Make no bones about it, Halloween is a night to eat, drink and be scary. Fortunately, this weekend there are ghoulish options galore. Dress your best and get ready to paint the town dead with these seven spooky ways to spend your Halloween.
1. Vamp it up at a casino. For the biggest bang for your buck, head to a casino for wicked Halloween fun. At Resorts, kick things off on Friday with one spooky party under two roofs — both Margaritaville and Landshark — with live music by Cool With Me and costume contests at both 8 and 10 p.m. Want to feel like a kid again? Get your trick or treat on with Adult Trick or Treat at 7 p.m. Saturday at both Bally’s and Harrah’s. While you’re at Bally’s, head over to Wild Wild West for a Vamps & Tramps Halloween Riot with Stellar Mojo on Friday, or an Ice & Fire Costume Party on Tuesday. And at Harrah’s stay for a splash at The Pool After Dark for a Friday night Halloween bash were Kristian Nairn will “hold the door” for partiers. Saturday at The Pool sees a party with Blac Chyna. At Borgata, participate in not one, but three costume party contests at Premier Nightclub, each with a DJ: Fedde Le Grand on Saturday, Chris Bachmann on Sunday, and Party Favor on Monday. Or head to Nightmare in Wonderland at the Gypsy Bar on Saturday. The same thing is happening over at Golden Nugget, with three nights of Halloween happenings at Haven Nightclub: Tony Arzadon on Thursday, 4B on Friday and Nervo on Saturday. Check out Tropicana for its Ultimate Halloween, complete with a “Thriller” line dance on the Boardwalk, a costume contest in The Quarter, and a bevy of bloodcurdling options throughout the property, including a costume contest at Ivan Kane’s Kiss Kiss Nightclub on Saturday; a celebrity Dance of the Dead on Friday, and a costume contest at on Saturday at Boogie Nights; Halloween Fun & Frights with Crisbie & The Way Outs on Saturday at Ri Ra Irish Pub, and three nights of fun at Anthem Lounge: Spooktacular Deals on Friday, Creepy Fun House costume contest on Saturday, and Sunday Funday Halloween Edition with DJ B Lee on Sunday.
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2. Sink your teeth into a show. Is a harrowing tale of midnight madness more your style? Then pop on over to a show. Dunner theater options include Madam Betty’s Roaring 20’s Murder Mystery on Friday at Nero’s Italian Steakhouse in Caesars and Murder Mystery Night at The Iron Room on Tuesday. If eerie elegance is more your thing, check out the Atlantic City Ballet Company’s rendition of “Dracula” 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at Caesars. It’s sure to be a show you can sink your teeth into. Finally, for a bit of hocus pocus, head to the Showboat on Saturday for a Halloween comedy show, after-party and costume contest.
3. Mash like a monster. Head to a graveyard smash of your very own and bring your most macabre dancing shoes. Slither into the Rainbow Room in Atlantic City on Saturday for a Halloween party and costume contest hosted by Jenna Tall, or go haunting at The Claridge with a Friday night party at The Vue, and a Saturday night costume party in The Club. Dine on disco fever at the Halloween Disco Party on Saturday at Clancy’s by the Bay in Somers Point. And don’t be too proud to ramble into Proud Mary’s in Atlantic City for its 4th annual Halloween Ball and Costume Contest presented by Norstep on Saturday, complete with music by 609, The Choices, We are One, Solow, Sidetrack, Ill Rendition, Aristocant’s, Beelzebubbles and Fiore Troncone.
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4. Pick your poison. Halloween screams prickly potions, so don’t be afraid to enjoy a specialty cocktail. Guy Fieri’s Chophouse at Bally’s will feature a frightful six-course meal with chilling cocktails at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. On Friday, enter the Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars at your own risk for the Tapping of the Mystery Firkin. Show your spirit with a “Vampire” cocktail at The Continental at The Playground, a concoction made with Bacardi, Myers rum, passion fruit puree, homemade cinnamon simple syrup, housemade grenadine and lime and bitters.
5. Walk (or ride) like the dead. As darkness falls across the land, head to the Thriller Line Dance at Tropicana on Saturday, where a Halloween-themed light and sound show sets the mood for the Boogie Nights cast to reenact the famous “Thriller” dance. Brave souls are invited to join in and dance like the dead. Not in the mood to dance? Then ride in the First Annual Zombie Bicycle Bar Crawl, where participants will ride through town on a bicycle, dressed in their most fearsome zombie rags, while hitting five of Atlantic City’s favorite bars. The frightening festivities start at 11 a.m at Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House and end at Pier AC, stopping at Wonder Bar, Ducktown Tavern and Harry’s Oyster Bar.
6. Get boo-zy at breakfast. Don’t leave all your frights for the nighttime. Brunch can be beastly, as well. Head to Nero’s Italian Steakhouse in Caesars for Betty’s Bizarre Brunch on Sunday, the perfect way to counter a boo-zy Saturday night.
7. Have a bloody good time. Want to keep things devilishly simple? Mosey on over to your local bar, where there are Halloween happening on more than just Saturday night. On Thursday, head to an Eat, Drink and Carve Halloween party at Charlie’s Bar in Somers Point. On Saturday, there are an abundance of Halloween parties: DJ Live Wirez at Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House; Big Daddy Duo at McCullough’s Pub & Restaurant; the annual Halloween bash at Maynard’s Café; a costume party at Tomatoe’s; Seven Stone at Brick House Pub & Grill; a party at Paragon Bar & Grille; the 23rd annual Spoooky Coooky Party at The Anchorage Tavern; and a party with Dr. Cheeko at Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light Restaurant & Tavern. If you’re still in the mood to party on Monday, check out Applebee’s in Somers Point for Matt & Karle’s Haunted Happy Hour and costume contest. On Halloween itself, Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House will thow a party with entertainment by DJ Sammy.
Jon Bon Jovi performs at Phil Murphy event at Resorts
Last week, the crowd at a fundraiser for New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy was treated to a three-song set by none other than Jon Bon Jovi. The performance took place in the 700-seat Ocean Ballroom inside Resorts Casino Hotel and featured the songs "Who Says You Can't Go Home," "Livin' on a Prayer," and a cover of the Beatles classic "Here Comes The Sun."