Thanks drachillix…at first I thought I was getting aroused by the CNN newscast, but realized it was my SDMB pager going off.
Wow, two requests from Las Vegas visitor newbies in just a few weeks! This bodes well for Vegas!
Demonica, I think it is safe to say you are going to have a great time and should be able to leave your troubles behind (at least while you are here)! Did you know that Canadians are the number one foreign tourists to Las Vegas! I like to say it is because all of the relatives of members of Cirque du Soleil casts come down to visit.
Regarding traveler’s checks or ATM…both are accepted in casinos, but ATM’s probably more convenient, although there is a charge for each transaction, so try not to hit them for small amounts every day - hit them only when you need them. Actually, Vegas casinos are very flexible and will be happy to take your money in any number of ways!
Regarding Halloween costumes…you might run into a problem there, but it depends. Wearing a mask is a bad thing…a really, really bad thing to do in a casino! Just like wearing a mask when you walk into a bank, they sort of frown on that and security will throw you out faster than you can say Trick or Treat. Now if you are wearing a costume that doesn’t require a mask, there shouldn’t be a problem. Hell, most people on the Strip look like they are wearing costumes all year 'round! Just don’t do the mask thing in the casinos directly - trust me on that. There are usually some great costume parties at the nightclubs, with big prizes and stuff for best costumes, so you might be able to do the entire “mask and costume” thing there, but just carry the mask until you get in.
Otherwise, check out my tacky little website and that should give you some info on hotel/casinos, shows, food, cheap things to do, sex and some misc. tidbits. Feel free to email me with any specific questions!