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This Halloween, pick your poison as Las Vegas rolls out the black carpet for spooky club parties with big bucks on the line for the winners of the dozens of costume contests this weekend. Party with celebrity hosts, including two-thirds of The Girls Next Door and a shockingly low one-quarter of the Jersey Shore cast.
If you’re looking for something non-Hollywood and -Strip, check out the Halloween community events guide.
Wednesday, Oct. 26:
Dubstep Dead Celeb Halloween Party: The Horror Project presents the Dubstep Dead Celeb Halloween Party at Snitch at Ghostbar with Crizzly.
I Hear Dead People at Savile Row: Savile Row welcomes I Hear Dead People to spin its spine-chilling beats. Dress your best, as there will be $1,000 in cash prizes for the best dead rock star costume.
Nervo at Surrender: Kick off Halloween early with Surrender’s Halloween Industry Party featuring duo DJ Nervo and a Sexiest Costume Contest with $10,000 in cash and prizes.
Thursday, Oct. 27:
Manufactured Superstars at Tryst: Tryst's resident DJs Manufactured Superstars kick off the weekend festivities at The Affair industry night. Known for being draped in their signature spacesuits, they'll already be dressed for their cosmic adventure-themed costume party.
Taolloween: Tao presents a Halloween edition of Worship Thursdays featuring a costume contest with $10,000 in prize money and an open bar for anyone in costume.
Zombie Prom Night at Revolver: Revolver at Santa Fe Station takes the group costume contest to the next level with a zombie couple costume contest. Guests can enjoy $5 Absolut and Red Bull drink specials.
True Bud weekend at Rockhouse: Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub celebrates with four nights of costume contests and drink specials. From Thursday through Monday, patrons will be thirsting to “suck your Bud” with 2-for-1 Budweiser bottled beers and Ketel One specials while DJ Sincere mans the decks. Costume contests run all weekend starting out with the sexiest temptress contest Thursday featuring a $500 cash prize. On Friday, $500 will go to the best overall costume and on Saturday, $1,000 will go to the top costume. On Sunday, $500 cash goes to the scariest costume. True Bud weekend wraps Monday with $500 going to the top overall costume.
Philadelphia Invasion at Gold Lounge: Gold Lounge presents Soundbar's Halloween Edition, a Philadelphia Invasion with Rich Medina and Rob Paine from Philly and Keith Evan and Carlos Sanchez from Las Vegas, plus resident DJ Joey Mazzola. Enjoy the open bar from 10 p.m. to midnight, priced at $10 for guys and $20 for ladies.
Circus Freak Sleepover at The Artisan: The freaks come out at night for the Circus Freak Sleepover at The Artisan as guests enjoy music from Kaotic, Volterra, Tony Sinatra, Sway and K.C. & Bloom. The main room and the third floor will be open with bonus dance floor space. Contact CollectiveZoologist@gmail.com for guest-list information.
Scaramel at Bellagio: Caramel Lounge closes its doors after this weekend. From Thursday through Monday, wear your sexiest or scariest costumes to celebrate the good times at Scaramel.
Scarefest: College Night at McFadden's: McFadden’s kicks off the weekend with an all-or-nothing cash prize beer pong tournament and an Edward 40 Hands contest. From 10 p.m. until closing, guests can enjoy $20 bottomless drafts and local ladies can enjoy $1 drinks. All partygoers who rock a scary costume receive a free drink, and the scariest costume takes home a $250 cash prize.
Friday, Oct. 28:
AnnaLynne McCord at Pure: AnnaLynne McCord of 90210 hosts a Night of Haunted Seduction at Pure with $10,000 in cash and prizes for the best overall costume.
Cirque De Stylz at Moon: Moon presents Cirque De Stylz featuring DJ Marc Stylz and The Danseurs Rythme with live instrumentalists Rico de Largo, Hammettime and Justin Barnes.
Tron Halloween party at Drai's: Drai’s hosts a costume contest with a Tron theme, so whip out the light discs and cycles. OK, maybe leave the light cycles at valet.
