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Halloween events, Reno, Nevada, NV Halloween is a big deal in Reno and Sparks. That means there are numerous events and activities for kids and families, many of which are free (or inexpensive). For trick-or-treating, there are fun and safe alternatives to the traditional dash between houses out on the public streets.

Teentober at the Washoe County Library

October 3 - 31, 2023. Washoe County Library System is excited to participate in the Young Adult Library Services Association's annual TeenTober celebration. This event highlights the importance of library services geared toward teens. Search our calendar of events to see all the events we have planned. We are also partnering with the Holland Project for a celebration of the Young Blood art exhibit. This Cryptid-themed art party and closing reception will be held at the Holland Project on Friday, October 13, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be hands-on activities, music, photo booth, and snacks. Cryptid inspired attire/costumes encouraged. The Holland Project is at 140 Vesta St. in Reno.

Wicked Wetland Movie Night

Friday, October 20, 2023, 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Come out to Rosewood Nature Study Area for an evening of safe trick or treating, crafts, face painting, and food trucks along with a costume contest and scavenger hunt. We'll cap off the night with a screening of "Hotel Transylvania." Tickets available online. Sponsored by Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation.

Harvest Festival at Animal Ark

Saturday and Sunday, October 28 - 29, 2023, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. As part of our behavioral enrichment program, some of the animals will receive pumpkins filled with their favorite treats. Watch the enjoyment experienced by our predators when presented with these unique and delicious treats. Throughout each session, pumpkins will be delivered to different animals. Be sure to bring the camera for animal viewing at its finest. Adults $21; Seniors $19; Children $16. Open to the public. Animal Ark is at 1265 Deerlodge Road, off of Red Rock Road in the Stead area of Reno. (775) 970-3111.

Halloween Show at The Barn

Friday, October 27, 2023, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Mark your calendars for the annual Holland Project Halloween Show. Third time's a charm at the Barn, so we will be meeting at Ferrari Farms again. The band lineup is TBA. The Barn at Ferrari Farms is at 4701 Mill St. in Reno. You are encouraged to get $7 advance tickets online.

Pumpkin Palooza

Canceled for 2023, hoping to return in 2024.

Trick-or-Treat Parade with North Valleys Library

Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The North Valleys Library will be hosting the 35th Annual Trick-or-Treat Parade at the North Hills Shopping Center. Show off your amazing costumes as you parade about the library and the shopping center stopping for treats. This library branch is at 1075 North Hills Blvd. in Reno.

Trunk or Treat with the City of Reno

Thursday, October 26, 2023, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to children of all ages. Come enjoy a safe and spooky evening filled with decorated car trunks from the Reno Police Department, Reno Fire Department, and other community organizations. Trunk or Treat is not just an opportunity for children to enjoy trick-or-treating, but also a chance for you and your neighbors to come together, connect, and enjoy the holiday in a safe and controlled environment. At Teglia's Paradise Park, 2700 Paradise Dr. in Reno.

Trunk or Treat at St. Lukes Lutheran Church

Sunday, October 29, 2023, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free. All are invited to join in the fun for an evening of costumes, cars, candy, and fun as we welcome our local community for a safe trick or treating event. Enjoy free hot dogs and chips for the first 400 people. Children are encouraged to dress up and must be accompanied by an adult. 3835 Lakeside Drive in Reno.

The Discovery's 12th Annual Trick or Treat

Saturday, October 28, 2023 - Visit the Discovery Museum in costume and trick or treat from gallery to gallery. (For the safety of all museum visitors, no costumes with weapons of any kind are allowed.) There will be spooky decorations and delicious treats for all of the friendly or scary ghosts, ghouls and goblins who dare to attend. Advance tickets encouraged but not required. The cost is $3 for member children and $2 for adults, $4 for non-member kids and $3 for adults. Members only will have exclusive entry from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Everyone else gets in from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

This Halloween Trick or Treat event participates in the Teal Pumpkin Project. A number of the trick-or-treat stations will offer non-food items for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option.

Trunk or Treat at Covenant Presbyterian Church

Sunday, October 29, 2023, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free. The fun starts off as cars with decorated trunks line up in the church parking lot. Children come to the church parking lot to "trick-or-treat" vehicles instead of houses. 6695 Mae Anne Avenue in Reno. In case of rain, event will be moved inside.

Halloween Trunk or Treat Car-nival at the National Automobile Museum

Tuesday, October 31, 2023, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Join us for the fun at the Museum's most spooktacular event of the year. There will be lots of candy and things for everyone to enjoy. Put on your best costume and we will see you then. Admission for this spooky event is $3 per person. Purchase tickets at the door. The Museum is at 10 South Lake Street, next to the Truckee River. Parking is free. (775) 333-9300.

