If you want to try something a little different this All Hallows’ Eve, then read on to find some of the most unusual and spectacular events coming this October. From friendly funtimes at the world’s best loved theme parks, to a quaint British tradition, to a truly terrifying haunted house there’s an activity to suit every scare level. So, turn the lights down low, lock the door and read on… if you dare!
Fright Dome at Circus Circus, Las Vegas
If hardcore scares are your cup of blood, then Jason Egan’s Fright Dome at Circus Circus is THE Halloween destination for you. For the entire month of October, the hotel and casino’s “adventuredome” is transformed into 250 000 sq. metres of haunted houses, scare zones and thrilling rides. This event is designed to be extreme, with live actors, terrifying shows and intense special effects all contributing to the most deliciously horrifying time of your life. The largest big top in the world offers the ultimate in Halloween scary experiences so get your tickets now before you lose your nerve!
Many people flock to Circus Circus for the casinos; with rows of slot machines, over forty gaming tables, bowling and an arcade to choose from, it already claims its status as one of the most entertaining places in Vegas. No worries if you can’t wait until October though; you can access special games at PokerStarsCasino to tide you over until those misty fall evenings start to draw in. There are often even Halloween themed games online during the scariest month of the year, to whet your appetite for more or cause you to firmly lock your door Halloween night, depending on your constitution…
If you do make it to the Fright Dome this year, be prepared for a twisting, turning maze of horror including spooky woodland cabins, abandoned hospitals and asylums, torture bunkers and disrupted morgues. These frightening locations are filled with any number of lunatics, zombies, freaks, crazed clowns, devils and monsters just waiting to scare your socks off! Circus Circus’ amusement park boasts 4D theatres for a fully immersive Halloween experience and five acres of ghastly attractions, so you certainly won’t get bored – the question is, will you escape with your wits intact?!
Whitby Goth Weekend, UK
Since 1994, goths and lovers of all things dark, dramatic and Draculian have been gathering at a small coastal town in the UK for Whitby Goth Weekend. Traditionally held as close to Halloween night as possible, the event has grown from humble beginnings to its current status as one of the most popular goth music festivals in the world. It now occurs twice yearly (once in the springtime and once around Halloween) and each ‘Weekend’ spans four to five days with thousands of visitors descending from all over the globe onto Whitby’s picturesque streets.
So, what’s it all about? Well, there’s definitely something for everybody at this friendly and inclusive event! The main focus is the music with live shows on both Friday and Saturday nights at the town’s Spa Pavilion venue. Live acts include goth-friendly bands, DJ sets and performers such as Dr Haze’s Freak Show from the Circus of Horrors. There’s also the Bizarre Bazaar Alternative Market during the day, jampacked with over 100 stalls selling all manner of spooky crafts. From Victorian-inspired jewellery to all-black clothing to creepy creatures, you’re sure to find a unique souvenir of your Halloween adventure.
But the fun doesn’t stop there! Dressing up, costume and cosplay are all encouraged during the weekend, with people going all out to show off their best Victoriana, Steam Punk or other gothic outfits. Where else could you wander the streets of a quaint English seaside town, surrounded by vampires, pirates, werewolves and the undead? It’s certainly a sight to behold and can be a riot to join in with. Top hats, corsets, canes, horns and creepy contact lenses are de rigueur at this event making it the most spectacular Halloween costume party you’ve ever seen. Come evening time, the streets transform as ghostly spectres seem to glide over the flagstones and Victorian gentlemen reveal sharp fangs when they smile out of the shadows.
Tickets are on sale throughout the year but it is guaranteed to sell out so make sure you get in there fast! With orientation meetings for newcomers, fundraising events, bonfires on the beach and the fascinatingly macabre town of Whitby to explore this is a Halloween destination not to be missed. You may even find Dracula’s grave hidden beneath the ruined Abbey by moonlight!
Halloween at Disneyland
It may seem an odd choice at first, but if Disney know one thing then it’s how to put on a spectacular show. During the fall, Disneyland transforms into ‘Halloween Time’ with all the Disney villains taking centre stage and the permanent attractions receiving spooky make-overs. This is a perfect option if you like your scares mild and enjoy the gentle, mischievous side of Halloween over the downright terrifying.
Of course, there is a focus on costumes and dressing up for All Hallows’ Eve in Disneyland with even those favourite characters like Minnie and Mickey receiving a creepy makeover. Halloween costumes for visitors are encouraged, and it can be great fun to dress up in a safe, friendly environment where you’re guaranteed to be entertained. Once at the Park, you can sample an array of delicious themed snacks and choose from a range of special edition merchandise in order to remember your Halloween visit.
Events not to be missed at selected Disneyland Parks include the Halloween Town special events featuring everyone’s favourite skeleton, Jack; the Pumpkin Festival on Main St. where absolutely everything goes gourd; and Mickey’s Halloween Party which promises some soft scares but plenty of fun too! There’s even a ghost tour to join called ‘Disney’s Happiest Haunts’ and the option of in-room ‘scare-abrations’ to organise. Return from trick-or-treating to find your room filled to the brim with Halloween décor and gifts left by Mickey himself!