25 Las Vegas Halloween Costumes Inspired by Downtown

October 14, 2014

Las Vegas is the only place to be for Halloween.

In a city known for being a non-stop party, Sin City’s Halloween festivities truly push the boundaries of scary, sexy and “How is that even legal?”

One of the challenges of taking part in all Las Vegas has to offer on Halloween is coming up with a costume. We’ve got this! We’ve scoured Fremont Street and downtown for some serious Las Vegas Halloween costume inspiration. We hope these costume ideas spark your imagination, and we’ll see you at Fremont Street Experience on Halloween!

1. Prospector

This iconic prospector adorns a gift shop at Fremont Street Experience. He’s been photographed hundreds of thousands of times and harkens back to a time in Nevada’s history when, apparently, people panned for light bulbs. Feeling inspired yet?

Fremont prospector

Vests are back. Good call, bro.

2. Chumlee from “Pawn Stars”

The History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” has been a cultural phenomenon, and downtown’s Gold & Silver Pawn shop have become a popular tourist destination.The show’s loveable goofball, Chumlee (Austin Russell), doesn’t take himself too seriously and has a distinctive sense of fashion, making him great fodder for a Halloween costume.

Chumlee

Chumlee collects shoes. He owns more than 150 pairs. Or 150 pair. We can never keep that straight.

3. SlotZilla

You’ll be the talk of Halloween if you stroll the Fremont Street Experience dressed as downtown’s newest thrill ride attraction, the SlotZilla zip line. Sure, it’ll take some work to construct your costume, but it’s Halloween, so go for it. You might get candy.

SlotZilla

Bonus points if your costume has a working arm like SlotZilla.

4. Shark

What does a shark have to do with downtown Las Vegas? Well, it just so happens the Golden Nugget’s pool boasts a massive shark tank, complete with a water slide through it. Golden Nugget offers tours of The Tank, too. Learn more.

shark costume

Victim not included.

5. Elvis

The quintessential Las Vegas Halloween costume, all year round. While Elvis isn’t specifically a downtown thing, we certainly have our fair share of Elvi, so we claim him. For inspiration, catch a new tribute show, “Spirit of the King: Steve Connolly,” at Four Queens.

Elvis masks

Elvis is everywhere in Las Vegas.

6. Golden Goose

Visitors from around the world flock to see the vintage Golden Goose sign on Fremont Street. This site was originally the State Cafe, later became Buckley’s (a small slot joint), then the Mecca Casino. The Golden Goose opened in 1974. Enough history, let’s dress like a giant cowboy-duck surrounded by giant eggs, already.

Golden Goose Fremont

Make sure your costume includes the bandana and hat. Your eggs have to sparkle, too.

7. Shrimp Cocktail

Few things scream downtown Las Vegas like the shrimp cocktail. The Golden Gate started this culinary tradition in 1959, and you can still get them at Du-par’s restaurant. Get the details. For your costume, we suggest simulated shrimp. Otherwise you might be swarmed by seagulls.

Shrimp cocktail

Warning: If you dress like a shrimp cocktail, don’t be surprised if you’re licked. Not an entirely unpleasant prospect, come to think of it, so nevermind.

8. Dancing DJ

Dancing DJs have become a popular fixture at Fremont Street Experience. Their outfits tend to be on the skimpy side, so dressing as a dancing DJ can be a low-cost alternative as a Halloween costume.

Dancing DJ

Wings are optional.

9. Neon Slipper

This twinkling slipper on Fremont East was inspired by another famous Las Vegas sign for the now-closed Silver Slipper casino. The rotating ruby slipper is one of several sign replicas that make a great downtown photo op. Read more. Pull this one off and the Halloween costume contest is yours!

Fremont East slipper

Careful when supplying power to your slipper costume and always stay grounded.

10. Sexy Nurse

Downtown has a special claim to sexy nurses thanks to the Heart Attack Grill at Neonopolis, near the SlotZilla zip line tower. Hostesses and waitresses dress as health care workers, and services often include customer spankings. Only in Las Vegas!

Heart Attack Grill

Alternate costume: Hospital gown. Customers have to wear one before they order at Heart Attack Grill.

11. World’s Largest Pint Glass

Right across from the Heart Attack Grill is Hennessey’s Tavern. Atop Hennessey’s is what’s billed as the “world’s largest pint glass.” Because everything in Las Vegas has to be the world’s largest something, obviously. For your Halloween costume, just make a cone out of cardboard, cut arm and eye holes, and paint it the color of beer. Done.

Hennessey's pint glass

The pint glass at Hennessey’s is 85 feet tall.

12. Carl “Safe-Sax” Ferris

Carl Ferris, who plays saxophone pretty much nightly outside Binion’s, is a Fremont Street Experience institution. If you dress as Carl, be prepared to field song requests and offers to purchase your CDs.

Carl Ferris

This job blows.

13. Million Dollars in Cash

Speaking of Binion’s, head in the casino and you can have a free photo taken with a million dollars in cash. What a great Halloween costume idea, though! Here’s how you make this costume. Step 1: Get a million dollars in cash. Step 2: Stack your cash into a pyramid. Step 3: Climb inside. Step 4: Encase yourself in plexiglass. Step 5: Let tourists take free photos with you. Best Las Vegas-themed Halloween costume, ever. Except for the other 24 costumes on this list, of course.

Binion's

Make sure your bills are of different denominations, hundreds toward the front, for authenticity.

14. Oscar Goodman

Former mayor Oscar Goodman is, and will always be, “The Man” in Las Vegas. During his time as mayor, whenever Oscar Goodman appeared in public, he had two showgirls on his arms and a martini in his hand. ‘Nuff said.

Oscar Goodman

While mayor, Oscar Goodman made it a requirement for movie companies seeking a permit to film in Las Vegas to give him a part in the movie.

