Your Tahoe Weekend: Halloween freaks, creeps, dance parties, parades & more! |

Your Tahoe Weekend: Halloween freaks, creeps, dance parties, parades & more!

Tainted Love, an '80s cover band from San Francisco, will perform at the Crystal Bay Casino's 13th annual "Creeper's Ball" on Saturday.
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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below are the Sierra Sun’s picks for the Top 10 events to check out this weekend at Truckee and Lake Tahoe.

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1. Truckee Halloween Parade

Bring your costumes, kids, and cameras to catch all the fun at the annual Halloween Parade, presented by Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District. The Halloween Parade starts at 6 p.m. and goes through downtown to the Community Arts Center, where candy will be handed out. Prior to the parade, kids can also trick-or-treat through downtown Truckee, as the merchants will have treats available from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

When: 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28

Where: Downtown Truckee

Cost: Free


2. 13th Annual Creeper’s Ball

Get in the Halloween spirit on the North Shore for the 13th annual Creeper’s Ball at the Crystal Bay Casino. The event will include a costume contest and a performance by ’80s cover band Tainted Love, which has headlined the Creeper’s Ball the last nine years and belts out songs from Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Guns ‘N Roses, A-ha, Journey and much more.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29

Where: Crystal Bay Casino

Cost: $25


3. Truckee’s Haunted Cadillac Ball

The Rotary Club of Truckee will present its 38th annual Cadillac Ball on Saturday at the Resort at Squaw Creek. This year’s theme is a haunted Halloween ball — an exciting night featuring music by DJ Rizzo Vassalo, performances by Truckee Dance Factory, gourmet buffet dinner, costume contest and more. All of the event proceeds are distributed to Truckee-Tahoe nonprofits.

When: 5-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29

Where: Resort at Squaw Creek, Olympic Valley

Cost: $75 per person


4. Heavy Halloween at Tahoe Biltmore

Slip on your dancing shoes and head to Tahoe Biltmore on Halloween for the annual Heavy Halloween dance party. The event will feature music from ZEKE BEATS, The Librarian, Zebuel, Prince tribute band Lake MinneTahoe and more.

When: 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31

Where: Tahoe Biltmore, Crystal Bay

Cost: $15 advance, $20 door


5. Freakers Ball at MontBleu Resort

The 38th annual Freakers Ball will take place Saturday on the South Shore. There will be three parties hosted inside Opal, Blu Night Club and the Showroom in the MotBleu, each one themed after a different season of American Horror Story. Go-go dancers will be gyrating, DJs will be spinning, and $10,000 in cash and prizes will be doled out to the most creative costumes in the crop.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29

Where: MontBleu Resort Lake Tahoe

Cost: $35-$40


6. Halloween Harvest Party at Revive

Get in the holiday spirit with a laid-back festival featuring live music thanks to Revive Coffee & Wine and South Tahoe Standup Paddle. With food and drink specials, a costume contest and more, this is a party you won’t want to miss. It’s also free to attend.

When: 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29

Where: Revive Coffee & Wine, South Lake Tahoe

Cost: Free


7. Rockin’ Dead Bash at Hard Rock Lake Tahoe

The second annual Rockin’ Dead Halloween Bash will feature five hours of music and a costume contest at Hard Rock Lake Tahoe. Be ready to dance the night away with your friends, and kick-start your Hallo-weekend at this Stateline party.

When: 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28

Where: Hard Rock Lake Tahoe, Stateline

Cost: $10


8. Halloween Party at Jake’s On The Lake

Celebrate Halloween at Jake’s On The Lake on Saturday night in Tahoe City. The event will feature music from The Timesplitters and Micah J along with spooky drinks and costume prizes.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29

Where: Jake’s On The Lake, Tahoe City

Cost: Free


9. ‘Vaud & the Villains’ at CBC

Described by the Los Angeles Times as “irresistible” and “a wonder to behold,” “Vaud & the Villains,” a 19-piece 1930’s New Orleans Orchestra and cabaret show, will perform inside the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room on Friday.

When: 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28

Where: Crystal Bay Casino

Cost: $17 advance, $20 door


10. The Show Ponies at Moody’s

The Show Ponies, a Los Angeles-based indie folk band, will perform a free show in downtown Truckee on Friday. Playing in support of their sophomore album, “How It All Goes Down,” the Show Ponies have toured alongside notable acts like American Aquarium and Rascal Flatts.

When: 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28

Where: Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats, Truckee

Cost: Free


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