Skip the candy corn and dive right into that witches brew — after all, Halloween isn’t just for kids. With a plethora of ghoulish and ghostly gatherings, there’s no reason not to join in the mischief. Here are six ways to have a hair-raising Halloween.
1. Trick or treat.
If the thrill of going door to door dressed up in your spookiest attire is still thrilling for you — and it is for us — then head to Tropicana, where you can hop from venue to venue essentially doing the same thing — grown up style. The party starts on Saturday on the Boardwalk at 7:30 p.m. with a dance to the Time Warp from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” followed by a costume contest in the Quarter at 9 p.m. and a screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the IMAX Theatre at 11 p.m. While you’re there, swing by 10 North for special Halloween cocktails, which will be available Thursday through Halloween night; A Dam Good Sports Bar for DJ entertainment, Halloween cocktails (things like the Morgue-arita and Shipyard Pumpkin pints), and a midnight costume contest; Anthem Lounge for a Nightmare on Anthem Street complete with creepy performers and contortionists, an after-hours party that goes until 7 a.m. and a scary costume contest on Saturday, and stay as “The Nightmare Continues” on Wednesday for a costume contest; to Boogie Nights for “Love at First Bite 90s Night” on Thursday, to “Thriller Friday” on Friday, to the Booooogie Nights Halloween Bash with a midnight costume contest on Saturday; to Casa Taco & Tequila Bar for DJ entertainment and featured Halloween food & drinks; to Wet Willies for a Saturday night costume contest along with festive frozen treats; to Tango’s Lounge for a Halloween cocktail menu from Thursday through Halloween; to Cuba Libre for Fright Night in Havana with music by Latin Connection and a costume contest; to Firewaters Saloon for a Halloween party with music by Copperline Shine and specials on Pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers; to Kiss Kiss Nightclub for a Devil’s Graveyard Halloween Party with DJ Jason Weiss; or to RiRa Irish Pub for a Halloween party with music from Full Throttle, a midnight costume contest and drink specials on Halloween cocktails like the brain hemorrhage shot and witches brew cocktails. Or head over to Bally’s and Harrah’s for their property-wide Trick or Treating Party on Saturday night. Stop in at any of the participating venues for discounts on food and drinks including Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Nero’s Italian Steakhouse, 2100 Bar & Lounge, KWI Noodle House, Café Roma, Lobby Bar, Guy Fieri’s Chophouse, Buca di Beppo, Boardwalk Cupcakes, AC Snack Shack, Guy’s Bar-B-Que Joint, Boardwalk Saloon, Noodle Village, Dunkin Donuts and Mountain Bar. Even better? Your $49.99 ticket also includes a costume contest and admission to the after party in Wild Wild West. You’ll want to head back to Mountain Bar on Halloween night for their Cowboys and Aliens Costume Party. While you’re party hopping, don’t forget to stop by The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s for an epic Halloween Bash hosted by Bella Thorne and featuring a live performance by the Ying Yang Twins with music by Eddie Edge on Saturday; or come back on Halloween night for a Halloween party and Costume Contest with a DJ Set by Jonas Blue and music by Paola Shea. At Borgata, the parties take place at both Gypsy Bar and Premier Nightclub. On Saturday, head to Gypsy Bar, and step into a Ghost Town Halloween party, complete with tumbleweeds, vultures, a costume contest, and plenty of margaritas along with live music by Audio Riot at 7 p.m. and Flip Like Wilson at 11 p.m. At Premier Nightclub, it’s a “phantastic” masquerade weekend with costume contests Saturday through Monday. The party kicks off Friday Night with Laidback Luke, continues with Benny Benassi on Saturday, and culminates with Party Favor on Monday. At Resorts, it’s a spooktakular Friday night with one massive double-headed Halloween party taking place at both Margaritaville and Landshark Bar. With drink specials, DJ’s, costume contests and surprises all night, it’s a can’t-miss Halloween Haunt.
2. More than Halloween … Halloweek.
For a week of thrills and chills, head to Ocean Resort. Start your fun with an electric pumpkin cocktail (available through Oct. 31) and check out Gossamer’s Haunted Illusions show on Thursday and Sunday. Head to HQ2 on Friday for a costume contest and live performance by G-Eazy and on Saturday for a show with Afrojack. On Friday and Saturday, check out a costume contest and music from the Ghostly Ghouls at the SkyCafe. For a little mischief, head to the Topgolf Swing Suite for a zombie takeover and some zombie dodge ball on Tuesday. Finally, on Halloween, head to “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” shadow cast performance. Be sure to wear your costume! Haven Nightclub at Golden Nugget, will be transformed into a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland, and hosts a three-day party starting on Thursday with DJ Beatbreaker and DJ B. Mills. On Friday, the doomsday dancing continues with spinning from 4B and Chris Devine and on Saturday, BlocBoy JB throws down beats of catastrophic proportions. At Hard Rock, the party starts at DAER Nightclub on Friday with Alok; on Saturday with DJ Alesso and a sexy Halloween costume contest; on Sunday with a special performance by Fetty Wap; and a final Halloween Party with a costume contest and DJ Carnage on Halloween night.
