Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Panda bears, pilots and flight attendants, lampshades, Darth Vader and Princess Leia, vampires and Gaston from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”
It must be the annual Fetish & Fantasy Ball — and Halloween week in Las Vegas.
Since the F&F Ball at the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday night, “Prince of Darkness” rocker Marilyn Manson hosted a horrific Halloween bash at Hyde Bellagio on Tuesday night, and there is a lineup of Halloween happenings on the actual day today.
Criss Angel celebrated the fifth anniversary of his Cirque du Soleil show “Believe” at the Luxor on Wednesday night that included an after-party at Rx Boiler Room in nearby Mandalay Place. The official VIP and grand opening of “Believe” was on Oct. 31, 2008.
Ready to count the number of Miley Cyrus costumes that will twerk the Strip this weekend? We posted a Royal Robin Rundown of celebrity Halloween happenings in Las Vegas through the weekend on Wednesday.
Thanks to Las Vegas Sun photographer L.E. Baskow and contributing photographer Tom Donoghue for their F&F Ball photo galleries. For even more photos, check out LasVegasWeekly.com.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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.