Ready to cross the Gates of Hell?
No, we’re not talking about Chuck E. Cheese on a Saturday afternoon – although there will likely be a similar amount of screaming and queasy stomachs for entirely different reasons.
Obviously, we’re referring to the return of the Freakling Bros. interactive cri-a-thon. which became Nevada’s first R-rated haunted attraction when it debuted in 2011.
He’s back in the Ikea parking lot (6555 S. Riley St.), promising to give you “a slow, painful descent into cold, black nothingness to meet Lucifer himself” — and you don’t even have to. surrender to the DMV to live as such. Pleasant!
The Gates of Hell is just one of three Freakling Bros. horror shows, which also includes the dark magic-themed Coven of 13 and the Nosferatu-approved Castle Vampyre.
The gnarly creations of Freakling Bros. have become one of Vegas’ oldest, most popular (and spookiest) Halloween attractions over the past 30 years.
For scare fans, it’s become an annual tradition.
And there are plenty of other Halloween events to check out this season. Here are 10 more:
‘Saws and Ropes’
It’s perhaps the most singular sound on all horror movie soundtracks: the shrill strings that make Goose’s heart race during the iconic shower scene in “Psycho.” The string sections just have a way of getting under their skin when a killer does the same thing on the big screen. To that end, the Las Vegas String Quartet will perform scary movie classics as part of “Saws and Strings,” a horror-based musical event featuring a haunted living room and “The Collectors Chamber,” where a spooky story will be told. 7 p.m. Friday through Monday at The Industrial Event Space, 2330 South Industrial Road. Tickets start at $39.99; theindustrialvegas.com.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show”
Let’s not just start the time warp all over again – let’s do it like we’ve never done before, shall we? Experience the kitschy, fishnet-clad classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in a fully immersive environment at The Portal at Area15, where the cult classic musical comes to life in all its rice and toilet paper glory. Running out of confetti and/or water guns? Do not worry. Accessory bags can be purchased for $5 so you can enjoy all the glory blowing bubbles, hot stuff. Admission includes a free drink. 10:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the gate at Area15, 3215 S. Rancho Drive. Tickets start at $49.95; area15.com.
Not all ghouls and goblins want to turn your skull into a punch bowl. Therefore, there are plenty of more welcoming and child-friendly witches and wizards at HalloVeen in the Magical Forest, which spans a 2.5-acre theme park with a graveyard full of decorated trees and pumpkins. , rides, tricks or – Treat stations, midway carnival games and more. Best of all, it all benefits the nonprofit Opportunity Village, which helps locals with developmental disabilities, meaning the whole family can have a great time for an even better cause. 5:30-9 p.m. Friday-Monday at HalloVeen in the Magic Forest, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd. Tickets are $22 at occasionvillage.org, $25 at the door.
Moapa Valley Corn Maze
Transform your kids into real corn kids at moapa valley corn maze, save the murder of parent units and others. Not only can they navigate said attraction, but there’s also a pumpkin patch, a huge bouncing pillow, the tallest swing in Nevada, a zipline, zombie paintball, and a myriad of other things to do. More fun, and you’ll need to have the smiles surgically removed from your kids’ faces, “National Lampoon’s Vacation” style. Open daily at Moapa Valley Corn Maze, 1500 Lewis Ranch Road, Moapa. Check mvcornmaze.com for times and ticket prices.
The Golden Tiki
Get your (shrunken) head in the game, fend off a blow, and go wild for all the Halloween shenanigans at Golden Tiki. On Saturday there is a Halloween costume contest and the winner wins a $500 gift card. The following night features a Monster Ball where a Monster King and Queen will be crowned as a Homecoming Dance from the Dead. On Monday there will be a kid-free trick or treat with waiters handing out candy so you don’t have to endure the indignity of being a 31-year-old man knocking on the neighbor’s door for a Snickers from the bite size – just kidding, you have time to do both. The Golden Tiki, 3939 Spring Mountain Road. Free; thegoldentiki.com.
Freak the beat
Channel your inner Dr. Funkenstein – one of George Clinton’s many alter egos – and descend to Freak the Beat in Fergusons Downtown. The outdoor concert space will be transformed into a suitably spooky party venue this weekend for a Halloween music festival led by producer Channel Tres, known for his fusion of West Coast hip-hop and Chicago house, and “Future Funk” progenitor Young Bae. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Downtown Fergusons, 1028 E. Fremont St. Single-day tickets start at $30; two-day passes are $50; wethebeat.com.
sin city halloween
You know you’ve found the right kind of party when the dress code mentions the Saran Wrap – “or whatever else you could imagine” – as an acceptable cover-up. Formerly the Fetish & Fantasy Ball, Sin City’s newest Halloween ball is moving to the Palms for 26 years. What to expect? Flesh, fire, more flesh and fire, a zoo full of sexy beasts, wading birds and less inhibited than Antarctica has skinny dippers. 9 p.m. Saturday at The Pearl at the Palms. Tickets start at $108; sincityhalloweenball.com.
Dia de los Muertos celebration
Celebrate the passage of friends and family to an afterlife as sweet as all the treats heralded this time of year during the Dia de los Muertos celebration. Produced by the Las Vegas Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, this lively (literally) joyful event features special interactive kids’ activities, artisan vendors, face painting, a display of created altars by community organizations and more to honor the afterlife. 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza, 720 Twin Lakes Drive. Free; lasvegasnevada.gov.
Have you ever seen that sweet piece of cinematic Velveeta that is “Ghost Ship?” from 2002? Nope?! Again with bad life choices, you. Either way, you can still experience water-based scares via Halloween cruises at Lake Las Vegas. The undead crew will lead you on a 90-minute journey with two full bars serving up spooky cocktails to soothe the numbed nerves of all weak earthlings. 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday through Monday at Lake Las Vegas. Tickets start at $19.99; lakelasvegaswatersports.com/haunted-cruise.
Do you find that the transparent balcony of the Ghostbar on the 55th floor of the Palms scares you a little? Take it to the next level with HalloQween, a deliciously spooky LGBTQ+ Halloween event featuring Coco Montrese from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” plus a costume contest, go-go dancers, and impersonators, including Kenneth Blake in the role of Elvira and Jessie Tyler as Taylor Swift. The queen of scares and queen of pop? The only way to go wrong is to go somewhere else.
7 p.m. Sunday at Ghostbar at the Palms. Admission is $25; palms.com.