Spirits, spooks and specters alike have already materialized in South Lake Tahoe as locals dress up for this year’s Halloween, now just one day away.
To celebrate the hair-raising holiday, nightclub bashes and sugary soirees are planned in troves around South Shore. Given the themes, some might say they are even to die for.
On Halloween, trick-or-treaters are invited to the 11th Annual Treat Street at Pine Cone Acre Motel. A haunted house will be featured at the event, along with a bounce house, mini golf and more.
“Everyone runs around there and has a good time,” said Hal Cole, South Lake Tahoe’s Mayor Pro Tem.
Treat Street runs from 5-8 p.m, and free hot chocolate, s’mores and candy will be available at the event.
For adults 21 years old and older, Peek Nightclub is hosting the Dead Celeb Ball at Harrah’s, where guests can dress up as their favorite dead celebrities, said John Packer, director of entertainment and public relations.
Hip-hop artist Flavor Flav will host the event, which opens its doors at 10:30 p.m. Activities include a costume contest with $5,000 in cash and prizes and drinking with $1 specials.
Packer said he’s expecting Halloween at Harrah’s to be a “big” night this year.
“It should be pretty wild,” he said.
Additionally, Halloween Cove will be resurrected this year at the Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge. The Oct. 31 event will offer a variety of entertainment for both kids and adults, including trick or treating, live music from Jesse Kalin, face painting and more, said Lalo Rosales, director of operations.
“It was a really big hit last year,” he said, “and it’s just providing a nice, safe area for the community.
During the free event, which is presented by KTHO Radio, costumed children go room-to-room to collect Halloween treats from a number of local businesses.
Diana Grandoni, program coordinator of the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe, an organization helping to sponsor Halloween Cove, has one tip for kids on Halloween.
“Dress warm in case it’s snowing,” she said.
Everyone buying costumes should also make sure the materials are flame retardant, said Sallie Ross-Filgo, administrative assistant to the fire chief at the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department.
The fire department had several other tips to encourage a safe Halloween.
“Trick or treat while it’s still light outside, and stay in your neighborhood, visting only the homes you know,” Ross-Filgo said in a public safety announcement. “Finally, always check your children’s candy before allowing them to eat any of it.”
Exotic Halloween Bash
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa will host the Exotic Halloween Bash on Oct. 31.
The event will be held at Opal Ultra Lounge and include $1 drink specials and a costume contest with $500 in cash and prizes.
The party starts at 10 p.m.
The Village Center Trick or Treat Celebration
The Village Center, located at 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd, will host the First Annual Halloween Trick or Treat Celebration.
Kids 8 and under can come to Jamba Juice between 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and receive a free smoothie on Oct. 31. Candy and specials will be available in other shops, as well.
Artists Groovebox and Black Star Safari are teaming up with The League to Save Lake Tahoe for Halloween Spectacular this year.
The 18 and over event will be held at American Legion Hall on Oct. 31 and feature several additional performers, such as Roots Rob, S1nth3sys and DJ Phesko.
Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Freq Nasty’s Halloween Freq Fest
Whiskey Dick’s Saloon in South Lake Tahoe will be holding a Halloween Freq Fest Costume Party this week, featuring musical artist Freq Nasty.
The celebration begins at 9 p.m. on Oct. 31. Tickets cost $18 in advance and $20 at the door, and they can be bought at Whiskey Dick’s, Mad About Music or Beach Hut Deli in South Lake Tahoe.
Halloween Carnival Celebration
Sponsored by Kiwanis of Lake Tahoe Sunrisers, the Halloween Carnival Celebration will offer carnival games, candy and a variety of activities for all ages.
Festivities run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kahle Community Center on Kingsbury Grade.