk or treating," face painting, game booths with prizes, live music, free kids raffle, and more.
Halloween at Lake Las Vegas: The Village at Lake Las Vegas celebrates Halloween with a spooky haunted house, games, raffles, a pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, palm readings, balloon art and more. The Village merchants welcome trick-or-treaters while along with a DJ. Don't forget to enter the costume contest for a chance to win $25 to $200 in cash prizes and hotel accommodations.
Harvest Festival: The River and the Champion Center Las Vegas present a free harvest festival complete with candy, games and bounce houses will provide a fun, free and safe way to celebrate Halloween at Mountain View Christian School.
Town Scary: Town Square turns into Town Scary this Halloween where costumed guests can enjoy hay rides, ghoulish games and a spooky pumpkin patch in the park.