Can’t find something fun to do during Halloween weekend in Atlantic City? You could be a corpse.
If jack-o-lanterns don’t cut it for you at Halloween, maybe dancing like Jacko will. On Saturday, Oct. 27, Ivan Kane’s Royal Burlesque Nightclub at Revel will present Thriller: A Halloween Celebration and Tribute, where a large-scale “flash mob-esque” presentation will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s epic Thriller music video starting 9:30pm. Interested participants can learn the steps at LearnRevelThriller.com, but you must register by Thursday, Oct. 25, to participate. Call 225-9898 or e-mail ShannonN@RoyalJellyBurlesque.com.
That’s just one of many Halloween-esque events happening at Revel and throughout the Atlantic City area all weekend and on Halloween night itself (Wednesday, Oct. 31). With the possible exception of New Year’s Eve, themed parties abound in A.C. around Halloween more so than any other time of year. Here are some other suggestions, starting with the casino properties.
Revel is also hosting a Creepy Cocktail Crawl from 2-8pm Saturday, where over a dozen restaurants and retailers will feature a variety of “ghoulishly delicious” cocktails, costume contests and more. It’s $45 in advance ($55 the day of the crawl) and is all-inclusive (except for tipping your bartenders). It also includes 10 percent off all drinks at Revel after the crawl, and free admission to Ivan Kane’s that night. Get tickets at Ticketmaster or at the Revel box office. Revel is also hosting the Angels and Demons Costume Party at The Social starting 8pm, “where good and evil put their differences aside.” The festivities will include celebrity judges and prizes for best costumes, including a $1,000 grand prize. There’s also the “Nightmare In One-derland” at One restaurant, which includes a one-hour (9-10pm) open bar for a $10 general admission.
At Revel’s HQ Nightclub, EC Twins Sultan and Ned Shepard will be spinning on Saturday night from 10pm-4am. There will be a $5,000 grand-prize costume contest Saturday, and Laidback Luke and Dada Life will also be spinning during Halloween festivities. Visit revelresorts.com.
Similarly, the Tropicana is doing a property-wide Halloween celebration for the seventh year. Starting Friday, Oct. 26, at 9pm, Boogie Nights will host the Dead are Stayin’ Alive costume party emceed by WAYV’s Diane Mitchell. Entry is free before 11pm if you bring a mask to wear (but don’t wear it on the casino floor). There will be a costume contest in The Quarter’s Fiesta Plaza with DJ Jason E of Kiss FM with lost of prizes on Saturday starting 10:30pm, and nearly every restaurant/bar/nightclub in The Quarter has something Halloween-ish taking place, like costume contests (at Planet Rose, Ri Ra, Firewaters, Hooters, A Dam Good Sports Bar, Anthem, Cuba Libre) and a multitude of mummy-themed cocktails and drink specials. Providence nightclub has a different party Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, including its fifth annual Halloween costume contest with three prize categories worth $500 apiece, and a free tattoo compliments of Hot Rod Tattoo for the scariest costume. On Saturday, arrive at the Trop’s Savage Men Male Revue Show dressed like one of the Village People (cop, cowboy, construction worker, military) and earn a chance to be a Savage backup dancer. Visit Tropicana.net.
Borgata has a slew of scary parties going on again, too. On Saturday night at MIXX, the I Love House party will start 10pm, hosted by German Grammy award-winning electronic dance music DJ Paul Van Dyk. At mur.mur on Saturday, music will be provided by singer/rapper/dancer Sky Blu (half of the musical duo LMFAO) and DJ Doug Grayson starting 10pm. Both nightclubs will award prizes for best costumes, as will the Gypsy Bar, which will also feature live music by Shake, Shake Shake (7pm) and Lost In Paris (11pm) Saturday. Visit theborgata.com.
At Dusk nightclub at Caesars, it’s the Bada$$ Halloween Party featuring the Devil from Acapulco on Saturday. Doors open at 10pm and $15,000 will be doled out in cash and prizes for costume contests, including funniest bada$$, sexiest bada$$, most original bada$$, best group of bada$$es, and several others. Visit duskac.com or call 345-3875 for more.
The original in-casino nightclub, the Casbah at Trump Taj Mahal, will host the Mayhem Mansion Masquerade party on Saturday starting 10pm. Billed as the “Sexiest Halloween Bash in A.C.,” the party will feature the girls from Scores gentlemen’s club of New York City and will include $5,000 in cash prizes for best costumes, including a $4,000 grand prize. Admission is $20. Also at the Taj, Ego Lounge will host the Masquerade Ball with the Almost Angels from 10:30pm-3am. There is no cover charge, and if you share a photo of your Halloween costume on the Almost Angels’ Facebook page you’ll get a free drink ticket. Visit trumptaj.com/entertainment for more.
Live Bar at the Golden Nugget will present A Night of the Walking Dead on Saturday starting 8pm. There is a $10 cover and $1,500 in cash and prizes for best costumes. The event is sponsored by Patron Tequila and live music will be provided by the band Seven Stone.
Brian Ireland is a Ducktown bartender and lifelong Ventnor resident who, at age 26, can already claim eight years as a professional mixologist and amateur advice dispenser.
Brick House Pub & Grille has live music most Friday nights and a slew of other ongoing enticements throughout the fall.
Many different places have plenty going on this fall in Cape May County, so if you didn’t make it down during a bustling summer season, now is still a prime time to do so.
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