15. Showgirl

Showgirls are a symbol of Las Vegas around the world. So, break out your glue gun, get a truckload of sequins and get to work. A key part of going as a showgirl for Halloween is mastering the “bevel.” That’s the bent position of a showgirl’s leg when she’s posing. (See the showgirls above for reference.) Also needed for your showgirl costume: Feathers, crystal rhinestones and sass.

SlotZilla showgirl

SlotZilla has two showgirls based upon the women who accompanied Oscar Goodman to public appearances when he was mayor.

16. Hand of Faith Nugget

Golden Nugget’s Hand of Faith is the world’s largest gold nugget. (Told you about the “world’s largest” thing already.) Its distinctive shape should be easy to replicate for your Halloween costume, and gold spray paint is cheap.

Gold Nugget

Nearly 80% of all gold is used to make jewelry.

17. Praying Mantis

The Downtown Container Park, a shopping center made from shipping containers, has a distinctive, fire-breathing praying mantis outside. The Downtown Container Park is just one of many things to do in Las Vegas.

Mantis

Make sure to get the raptorial legs right. Yes, that’s what they’re called. We read sometimes, you know.

18. Chippendales

The world-famous Chippendales have some representatives downtown, at the Photo Magic kiosk on Fremont Street Experience. These hunky guys pose for photos with visitors, showing off their trademark bowties and cuffs. So, guys, hit the gym, get your Chippendales accessories and we expect you’ll be very, very popular on Halloween night.

Chippendales

In the Chippendales show, dancers rip through more than 12,000 shirts each year.

19. Go-Go Bartenders and Dealers

There’s no shortage of eye candy on Fremont Street! The lovely go-go bartenders and dealers at The D Las Vegas create buzz every night of the week. The go-go bartenders and dealers at The D wear uniforms of black and red, and the go-go bartenders and dealers at the nearby Golden Gate stick with basic black.

Go go bartenders

The D is your headquarters for fringe in Las Vegas.

20. Brass Boar

The Boar’s Head Bar at downtown’s Main Street Station is home to an impressive brass boar. This huge brass boar is from Nice, France, and was originally part of a fountain. Main Street Station is filled with antiques and curiosities that can serve as inspiration for your Halloween costume, so stroll around, and make sure to get a “Guide to Artifacts, Antiques and Artworks” at the hotel’s front desk. When you’re making your boar costume, pay special attention to the lower tusks, also called “cutters.”

Main Street brass boar

The brass boar is a replica of a Renaissance-period original in Florence, Italy. Hey, we got the brochure.

21. Mobster

It’s no secret the history of Las Vegas is a colorful one. There’s more than a little color on display at downtown’s wildly popular Mob Museum, just a couple of blocks from Fremont Street Experience. This museum is bursting with stories of “made men” and the law enforcement officials who took them down. Take your pick of gangsters like “Bugsy” Siegel, Tony “The Ant” Spilotro, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal and others, but remember, getting mobbed up has its perils. Just as “Bugsy.

Mob Museum

Questions remain about whether Al Capone played a part in the early days of Las Vegas. Read more.

22. Slushy Drink Cups

Fremont Street is known for its Viva Vision light show, sure, but it’s also known for being a street party like no other, including guests enjoying frosty beverages from distinctive receptacles in the shapes of footballs, boots and even human legs. If you’re feeling ambitious, try making a costume inspired by one of these shapes, or come up with one of your own.

drink cups

Halloween in Vegas? We’ll drink to that. Or just about anything else, now that you mention it.

23. Cowgirl Dealer

The dealers in the Cowgirl Pit at Binion’s make gambling fun, no matter what surprises Lady Luck might have in store. Required for your Binion’s cowgirl outfit: Cowgirl hat, lace and a BeDazzler, assuming those are still a thing.

Cowgirl dealer Binion's

Thanks for volunteering for a photo, Lauren.

24. Vegas Vickie

No visit to Fremont Street Experience is complete with a photo of Vegas Vickie (sometimes called Sassy Sally, and sometimes spelled “Vicki” or “Vicky”). Her neon and attitude make her a natural for a Las Vegas-inspired Halloween costume. Sorry, guys, Vegas Vickie is taken. She was married to Vegas Vic (see #25) in 1994.

Vegas Vickie

Vegas Vickie was installed in 1980.

25. Vegas Vic

Vegas Vic is one of the most recognizable symbols of downtown Las Vegas, Fremont Street Experience and Las Vegas. He has a long and storied history, including being built in 1951 for the Pioneer Club (now a gift shop), and his original “Howdy Podner” greeting. (That sound effect was silenced in 1966 when actor Lee Marvin complained about it being too loud during the filming of his movie, “The Professionals.”) The voice of Vegas Vic, by the way, was Zack Hale Jr. Read more. Vic’s arm stopped waving in 1991, but his charm still makes visitors feel welcome on Fremont Street. Your Vegas Vic costume will have to include a wide-brimmed cowboy hat (at a rakish angle), red bandana, checkered shirt, blue pants, boots with spurs and generous amounts of neon.

Vegas nerd trivia: A red circle on Vic's shirt is meant to resemble a Durham Tobacco tag on a string attached to a bag of tobacco in his pocket. Back in the day, cowboys rolled their own cigarettes.

Back in 1951, Vic’s cigarette moved, too.

If you don’t have a solid idea for your Las Vegas Halloween costume by now, you might be lacking the Halloween costume gene! We won’t judge. It’s Vegas, after all.

We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas for Halloween!

4 Responses

  1. Karen Quinn says:

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN, CAN YOU TELL ME IF THEY STILL HAVE THE HALLOWEEN PARADE DOWNTOWN? THANK YOU

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