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Getting your Halloweek bucks in a row

Halloween is to Vegas what Mardi Gras is to New Orleans. Sin City parties for at least a week surrounding All Hallow’s Eve—just like an industry employee’s birthday! But if you’re on a budget like me, don’t give a rat’s ass about celebrity hosts and would prefer to hear some great DJs, here are my picks for the parties to attend. Your only concern now is which sexy (insert occupation) Leg Avenue costume to buy.

If you attend more than one Halloween event this year, go ahead and recycle your costume—I’ll be doing the same. The first major party worth dressing up for is the Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball on October 25, with an always-energetic set by Scooter and LaVelle. “There’s some great people-watching,” Scooter tells me. “It’s got this kinky edge to it that’s just awesome.” While they’ll probably throw something Halloweenish on the decks, it won’t be Thriller on repeat. In addition, there will be erotic stage shows, plus a vendor area in case you need a battery-operated date. Tickets are a bit pricey, though if you can afford it, remember to come in costume (note: Your birthday suit is not a costume), or you’ll be charged a party-pooper penalty fee. And if you aren’t ready to take off the ball-gag, continue partying at Studio 54’s Late Night afterhours. Visit halloweenball.com for more information.

Studio 54 on any given night is a good bet during Halloweek, as they’ve been at the Halloween-party thing for years. In all honesty, the only event I’ll pull the fishnets on for will be Godskitchen at Body English on Wednesday, October 29. It’s not that anything über-Halloweeny is going on, but Eric Prydz and Pete Tong will be spinning. Prydz is only booked for a handful of dates in the U.S., and Body English on Wednesdays is one of the few chances to hear something different, Halloween or no. Plus, you can take advantage of the open bar from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. I know I will!

Friday, October 31 is of course the big night to get hopped up on candy corn. My perennial fave for an awesome lineup and a stellar Halloween experience is Devil’s Night. Last year, The Crystal Method headlined, and the one-and-only DJ Irene has garnered top billing this year. “It’s a place for real people to go that don’t want to do the super-expensive club bullshit,” says AWOL Productions’ Chad Craig. Every year, custom props and decorations are painstakingly constructed for Devil’s Night. With three rooms and over 20,000 square feet of dance space inside the Flamingo Ballrooms, the 18-and-up event provides an affordable and unique Halloween alternative. Special hotel-room discounts have also been established for attendees. Visit awolproductions.com for details and to purchase tickets.

Since I’m making the effort to bust out the sewing machine (sorry, it’s a surprise), I plan on wearing my costume as long as possible. After Devil’s Night, head over to the grand opening of Afterhours Obsession at Penthouse Las Vegas. I’ve been sworn to secrecy, but I’ve been told one of the best top-ranking international DJs is slated to step behind the decks, and you’ll kick yourself if you miss it. With an opening set by Jordan Stevens (who always mixes it up and gets props for not playing “Show Me Love” … anymore) and a closing set by resident Double J, the party begins at 2 a.m. and could go until midday. E-mail [email protected] for free admission.

If you’re not completely exhausted, keep your costume on and attend Fabulous Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena November 1. With headliners such as Armin van Buuren, MSTRKRFT, Deadmau5 and Bad Boy Bill, there hasn’t been a lineup like this in Vegas in quite a while. Yet it’s understandable if you have to skip Fabulous because tickets start at $66 a pop and you blew your money on caramel apples. Go to fabulousfest.com for more details.

When Sunday night rolls around, I think it’ll be time to peel the costume off, scrub the fun-size Snickers remnants off your face and get some sleep. Sure, there are a few more Halloween parties, but that would just be overkill. I now have to get ready for a month of Christmahannukwanzakah events.

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