Atlantic City loves its wild and wacky parties during Halloween weekend
There are probably more parties in the Atlantic City area on Halloween weekend than at any other time of year, and few East Coast regions that can equal the quality or quantity of the “Fangsgiving” weekend events hosted here annually. Every casino and nearly every other nightlife hot spot has something going on, with parties lasting all weekend and encompassing multiple venues on the same site in some cases.
In the Casinos:
All three Trump Entertainment properties have gala events planned, starting with the shindig that always sells out fast and draws talk for days after it’s over — the Taj Mahal’s Casbah nightclub party starting 9pm Saturday, Oct. 30. Called “Asylum” this year, the festivities will include a costume contest with $10,000 in prizes. Each category winner will get $1,500, and one will win an additional grand prize ($2,000 in cash, a penthouse suite, dinner for two, and two tickets to any Taj concert). Tickets are $30 at the door, $20 in advance. The Taj’s Ego Lounge will also be hosting a costume party with $1,000 in prizes Saturday, starting 8pm.
Trump Marina will feature a $25,000 Haunted Halloween Sweepstakes and costume contest from 3-10pm Saturday, in which a winner will be chosen every half hour to win between $500 and $5,000. Afterward, the Disco nightclub will be giving away prizes during its costume party, including a $500 gift certificate. There is no cover charge at the Disco.
Trump Plaza will be a prime place to “hook up,” as two post-Phish concert events will take place in the Theatre. The band Phish is playing at adjacent Boardwalk Hall Friday through Sunday, Oct. 29-31, and Friday night the party band Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe will perform at the Plaza starting at midnight. Starting midnight Saturday another party band, Marco Benevento & Friends, will rock the Theater. All tickets are $30 general admission.
At nearby Dusk nightclub at Caesars, “A Very Jersey Halloween” party will take place Saturday. Dress like your favorite fist-pumper and win a share of $5,000 in prizes. Wearing blowouts, hair gel, lip gloss, excessive bling, popped collars and orange spray tans are strongly encouraged, but prizes will also be awarded for non-Jersey-ish costumes. That party goes from 10pm-4am, and regular Dusk cover charges apply. See duskac.com.
Harrah’s Entertainment plans to turn Halloween into “HalloQueen,” as a weekend of LGBT-themed parties called “OUT in AC” are happening all weekend long, Oct. 29-31. For more on the OUT in AC festivities, click here.
The Hard Rock Café’s fifth annual Halloween costume party, “Running With the Devil, ”will be on Friday, Oct. 29, starting 9pm, and will include a free buffet, some great prizes and guest hosts. A $5 donation will go directly to the Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Assistance Fund. “With cash, prizes, live entertainment and a charity component, there is something for everyone,” says Linda Bruckler, A.C. Hard Rock sales and marketing manager.
During Borgata-ween, over $20,000 in best-costume prizes will be awarded from Oct. 30-Nov. 1, including $3,000 for first place each night. On Saturday’s “Dance in the Twilight” party at mur.mur nightclub, Kellan Lutz of Twilight will be the host and Samantha Ronson will DJ. At MIXX that same night, DJ Ruckus and DJ Rev. Run will host the party, and there will be live music by the Sideways Band and the Rockets at the Gypsy Bar.
On Sunday’s “[True] Blood on the Dance Floor” party, Joe Manganiello of True Blood hosts and DJ/VJ Roonie G provides the entertainment. An industry-night party will take place at mur.mur on Monday, with music by DJ Steve Aoki. See borgatanightlife.com.
The Tropicana is hosting a property-wide party on Saturday, Oct. 30, with a 1920s theme, in celebration of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. It will take place at Fiesta Plaza in The Quarter, and will include a $500 gift card for best 1920s costume, as well as other prizes. Also in The Quarter on Saturday night, 32 Degrees is hosting a “Feel the Bite” party with prizes for best costumes.
The Booo-gie Nights IV Halloween Bash takes place Saturday night at Boogies Nights at Resorts, and will be hosted by 95.1 WAYV’s Diane Mitchell. Doors open 9pm.
On Thursday night, Oct. 28, in The Quarter, Planet Rose Karaoke Bar is hosting a celebrity look-alike contest. Doors open 7pm
Johnny’s Café & Bar in Margate (johnnyscafeventnor.com) will have a party Friday hosted by DJ and radio personality Bob Pantano from 9pm-2am with over $2,000 in prizes.
Tomatoe’s in Margate (tomatoesmargate.com) will host its annual Halloween Bash on Saturday starting at 10pm that will include a cash bar and over $1,500 in prizes.
Laguna Grill Martini Bar (lagunagrill.com) will be partying from 7pm-midnight Saturday, and will have prizes for best costume, most original and scariest. There will be a DJ, drink specials and a complimentary light buffet until 10pm.
At St. George’s Pub (stgeorgespub.com), Paul Strong & the Low Down Band will be performing Saturday starting 9pm, and prizes will be awarded for most original, sexiest and scariest costumes.
Lately St. George’s has also bolstered its entertainment slate. Currently a revolving list of the area’s top local entertainers performs in the main bar area every Friday night, starting with mellow classics around 6pm that blend well with the dinner crowd, then morphing into a more nightlife-ish feel later in the evening.
Ocean City Ghost Tours has been a popular attraction in the city for more than a decade, running walking tours of “haunted” and historical spots in Ocean City from spring to fall. But the tours really take off in popularity in the height of the summer season, and, as you might guess, in October. “The summer is very popular,” says Eileen Reeser, tour manager. “But when it gets close to Halloween, the crowds go way up again. The tours aren’t so much about the paranormal as they are about the folklore and history of the island. There are some great stories on the island.” Some notable haunted stops are City Hall and The Flanders Hotel. The ghost story...