"Dracula - The Ballet" at the Pioneer Center

Saturday, October 7, 2023, 7:30 p.m. This Halloween, be seduced by DRACULA with this original full-length ballet directed and choreographed by award-winning artist Ananda Bena-Weber. Fans of horror and tango alike will love this classic story set to the thrilling and passionate music of Astor Piazzolla. Parental guidance suggested, not for small children. Tickets available online.

Trunk or Treat at Reno Town Mall

Tuesday, October 31, 2023. Bring the kids to Reno Town Mall for safe and free trunk or treating from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Reno Town Mall is located at 4001 S. Virginia Street, across from the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

Trick or Treat at Scheels

Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be an in-store costume contest and plenty of candy for kids of all ages. Free Ferris wheel rides and arcade games. Tables will be located throughout Scheels for proper Trick-or-Treating. The Scheels store is at 1200 Scheels Dr. in Sparks. (775) 331-2700.

Trunk or Treat at Sparks United Methodist Church

Friday, October 27, 2023, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free to the Sparks United Methodist Church trunk or treat. Event will be held outdoors in the south parking lot. The church is at 1231 Pyramid Way in Sparks. For more information, call (775) 358-0925.

Trunk or Treat at Hope Community

Sunday, October 29, 2023, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It's that time of year when we do our Trunk-or-Treat for the community. Cars will be decorated and themed out with fun activities for families the night of the event. At Cyan Park, 2121 Long Meadow Drive in Reno.

Trunk or Treat at Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Thursday, October 26, 2023, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. A fun night of trunks, treats and fun in a family friendly atmosphere. Holy Cross is at 4895 S. McCarran Blvd. in Reno.

Movies in the Plaza - "Hocus Pocus"

Thursday, October 26, 2023, gates open 6 p.m. We're treating you to a free screening of the beloved Halloween classic, "Hocus Pocus." Don't forget to bring your own blanket or comfy chair for a cozy movie-watching experience. Add some extra magic to the evening by dressing up as your favorite witches, wizards, or spooky creatures. There will be a lineup of food trucks and outdoor games. At Locomotion Plaza in downtown Reno.

Hauntober in Virginia City

Month of October, 2023. As one of the most haunted destinations in the country, Virginia City is the perfect place to get spooked this October. Celebrate the supernatural and all things unexpected with an entire month of events including ghost tours, haunted ghost town, escape room, safe trick-or-treating, a goblin parade, pumpkin patch trains, visits to the cemetery, and several events just for adults.

Hauntober Halloween Parade in Virginia City

Tuesday, October 31, 2023, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come march the streets of Virginia City in your best Halloween garb and be prepared to scare. Open to kids, adults, and even pets. Stick around for safe trick-or-treating after the parade at the many shops along the boardwalk.

Trick-or-Treat at the Governor's Mansion in Carson City

Tuesday, October 31, 2023, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free trick or treating at the Governor's Mansion, 606 Mountain Street in Carson City. Music and entertainment for the whole family. This is also just after Nevada Day in Carson City. There will be lots of activities all weekend for you to enjoy.

Haunted Hoops at Urban Roots

Thursday and Friday, October 12 - 13, 2023, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Join us for our 3rd annual haunted hoops where we turn our hoop house into a haunted house. There will be spooky activities and crafts, drinks, snacks and a haunted house. Fun for all ages. $10 per person 11 and up, $5 for ages 5 to 10, under 5 free. Urban Roots is at 1700 E. 2nd St. in Reno.

Halloween Hangout from National Geographic Kids

Halloween Hangout is a fun online collection of activities for kids. Get costume ideas, play games, check out cool photo galleries, watch spooky videos, get jack-o'-lantern carving tips, and more.

Trick or Treat at Red Hawk Golf and Resort

Thursday, October 26, 2023, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Join us for some free family fun. We will have local vendors passing out free candy, a pumpkin patch with pumpkin painting and a costume contest. Red Hawk is at 6600 N. Wingfield Pkwy. in Sparks.

Carson City BOOnanza

Thursday, October 26, 2023, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Come out for this safe and family fun trick-or-treating event at Mills Park in Carson City. Over 70 local businesses and organizations will decorate spooky booths and pass out candy. There will be food trucks. Suggested donation is a non-perishable food item.

Day of the Dead Festival

Sunday, October 29, 2023, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come to celebrate this spectacular tradition to remember those who have already departed. There will be music, food, crafts, arts and more. The center of activities is E. Pueblo Street at the corner with S. Wells Avenue.

Boogie Ball at South Valleys Library

Monday, October 30, 2023, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. A ghoulish gathering for kids and their grownups, at South Valleys Library. Music, treats, prizes, and games galore. Show off your costumes in the Jack O' Lantern Jive! This is a first come first served event with limited capacity. Please register if you would like to receive email reminders for this event, but registration does not guarantee entry. South Valleys Library is at 15650A Wedge Parkway in Reno.

More Halloween Events at the Washoe County Library

October 28 - November 1, 2023. Check out this list of additional Halloween events at various branches of the library.

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