Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball at the Joint This is one for the adults—or those who like to act like them. The year’s naughtiest night requires all participants to dress up and encourages them to get as sexy as a nudity-free costume will permit. Also, grown-ups may recognize the veteran DJs scheduled to play: Mark Lewis, Donald Glaude and DJ Skribble, among others. The sprawling shindig spans three rooms (with additional areas if you spring for VIP) and includes staged performances every 15 minutes. For dress code and more info, visit fetishandfantasyhalloweenball.com. October 31, doors at 10 p.m., $88-$250; $50 after 1 a.m.
Party Monster at Hard Hat Lounge Normally we wouldn’t advise anyone to celebrate anything affiliated with convicted killer Michael Alig, the “party monster” that inspired Hard Hat Lounge’s Halloween bash. But the notorious club kid has done his time, and this will be the one night to indulge in macabre revelry—and by that, we mean dressing as outrageously as possible and taking a “disco blood bath” (read: wrestling in a kiddie pool filled with strawberry syrup). Two DJ stages, free candy, face-painting, tarot-card reading and other bonuses round out this rager. October 31, doors at 6 p.m., free entry.
Rockin’ Horror Picture Show Bash at Bourbon Room Come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab Friday night as the Rock of Ages-inspired lounge pays tribute to cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show with a costume contest. And with $2,000 on the line, you better dust off those corsets and fishnets! We see you shiver with antici … pation! October 31, 10 p.m., free entry.
Insane Asylum at Marquee Thinking of being Dan Bilzerian for Halloween? You’re in some pretty crazy luck, as $10,000 goes to the burly, bearded man (or woman?!) who looks most like the lumberjackian poker player-turned-actor at the Cosmo club Friday night. Not an Olympus Has Fallen fan? Maybe we should mention Dutch DJ Dash Berlin is providing the tunes at the Strip-side danceteria. October 31, doors at 10 p.m., $40+ men, $20+ women.
Nick Jonas at 1 Oak It seems that purity ring is looooooong gone. The heartthrob recently pulled a Marky Mark, stripping down to his skivvies for a photo shoot and giving the Jonas family jewels a good tug. So, what’s next for the Disney golden boy turned 20-something sexpot? Hosting a sexiest Halloween costume contest in Las Vegas, of course. Here’s hoping he doesn’t get “Jealous.” October 31, doors at 10:30 p.m., $44+ men, $33+ women.
Spooky Skip the Strip Halloween Bash at Silverton Looking for a low-key place to party this All Hallow’s Eve? The suburban casino-lodge implores you to ditch the Boulevard (and its club queues and covers) for a locals bash with bottomless wells and domestics from 8-10 p.m., a costume contest and beats by DJ R.O.B. October 31, 8 p.m., $20.
Afrojack and Questlove at Hakkasan This is the Halloween weekend party for everyone—in the megaclub that can almost fit everyone. EDM fans can fist-pump to the anthems of Dutch producer/DJ Afrojack; hip-hop enthusiasts can groove to Ling Ling Room resident and Roots drummer Questlove; and everyone else ought to enjoy the MGM spot’s sexiest costume contest. D-Wayne, Mark Eteson and Phoreyz also perform. November 1, doors at 10:30 p.m., $50+ men, $30+ women.
Official Closing Night with Carl Cox at Haze Haze could have galloped into the sunset with its very famous resident Pauly D behind the booth, but it will close as it first opened—with an international DJ headliner. Will its final party be its best? Having house music giant Carl Cox at the helm certainly makes it possible. DJs Saeed Younan and E-Rock support. November 1, doors at 10:30 p.m., $40+ men, $20+ women.
Kaskade at XS After spending the past few months “Summer Lovin’” at Marquee Nightclub and Dayclub, the producer/DJ returns to the Wynn nightspot for another seasonal engagement Saturday night. November 1, doors at 10 p.m., $75+ men, $35+ women.
Richie Hawtin at Life The Canadian techno pioneer has his own billboard on Las Vegas Boulevard, which is to say proper electronic dance music has triumphantly returned to the Strip. Normally relegated to EDC performances and afterhours parties, Hawtin has earned his first headliner time slot, and it’s no surprise that Life’s Underground Sundays is making it happen. November 2, doors at 10:30 p.m., $25+, locals free.
Wicked Halloween at Revolution Abbey Road becomes the Yellow Brick Road for “One Short Day” at the Beatles-inspired nightspot this Sunday, when cast members from the touring production of Wicked host its weekly RevoSundays LGBT bash. Wear a costume and you could be “Dancing Through Life,” as the evening’s contest winner takes home $1,000. In the booth: DJ Lightknife. November 2, doors at 10 p.m., $20, locals free before midnight.
Bassnectar at Brooklyn Bowl The revered bass craftsman/DJ brings his full-production tour NVSB—named after his latest album, Noise vs. Beauty—to Vegas, promising a multimedia-rich experience that goes beyond your standard DJ show. He’s also apparently distributing free earplugs to attendees, which could signal both a goodwill gesture and a fair warning. Kill Paris and Son of Kick open the night. November 5, doors at 6:30 p.m., $44.