Spiderween 2 at Tryst: DJ Spider presents Spiderween 2 at featuring a video DJ set and a Fairtytale Land-themed costume contest.
Ghouls Gone Wild at The Playground: The Playground hosts a Ghouls Gone Wild party at Crazy Horse III. Next door at Posh, the weekly Envy Ladies Night hosts a Naughty and Nice party featuring a complimentary open bar for ladies from 10 p.m. until midnight. Ladies are invited to compete in a hottest devil vs. sexiest angel costume contest for a chance to win $5,000 in cash and prizes.
Zowie Bowie costume contest at Red Rock: Enjoy a free Zowie Bowie performance beginning at 11 p.m. Whip out the self-tanner for the Zowie Bowie Lookalike Contest featuring $1,000 in cash and prizes. Drink specials include $3 Bud and Bud Light Lime drafts, $6 “Zombie Bowie” cocktails and $2 Jager shots.
The Dirty Halloween at LAX: Nik Richie of TheDirty.com hosts The Dirty Halloween at LAX featuring a costume contest with $10,000 in cash and prizes for the best dirty celebrity costume.
PTs Halloween Bash: Several area PTs are celebrating with drink specials, including $2 Bud Light pints, $3 Bud Light mugs and $2 mixed potion shots. There also will be a costume contest with a cash prize.
Boneyard at Krave: Party it up with T.J. Kelly of The A List: New York as he hosts the 18-and-older Halloween extravaganza. Score cold hard cash by participating in the sexiest costume contest, or wait for the $2,500 cash balloon drop. Manning the DJ booth for the night is resident DJ Silence.
JWoww at Chateau: Jersey Shore star Jenni “JWoww” Farley hosts the Pimp ’n Ho party at Chateau featuring Judge Jules.
Yelawolf at Clash: Clash Fridays at Rain presents the Halloween Edition featuring Yelawolf and residents Dave Fogg and M!keattack.
Superheroes and Villains at Revolution: Revolution Lounge presents a Superheroes and Villains costume contest featuring a $2,000 prize and DJ Earwaxx.
Avicii at XS: Avicii mans the decks at XS, where you can see those who fell from heaven at the Fallen Angels-themed costume party.
Electric Scream at Studio 54: Studio 54’s resident DJ Loczi presents a Halloween edition of his recurring Electric Dream night “Electric Scream.” LED screens will flash haunting images while DJ Loczi spins from 8 feet above the crowd in a full-size coffin. There will be $5,000 in prizes for the most original costumes.
Halloween at Paymon's: Paymon's Hookah Lounge on West Sahara is having a two-day Halloween party. Each night, the person with the best costume will win a $300 Paymon's gift card. DJ Albert Gruve will be performing each night, and there will be drink specials and Halloween hookah flavors.
Night of the Creeps: Rockenstein Edition at McFadden's: Partygoers at McFadden’s can enjoy live entertainment while everyone who follows the party bar on Twitter or “likes” the Facebook page will enjoy a free open bar from 8 to 10 p.m. There will be another open bar from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m., priced at $20 for ladies and $30 for guys, plus all local ladies can enjoy $1 drinks from 10 p.m. until closing. The best costume of the night takes home $500.
Saturday, Oct. 29
Hollyween at Studio 54: Holly Madison hosts her 3rd Annual Hollyween at Studio 54. The Peepshow diva and Holly's World star will host alongside castmate Josh Strickland. She’ll emcee a costume contest to find the sexiest partygoer for a $10,000 cash prize, while Strickland takes the stage for a music performance.
Bridget Marquardt at Gallery: The Girls Next Door star and Playboy hosts A Very Sexy Halloween at Gallery.
Angel Porrino at Tryst: Peepshow, Absinthe and Holly's World star Angel Porrino hosts the Angels and Devils Costume Party at Tryst.
Rockstar Halloween at Body English: There's nothing creepier than a closed-down nightclub on Halloween weekend. Body English opens its doors for a special party where guests can enjoy a VIP open bar until midnight, music from DJ Twisted and sexy rock star go-go dancers.
VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub's Halloween party: The theme for the evening is cowboys and Indians, and there will be a $3,000 cash prize for the most creative costume and $2,000 for the sexiest costume. DJ Silver spins, and the event serves as an after-fight party featuring John Hackleman, founder of The Pit, and MMA fighter Ramsey Nijem.
Halloween weekend at Insert Coins: Insert Coins celebrates all weekend with costume contests. On Friday, there will be a best walking dead costume contest with a $500 prize. On Saturday, it’s fishnets and corsets for the sexiest costume contest with a $1,000 prize. On Sunday, get with the theme of the venue with a best video game or anime costume contest with a $500 prize, and on Halloween night, dress your best for the best overall costume contest with a $500 prize.
'80s Halloween bash at Tropicana: Next Events and Everything '80s Las Vegas Meetup host the 4th Annual Everything '80s Halloween Costume Party at Tropicana’s nightclub. The local social group consists of people with a common interest in '80s culture and music. The event features a concert by '80s group Bow Wow Wow (“I Want Candy”).
Halloween party at Artifice: Artifice hosts a mid-19th century London-themed Halloween party with performances by Hussle Club, Useless Keys, The Beautiful View and DJ sets by Brandy Vinyl and Slade. Enjoy free cocktails from 9 p.m. until midnight while supplies last.
Fright Night Pub Crawl at Green Valley Ranch: The party begins at 8 p.m. at the Lobby Bar with $1 Ghoulish Jell-O shots and Belvedere & Red Bulls. At 9, the celebration moves to Quinn’s with $5 Beer Pong and $3 Jager shots. Drop “Dead” Bar hosts the festivities at 10 p.m. with $4 Jack-O-Lantern shots, Wicked Cherry and Devil’s Bull cocktails. The final stop is Ovation for the Steel Panther Sexiest Costume Party from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m. The sexiest outfit earns $500, second place $250 in promo chips and third place is a booth and bottle service at an upcoming Steel Panther. The drink special is $5 Red Bull & Belvedere.
Boo Martini Heroes vs. Villains party: Blue Martini transforms into Boo Martini for a special Heroes vs. Villains Halloween party with $5,000 in prizes for the sexiest, scariest and most interesting costumes.
Scott Disick at Chateau: The Blood Orange Masquerade Ball at Chateau features music from Paul Oakenfold and John Askew, plus reality TV star Scott Disick as host (no baby mama Kourtney Kardashian?).
Marilyn Manson at The Bank: Though he looks like he's ready for Halloween 24/7, Marilyn Manson hosts the party at The Bank.
Snooki at Pure: Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of Jersey Shore celebrates Halloween at Pure with $10,000 in cash and prizes going to the person in the sexiest vixen costume.
'70s Disco Party at Deuce Lounge: Deuce Lounge is taking it back to the '70s with a disco-themed party. Get ready to boogie down to the best music from the '70s, and dress up in your disco gear to receive a complimentary glass of champagne.
Masquerade Ball at Gold Lounge: Gold hosts its first Masquerade Ball featuring a contest where first place gets $1,000, second place $500 and third place a VIP table with a comp bottle. Masks will be given out at the door for any unmasked partygoers. Enjoy sounds from Justin Hoffman.
Player’s Ball at LAX: Ice T and Coco of Ice Loves Coco host the Player’s Ball at LAX featuring $10,000 in cash and prizes for the sexiest seductress.
Flo Rida at Haze: Rapper Flo Rida performs hits like "Low" and "Right Round" at Haze. There also will be a costume contest with $10,000 in cash and prizes going to the sexiest costume and best overall costume.
Halloween party at Freakin' Frog: Party with the locals at Freakin' Frog's Rockin' Halloween Party featuring music from Oregon's rock and blues band Takilma followed by Vegas' own Kool Sensations.
Tiesto at The Joint Dutch musician, DJ and producer Tiesto continues his monthly residency with a Halloween edition.
