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Events guide: Community Halloween happenings 2012

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A mother and daughter ride the “Haunted Hay Ride” through Town Square on Halloween Monday, Oct. 31, 2011
Photo: Christopher DeVargas

Even though this is Las Vegas, adults in major clubs aren't the only ones who get to have fun. There are many community center and church events to get families and others in the spooky mood. Get your fill of candy corn while trick-or-treating at one of these events, or if you’re craving some extra special Halloween candy, head over to Max Brenner Chocolate by the Bald Man in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace for some specialty bonbons.

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Thursday, October 25:

• Doolittle Community Center hosts a Howling Halloween Carnival featuring a costume contest, games, drawings and candy for the kids. There will also be a Haunted Hallway for those looking for a good scare.

• The Desert Breeze Aquatics Facility hosts Pools and Ghouls where families can enjoy games, a not-so-scary maze and a haunted maze, a costume contest and trick-or-treating. Admission is $5 per child.

• Paradise Recreation Center hosts Candy, Cars and Corridors for ages 3 to 12. The event will include carnival games, treats and themed activities. Adult supervision and participation is required and nonperishable food items will be requested as donations. Although the event is free, registration is required in person or online at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks.

• Mountain Crest Community Services Center hosts a pumpkin carving event. Participants bring their own pumpkins while staff provides the carving kits, stencils, cleanup and arts and crafts activity. Although the event is free, pre-registration is required. Those interested can call the center at 455-1905.

Dressed as farmers, Eve, 89, and Larry Rickmann, 88, who have been married for 16 years, hold hands as they arrive at the Halloween party at the Henderson Senior Center on Friday.

Dressed as farmers, Eve, 89, and Larry Rickmann, 88, who have been married for 16 years, hold hands as they arrive at the Halloween party at the Henderson Senior Center on Friday.

• Seniors at the Las Vegas Senior Center can enjoy a Ghost & Ghouls Breakfast of pancakes with bloody scrambled eggs and slices of bacon.

• Parkdale Community Center hosts a Halloween event for toddlers ages 2-5. Little ones can participate in Spooky Spiderfest, which includes games, treats and themed activities. An adult must accompany each participant. Admission is free but registration is required by Oct. 24. Call 702-455-7517 to register.

The Centennial Hills Center YMCA presents a family-focused event including a costume contest with prizes, face painting and treats. Guests can watch a juggling magic performance, venture into the Y's spooky room or play in a jump house. Members and non-members are welcome and admission is $2 per person.

• First Presbyterian Church of Las Vegas presents a fall festival including dinner ($3 per person), a chili cook-off, carnival game booths and activities for children. Please do not wear gory or scary costumes and leave all costume weapons at home. There is no cost for the carnival games and prizes. Please call the church office at 384-4554 to sign up foe the chili cook-off.

Friday, October 26:

• Pahrump Disability Outreach Program presents the third annual PDOP Pumpkin Days. All proceeds from PDOP Pumpkin Days days will benefit local children with disabilities. The event takes place at Ian Deutch Memorial Park. Enjoy events like hay rides, a hay maze and a hay pyramid and straw jump. There will be pumpkins for purchase plus an animal petting and feeding area, face painting, balloons and train rides. Vehicles from the fire department and sheriff's deputy vehicles will be on site for kids to explore. Treats available for purchase include apple cider, kettle corn and more.

• The Large Vision Business Network Mixer will host its fourth annual Safe Night at the Suncoast with more than 50 vendors participating. The first 250 children will receive a free Halloween bag to collect their treats. Guests 12 and younger can enjoy a costume contest and everyone can take part in the Chef's Corner book signing with author Darryl Harvey and a performance by a magician.

• The District at Green Valley Ranch will host the Outdoor Picture Show featuring a showing of Ghostbusters. Complimentary popcorn will be available and guests are invited to bring blankets and picnic baskets. Admission is free. Event is weather permitting.

• Whitney Ranch Indoor Pool presents Haunted at the Ranch, an all ages Halloween event featuring haunted fun with games, trick-or-treat bag decorating and a pumpkin scavenger hunt. Bring a blank pillowcase to make a bag for candy. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, October 27:

• The Mustang & Classic Ford Club of Las Vegas will host a car show displaying approximately 120 makes and models of cars on the streets of Tivoli Village. There will be live music by the Chuck E. Bumps Rockabilly Band and all proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation. Children can enjoy Halloween candy handed out at the event.

