Don't let all the bats fly out of your pockets this spooky season
Whether it’s the trendy Halloween costumes, star-studded masquerades or the seasonal cocktails racking up bar tabs, the cost of partying in Las Vegas adds up. Sin City is abundant with luxury holiday experiences, but what about locals working with limited resources? We don’t want anyone to get left behind this spooky season just because money is tight. Halloween lands on a Monday this year, so plan for a long weekend.
Scary stats reveal how much people are expected to splurge this year on Halloween. According to the National Retail Federation, the total spending this year is projected to reach a record high amount of $10.6 billion, compared to last year’s record of $10.1 billion.
As All Hallows Eve approaches, we’ve compiled a list of inexpensive ways to enjoy seasonal festivities around town without maxing out your credit card.
Eat, Drink and Be Scary
7810 N. Tenaya Way
When autumn arrives, many Las Vegans make a point to visit the homegrown, family-friendly farming land, Gilcrease Orchard. This local non-profit organization offers recreational and educational experiences revolving around agriculture. This is one of the most popular places for families to gather pumpkins, drink fresh apple cider and take home a box of apple cider donuts.
Locals swarm this spot in October for good reason. Gilcrease Orchard sells high-quality goods. A pound of locally-sourced pumpkins at Gilcrease is $.75 per pound, but it’s Gilcrease’s apple cider and apple cider donuts that many residents rave about on social media. There are also plenty of other pre-picked treats sold at their farm stand worth exploring.
Make sure you set your alarm clock to sound off early. Gilcrease Orchard’s seasonal hours and days are limited. The orchard is open only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.
4520 Hualapai Way Suite 109
Make way, pumpkin spice latte, for the Hocus Pocus Latte! Caffeine Machine—a female-owned and operated coffee house founded in 2020—will put a spell on you. The new beverage is a nod to the iconic ‘90s Halloween film of the same name, with a new sequel to the cult classic now streaming on Disney+.
The Hocus Pocus Latte is an iced coffee with hazelnut syrup, bourbon caramel syrup and pumpkin pie sauce. A regular size Hocus Pocus Latte costs around $4.75, but a Halloweenist can enjoy a larger brew for only a few dollars more. This caffeinated potion is a must-try for all magical folk this October.
6580 S. Rainbow Blvd. #100
Are you dressing up this Halloween? If so, head on down to Greek Chicken. The neighborhood eatery is offering costume-wearing guests a FREE sundae with the purchase of any entree on October 27-29 and October 31. The family-owned restaurant serves various Greek traditional plates, chicken dinners, Angus burgers, beer-battered fish, fresh salads, and kids’ meals. Greek Chicken is open daily from 10:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. All treats, no tricks here.
1770 Festival Plaza Dr. Suite 200
Nothing compares to a Las Vegas brunch, especially a Halloween-themed one. The Downtown Summerlin hangout, La Neta Cocina Y Lounge, is throwing a Costume Brunch party on October 30 starting at 11 a.m. A brunch in Las Vegas wouldn’t be complete without a good, strong breakfast cocktail. There are many brunch options in town, but a $25 bottomless mimosas deal paired with a specialty menu served in a spooktacular setting is hard to beat. The Halloween-themed feast will also conjure a DJ to create a hip and haunting vibe for the creepy costume brunch. Reserve your spot at lanetacocina.com.
2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy. (Henderson) and 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. (Summerlin)
On Saturday, October 29, both Bottiglia Cucina and Enoteca at Green Valley Ranch Resort in Henderson and Hearthstone Kitchen and Cellar at Red Rock Casino Resort in Summerlin will serve a Halloween brunch for children. For $19, the specialty brunch includes a kid’s brunch entree, pumpkin decorating supplies, and a candy bar. A special surprise character will host the kids’ Halloween brunch at each location.
As the kids enjoy the holiday festivities, parents may dig into the restaurant’s weekly brunch dishes. Menu highlights include Bottigalia’s lobster Benedict or Hearthstone’s chicken and waffles. Visit Bottiglia or Hearthstone to reserve your spot for a unique family brunch.
