Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 | 2 p.m.
If you thought Halloween celebrations were early over the weekend, be prepared for tonight. The weekend was only a taste of the insanity and star-studded fun set to explode this evening in the Entertainment Capital of the World.
Count on it being a Fright Night with gorgeous actress Jenny McCarthy also celebrating her 40th birthday at Gallery in Planet Hollywood, rapper Nelly’s 38th birthday bash at the Bank in the Bellagio and “American Horror” heartthrob Dylan McDermott christening Bagatelle Beach and Supper Club at the Tropicana.
All the attention was focused on the annual world’s largest Fetish & Fantasy Ball at the Hard Rock Hotel, where 700 revelers in amazing costumes rocked the revelry over the weekend. Our thanks to contributing photographer Tom Donoghue for his photo gallery.
DJ Pauly D made a splash away from “Jersey Shore” when he wound down the pool party season of nearby Rehab with a performance. He kicked off the pre-Halloween festivities as Count Pauly D in vampire attire at the Sinners Ball in Vanity. Our thanks to contributing photographer Hew Burney for his photo gallery.
Now the spotlight shifts to the unveiling of Bagatelle Beach and Supper Club with its first showcase of FX star Dylan hosting the “Night of Masks” with supermodel Selita Ebanks of sexy Victoria’s Secret fame.
It’s a soft opening for the long-awaited club with a “friends and family” dinner. Months of delays due to a kitchen expansion and Clark County permits set the August opening back to tonight, but all is well now at the spectacular venue with its own porte-cochere alongside the Tropicana.
Blonde bombshell Jenny, who defies age, combines her birthday and a Halloween bash at Gallery, and her visit to Planet Hollywood refuels the rumors that the Playboy cover stunner might take on the Bo Peep role in nearby “Peepshow” after Nicole “Coco” Austin” steps in Dec. 3 and out next March.
Whether it’s curvy creatures or creatures of the night taking trick-or-treating to new levels of ghoulish and ghostly festivals of the dead, we’ve got a list of tonight’s horror happenings in a carved-up, Jack o’Lantern edition of the Royal Robin Rundown:
Guns N’ Roses aren’t calling the start of their mini residency a Halloween party at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel, but you just know their antics qualify.
Jenny McCarthy celebrates her birthday with a Halloween haunting at Gallery.
Dylan McDermott and Victoria’s Secret angel Selita Ebanks are joined by dance-pop star Ultra Nate and DJ Mitch LJ on the “Night of Masks” sneak-peek opening of Bagatelle.
Grammy-winning rapper and actor Nelly celebrates his birthday at the Bank.
The UFC Halloween Party is hosted by Urijah Faber with Octagon Girl Arianny Celeste at Lavo in the Palazzo.
“Notorious” actor Jamal Woolard performs a salute to Notorious B.I.G. at the “Life After Death Halloween Party” at LAX in the Luxor.
A “Crazy, Crazy Nights Pajama Party” at KISS by Monster Mini Golf salutes saints and sinners.
Porn star Tasha Reign hosts, strips and dances at Sapphire; the Penthouse Pet voted 2012 Best XXX Starlet also will judge the "undressing costume contest."
At the rival Crazy Horse III, it’s “Ghouls Gone Wild.”
Full-on Lady Gaga fashion will mesmerize at Fashionista Social Club’s Monster Ball at Lily Bar & Lounge in the Bellagio.
The Third Annual Las Vegas Halloween Parade with art, cars, games, fire performances, giant puppets and mobile artworks will attract more than 10,000, with Zappos chief Tony Hsieh judging costumes and floats. The mile-long parade crosses Fremont Street and winds up at the free Creepy Carnival after-party rocking until dawn with music by Danctronauts.
The Third Annual Fright Night Pub Crawl at Green Valley Ranch has four drinking spots on its route, with Ghostbusters playing at Ovation; Drop Bar is Drop Dead Bar for tonight.
Tao at the Venetian celebrates with the Dub Expo Halloween party with DJ Quik and Kirko Bangz; Avicii is at Tryst in the Wynn; Deadmau5 is at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore, and Steve Angello is at Surrender.
Check back Thursday for our reports and photo galleries of the Halloween happenings.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Arguably one the coolest joints in town, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino houses some of Vegas' best entertainment, restaurants and nightlife.
At Hard Rock, it's all about the music. From the light fixtures made out of drum cymbals and guitar shaped door handles to stage costumes and tools of the trade of legendary musicians displayed on the walls, the hotel screams rock and roll. The Hard Rock's Joint has hosted some the biggest names in music — from The Who to Bob Dylan to hometown heroes, The Killers.Aside from the music venues, the pool at the Hard Rock is one of its biggest attractions. Spread out over 4.7 acres, the pool area features swim-up blackjack, a bar and grill, private cabanas, a bevy of secluded nooks, a waterfall and an extensive live music venue with a dance floor. During the summer, the pool transforms into the Rehab club on Sunday afternoons.
The resident nightclub Body English fuses European elegance with a rock star bachelor pad and it often a hot spot for visiting celebs and popular DJs. Vintage rock memorabilia lines the walls at Wasted Space, Hard Rock's anti-club.
Restaurants at Hard Rock are just as hip as the rest of the casino. Pink Taco serves up Mexican dishes, as well as a Central American and Caribbean menu. Nobu, one of five worldwide Japanese-specialty restaurants from famed Nobu Matsuhisa, satisfies a different taste. For round-the-clock cuisine, Mr. Lucky's 24/7, is sure to ease your appetite even after a Vegas-all-nighter.