What to do in Las Vegas this Halloween weekend

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A pumpkin at the Silverado Pumpkin Patch. Photo by Stephanie Overton.

The air is crisp, the sweaters are out and everything is just a little bit spooky. Everyone knows exactly what that means: It’s Halloween time. Many are excited to get into the spirit of the holiday, and this is your guide to all of the fun filled activities that are available around Las Vegas. These events are for a range of ages from kid-friendly to 21 and over. 

There are seven different pumpkin patches located around Las Vegas and in surrounding areas. Halloween Town Pumpkin Patch has three different locations: Boca Park, Silverado Ranch, and S. Rainbow Blvd. They have an exciting range of carnival rides and games, as well as pumpkins for sale at each location. Admission into the patches is free, but rides will require tickets. 

There are two Seasonal Adventures Pumpkin Patches locations that can be found by IKEA off of exit 17 of Highway 215 and in Henderson. McKee Ranch and Gilcrease Orchard are open year-round and host fun Halloween activities in October. These locations offer a variety of bounce houses and obstacle courses. Just like with Halloween Town, tickets will be required for entry to certain attractions.

If you are willing to take a drive, the Moapa Valley Corn Maze is located about 50 miles from Las Vegas, between the city and Mesquite. It is open Wednesday through Sunday in October and offers a variety of activities, including a pumpkin patch, cow train, petting zoo, three different corn mazes and more. 

Looking for something a bit scarier? The Freakling Bros. Horror Shows are located in the IKEA parking lot across from the Seasonal Adventures Pumpkin Patch and have been rated the no. 1 scariest haunt in the country by USA Today. 

The haunt offers three different horror shows: Coven of 13, a completely immersive take on witches, warlocks and black magic; the Gates of Hell, Nevada’s only R-rated haunted house; and Castle Vampyre, a returning fan favorite. Tickets for all three shows start at $50.

Participants will need to sign a waiver to participate in the Gates of Hell and if those under 18 years old, you will need a parent or guardian to attend with you. Children under 12 are not permitted to enter. 

There are plenty of one time events happening around the Valley as well. Plenty of bars and clubs around town are holding parties during Halloween weekend, such as the Millenium Fandom Bar, located Downtown. They are hosting events on both nights, with a Pre-Halloween Party hosted by local charity Critical Care Comics on the 30th and a Halloween Bash on Oct. 31.

Area 15 is holding the 25th Anniversary Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball, which has been singled out by the LA Times as “the one party you don’t want to miss.” Doors open at 9 p.m., with the party going until 3 a.m. Admission prices start at $95 and there are a variety of packages for the event. 

Opportunity Village is hosting Vegas Fright Nights, a haunted house experience, open every day at 5:30 PM starting October 22nd. There are three uniquely frighteningly themed haunts: Clown Invasion in 3D, Nightmare Manor and a new experience, Blood Barn. 

Egan Escape Productions, the owners of the popular Saw Escape Room, has recently opened up a new escape experience based on the movie franchise of Blair Witch. The new room is called Escape Blair Witch and they are open Wednesdays through Sundays. 

If you are in the same boat as the numerous students who find themselves unsure what to do this Halloween weekend, anything on this list is sure to be a fun-filled time.

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