Fifty years ago a Halloween party usually meant bobbing for apples in the basement. That was before adults co-opted the holiday, allowing children to do some traditional trick-or-treating early in the evening, but keeping the later hours for themselves.
The casino resorts soon got on board and now adult options include everything from simple costume contests to elaborate parties. This weekend finds several opportunities to release the inner child.
Thunder Valley has snared probably the best band out there for the occasion. Oingo Boingo is known for its Halloween concerts and will headline the KHIT’s Dance Party on Friday night. Many of the Oingo Boingo personnel will be on hand, including veterans Johnny Vatos on drums, Sam “Sluggo” Phipps on sax and Carl Graves on keyboards.
This is the band that began as the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo in 1972, named for a secret society in the program “Amos ‘n’ Andy” called the Mystic Knights of the Sea. Oingo Boingo was a performance art group with an extremely eclectic repertoire which ranged from Cab Calloway songs to ska. For years they were led by Danny Elfman and showed up in many movies, doing three songs in “Bachelor Party,” “Goodbye, Goodbye” in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” the title song of “Weird Science,” and “Dead Man’s Party” in “Back to School.” Elfman, of course, went on to score many Hollywood films, like most of those by Tim Burton. (9 p.m.; $49.95; thundervalleyresort.com)
Saturday night at Thunder Valley finds another party, the Saints and Sinners bash, with DJs and go-go dancers, and a costume contest with a $5,000 purse. You have to have a rewards card to compete and cannot wear masks or any makeup that covers the face. (9 p.m.; $22.95-$27.95 Friday, $27.95-$32.95 Saturday)
The MontBleu in Lake Tahoe will put on its 39th Annual Freakers Ball on Saturday, with three venues becoming available beginning at 8 p.m.: the Opal Ultra Lounge, Blu Nightclub and the ballroom. ($35; Ticketmaster)
The children have not been entirely forgotten. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, the Circus Circus midway in Reno will host Trick or Treat Street, allowing kids to gather treats at every booth and complete the Child ID process for those parents interested. (Free; food barrels available for Food Bank donations)
In non-Halloween-related entertainment, “Imparables, El Show!” arrives at the Grand Sierra in Reno on Saturday, teaming two of Mexico’s top comedians, Adrian Uribe and Omar Chaparro, bringing their characters like El Vitor, Carmelo, La Celostina, El Policia de Transito and El Rancherito Chilo. (8 p.m.; $55-$100; grandsierraresort.com)
Vince Neil hardly has any relationship with Halloween but music from his time with Motley Crue did its share of scaring a generation of parents with songs like “Shout at the Devil” and “Wild Side.” He plays Cache Creek on Saturday. (8 p.m.; $45-$70; cachecreek.com)
“Emperor of Sand” is the eighth studio album of Mastodon, telling of a man sentenced to death in a malevolent desert. The Atlanta quartet joins other heavy groups (Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) Friday in the Reno Ballroom. (7 p.m.; $39.50-$49.50; Ticketmaster)