Vegas Tip #2: Costumes and Cash

12 Oct
Halloween is my favorite holiday.  Some may argue on whether or not it is actually a “holiday.” It is not like you get a day off from work or holiday pay and all the banks are open.  It is a celebration that really didn’t become an American standard until the 1920’s when “trick and treat” was introduced.  Today it is the nation’s second largest commercial holiday.  Eat your heart out on that Valentine’s Day!  In Vegas, Halloween is an extravaganza with every club, lounge, and local pub having a “scary” party with a costume contest to match.  If you find that right look, you could end up taking home thousands of dollars.

If you are heading to Vegas to get your spook on, you might want to find something impressive because past winners have been a 10-foot Optimus Prime, a towering Donkey Kong, the entire Addams Family, and nameless others.  The contests are no joke so if you think you are going to show up with pasties and a mini skirt the only person that will judging you is the guy that wants to take you home.  This year expect the clubs to be filled with Avatars, Vampires, Zombies, Lady Gaga (please no meat dresses), Alice in Wonderland, and of course the Jersey Shore.  Most costumes will need to be original, buying mix and match pieces from your local costume shop or craft store.  Get a lot of makeup and check out a wig store for the ultimate accessory.

This year everyone is celebrating Halloween all week long so it doesn’t matter what day you plan on going out, there is opportunity to win anytime! Here is the list of parties to check out: 
Tuesday, Oct. 26: Industry Parties
JROC-O-Ween @ Moon Nightclub: features complimentary face painting and costume contest with $5,000 in cash and prizes. The party will be hosted by N9NE Marketing Manager, Jason “JROC” Craig
Vampires and Villains @ Blush Nightclub: costume party featuring $5,000 in prizes… obvious theme
Wednesday, Oct. 27: Industry Parties
Monstrous Industry Bash @ Surrender nightclub: $10,000 costume contest.
Snitch Wednesdays @ Ghostbar: $1,000 in cash will be awarded to the best Sci-Fi Disco costume
Thursday, Oct. 28
Tales from the Tryst @ Tryst nightclub: Zombies take over the club with over $20, 000 in cash and prizes for best in theme, best overall, and scariest costume. 
Mingle & Mayhem @ Blush nightclub: The Link Las Vegas present a $3,000 costume contest 
Scarefest Beerfest @ McFadden’s: All local and college ladies drink free from 10 p.m. until 11 p.m.  “Edward 40 Hands Challenge” as the bar staff tapes 40-ounce beers to each hand of participating revelers. The first one to finish both will win a $100 bar tab
Friday, Oct 29 
Devil’s Night 13 @ Crown Nightclub: a set up including wicked sounds, props, go-go girls, stilt walkers, zombies and other elements. Sponsored by Hustler, there is a $1000 costume contest. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at door. 
Saturday, Oct. 30
Monster Bash @ Blush nightclub: $10,000 in cash and prizes for the sexiest costume in Vegas. 
Night of the Killer Costumes @ the Palms:
Rain Nightclub:  Best Overall Costume – cash and prizes nearing $47,000 will be awarded to the top three funniest, scariest and most shocking costumes
Ghostbar:  Best Undead Costume – the top three ghostly goblins and ghouls will be awarded cash and prizes totaling $11,000
Moon Nightclub:  Best Sci-Fi Costume – the three most out-of-this-world cosmic Sci-Fi costumes will win cash and prizes nearing $37,000
Playboy Club:  Sexiest Costume – the top three sexiest costumes will receive cash and prizes, totaling $9,500
Boos and Booze @ Mcfadden’s: a pregame open bar from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m., priced at $10 for both ladies and guys. All guests should come dressed to impress as McFadden’s has plenty of cash and prizes for the best costumes
Halloween Pre-Party at Tacos and Tequila at the Luxor: $1,000 in cash to the best costume, with prizes for second and third place. The party begins at 7 p.m. 
Fetish & Fantasy Ball @ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino: No cash prize but the 15th Annual Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. Named “one of the top 10 events in the world” by Travel Channel and “one of the five events to attend before you die” by Maxim Magazine, the Ball features live performances and the most outrageous costumes seen anywhere in Las Vegas. Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball takes place in three venues inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino including Dante’s Inferno (The Joint), Erotic Playground (Muse Ballroom) and Banger Grotto (Artists Hall) 
Plastic Halloween @ Gold: Sexy Costume Contest with $5,000 cash prize to the hottest blonde, redhead, or brunette and $500 to the creepiest Kenneth
Sunday, Oct. 31: Happy Halloween!
Lavoween @ Lavo: presented by 944 with $5,000 costume contest
High Society @ NOVE:  The top three best Moulin Rouge costumes will be awarded $2,500 in cash and prizes
44th Annual Beaux Arts Ball @ Studio 54: Golden Rainbow presents the 44th annual Beaux Arts Ball, a Halloween celebration. Cash prizes will be given away this year for Sexiest, Best Drag and Most Original costumes
All Hallows’ Eve @ Surrender nightclub: Open for a special night DJ set by Joachim Garraud and a $15,000 costume contest
Monday, November 1
X-hibition @ XS nightclub: Dress as your favorite mobster or flapper with cash and prizes worth $20,000 for best in theme, best overall, and sexist costume.  
More events are to come so make sure you check out for up to date information!

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