Rhyme and Rhythm at Revolution: Local band Rhyme and Rhythm, aka RnR, performs at Revolution Lounge. Don your best costumes for the $500 costume contest.
The 16th Annual Las Vegas Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball: The party moves to South Point Arena, and headlining is the dance project of Shiny Toy Guns, the ever-evolving Hydridigital Shiny Toy Guns, with a supporting cast of DJs including Mix Master Mike from Beastie Boys, Donald Glaude, Darude, DJ Skribble, Scooter & LaVelle, DJ R.O.B, Huntington & Beej and DJ Bambu. Additionally, enjoy the parade of erotic and exotic performances featuring fire breathers and live theatrical performances by Scandalesque, Stryker Vawn and VooDoo Carnivale. Dress your best, or least, and enjoy the show.
Strip ’r Treat at Crazy Horse III: Crazy Horse III hosts a Strip ’r Treat bash with tunes from DJ CLA. Posh hosts Hollywood Dream Halloween starting at 2 a.m., where clubgoers who come dressed as their celebrity vie $5,000 in cash and prizes.
DJ Pauly D at Rain: Pauly D hosts the Night of the Killer Costumes 5 at Rain featuring a first-place prize of $10,000, second place of a one-night stay in a Palms Sky Villa and third $2,000.
Night of the Killer Costumes at Moon: The Night of the Killer Costumes continues at Moon with a costume contest featuring -- this should sound familiar -- a first-place prize of $10,000 cash, second place a one-night stay in a Palms Sky Villa and third $2,000.
Night of the Killer Costumes at Ghostbar: Ghostbar hosts a Night of the Killer Costumes party with a costume contest featuring -- this should sound very familiar -- a first-place prize of $10,000 cash, second place a one-night stay in a Palms Sky Villa and third $2,000.
Night of the Killer Costumes at Playboy Club: Round out your Night of the Killer Costumes at The Playboy Club with a costume contest featuring a first-place prize of $10,000 cash, second place a one-night stay in a Palms Sky Villa and third (only) $1,000.
Heidi Klum's Annual Halloween Party at Tao: Heidi Klum hosts her infamous Annual Halloween Party featuring music from her favorite DJ, Questlove from The Roots. The Project Runway host and supermodel is known for over-the-top costumes, so dress to impress.
Moksha at The Canyon Club: Celebrate Halloween with local rockers Moksha hosting a bash at the Four Queens' Canyon Club with guests Planet of the Abst.
Thriller party at Ri Ra: Ri Ra Las Vegas celebrates Halloween with a Michael Jackson Thriller party. The pub will be decked out for the festivities, and the late King of Pop’s music will play throughout the evening. Plus, guests have a chance to show off their skills in an M.J. dance contest. Ri Ra will offer $4 pints of Newcastle and Heineken, $4 zombie shots and $4 dirt pudding. Guests who check in on Foursquare during the event receive a free dirt pudding.
Boos and Booze at McFadden's: The Irish pub will warm up with a pre-game open bar from 8 to 10 p.m. priced at $15 for ladies and gents. The next open bar is from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. priced at $20. Local ladies can enjoy $1 drinks from 10 p.m. to closing. There is a costume contest with a $1,000 prize.
Sunday, Oct. 30
Devil’s Night Ball at Crown: The Rio nightclub opens its doors for a devil-themed Halloween bash. Bottle specials are available, and ladies drink free champagne until midnight. Adult film star and AVN Hall of Famer Ron Jeremy hosts.
Haunted Hoedown at PBR Rock Bar: PBR Rock Bar hosts a Haunted Hoedown with a costume bull riding competition. On Sunday, the Top Three win an open bar tab of $200, $100 and $50, respectively. Return Halloween for a costume contest sans bull riding. The Top Three receive $500 cash, a $100 bar tab and a $50 bar tab, respectively.
Deadmau5 at XS: Deadmau5 performs “Unhooked” at XS. With his giant mouse head, the house and electro DJ is already in costume.