Haunting Halloween Adult Attractions
1501 W Sahara Ave.
The Artisan Hotel—a local stay with a gothic art-filled lobby, restaurant and pool—is hosting a Halloween Bash on Saturday, October 29 at 8 p.m. Dress up in your best Halloween costume for a chance to win $5,000 in cash prizes in their costume contest. Play your cards right and you might leave with more money than you came with. In the lounge, a DJ will spin beats lively enough to raise the dead. Presale tickets cost $24 plus tax, and the deal ends on October 24.
400 S. Rampart Blvd. (located at the Northeast corner of the parking area)
31 Freak Street—from one of the creators of Bonnie Screams—brings two new haunted attractions to Tivoli Village: Crimson Manor and Mayhem.
Crimson Manor immerses visitors in a previously “bustling estate” that is now said to be a highly haunted area inhabited by “victim spirits.” Mayhem, its eerie sibling, is given little information. The website just says it’s “where you’ll find all of our resident psychos.” It’s only $20 per attraction, or $30 if you do both on the same night. Given that many haunted house passes in town start at $25 and go up from there, this is a good bargain.
425 E. Fremont St.
Downtown Las Vegas is a frequent haunt for many locals and tourists alike. Fremont Street Experience will host a horror-filled weekend from October 28 to 31, complete with FREE nightly entertainment, flash mobs, and other seasonal festivities.
On Halloween weekend, watch theatrical musical performances by Fremont’s resident rock band, Alter Igor, on the 1st Street Stage and a dazzling show featuring striking visuals, dancers, and aerialists in the production of “Wicked Dreams” on the 3rd Street Stage.
Viva Vision Shows will play Halloween-themed light displays on mega screens every night from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. Plan accordingly with the calendar of events.
3330 E. Tropicana Ave.
For only $12 per show, a Rocky Horror fan may “do the Time Warp again” at the Tropicana Regency Cinemas on Saturday, October 29 at 8 p.m. and midnight. This spooktacular evening features a musical pre-show performance, three costume contests (Rocky Horror, Drag, and Halloween) and prizes. Brace yourself for an immersive experience with audience participation as the cult classic plays on the big screen.
Family-Friendly Ghostly Gatherings
1980 Festival Plaza Dr.
Join the Halloween Parade of Mischief in Downtown Summerlin every Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. from October 1 to October 29. Three holiday floats, as well as dancing ghosts, zombies, witches, and wizards, are part of the show. The Halloween parade on Park Centre Drive is FREE for the whole family.
2240 Village Walk Dr. (located on the Green behind Whole Foods)
Las Vegas’ weather is finally below three digits. The cooler temperatures are ideal for outdoor activities around the neighborhood. Over at The Green Valley District, Movies on the Green will be playing kid-friendly Halloween films for FREE on Saturdays until October 29. The movie schedule includes “Beetlejuice,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” and “Hocus Pocus.” Seating begins promptly at 7 p.m. after sundown, weather permitting. Bring a blanket to sit on and pack snacks to eat while watching your favorite Halloween movie.
That’s not the only Halloween spectacle taking place at the Green Valley District. Mark your calendars for the FREE Halloween Ghost Walk on October 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the main street near The Courtyard. The annual event is sponsored by the local radio station, Mix 94.1. Listen to jams like the “Monster Mash” while dressed in your favorite costume. According to the website, “retailers will be waiting for you with bowls of candy.”
1950 N. J St.
The City of Las Vegas and Clark County come together to present the Safenight Halloween Carnival on Monday, October 31 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The carnival will feature games, snacks, face painting, a petting zoo, a climbing wall, and a jump house. Treats will also be provided until supplies run out. The carnival is FREE and open to the public. To learn more about the carnival, call (702) 229-6374.
4111 Boulder Hwy.
Another FREE trick or treat festival will take place at the 6th Annual Halloween Harvest at Boulder Station Casino. On Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., several community vendors, crafters, and small businesses will gather in the Station Casino parking lot for Halloween festivities. The event will be outdoors under tents, so dress appropriately for the weather.
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