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.
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?