Haunting propositions: Your guide to this year’s Halloween attractions

Boo! Fright Dome and other haunts around the Valley begin to open their doors this week.

Time to dust off those chainsaws. No, not for fall yardwork—for scaring the bejesus out of Las Vegans.

The October 3 grand opening of Fright Dome ($35-$90, frightdome.com) officially kickstarts the local Halloween attraction season, and though other notable haunts open the same weekend, the Adventuredome-hosted experience remains the granddaddy of them all. Not only has Fright Dome brought back the terrifying Isolation maze—which you enter by yourself—but this year’s movie-inspired highlight centers on Texas Chainsaw Massacre and its ripcord-pulling villain, Leatherface. Chances are if people are screaming at Fright Dome, they’re being chased by a miscreant revving up a chainsaw.

Also opening this weekend is the enduring Freakling Brothers’ Trilogy of Terror ($12-$40, freaklingbros.com), which has moved to the West Flamingo Road and I-215 area and includes the Gates of Hell maze and its batsh*t-crazy late-night Victim Experience (both requiring you to sign a waiver). Meadows Mall will also feature two haunted houses, Asylum and Hotel Fear ($15-$35, lvhaunts.com). And Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest gets an All Hallows’ Eve makeover for the family-friendly HallOVeen ($9-$20, opportunityvillage.org/halloveen). While North Las Vegas gets in on the fright fun with the new Project X and adults-only Project XXX haunts ($15-$30, project-x-haunted-attraction.ticketleap.com), both opening October 4.

October 9 sees the opening of Bonnie Screams ($25, wickedhaunts.com), its use of Bonnie Springs Ranch’s outdoor trails and trains augmenting the horror factor. One day later, Springs Preserve revives its annual Haunted Harvest ($6, free for kids 4 and under, springspreserve.org), which features multiple spooks for all age groups and its own macabre locomotive trip.

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