Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 | 2 a.m.
The anticipation of Halloween is almost as thrilling as an '80s horror film marathon. Adults deliberate over their costumes with childlike enthusiasm, teens trot to haunted houses for a scare and children plot their routes to maximize their candy bounty. If you’re looking to celebrate all things scary but aren’t quite sure where to begin, here’s a list of notable happenings around town for the family.
Gilcrease Orchard pumpkin patch
Sixty acres of locally grown produce. Let loved ones choose their own pumpkins to carve into ghoulish monsters.
When: Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 7800 N. Tenaya Way
Price: 50 cents per pound for pumpkins; caramel apples made from scratch for $4 and more.
More info: thegilcreaseorchard.org
Halloween Town pumpkin patch
Three locations across the Valley with rides, games, attractions, pumpkin decorating and more.
When: Monday-Friday, 4-9:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; open at 11 a.m. on Nevada Day through Halloween night.
Where: 510 S. Rampart Blvd.; 7455 S. Rainbow Blvd.; 9748 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Price: Free admission and parking; tickets $1 (2-4 tickets/per ride); all-day wristband $20; family pack of 25 tickets $20.
More info: lvpumpkinpatch.com
Halloween cookie decoration
Decorate cookies and participate in a cakewalk, selfie station and costume contest. Included in the price is a holiday drink.
When: Oct. 20, 12-2 p.m.
Where: Fury's Kitchen, 2779 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Suite 120
Price: $15 per person
More info: tinyurl.com/ycplsukj
Halloween slime and potion class
Children will learn how to make their own slime. The class package includes a juice box, soda or water and a snack.
When:Oct. 19 and Oct. 27, 5-6 p.m.
Where: 1875 Festival Plaza Drive, Suite #100
Price: $35. To purchase tickets visit: hcorksncrafts.com/products/slimes-potions
More info: tinyurl.com/y9grmlvt
Halloween Craft Wednesdays
Every Wednesday this month, the pay-to-play recreational center Little Local Indoor Playground hosts a Halloween crafting session.
When: Every Wednesday in October, 11-11:30 a.m.
Where: Little Locals Indoor Playground, 8826 Eastern Ave.
Price: All day play admission $12
More info: tinyurl.com/y9oajm43
Trick or Treat
Trick or Treat at Town Scary
A safe environment for children to trick or treat at participating restaurants and stores. Children are encouraged to dress in costumes and bring their own bag or basket for candy. Photos will be available for purchase. There will also be a children’s costume contest.
When: Oct. 31, 4-7 p.m.
Where: Town Square, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Price: Free and open to the public
To learn more, visit: tinyurl.com/y7au2sdy
Springs Preserve Haunted Harvest Festival
This family-friendly event includes trick-or-treat stations, crafts, a petting zoo and more.
When: Oct. 19-21 & Oct. 26-28, 5-9 p.m.
Where: Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd.
Price: nonmembers $8; value members $7; members, free. Children 2 and under, free.
More info: springspreserve.org/events/?id=2169
Treat Street Downtown Summerlin
The community event includes a safe place to trick-or-treat for children, a “Howl-O-Ween” dog costume contest, screenings of It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and more.
When: Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Downtown Plaza, 1980 Festival Plaza Drive
Price: Free admission
More info: tinyurl.com/y8q5gook
Halloween Celebration at Floyd Lamb Park
A trick-or-treat family event that includes games for children, hayrides, a costume parade and more.
When: Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Floyd Lamb Park, 9200 Tule Springs Road
Price: Free and open to the public.
More info: tinyurl.com/y99zkq45
Hauntings, movies and more
Ghosts of Las Vegas Past
The Nevada Preservation Foundation invites the public to explore Las Vegas’ oldest cemetery on a two-hour walking tour. The organization suggests closed-toed shoes and water.
When: Oct. 20, 27, 31, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Woodlawn Cemetery, 1500 Las Vegas Blvd. N.
Price: $10 for members, $20 for nonmembers
More info: tinyurl.com/yag9g8fh
Halloween horror double feature & music event
Outdoor double feature of Trick ’r Treat by Michael Dougherty and a movie selected via poll on Facebook. There will also be raffles with prizes courtesy of Zia Records, Big Bang Toys, Black Cat Costumes, Severin Films and Tom Devlin’s Monster Museum.
When: Oct. 26, 8-11 p.m.
Where: The Sci-Fi Center, 900 Karen Ave., Suite B209
More info: tinyurl.com/ycaagveu
Opportunity Village's HallOVeen
Scare up a good time for a good cause. There will be rides, photo-ops and more. All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit.
When: Oct. 19-31, 6-9:30 p.m.
Where: Opportunity Village, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd.
Price: General admission: $10/child, $12/adults. HallOVeen Passport, $19 for a child, $22 for an adult.
More info: opportunityvillage.org/pages/halloveen
Located in Bonnie Springs near Red Rock Canyon, Bonnie Screams is a haunted attraction that includes zombie paintball, five haunted houses and a haunted trail. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
When: Oct. 18-31, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Bonnie Springs, 16935 Bonnie Springs Road
More info: wickedhaunts.com
First Anniversary Zom-B-Que
A collection of food and vendors lining the parking lot between Las Vegas Oddities and Velveteen Rabbit.
When: Oct. 31, 3-10 p.m.
Where: Las Vegas Oddities, 1228 S. Main Street
Price: Cost of food and vendors
More info: tinyurl.com/y9ytw488
This story originally appeared in the Las Vegas Weekly.