a look at the top halloween hotspots
Halloween is just around the corner, and hopefully your plans for the big night are well underway. But in case you haven’t quite gotten off the mark (or if you just need a few quick ideas to spice things up), here are some of the happening Halloween parties taking place at bars and clubs around the country to inspire your ghoulish mind.
Buddha-Bar’s Evening of Villains and Vixens, Washington, D.C.
Ghoulish guests at Buddha-Bar in Washington, D.C., will don their favorite villain costumes on Oct. 30 for a costume contest and enjoy the tantalizing beats from DJ Saint James. The villain with the best costume will win a $500 gift certificate; second place receives a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne; and the third place prize is a bottle of Ketel One Vodka. Additionally, the bar menu will feature discounted “potions and brews,” including a Pumpkin Spice Martini, Devilish Sake Sangria and a Bloody Halloween Brew, with prices ranging from $4-$8.
Halloween Haunts at Enclave, Chicago
Spooky things are afoot at Chicago’s Enclave, with the Dance with the Devil event on Oct. 29 followed by the sixth annual House of Horrors on Oct. 30. On Oct. 29, the Dance with the Devil party invites guests to have a spin with the devil — that “intoxicatingly spooky yet sexy character visiting from Acapulco” — and the event will feature laser lights and chart-topping music. Tickets start at $10, and the evening includes a premium open bar from 9-11 p.m. Then, on Saturday, the club will transform into a haunted House of Horrors with a premium open bar from 9 p.m.-midnight; tickets start at $30.
Party (and Dress) Like a Rock Star, Hard Rock Café, Chicago
Not a rock star? Then be a groupie at the Rock Stars & Groupies Halloween Costume Party at the Hard Rock Café in Chicago, presented by Another Level on Oct. 30. On stage, guests will enjoy the music of PDA vs. Criz R, DJ KO, Binetti vs. Mareech and more. General admission starts at $25, while guests also can purchase “backstage passes” offering 1 L premium bottles for $225.
Get Nerdy at The Happy Ending Bar, Hollywood, Calif.
This year, Hollywood’s Happy Ending Bar features a “Revenge of the Nerds” theme for its Halloween Party, complete with a Tri Lamb vs. Alpha Beta pie-eating contest, kissing booth and costume contest. Those guests who dress as either a cheerleader or a nerd can enter the costume contest for a chance to win devilishly great prizes.
Hotel Hauntings at the Palmer House, Chicago
Put on by Global Adrenaline, the Haunted Hotel Ball takes place this year at the historic — does that also mean haunted? — Palmer House Hilton Hotel after a successful two-year run at the W Hotel Chicago. Guests — coordinators expect more than 2,100 — will enjoy performances from Mia Martina as well as some of Chicago’s top DJs: Mixin Marc, Nathan Scott, Rock City, Jerzy and more. Plus, the event will feature a costume contest offering up $1,000 in cash and prizes. The price for these spooks: $30 for early-bird general admission all the way up to $1,350 for a VIP room table reservation package, which includes eight tickets.
Nightmare on 54th Street at Studio 54, Las Vegas
For its 13th anniversary, Nightmare on 54th Street hits Studio 54 again, featuring appearances by Holly Madison, Vanilla Ice and Doug E. Fresh. The club, located inside MGM Grand in Las Vegas, starts the party on Thursday, Oct. 28 with “Throwback Thursday,” as Doug E. Fresh takes the stage as well as performers re-creating Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance moves. On Friday, Vanilla Ice celebrates his birthday with a performance, while the “spider girls” continue their performance during their “Beautiful Monster” show. Saturday welcomes former Playboy Playmate Holly Madison, as she hosts the second “Hollyween” event, featuring a costume contest for the most original costume and the sexiest costume; the winners receive plenty of cash to take home. Finally, on the big night, Studio 54 becomes home to the 44th Annual Beaux Arts Ball with acts from some of the top performers in the Sin City: Studio 54, VIVA Elvis, The Lion King, Show in the Sky, Le Reve, Fantasy, Bite and Jubilee. For the big costume contest, the Beaux Arts Ball will award cash prizes for guests with the best drag, the sexiest and the most original costumes.