'80s Halloween party at Cabo Wabo: Time to bust out the zebra-print pants and fishnets as Cabo Wabo celebrates Halloween ’80s rocker style. A $200 bar credit will be awarded to the best costume of the night. Guests also can enjoy a fanatical football lineup including $5 touchdown shots, $5 buffalo chicken nachos and buckets of fries, $10 buckets of wings, $20 buckets of beer and the touchdown wheel of deals.
Circus Sunday All Hallows’ Eve at Rhumbar: Rhumbar is calling all circus freaks for a spooky Circus Sunday All Hallows’ Eve bash. The Strip-side patio will transform into a haunted three-ring circus featuring stilt walkers and contortionists, plus sounds by DJ Larry Lynx.
Lavoween with DJ Vice: Lavo presents a special Vampire Vice Sunday edition featuring music from DJ Vice and $10,000 in cash and prizes for the winners of the costume contest.
Soundclash at The Bank: Halloween at The Bank means its time for a Soundclash. Electro-house meets hip-hop as rapper Lupe Fiasco and DJ Sky Gellatly bring the noise in a music showdown. The sexiest costume contest winner gets $10,000.
Zombie House at Ghostbar: Ghostbar Sundays presents Zombie House featuring Kevin Brown and resident DJ Brandon Kent. The best zombie costume gets $1,500.
Hot and Haunted at Revolution Lounge: Closet Sundays presents a hot and scary costume contest with host and performer Jaymes Vaughn, who performs his new single “Vampire.” Guests can enjoy $5 drinks throughout the night.
Sinners’ Ball at Vanity: Vanity presents the Sinners’ Ball at Sin on Sundays. Beauties and beasts are encouraged to don their best costumes and compete for $50,000 in cash and prizes in the following categories: sexiest costume, best celebrity impersonator, scariest costume, WTF costume and the best group costume.
Freakshow at Gipsy: Gipsy Nightclub hosts Freakshow starring Shannel, Kenneth Blake, Coco Vega, Brian Keith, L.A. Jewel, Coco Montrese, Leila and Ruby Bella Cruz.
Raise the Grave at Diablo's: Just in time for Dia de los Muertos, Diablo's brings it upstairs with a Halloween costume fiesta featuring drink specials like $5 Dos Equis and Tecate drafts and Chamucos margaritas.
Monday, Oct. 31:
House of Horrors at XS: XS resident DJ Afrojack spins at the Halloween masquerade. Celebrities, glitterati, locals and tourists are encouraged to dress in their most horrific wardrobe for the House of Horrors bash.
Ludacris at Haze: Haze is usually closed Mondays but open its doors on Halloween night for a performance by Ludacris and a $10,000 costume contest. Locals and hotel guests with room keys receive free admission until midnight.
Lil Jon at Surrender: Surrender saves the best for last and offers $25,000 to the best costumes on Halloween Night, where guests can join Celebrity Apprentice and rapper Lil Jon as he hosts the evening.
Beaux Arts Ball at Studio 54: HIV/AIDS nonprofit Golden Rainbow hosts the 45th Annual Beaux Arts Ball at Studio 54 emceed by Chippendales’ Jaymes Vaughn, 8 News Now’s Chris Saldana and Zumanity’s Edie the Entertainer. The event include performers from Studio 54 and cast members from Zumanity, Viva Elvis and Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas. The Beaux Arts Ball will award $25,000 in total to three guests in the categories of most original, sexiest and best drag costume.
Dos Equis Masquerade Ball at The Golden Nugget: Dos Equis hosts a Halloween-themed Masquerade Ball featuring local bands, installations from Burning Man artists and a journey through the six worlds of the Dos Equis Most Interesting Man’s mysterious masks. Costumed performers will showcase these storied masks by modeling on podiums and walking on stilts.
Monster Monday at McFadden's: McFadden’s closes out the weekend with a killer drink special. Everyone in costume receives half off all wells and drafts from 10 p.m. until closing.
Halloween Hotties at The Playground: The venues at the Playground hosts Halloween Hotties. Posh open its doors at 2 a.m. for a sexy costume contest with $5,000 in cash and prizes to the winners.