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13th Floor Experience at Circus Circus

on October 15, 2010 - 1:32pm

My last Vegas story ends on a happier note. Upon arrival in the city, I learned that Frightdome was happening at Circus Circus, where they turn their theme park into haunted mazes for the month of October.

Well, only on the weekends in the month of October, which proved to be a problem since we had the wedding on the Sunday, and the stag on the Friday, and one was in any shape to do anything on the Saturday in between. Foiled again.

BUT it turned out Circus Circus also offered The 13th Floor Experience which takes place on the 13th floor of the hotel (and as you may know, it's not common for a hotel to have an actual 13th floor). $13 for a 13 minute tour of the haunted 13th floor. Sign me up.

We were greeted by a tiny undead bellman (much smaller and with more character than the tall ghoul in the picture) and taken up the elevator as he told us stories about our destination and how the past inhabitants of the 13th floor have once again taken up residence. I thought it was a nice touch that he told part of the story with his back to us as he leaned into the opposite corner.

I Had a Sally Brown Moment in Vegas

on October 11, 2010 - 11:18am

Freemont in Vegas in October 2010You know. Sally Brown: Charlie's little sister. I had a Sally Brown moment.

While in Vegas, my spirits were lifted when I saw an advertisement for Freemont's Oktober FrightFest. Freemont is old Las Vegas, and FrightFest made promises of Halloween decorations - a full street transformation, to be specific, with shows and maybe even a parade. Hooray, I thought, I get to play Halloween after all!

We took the 30 minute bus ride to the north side of town, and I was sure to keep the list of events I'd noted in my back pocket, just to make sure I wouldn't miss a thing.

The main strip is canopied from one side of the street to another. Each hour they project videos to various musical artists. We arrived just as "Time of the Season" by the Zombies (nice) started to play. I must admit, it is a spectacle to behold - psychedelic imagery pouring over the roof as the rest of the flashing lights on the street go dim.

Then there was the obligatory "Time Warp" (of course) with lots of pumpkins and skeletons. Really cute.

Once the show was over, I turned my eyes to the rest of the street. Bring on the Halloween decorations! Keep in mind this is day 4 of my trip, and with the exception of the pumpkins at the Bellagio, I had not caught a glimpse of Halloween - or fall - at all.

Boo-tiful Bellagio

on October 7, 2010 - 1:44pm

Ah, the Bellagio Hotel. This is what I expected more of from Vegas (both in terms of glamour and Halloween goodness).

140 expert horticulturists tend this garden within the hotel (which is free to explore). It's wonderful by day, and has an eerie beauty by night.

I did my best to steady my camera as I took pictures but a few of these are still a bit blurry. The hues of purple and violet set the perfect mood, but weren't exactly the best photography conditions for someone without a tripod.

Note the red blooms around the gigantic pumpkin (below). They are actually chili pepper plants. Genius.

The man-sized Venus Fly traps were automated, their mouths snapping closed ever 30 seconds or so.

But as you can tell from the amount of images I've posted here, it's the trees that I fell most in love with. Beautiful branches sweeping into swirls I could walk through (had they been closer to the ground). Humongous glass leaves hanging from the ceiling. Breathtaking.

Vegas vs. Halloween

on October 7, 2010 - 12:40pm

I'm back. Back from a vacation wedding in Vegas. A 7 day vacation wedding in Vegas.

Perhaps if we were there 2 days, my view of Vegas might be different.

Perhaps if we hadn't gone during my busiest and most favourite time of year, I would have nicer things to say about Vegas.

And just maybe there's a chance that if we were in the fanciest hotel on the strip (we stayed at The New York New York, one of the mid-range resorts), I might have a different report.