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.