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October 29, 2009 (San Diego’s East County) – Want to be a winner at a casino—without having to gamble any money? Several area casinos are hosting Halloween costume contests and paying out big cash prizes. Others are offering parties, gifts, and Halloween eve concerts.


Sycuan Casino in El Cajon is advertising the biggest Halloween Party in San Diego – giving away $2,300 in prizes in its costume contests at 12:20 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. in the non-smoking Bingo hall on Halloween, October 31st. Sycuan is also giving away $1,500 in a contest to guess the number of Dracula fangs. Music, giveaways, and “spooktacular” fun are all billed as part of the event. For details, see

Pauma Casino is giving away $500 for the most original costume, $500 for cutest/funniest, and $300 for scariest costume. Registration is from 6-8 p.m. on October 31st in the Palm Club, with judging starting at 8 p.m. in the Red Parrot Lounge. Masks, completely covered painted faces, or simulated weapons are not allowed. All entrants also receive $10 in free play at the casino. The casino is located in the Pauma Valley off Highway 76, in the northeast portion of San Diego County. For details, see

Golden Acorn Casino holds its contest October 31st at 8:30 p.m., awarding prizes for funniest, scariest, and sexiest costumes. First place winners in each category will receive $200 cash. Second and third place winners receive $100 and $50 in free play at the casino. For info and directions to the casino, located off I-8 near Boulevard (about a half hour east of El Cajon), see

Just across the freeway, La Posta Casino has a costume contest starting at 9 p.m. First, second, and third places will be awarded for scariest, funniest, most original and I Can’t Believe You Wore That categories. First place will be $200, second $150, and third $100 in each category. Live music will also be part of the festivities. For directions and additional Halloween activities, see (Note: the Halloween costume contest is not listed on the website, however ECM has confirmed details via a phone call at press deadline.)


Viejas Casino in Alpine isn’t promoting a costume contest, but does offer a “Haunted Buffet” for just 99 cents throughout October to V-Club members who play at least 15 points. Not yet a member? Join free-and enjoy a free buffet! Details:


You can also catch rock legend Alice Cooper’s “Tour of Death” concert on Halloween night at Harrah’s Rincon Casino. For tickets, visit in Valley Center. Map:

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