When it comes to celebrating Halloween, there’s no place like Tahoe South, which goes out of its way annually to make sure there’s plenty of revelry.

Check into The Ridge Tahoe and check out some of the Halloween inspired activities. If you need a ride, The Ridge Tahoe Shuttle and BlueGo, will take you to and from the resort into South Shore.

Dress up and dance the night away at the 36th Annual Freaker's Ball.

Dress up and dance the night away at the 36th Annual Freaker’s Ball. Photo: Brian Walker.

The celebration begins early with the 36th annual Freaker’s Ball, Lake Tahoe’s largest, oldest and bawdiest Halloween party, Saturday, Oct. 25.

The holiday costume soiree has become legendary thanks to imaginative partygoers who take mind-bending creativity to the limit. In recent years the popularity has grown to where MontBleu has spread it over four venues: Opal, Blu, the Theater (showroom) and the Haunted Zone Party Pit.

This year’s theme is “Freaky Horror Picture Show” and entails a Time Warp Dance, décor from over 80 years of horror films, a congo parade and high energy dance music. Zany attire in the past has featured human jigsaw puzzles, Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Madonna, legendary superheroes, Ninja Turtles, rappers, reality show actors, and rock stars like KISS and the Grateful Dead.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the week of the event and are available through Ticketmaster.com or by calling the MontBleu Box Office at (888) 829-7630. Historically tickets sell out the week of the event.

The MontBleu Theater will feature nonstop ghostly performances with aerialists, ladder girls, go-go dancers, bizarre characters, close circuit TV, laser lights and a special live performance from Pop Fiction, a popular Bay area dance cover band. A $10,000 cash and prize costume contest is part of the mix.

This year, Halloween falls on a Friday. If you miss Freaker’s Ball, you’ll want to check out Opal’s Exotic Halloween Bash at MontBleu, Halloween night. The sexy thrills and sultry chills begin at 10 p.m. with dancing, drink specials and $5,000 in prizes.

Family-friendly events are also lined up Halloween night. Close to The Ridge Tahoe is the Halloween Carnival Celebration at Kahle Community Center in Stateline. This event runs from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Celebrate the spirit of make believe, a sense of community and “spooktacular” happenings, all under one roof. The festivities will include carnival games, lots of treats.

Treat Street, an annual South Lake Tahoe event, runs from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Lake Tahoe Airport. Trick or Treat in a safe, enjoyable environment at the 12th annual event or check out the haunted house. The event brings hundreds of children decked out as superheroes, princesses, magicians and monsters. Volunteers will pass out candy, serve hot cocoa, pizza, cotton candy, popcorn and s’mores.

Do your Halloween plans include a weekend at The Ridge Tahoe?

Nestled on a spectacular Sierra Nevada ridge above Lake Tahoe, and overlooking the breathtaking and beautiful Carson Valley, this 11 acre hotel resort offers year-round vacation rentals with panoramic views and luxurious accommodations. Complimentary Health Club, Indoor Sports Complex, Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools and Jacuzzis, Restaurant, Deli, Market, Full Service Spa and more are all on-site. Complimentary shuttle service whisks guests 5 miles to Lake Tahoe and casino nightlife.

The Ridge provides a variety of great Lake Tahoe lodging options with choices perfect for family vacations or romantic getaways. Options include deluxe hotel rooms, one and two bedroom condominium suites with full kitchens.

Summer offers an exciting array of activities on property and on Lake Tahoe. Our pool, spa, tennis courts, rock climbing wall and hiking trails are all a few minutes from your front door. Just down the hill are Lake Tahoe’s beautiful beaches, boating, paddleboarding and kayaking

. In the winter our Skier Express provides ski in / ski out access to Heavenly Ski Resort’s Stagecoach Chairlift. The Ridge Ski Shop can satisfy your entire ski and snowboard needs onsite, so you can quickly hit the slopes. We also offer a variety of classes and indoor activities when the weather doesn’t cooperate or you’re not up for tackling the great outdoors.

The Ridge’s expansive property is an ideal venue for weddings, meetings and reunions. We have a variety of meeting and gathering spaces that can accommodate groups from 10 – 200.

For your wedding day we have ceremony sites with breathtaking views and the experienced staff to help make it the perfect day. For your business meetings we have all the A/V and technical resources you require to maximize your productivity. For family reunions our variety of lodging choices and countless onsite activities make it the perfect location to bring everyone together.