A Look Back at Hakkasan’s Halloween

Photos: Powers Imagery LLC
Photos: Powers Imagery LLC

Halloween weekend at Hakkasan Nightclub at MGM Grand was full of action-packed energy as thousands of partygoers assembled to enter the realm of the Forbidden City alongside unrivaled talent including resident DJs Calvin Harris and Tiësto, among others. The hot spot fully transformed into the Forbidden City as detailed experiences including seductive areal acts, shimmering dancers, playful décor and alluring light shows set the scene for an unforgettable four-day bash. In addition to the non-stop entertainment, the nightspot hosted three nights of sultry costume contests where multiple lucky winners were crowned as the “sexiest costumes” in Las Vegas and took home impressive prizes each night, totaling $60,000.

Kicking off Hakkasan Nightclub’s Rise of The Empress Halloween weekend was none other than famed DJ Calvin Harris, Thursday, Oct. 30. Harris took over the decks and played his chart-toping hits until the early hours of the morning, giving fans sweet nothings instead of ghoulish tricks. Gold-clad dancers played as eye-catching attractions to set the scene for what turned out to be a night full of mischief and mayhem as some lucky ladies were crowned as winners for the awaited costume contest.

Hakkasan Nightclub pulled out all the tricks as Halloween night arrived, Friday, Oct. 31. The Hakkasan Empress was ready to rule over her empire with the help from resident DJ Tiësto and young artist Danny Avila, who took part in the festivities with spooky face art to command the crowd. The party was amped up during the costume contest where party patrons aided in voting for the lucky winners. Heightening the energy even more, Tiësto continued to play his popular tracks such as “Red Lights” and “Wasted” which had clubgoers dancing into the night alongside the Empress in her Forbidden City. The Ling Ling Club was also a party of its own all night with DJ Ruckus spinning beats for the special occasion.

As the weekend continued, the popular destination brought the three-day costume contest to a close with sounds provided by the highly energetic DJ Afrojack, Saturday, Nov. 1. In awe of the Forbidden City, the renowned artist took a second to take in the atmosphere before letting loose and cranking up the party by taking advantage of the specially installed dragons above the DJ booth that exhaled expansive amounts of CO2 whenever he demanded. Afrojack had partygoers on their feet and confetti in the air all night long for an evening to remember. Hakkasan also welcomed back DJ and producer Questlove to the nightlife mecca for a night of action-packed fun in the Ling Ling Club.

Closing out the final night of the Rise of The Empress celebration was none other than cake-slinging DJ Steve Aoki with help from The Chainsmokers, Sunday, Nov. 2. Three previous nights of partying did not scare away any clubgoers as the nightlife mecca was kicked into high gear to bid farewell to The Forbidden City with partygoers dressed up for one last bash of Halloween debauchery. Aoki ensured a stimulating night as he served up his iconic cake to a few enthusiastic fans while spinning tracks from his new album Neon Future. He even brought out his raft and let a few fans take part in his tradition by riding the waves of the crowd. After four nights of Halloween mayhem, The Forbidden City has finally been laid to rest and normalcy has been restored in the nightlife destination.

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