• Rí Rá Las Vegas, inside the Shoppes at Mandalay Place, host a Pink Halloween Party to raise funds for the Southern Nevada Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. From 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., the pub will celebrate Halloween with a pink-themed soiree. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best pink costume or dress, with prizes awarded for the best-dressed party goers. Guests may purchase $10 pink boas throughout the evening or the specialty cocktail, the Pink Jameson Rose ($8), all day long, in honor of breast cancer awareness. Raffle prizes, which include 24 engraved commemorative Guinness glasses, will also be featured throughout the evening. Additionally, the pub will raise funds for the nonprofit by selling pink wristbands and paper ribbon icons throughout the month and donating the proceeds. Anyone presenting a valid Nevada ID when purchasing a Breast Cancer Awareness wristband or paper ribbon on any Friday in October will be entered to win prizes during the Halloween festivities.

• Get in the spirit of the season and “monster mash” at the annual Halloween-themed dance at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, featuring music from Jerry Tiffe and his combo band. Dress in your favorite costume. Call 229-6383 to obtain tickets.

The Halloween Express hits the rails in Boulder City at the Nevada State Railroad Museum. Passengers can ride the full-size train on the historic Nevada Southern Railroad with scary and not-so-scary ghosts, ghouls and goblins beginning at 10 a.m. The seven-mile round trip is less than 30 minutes from Las Vegas, on the way to Hoover Dam. Additional trips depart at 11:30 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Halloween celebration also includes face painting and balloon twisting. Rides are $10 for ages 12 and older, $5 for children 4 through 11 and free for children under 4. Children 11 years old and under can ride for free if they are in costume.

• Join Origin India Restaurant and Bar as they spice up the night with Nightmare on Origin Street. Guests can celebrate with a wide-range of authentic Indian dishes, specialty cocktails, prizes and more, while listening to the sounds of a special guest DJ. Admission is $50 per person and includes entry for one person, food and two drinks. VIP admission is $200, which includes entry for four, food and drinks in a semi-private area with table and a private hostess. Bottle service will also be available. Guests who don a unique costume will have a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant.

• Celebrate Halloween at the BOOling Lanes at Santa Fe Lanes. Children 12 years old and younger are encouraged to show up in their costumes for games and Halloween candy, which will be handed out by adult bowlers, and a costume contest with prizes. There will be a charity raffle with prizes that include bowling balls. Proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Southern Nevada as part of Station Casinos’ month-long Project Pink initiative. Unlimited bowling is $8 per person for the duration of the event, however, there is no charge to trick-or-treat and participate in the costume contest. Companies or individuals may sponsor a bowling lane for $25, which includes unlimited bowling and shoe rental for up to five people.

The Las Vegas Freakshow is a circus-themed performance, combining ideas of dreams and reality and light and dark in a show suitable for ages 10 and older. The production is written and performed by students at Mountain View Christian Schools and other local churches. The event takes place at 7 p.m. on October 27, 29 and 30 and at 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. on October 31. Also on the 31st, guests can enjoy a fall festival complete with candy, games and bounce houses from 5-10 p.m.

• The Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park presents Nevadaween, a celebration of Nevada's statehood, featuring the 13th annual children's pumpkin decorating contest from 9-11 a.m., a soup cook off from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. plus scavenger hunts, raffles, pioneer activities and games, free birthday cake, rope making, candle dipping and a talk with pioneer rancher Helen Stewart, as portrayed by Dr. Linda Miller.

The Clark County Shooting Park archery range in Las Vegas held its first Annual Pumpkin Smash Saturday. Participants were able to shoot at paper pumpkins and real pumpkins that oozed green goo.

• The Clark County Shooting Complex hosts the third annual Pumpkin Smash on the archery fields. Archers will aim at paper pumpkin targets as well as real pumpkins that ooze green when hit. A 30-arrow five-spot competition will award prizes for first, second and third in youth and adult categories. The event is $10 per person.

• The Boulevard Mall hosts a Halloween Kids Fest. Parents are invited to bring their children to the center for an afternoon of fun, including crafts, music, carnival games, candy and other prizes. The free activities are open to children 17 and under. No masks or toy weapons permitted.

Sunday, October 28:

• Tivoli Village celebrates Halloween with Cox Treat Streets safe street trick-or-treating. Merchants of Tivoli Village and representatives of event sponsor Cox Communications will hand out candy to children. Guests can enjoy live entertainment and children’s costume characters will roam the streets for photo opportunities. Safe trick-or-treating is available for children 10 and under.

• Guests can enjoy live music, carnival games, trunk or treat, face painting, prizes, bounce houses and more at Life Springs Christian Church’s Crazy Fall Festival.

