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Events guide: Haunted attractions 2012

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Scenes from the 2011 production of Fright Dome at Circus Circus Thursday, September 29, 2011.
Photo: Sam Morris

Fright Dome, the haunted attraction at Circus Circus, is celebrating a decade of terrifying fans. Beginning Saturday, Sept. 29, Fright Dome takes over the Adventuredome and will partner with iconic horror film producer and zombie expert George A. Romero to theme one of its five haunted houses. Romero is known for horror films like "Night of the Living Dead." The attraction is open Oct. 5-7, 11-14, 18-21 and 24-31 from 7 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are $37.95 or $52.95 with the fast pass option.

Scenes from the 2011 production of Fright Dome at Circus Circus Thursday, September 29, 2011.

Scenes from the 2011 production of Fright Dome at Circus Circus Thursday, September 29, 2011.

• Hard Rock Hotel & Casino teams up with Monster Mayhem to present Bloody English. Former nightclub Body English will be transformed into a Victorian London-themed Halloween destination. Fans will be scared by sights reminiscent to those seen in Gothic horror stories such as "Jack the Ripper," "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" and "Sweeney Todd" as well as classics including “Frankenstein,” “Dracula” and “Phantom of the Opera.” The event runs from Oct. 12-31 beginning at 6 p.m., dark Monday and Tuesday except for Oct. 29 and 30. All ages are welcome but those under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $18. Locals with valid ID receive $2 off per ticket on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Parties of 15 or more people receive $2 off each ticket. Oct. 17 is Bloody Benefit Day where guests can use the promotional code "4AFAN" to get $2 off of tickets; $2 from every ticket will be donated to AFAN.

• The Fremont Street Experience presents the Fourth Annual OktoberFrightFest, combining Oktoberfest and Halloween for a month-long street party in October. Guests can enjoy the nationally ranked haunted house Asylum as it makes its downtown debut on Fremont Street Experience’s 3rd Street North area. Asylum will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30 p.m. – midnight and on Thursdays and Sundays from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. on the following dates: Oct. 5-7, Oct. 11-14, Oct. 18-21, and Oct. 25-28, plus Oct. 30 from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Oct. 31 from 6:30 p.m. – midnight. General Admission is $15. A VIP ticket is also available for $20 and allows the ticketholder to bypass the line. Nevada residents receive a $3 discount.

In addition to Asylum, the Viva Vision light and sound shows will be themed to “Time Warp” and “Monster Mash,” outdoor bars will feature beer and drink specials, the third annual Fall Beer Festival is at the Golden Nugget and there are three free Halloween-themed stage shows Oct. 1- 31.

The Amazing Johnathan’s SCREAMont Experiment, takes over the Las Vegas Club in downtown Las Vegas. In the past, Amazing Johnathan’s annual haunted event has been a private party but now he shares it with the masses. The attraction includes a multilevel haunted hotel featuring 35,000 square feet of themed rooms, optical illusions and impressive special effects. A ghoulish bellman greets guests and guides them through the quarantined hotel, which houses previous guests who have mysteriously gone insane.

Tickets are priced at $20 for general admission and $30 for front-of-the-line access. Each Tuesday, the Amazing Johnathan’s SCREAMont Experiment will feature a two-for-Tuesday offer, allowing Southern Nevada residents to purchase two tickets for the price of one.

The VIP blood red carpet for Eli Roth's Goretorium on the Strip on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012.

The VIP blood red carpet for Eli Roth's Goretorium on the Strip on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012.

• Eli Roth’s Goretorium will be the first year-round haunted experience in town but it opens right in time for Halloween. The 15,000-square-foot Goretorium is packed with state-of-the-art scares, special effects and a cast of horrifying characters to compliment the creepy story line from "Hostel" director Roth. There is also a live-stream webcam inside the attraction to allow the world a chance to see just how scared Goretorium guests can get. The attraction is also home to Baby Dolls, a ‘60s themed outdoor lounge, which features a view of the Strip. The attraction is open nightly from 7 p.m.- 2 a.m. Tickets range form $35-$60.

• At the Titanic Haunted Tours, guests can have a one-in-a-kind experience onboard the decks of the passenger liner, detailing odd occurrences and unexplained stories. Since Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition has opened its doors, guests and employees have heard strange noises and witnessed odd sensations in the exhibition’s galleries including the grand staircase and first class cabin. The hour-long Titanic Haunted Tour is included with ticket purchase and is available October 21-31 from 6-9 p.m.

Dr. Havock’s Sideshow of Curiosities

Dr. Havock’s Sideshow of Curiosities at the Stratosphere is an eccentric show introducing guests to the sinister sideshow world full of startling visual illusions and dark humor inspired by the medicine pitch men, carnivals and vintage circus sideshows of yesteryear. The experience appeals to the Halloween spirit but without the gore factor of other haunts. Adult guests can also pass through the Elixir Lounge which will feature specially concocted Jägermeister potions and test tube shots served by beautiful Elixir Girls.

