Happy Halloween! It’s my favorite holiday, and not just because I get to dress up in clothes I would never be caught dead in on a normal workday (I’m looking at you, naughty nurse costume). Kidding. I wouldn’t be caught dead in that costume either. I’m going as a sultry maid.
Anyway, this isn’t about what I’m wearing for Halloween. And it’s not even about what other people are wearing. It’s about the most haunted of haunted houses you’ll ever set foot in.
I’m talking, of course, about Las Vegas. No, not a specific haunted house in Vegas. But Sin City itself. Believe it or not, it can be the most frightening place you’ll ever visit – on Halloween or any day of the year. Here’s a look at the top 5 scariest things you’ll ever witness in Vegas.
If slot machines are one-armed bandits, ATMs are two-armed bandits. If you think $1.95 fees are outrageous at the generic mall ATMs, you’ll be floored when you see the $5 charged to withdraw at some casino ATMs (we’ve seen $10 at some casinos, too). Use a regular bank ATM outside of the casino instead and save the fees. They can really add up.
Hotel Phone Fees
Forget $2.95. Some hotels charge as much as $20 a minute to call home. And some even have the nerve to charge a connection fee for long distance calls. You’re way better off using your cell phone. In fact, if you’re traveling from Canada or Europe, you’ll also be better off, even if it costs you $3 or $5 per minute.
If you’re a young single guy, you’d think that bachelorette parties would be amazing, what with a group of 20-somethings hell-bent on having the time of their life in Sin City. The only thing is many of them get absolutely out of control. I’ve seen quite a few groups of bachelorette parties vomit on unsuspecting people on Las Vegas Boulevard. Absolutely scary – and gross.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Celebrities comes to life at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, but you’ll feel like you’ve seen a ghost when you come face to face with the life-like wax figures. The very lifelike figures creep me out even more than the very dazed working girls walking the Strip on a Sunday morning.
The Gates of Hell
All right, this one hasn’t nothing to do with casinos, but it has everything to do with Vegas. If you thought losing your shirt by betting on Red at the Roulette tables is tough, wait until you see the bloody fright fest that awaits in the most hair-raising haunted house you’ll ever see. Here’s a snippet from the website, so you know what you’re dealing with:
“The Gates of Hell is a sadistic experiment in absolute sensory overload. You won’t be a spectator. Prepare for heart pounding, claustrophobic terror; face the reality of your own violent death…… and finally experience a slow and painful descent into cold, black nothingness to meet the Prince of Darkness himself.”
It all sounds horrible, but less scary than those hotel phone charges you’ll see if you don’t pay attention.
Happy Halloween everyone! Enjoy your nightmares.