• Experience Howl-O-Ween with a doggy costume contest for all breeds to be judged by local celebrities. Retail store Mugsy & Moxie's Bully Couture at Tivoli Village holds its 3rd Annual Bo & DeeMo Day. Proceeds from raffle tickets benefit local charities. Enjoy a special menu by View Wine Bar & Kitchen plus homemade dog treats by Cupkates.

Monday, October 29:

• Nevada Pops presents Tricks and Treats Halloween Concert featuring a performance of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and music from "Twilight," "Danse Macabre" and "Night on Bald Mountain." Following the concert, candy will be distributed to trick-or-treaters in costume.

• The Nevada Conservatory Theatre presents a witty version of the classic story based on Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula." The performance is rated PG-13. UNLV students can get one free ticket per person.

Tuesday, October 30:

• At Tricks & Treats for Kids, the Master Gardeners at Acacia Demonstration Gardens have a few tricks (and treats) up their sleeves as they introduce children to festive plant projects. Admission is free.

• Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly's hosts a Halloween Safe Village at the Clark County Government Center. Various local companies and organizations will have information booths and candy for the trick-or-treaters who attend. Admission is free.

• Enjoy trick-or-treat booths, carnival games and Monster Mash dance contests at the East Las Vegas Safe HalloweenFest. Dress in costume to participate in the costume parade which will offer prizes. Admission to the event is free and carnival tickets are for sale at door.

Wednesday, October 31:

• Lieburn Senior Center hosts a costume contest for seniors. Break out your Halloween finest for a chance to win prizes.

• Children can trick-or-treat in participating stores and take part in a costume contest in the entertainment courtyard every 30 minutes at Town Scary in Town Square. Guests can enjoy haunted hayrides, games and pumpkin decorating in Town Square Park.

The District at Green Valley Ranch was transformed into a spooky scene on Halloween night Monday, Oct. 31, 2011.

• Trick-or-treat along the streets at the District at Green Valley Ranch. Guests can enjoy Halloween music, tons of candy and a costume contest.

• In the fields behind the gym at Mountain View Christian School, enjoy a free harvest festival complete with candy, games and bounce houses.

The Las Vegas Halloween Parade is back for another fun evening. Line up at Hoover Avenue and Fourth Street at 6 p.m. then the parade marches north on Fourth Street to East Fremont Street. Wear your favorite costume to participate in the parade.

• Chipotle Mexican Grill brings back its popular Halloween fundraiser, Boorito. Chipotle will treat customers dressed in costume to a burrito, bowl, salad, or order of tacos for only $2 between 4 p.m. and closing. Proceeds from the fundraiser, up to $1 million, will benefit the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.

• Seniors can enjoy a Halloween hoedown hosted by the West Flamingo Senior Center. The afternoon includes food, dancing, a costume contest, door prizes and more. Costumes are not required but are recommended. Cost is $10 and pre-registration is required; please call 455-7742.

• Ranch House Kitchen at Town Square celebrates Halloween with a costume contest and complimentary meals for children on Halloween. For each adult entrée purchase, diners can enjoy one complimentary kid’s meal for children ages 12 and younger during Town Square’s Town Scary, from 4 until 8 p.m. Additionally, patrons can take part in the restaurant’s costume contest during karaoke, starting at 10 p.m. The top three winners with the best costumes will win open bar tabs of $100, $50 and $25, respectively.

• Seniors at the Las Vegas Senior Center can enjoy a Halloween Costume Luncheon & Celebration. Dress in costume and enjoy a spooky meal and carnival-style games. Prizes will be awarded to the best, creepiest and funniest costumes.

• Seniors at the East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center can come dressed in costume to celebrate Halloween and two lesser-known holidays, Carve a Pumpkin Day and National Candy Corn Day. Enjoy pumpkin carving activities plus lots of candy corn.

• Helen Meyer Community Center gets in the spooky spirit with a day of free Halloween crafts for children ages 6-12.

• Bring the family to Planet Beach Contempo Spa Centennial Gateway for safe trick-or-treating including candy, face painting, games and a costume contest. Parents can receive a free gift of spa services to redeem at the spa.

• The UNLV Symphony Orchestra, led by music director Taras Krysa, hosts its annual "Spooktacular" concert and costume contest in Artemus Ham Concert Hall.

• Calvary Chapel Spring Valley presents its Harvest Festival, an alternative to trick-or-treating. Admission is free and guests can enjoy free game booths, candy, a petting zoo, pony rides and live entertainment from the Jabbawockeez and trapeze artists.

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