Halloween haunts aplenty for 2013

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As the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, the time of celebration and superstition is upon us once more. Halloween is said to have originated from the ancient Celtic Festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. Later on in the eighth century it was designated All Hallows’ Eve, and over time it has transformed into Halloween, a community based event with both child and adult related activities. Here in Las Vegas there are a variety of local celebrations that help us not only to usher in the winter season, but to acknowledge Halloween as the world wide treat it truly is.

  • Las Vegas is known for its thrills and adventures, and when it comes to Halloween, we do not disappoint. One of the most well known Halloween related attractions is the always terrifying Fright Dome. Come October, the normally family-friendly Adventuredome theme park transforms into a spooky park complete with terrifying haunted houses, multiple scare zones, live entertainment, six horrifying stand-alone mazes, and for the first time: an isolation-style haunted house, “Hotel Argento” that one must walk through completely alone. This frightening attraction is celebrating its 11th year so the admission price is $32.95 per person, and the park will be open Thurs. through Sun., 7 p.m. to midnight, Oct. 3 – 31 at Circus Circus.
  • Another bone chilling Las Vegas event is Galleria Blood Village, the notoriously creepy village complete with a Haunted Mansion and the new Zombie Infection. The tours conclude with a ride in a wooden coffin. Hours of operation are from 7-11 p.m. on weeknights, and 7 p.m. to midnight during weekends.
  • Besides the unnerving attractions featured all over the residential area, HallOVeen at Opportunity Village is a PG rated Halloween park for the fam bam. Open every weekend of October, the Magical Forest will be shrouded in Halloween finery from head to toe. It will contain attractions such as: Boris the Elf’s 3D Experience, The Spooktacular Forest Express Passenger Train, The Slightly Scary Snowflake Slide, and much more. You’ll also enjoy nightly parades, crafts and movies, Spookley the Square Pumpkin Storytelling Fridays, Scary-oke Saturdays, the Candy Cabin and the Magical Midway. It will be open October 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, and 25-27, open each evening at 5:00 p.m.HallOVeen at the Magical Forest is located at 6300 W. Oakey Boulevard.
  • Taking history to a new level of frightening is the guided haunted tour of the Titanic at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. From Oct. 31-Nov 1, every 30 minutes from 5-8 p.m guests can experience this educational, yet spooky tour.  You will learn about the paranormal activity surrounding the ships ultimate demise. You will be also be informed of the tales of lost souls haunting the exhibit itself. The attraction is open from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily with tickets ranging from $24 for children and $32 for adults.