For four days the Atlantic City area should be awash in witches, werewolves, ghouls and goblins partying heartily — from Mainland to Downbeach and Brigantine.
The “boos” will be flowing, people will be shaking their “boo-ties” on the dance floor, and “spirits shall be raised” regardless of “witch” party you opt to attend this Halloween weekend.
With the exception of maybe New Year’s Eve, themed parties during Halloween weekend are more abundant in the Atlantic City area than any other weekend, and that’s particularly true this year since Halloween falls on a Monday, setting the stage for four straight nights of scary shindigs.
Here’s a list of options for those brave enough to venture out in all these ghastly goings-on, starting with the casino properties.
Caesars Entertainment properties have plenty happening, including The Pool at Harrah’s annual Pool After Dark Halloween Costume Contest that actually began on SINdustry Wednesday (Oct. 26) with a visit from Playboy Playmate Crystal Harris. The fun continues Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29, at 10pm each night with celebrities, drink specials, giveaways and the grand prize of a “Mega Getaway to Harrah’s” package for best costume. On Friday, Grammy award-winning artist T-Pain visits The Pool with the Beatclan, DJ Hollywood and DJ Hope, and on Saturday The Pool plays host to Kevin Jonas’ birthday celebration with the Beatclan. Both parties start 10pm and the cover for each is $10.
On Friday night, Mia restaurant inside Caesars hosts a masquerade party from 10pm-midnight for what’s being dubbed “a very sexy and very secretive night of discovering new people.” Outrageous prizes, haunted cocktails and DJ Johnny Looch spinning a freaky dance floor mix is what’s in store here.
Saturday night at Dusk nightclub at Caesars will have Paz de la Huerta, star of Boardwalk Empire, hosting a burlesque-themed party at 10pm. Also at Caesars, the Toga Bar will host a fashion show at midnight featuring runway models adorning Halloween-specific outfits. A “Lurch-like” butler will be passing out free cocktails and DJ N9NE starts spinning at 10pm at Dusk.
At Souzai Sushi and Sake, located on the third floor of The Pier Shops at Caesars, a Boardwalk Empire-themed party will be rockin’ Saturday from 9pm-12:30am. Along with giveaways, food and drink specials, there will be prizes for sexiest roaring ‘20s outfit, best gangster and best overall costume.
At Bally’s on Halloween night (Monday), the Blue Martini’s Latin Night will feature a Halloween bash with $2 draft beers and $3 Absolute cocktails from 9-11pm, and all-night specials like $3 Coronas, $15 Corona buckets, and $8 Johnny Walker cocktails. DJ Cano and DJ Sammy will entertain from 10pm-4am.
Tropicana’s sixth annual Terror-ific Halloween celebration is Saturday and includes several property-wide costume contests, food and drink specials, and frightfully fantastic entertainment throughout The Quarter’s Fiesta Plaza. Individual Halloween happenings at The Quarter include themed cocktails at Rumba Lounge and Tango’s Lounge including the Black Martini, Devil’s Kiss, Mummy Cocktail, Witches Brew, Ghost Buster and the Night of the Living Dead.
A Dam Good Sports Bar (2am) and Firewaters (3am) at the Trop will each have Halloween costume contests Saturday with $666 in cash prizes. At Planet Rose Karaoke Bar, a best-dressed karaoke singer contest will start at 1am for a $500 cash prize. Providence nightclub’s fourth annual Halloween costume contest will dole out $1,500 in cash for the categories of scariest, sexiest and funniest, each earning the winner $500. Arrive at the club before midnight to sign up. Doors open 10pm. Ri-Ra Irish Pub is also getting into the act with costume contests shelling out over $1,000 in cash prizes starting at midnight. Also at the Trop, Cuba Libre will host a Halloween party on Sunday, Oct. 30, to benefit the Donald L. Perry Foundation for Cancer Research. The festivities will be on Cuba Libre’s second level and includes a cash bar, raffles and prizes for scariest, most outrageous, and most unique costumes or masks. The party is from 8-11pm Sunday and tickets are $30 apiece. Purchase tickets through dlpfoundation.org.
At Resorts on Friday, Boogie Nights nightclub will present “Love at First Bite — the Ultimate Vampire’s Ball.” Dress like a vampire and get in free starting 9pm. Then on Saturday, the fifth annual Booo-gie Nights bash is sure to be the grooviest in town. Prizes will be awarded in several costume categories.
The fun at Prohibition nightclub starts Thursday, Oct. 27, with the Sabor Latino Masquerade party featuring Lorena La Reina Xtravaganza, and hosted by X El Ray. DJ Oscar P from the world-famous Copa Cabanna will spin hits. On Friday, legendary DJ Susan Moribito will spin, with an opening set by Zathan Radix, and on Saturday, it’s the Jersey Wig Out! party presented by Level 42 Vodka. The Jersey Wig Out! features a special performance by Peppermint and prizes for the best and craziest wigs. Doors for all three of these parties open 8pm. On Sunday the fun continues at Prohibition with the Jersey Shore Ladies Vampiress Blood Ball featuring DJ Lilly Tobin from 2-6pm. The cover is $10.
If you want to hear some authentic monster mash music, Here Come the Mummies is the band for you. The ghoulish guardians of funk will perform Saturday, Oct. 29, 9pm in the Tropicana’s Grand Exhibition Center as part of a Halloween Party. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.