Freakling Bros. Horror Shows
Every year—for 30 years to be exact—the Las Vegas Valley has been able to count on the Freakling Bros. for a good scare. What began at Duke and Ginnie Mollner’s Las Vegas residence officially evolved into Freakling Bros. in 1992.
“We like our family holidays, but there’s something about Halloween,” says the Mollners’ son, JT, now Freakling Bros. managing partner. “It’s definitely the most special holiday to this family, and the way we celebrate is by scaring people. There’s nothing we’d rather be doing than scaring the hell out of Vegas on Halloween.”
JT says the family’s insistence on hiring real actors, rather than relying on volunteers, has kept the annual attraction popular year after year. And sometimes, less can be more. “My dad’s philosophy when I was a kid was, ‘I can throw a live actor in a cardboard box and make it a scarier experience than all the money in the world can.’ So we’re really focused on fear factor and immersion rather than fancy sets and animatronics.”
Freakling Bros. adds to its attractions every year, so look for improved versions of the classic Castle Vampyre, Gates of Hell and Coven of 13 shows. Freakling launches new attractions every four or five years, JT says, which means Las Vegas can expect something new next year.
Along with the shows, guests can enjoy food, drinks and insight from a fortune teller. Through October 31, 7 p.m., $50-$250, IKEA Parking Lot, freaklingbros.com.
Vegas Fright Nights
Clown Invasion in 3D and Nightmare Manor return to Vegas Fright Nights along with new installment Whisper Bayou. Deep in the swamp, a voodoo-cursed shack traps anyone who steps inside in an ever-changing labyrinth. Through October 31, times
vary, $25, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd., vegasfrightnights.com.
Las Vegas Haunts
Longtime haunted house attractions Asylum and Hotel Fear return for another year of terror. Find out how two families’ lives intertwine in a dreadful way. Through October 31, times vary, $30-$40, Meadows Mall, lasvegashaunts.com.
Train of Terror
As you board, railroad workers open a strange crate from the Nevada Test Site, which begins infecting folks and turning them into zombies. Will everyone survive the journey? Through October 30, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m., $35-$50, Nevada State Railroad Museum,
Saw Escape Las Vegas
The Jigsaw killer comes to life in this theatrical attraction. Wake up trapped inside an old meat-packing house … or is it a killer’s lair? Will you play his game to escape? Times vary, $50+, reservations required, 2121 Industrial Road, sawescape
Escape Blair Witch
This immersive escape room, based on the blockbuster horror film franchise, takes a spine-chilling trip to find college students who went missing in the Black Hills Forest. Solve the mystery in time or suffer the rage of the Blair Witch. Times vary, $46+, reservations required, 2121 Industrial Road, escapeblairwitch.com.
Experience Stephen King’s 1987 psychological horror thriller as a theatrical production. The story follows author Paul Sheldon, who is held captive by former nurse and fan Annie Wilkes, and forced to rewrite one of his novels after she learns one of her favorite characters was killed off. His life depends on the outcome. October 28-30, times vary, $30, Las Vegas Little Theater, lvlt.org.
An Evening at the Grand Guignol
This gory horror show channels onetime French theatre, Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol (1897-1962), which performed shows of the same nature. Get ready for a series of one-act terrors—and laughter. October 28-30, 11 p.m.; October 31, 8 & 11 p.m.; $30+; Majestic Repertory Theatre; majesticrepertory.com.
Saw and Strings
Any truly scary film needs a great soundtrack to set the tone. Experience a chilling tale told by the “Collector” while the Las Vegas String Quartet performs some of the best scary music in film history. Guests will also have access to a haunted lounge featuring the Musty Cauldron bar, Ghost DJ, a costume photo op and more. October 28-31, times vary, $36-$60, theindustrialvegas.com.
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Freakling Bros. Horror Shows