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Costume contests and theme parties are nightly occurrences in Las Vegas. So what makes this week different from all others? For one, the prizes are way bigger. And second, this week there is no pre-prescribed theme and there are no rules—well, not many. So dust off your tricks, treats and that most ridiculous, scandalous or creepiest costume you’ve always dreamed of wearing to the club. Here are our picks for Vegas’ best Halloweek bashes:

THU 27

NASA’s favorite space-suited DJs, Manufactured Superstars, skyrocket the weekend with a Cosmic Adventure-themed costume party at Tryst. (In Wynn, doors 10 p.m., men $30*, women $20, local ladies free.)

FRI 28

Studio 54 resurrects Nightmare on 54th Street for the weekend-long fright fest of costume contests, a “Thriller” rendition and, tonight, DJ Loczi’s weekly Electric Dream fete transforms into “Electric Scream.” Get it? (In MGM Grand, doors 10 p.m., men $40, women $20.)

SAT 29

Hit the jack-o’-lantern jackpot (more than $100,000 in cash and prizes are on the line!) with your Halloween fashion at Night of the Killer Costumes, hosted at multiple Palms venues. (Doors 10 p.m., $79 all-access wristband,

Heidi Klum’s annual Halloween party terrifies at Tao as the supermodel’s fave DJ, Questlove, sets the spooky soundtrack. (In the Venetian, doors 10 p.m., men $30, women $20.)

Butterfly at Chateau throws its inaugural Blood Orange Masquerade Ball, where monster DJ Paul Oakenfold spins upstairs and the always-frightening Scott Disick hosts. (In Paris, doors 10 p.m., men $30, women $20.)

SUN 30

It’ll be positively electrifying when Deadmau5 takes it to a hauntingly hypnotic level at XS at the club’s Ghosts N Stuff costume bash. (In Encore, doors 9 p.m., men $100, women $40.)

Superstar Lupe Fiasco battles electro DJ Sky Gellatly during Soundclash at The Bank. Wear your sexiest Halloween costume for a $10,000 competition. (In the Bellagio, doors 10:30 p.m., $40 cover.)

MON 31

Okayyy, party animals: Hopefully you’ve saved your best costume for last because Surrender will award $25,000 in cash and prizes for the best costume with the always-in-character Lil’ Jon spinning. (In Encore, doors at 10:30 p.m., men $50, women $30.)

Get all kinds of freaky tonight when Ludacris wraps up Halloween weekend at Haze with contests awarding $10,000 in cash and prizes. (In Aria, doors 10:30 p.m., men $40, women $20, locals free.)

*All prices are subject to change.

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