This theatrical show haunt is for people 18 years of age or older and children older than 12 accompanied by a parent, who must also have a ticket. Tickets are $12.50. The show will be located adjacent to the casino floor near Starbucks.

• Located in Red Rock Canyon, Bonnie Screams at Bonnie Springs features three haunted attractions in one. Make your way through the Phobia, Apocalypse and Clown Massacre haunted houses or take your little ones to the child-friendly Halloween experience Spooky Town, featuring a haunted train ride, petting zoo and goody bags. Additional entertainment includes Dixie Dooley Master Mystifier, the Elite Vegas Paranormal Society and the Brotherhood of the Flame. Spooky Town admission is $10 per child and free for accompanying adults. Pony rides are $5. General admission for Bonnie Screams is $25.

Haunted Reef at Sharks Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay on Oct. 30, 2010.

Haunted Reef at Sharks Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay on Oct. 30, 2010.

• Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef turns into the Haunted Reef where the attraction is decorated with spooky jack-o-lanterns in addition to the always intimidating sharks and Komodo dragon with their razor sharp teeth. On community day, Friday, Oct. 26, costumed children 12 and under will receive complimentary entry and candy treats. Each adult will receive one complimentary admission to Shark Reef Aquarium upon donating blood at the special United Blood Services booth on-site from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Regular admission is $18 for adults; $12 for children 5-12 years. Nevada residents with valid I.D. receive a discount on admission. Children four and under are free.

Blood Village at the Galleria at Sunset presents two haunted houses for one cover charge. The Haunted Mansion has new surprises to scare you and the all new Zombie Infection will have you looking over your shoulder the rest of this spooky season. Finish things off with the Final Ride. This ride inside a wooden coffin takes you to your own burial and lets you experience the terror of being buried alive. Blood Village is intended for children 12 and over. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets for both haunted houses are $13. The attraction is open from 7-11 p.m. Oct. 14, 18, 21, 25, 28-30 and from 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 and 31.

• Spring Preserve's annual Haunted Harvest is back for another year of fun. The family-friendly event features a haunted house, trick-or-treat stations, carnival games, live entertainment and a petting zoo. In addition, the Springs Cafe will stay open late to offer a special menu of spooky treats. (The Cafe will be closed Oct. 27 for a private event.) Costumes are welcome but adults are not permitted to wear masks.

The Trilogy of Terror

• Freakling Brothers presents the Trilogy of Terror featuring “Circus of Horrors,” "Castle Vampyre” and the R-rated attraction “Gates of Hell.” The haunted attraction celebrates its 20th anniversary this season. It is located at 2321 N. Rainbow Blvd., at the corner of Smoke Ranch and Rainbow, at the AMC Theatres Rainbow Promenade 10. The Trilogy of Terror is open from 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday. Dates of operation will be Oct. 5 – 7 and Oct. 12 – 31. Tickets are $12 for “Circus of Horrors” and “Castle Vampyre” and $14 for “Gates of Hell.” Line-pass T-shirts are available for $10. Discounts are available for combining houses and multiple visits, including the $29 “Freak Pass” for all three haunts and the $35 “All You Can Scream” pass. The recommended age for Trilogy of Terror is 12 and above and guest must be 7 and above to attend. “Gates of Hell” guests must be 17 years of age or accompanied by an adult and must sign a consent form to enter.

• Get spooked at Primm Valley Casino Resorts as the Chamber Haunt takes guests on a mind-altering journey through a labyrinth of chaos filled with professional actors skilled in the art of instilling fear. The haunt features two mazes. The first path leads to the Chamber, a two-room haunt that includes the Westchester House and the Fortress of Fiends. If fear fans aren't too scared yet, they can head to the Reactor next, which is the power source of the Chamber run zombies. The Chamber Haunt is located directly in front of the Primm Valley Resort & Casino parking garage and is open to all ages. Tickets are available for the individual labyrinths at $15 for the Chamber and $10 for the Reactor, or a pass for both experiences for $23. A crowd pass will be offered to guests who wish to skip the lines at both haunts for $40. The attraction is open from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 7, 14, 18, 21, 22, 25, 28, 29, 30 and from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13,19, 20, 26, 27 and 31.

Madame Tussauds' "After Dark" invites guests to investigate paranormal activity lurking in the corridors of the haunted wax museum. The attraction is no stranger to paranormal activity, having been featured on Travel Channel’s "Ghost Adventures." General admission is $18 when purchased online, $20 at the box office or $35 for combined admission to Madame Tussauds in the day and “After Dark” at night. A special group rate is available at $10.95 per person for groups of 10 or more. Nevada residents can also receive a discounted admission of $5 off at the box office with ID.

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