3. Sipping with spirits.
The fun thing about Halloween is that it’s big fun whether you’re at a massive venue or walking through your neighborhood, or even better, your neighborhood bar. Head to Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light Restaurant and Tavern for a Saturday night Halloween party with Dr. Cheeko; to Vagabond Kitchen & Taphouse for their annual Halloween bash on Saturday, horror movie Quizzo on Tuesday, or Halloween night with DJ Sammy on Wednesday; to McCullough’s Pub for a Saturday night Halloween Party with Big Daddy Duo; to JD’s Pub & Grille for a Halloween party with the Brandon Ireland Band at 9 p.m., Saturday; to Brick House for a Halloween Tap Takeover with Troeg’s as well as music from Seven Stone; to Anchorage Tavern for the 24th Annual “Spoooky Coooky” Halloween Party with a costume contest and DJ entertainment on Saturday; to Johnny’s Café for their 10th Annual Halloween Boo Bash and costume contest with DJ Robbie Rob at 8 p.m. on Friday; to Maynard’s for their annual Halloween Bash & Steve Troiano’s “Surprise Birthday Party” and costume contest at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday; to Gregory’s for a costume party and trivia wrapped up in one, with DJ Carter on the mic on Halloween night; to Garden State Beer Company for a Halloween costume party with TJ’s BBQ on Saturday; to Tomatoes for their annual and legendary Halloween party at 5 p.m.. Saturday; to Paragon Bar & Grille for a Halloween party with giveaways, prizes and a DJ on Saturday; to Clancy’s by the Bay for a Halloween dance party with prizes, drink specials and a costume contest on Saturday; to Chickie’s & Pete’s for Tunes, Tricks and Treats with Quasimodo’s Bride starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday; to Lefty’s Tavern for their annual Halloween bash with Lovelight on Saturday; to Lighthouse Tavern for a Halloween party with Sunset Soundz and a costume contest on Saturday; to The Tuckahoe Inn for a Halloween party with Chameleon on Saturday; to Fins for a Halloween party with DJ Yens at 10 p.m. on Saturday; to Cape May Brewing Co. for a Halloween Bash with costume contest and releases of Maize Haze and Not from Concentrate; to Carney’s for a Halloween costume contest with Radio Neon in the main room and DJ Jason in the other room; to The Ugly Mug for a costume contest and Halloween party with Flowers for Taco at 8 p.m. on Saturday; to Nardi’s for a Friday night dance/Halloween party with The Dave Christopher Band; to Calloway’s for their annual Halloween Bash and costume contest with Drunken Clams at 9 p.m. on Saturday; to The Old Causeway for a Halloween party with The Impulsives at 10 p.m on Saturday; to Yesterday’s for a Halloween party and costume contest with DJ Sonatra at 9 p.m. on Friday; or to Levari’s for a spooky night with Donkey Punch at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
4. Have a ball.
Halloween is always fun. Adding on a costume ball just takes it up a notch, and that’s exactly what’s happening at The Claridge. Head to The Vue at The Claridge for the Dead Celebrities Halloween Costume Ball at 9 p.m. on Friday night which features a costume contest, specialty cocktails, tunes from DJ B Lee and a ‘dead carpet’ featuring Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and more. Or check out Dante Hall Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday for a Monster Masquerade Costume Ball for wicked music, eerie atmosphere and special guests. In Cape May, head to Congress Hall for a masquerade ball at 8 p.m. Friday, when the Congress Hall ballroom is transformed into the ultimate Halloween party complete with a signature festive cocktail and costume contests; or to Hemingway’s for the Hollywood Graveyard Party where guests are encouraged to dress like their favorite dead celebrities at 9 p.m. on Saturday.
5. Frightening Fun.
For something outside the ordinary, head to The Iron Room on Thursday for their Masquerade Murder Mystery Event, complete with a best masquerade mask contest, passed hors d’oeuvres, drink specials and of course, a mystery. On Saturday, head to Linwood Country Club for an event featuring a costume contest, pumpkin painting, a movie on the big screen, a buffet dinner and s’mores. At Showboat, head to the Motor Social Spooktacular — an indoor car and motorcycle show presented by Classic Metal Productions and Dead Rodz Revivial and featuring cars of all ages, custom builds, movie cars and classic motorcycles — Friday through Sunday with a Motor Social Spooktacular Halloween party with Ziggy Shock on Saturday. Also on Saturday, head to The Rainbow Room for a Halloween party hosted by Ten’e, with tunes from DJ Beavis, a costume contest, drink specials and a special show at midnight, to Elaine’s Cape May for a Drunken Pumpkin Carving Contest with live music, bobby for apples, a firepit, and drunken pumpkin carving at 5 p.m. on Tuesday; to Nauti Spirits for a spirited fall fest and Halloween party with live music from C. Lynne Smith, a DJ, costume contests and the very limited release of Plundered Batch No. 2 (as well as activities to keep the kids busy if you’ve got ‘em) on Saturday; to the Nummy Pumpkin release at Mud Hen Brewing Company with costumes, and live music from The Bastard Sons of Captain Mey starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday; or to the Lower Township Autumn Fest hosted by the Cape May Lewes Ferry with a beer tent, food trucks and live entertainment (plus activities for kids) starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
6. The Monster Mash.
If some thrilling tunes is all you need for a ghastly good time, head to The Watering Hole in Weymouth on Saturday for their annual Hellephant Festival, a tribute to both Halloween and Oktoberfest, featuring music from Theodore and the Dead Girl, Bury Your Brother, DogParc, The Paynkiller, Steel Crowes, Mystic Monkey Funk, Arato Brothers, For Those Who Fall, The War Within, Meatplow, Acrolein, and For Those Who Can See. Or head to Proud Mary’s on Saturday for NorStep’s Halloween Ball V featuring music from Ocean Heights, The Choices, FRND CRCL, Famous & Fallen, End November, Kaiju Go-Go, Sydney Schizzano, Cigar Box Stompers, and Bordella; or, if you’d rather sing the tunes yourself, head to Rio Station for a Friday full of Scareoke.