Halloween, Vegas Style

The longer I live in Las Vegas, the more I love Halloween. Our city completely loves Halloween, and it’s so much fun.

Things I’ve learned about living in Las Vegas on Halloween – and embracing what that means:

  • Bonus day off of work! October 31 is also Nevada Day – the day our state became a state – so state offices are closed and everyone has off of school. Sometimes the Nevada Day celebrations are moved to accompany a weekend, but this year it happened to land on a Friday, so we had a double holiday in Las Vegas.
  • The weather is superb! I’ve mentioned before that October is my favorite month in Las Vegas, which makes Halloween a fun holiday to celebrate. I remember many a childhood Halloween bundled up in winter coats, but that’s not the case here.
  • Las Vegas is fun, and it’s okay to get on board with that over-the-top, uncensored attitude. We attend a huge Halloween party every year, and we plan our costumes for months in advance. This year we went as Aqua Woman and Wonder Man.

One other thing I’ve learned since living in Las Vegas is that jack-o-lanterns do not last longer than 24 hours here. The desert air sucks the moisture out of them, and they’re completely rotted within a day. We had a blast carving pumpkins last Monday – five whole days before Halloween – but by Thursday our creations were in the compost pile. This will probably be the last year we carve pumpkins just because it is, unfortunately, just a waste.

Here are A2’s pumpkin (left) and Cory’s pumpkin (right).

Ane and Cory's pumpkina
A2 and Cory’s pumpkins


Last year I didn’t carve a pumpkin, so I was really happy with how this one turned out this year.

My owl pumpkin
My owl pumpkin


Let’s take a closer look at this little cutey-patootey, shall we?

Owl pumpkin - the close-up version
Owl pumpkin – the close-up version

4 Responses to “Halloween, Vegas Style”

  1. Jill

    lucky you for consistent good weather

    • JoAnna

      I think so! I love Octobers in Las Vegas – you’ll never hear a complaint from me!

  2. Craig

    I was just mentioning to my friends the other day that Vegas on Halloween must be awesome, funny I should stumble on a post that confirmed my suspicions 🙂 I’m planning on another Las Vegas trip for next Halloween, can’t wait!

    • JoAnna

      Las Vegas has a way of grabbing hold of some of those more obscure holidays and turning them into wild celebrations. In addition to Halloween, you might also be interested visiting Las Vegas during St. Patrick’s Day or Cinco de Mayo.


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