At last, Christmas for adults has arrived, and we’ll use the word “adults” loosely, because none of want to feel or act like a grown up on October 31.
This year, Halloween falls on a Wednesday. In any other city that means the celebration lasts from the moment you get off work until The Daily Show comes on and you hit your pillow because you’ve got to be up at 6 a.m.
We don’t play that here.
This is Las Vegas, and Hakkasan Group — as it is won’t – is dialing Halloween up to 11, stretching a midweek holiday into a seven-night celebration with theme parties headlined by the world’s most-followed dance artists.
Seven nights means seven costume possibilities (or more if you’re into mid-party wardrobe changes). Here’s a guide to help you decide what to wear, and who to wear it for:
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25
There’s something romantic and haunting about Illenium’s most recent offering, “Take You Down.” Let that be an inspiration as you kick off the Halloween festivities with the famed DJ/producer inside MGM Grand’s Hakkasan Nightclub.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
Consider Thursday the warm-up act for one of the biggest weekends Las Vegas has ever seen. After Illenium, the appropriately-named NGHTMRE takes over Hakkasan for the club’s “From Darkness Til Dawn” party. If that doesn’t tip you off, just Google “Santanico Pandemonium” and “Seth Gecko” for costume suggestions.
Meanwhile, at OMNIA Nightclub, Martin Garrix gets the call on Friday night, with Lucky Lou nearby at Heart of OMNIA and Mikey Francis on the Strip-side terrace. If you need costume inspiration, just take it from Garrix’s 2018 collab with Bonn, “High on Life.”
Rounding out the Friday night parties will be DJ Drama at ARIA’s JEWEL Nightclub and DJ Karma at 1 OAK Nightclub in the Mirage.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
By Saturday night, you should have this Halloween thing down pat. Don’t feel bad if you’re recycling a costume for a new club. If the costume works, you’ll want Zedd to see it when he goes behind the decks at OMNIA. After you get his attention, feel free to go cool off on the terrace with Sammi or in the Ling Ling Room with Bamboozle.
Here’s a costume suggestion if you’re at JEWEL Nightclub: try wearing one of those big cones that veterinarians use for dogs. This way, when Steve Aoki starts spraying champagne into the crowd, you can easily collect some for yourself.
Or, use Kaskade’s 2015 track “Phoenix” as inspiration when the GOAT headliner takes over Hakkasan Nightclub. Fellow artist DJ Dash is backing up the party in the Ling Ling Room.
Meanwhile, DJ Shortcutz gets the call at 1 OAK Nightclub.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28
“From Darkness Till Dawn” reaches its peak on Sunday night, when “Unicorn Zombie Apocalypse” artists Borgore plays Hakkasan Nightclub. If that track title doesn’t inspire you, we don’t know what will.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 29
Now that you’ve been wholly consumed by the Halloween spirit, it’s time to let yourself go at JEWEL Nightclub’s “Flawless Monday” party with headliner blackbear. Picture Mad Max-inspired costumes and a general “anything goes” theme.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30
We truly have to hand it to the genius that came up with the image pairing OMNIA Nightclub’s Halloween Eve bash with John Carpenter’s The Fog. You’re speaking our language, and we’re ready to storm that club like the crew of the Elizabeth Dane searching for Blake’s gold.
Zedd headlines Halloween Eve at OMNIA’s main room, while Heart of OMNIA hosts a special edition of its “Wild at Heart” locals party, dubbed “Eat Your Heart Out.” DJ Crooked will preside over a costume contest with a $5,000 prize, so save your best outfit for Tuesday. DJ Mondo will also be on hand, spinning on the outdoor terrace.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31
It’s All Hallows Eve, and the boogeyman is coming. Your only hope is to run for cover inside OMNIA Nightclub with headliner Steve Aoki. But be warned, we’re told Michael Myers will be haunting this “killer” party, so make like your favorite babysitter and find a good hiding spot, preferably on the dance floor, where you might be able to get lost in the crowd, in Heart of OMNIA with DJ Dash, or on the terrace with Pedi. Whatever works.
If Haddonfield’s most infamous mass murderer is more than you can handle, you can head to 1 OAK Nightclub for a performance by “Money Longer” artist Lil Uzi Vert. He promises not to hurt.
So there you have it, 23 reasons to party and zero excuses. All that’s left now is for you to decide what to wear.