Halloween Events, Activities, Free Trick-or-Treating in the Reno Area
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 choices that are fun and safe alternatives to the traditional dash between houses out on the public streets.
Animal Ark Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 12, 2019, 10:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.. Most of the animals will receive pumpkins filled with their favorite treats. Watch the enjoyment experienced by the predators when presented with these unique and delicious meals. Throughout the day, pumpkins will be delivered to different animals. Admission is $16 for adults, $14.50 for seniors, $12 for children. Kids under 2 are free. Reservations are required - RSVP at 1-775-970-3431 or online. Animal Ark of at 1265 Deerlodge Road in the Stead area of Reno. Call 1-775-970-3111 for more information.
Touch-A-Truck and Fall Festival- Saturday October 19, 2019, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features a spooky haunted house, costume contest and parade (1 p.m.), pumpkins, crafts, a magician, a photo booth and more. The first 125 children arriving in their Halloween costumes will receive a goodie bag. Attendees will have a chance to see – and touch - a variety of unique vehicles, including a snowplow, a Reno fire/rescue truck, ambulance and more. Admission is free, but you can get tickets for other activities by bringing non-perishable food items to benefit the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. To get there, take I-80 to the Robb Drive exit and turn left on Sharlands Avenue. Follow Sharlands as it turns into Somersett Parkway. Turn at the second roundabout to the Somersett Town Square and The Club at Town Center; 7650 Town Square Way in Reno.
All Hallows' Eve at Fort Churchill State Historic Park
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This family-friendly event will feature a variety of activities including harvest games on the museum lawn, a scavenger hunt around the fort ruins and pumpkin carving and scarecrow building contest. Pumpkins, straw, and scarecrow frames will be provided. Please bring your own pumpkin carving tools and clothing to dress your scarecrow. Park entrance fees apply - $5 per vehicle. There is no additional cost to participate in the event. Fort Churchill is located 8 miles south of the Highway 95A/Highway 50 intersection on Highway 95A at 10000 Highway 95A, Silver Springs, NV 89429. (775) 577-4880.
PumpkinPalooza at Victorian Square in Sparks
Sunday, October 20, 2019 - Celebrate all things pumpkin at Victorian Square in downtown Sparks at the 2019 Pumpkin Palooza. This family event will feature a Pumpkin Derby race, family costume parade, storytelling in the Haunted Schoolhouse, craft fair, carnival games, pie-eating, pumpkin seed spitting, marshmallow shooting, pumpkin beauty salon, and mummy wrapping contests, and live music. It is free to attend PumpkinPalooza, but visit the website for details as there is a fee to participate in some of the attractions. Pumpkin Palooza hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. PumpkinPalooza is a benefit for the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living.
Safe Trick or Treat at Sparks United Methodist Church
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Sparks United Methodist Church safe trick or treat event will be in the church's social hall. Admission to the event is free. The church is at 1231 Pyramid Way in Sparks. For more information, call (775) 358-0925.
Trick or Treat at The Discovery
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - Celebrate Halloween at The Discovery's 9th Annual Trick or Treat. Visit the 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. 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 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone else gets in from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This Halloween Trick or Treat event takes part 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.
Laughter House by Reno Fright Fest
Sundays, October 6, 13, 20, 27 and Wednesday October 30, 2019. Sundays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come experience the new for 2019 Laughter House for a less frightening experience for kids. There is a narrated trick or treat train ride that takes you inside the ball park to collect candy from your favorite characters while riding our Halloween train. Family friendly and appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $10 per person. At Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Avenue near downtown Reno.
The Folk & the Lore: Local Haunts
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m. It's that time of year where we can indulge in stories that make us double check our locks, and fear the basement. Join us at the Nevada Museum of Art (160 W. Liberty in Reno) for an evening of storytelling and films based on local haunts. Tickets are $12 general admission, $8 members, $5 students. You can get tickets online.
Halloween Hollow in Idlewild Park
Thursday, October 31, 2019, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free family fun. Join the City of Reno and the Riverwalk Merchant Association and celebrate Halloween in Reno's most spooky park. You can ride the Idlewild Park spooky train for 2 cans of food for the Food Bank or $2, visit the haunted house, play midway games and get candy, enter costume contests for humans and pets and more.
Trick or Treat in the Streets of the National Automobile Museum
Thursday, October 31, 2019, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Family Halloween fun at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, with candy stations and games. Special admission for this spooky event is $2 per person. The Museum is at 10 South Lake Street, next to the Truckee River. Parking is free. (775) 333-9300.
Fun Quest Family Fright Nights in the Grand Sierra Resort
Weekends in October, 2019. Enjoy a spooky October with the Family Fright Nights at Fun Quest and Grand Adventure Land. There are various activities available in both venues. Special events during October 25 - 27, 2019, include a costume contest with prizes and a haunted house. Visit the website for details about activities and prices.
Howl-O-Ween - Safe Trick or Treating at Nevada Humane Society
Thursday, October 31, 2019. Bring the family to Nevada Humane Society from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for safe trick or treating with lots of free treats for kids in costume. With spooky music and décor, the whole family will have fun visiting with pets and people in Halloween costumes. You can even adopt a four-legged goblin. It's safe fun for the whole family and a great way to celebrate Halloween with homeless pets. You can also get involved by donating Halloween candy - individually wrapped candy is preferred. Tax-deductible donations may be made during regular pet adoption hours leading up to Halloween. Trick-or-treating will be at both Nevada Humane Society locations - 2825 Longley Lane in Reno and 549 Airport Road in Carson City. For more details, contact Nevada Humane Society at (775) 856-2000.
Free Trick-or-Treating at Reno Town Mall
Thursday, October 31, 2019. Bring the kids to Reno Town Mall for safe and free trick 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.
Boo at the Zoo
Weekends in October, 2019, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join us for some good fall fun! Activities include 20 foot Tiger Slide, bounce house, cow milking simulator, expanded petting zoo, carnival games and more. The cost is $12 for kids 3 to 12, $5 for kids under 3, $5 for members. Event is at Sierra Safari Zoo, 10200 N. Virginia Street in Reno / Stead.
Spooky Film Classics: Halloween films at the Washoe County Library
Note: Some movies recommended for adults.
More Halloween Activities and Fun with the Washoe County Library
October 23 through November 2, 2019. Variety of Day of the Dead activities at these libraries: Downtown Reno, Duncan/Traner, Incline Village, Northwest Reno, Sierra View. See the "Washoe County Library Explorer" for details.
Thursdays, October 17 and 31, 2019. Make a Custom-Designed Halloween Treat Bag. Downtown Reno Library, 3 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Halloween Candy STEAM. Will it melt? Can you build with it? Can you turn it into a ghost? These questions and more will be answered in this special STEAM program. Verdi Community Library and Nature Center, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, October 26, 2019. Fall Festival Fun. Bring your little one in costume to this small pre- Halloween celebration with games, treats and a costume parade. Northwest Reno Library, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Halloween Family Story Time. For children of all ages with a focus on enjoying literacy and language as a family. Sparks Library, 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Spooky Family Story Time. Join us for spooky stories and activities just in time for Halloween. Costumes encouraged. South Valleys Library, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019. North Valleys Library 32nd Annual Trick-or-Tread Parade around the North Hills Shopping Center, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 31, 2019. Halloween Sensory Story Time. For children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, or other developmental challenges. Also great for wigglers. Sparks Library, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Thursday, October 31, 2019. STEAM Thursdays. Join us for a fun weekly project in science, technology, engineering, art, or math. Geared especially for children ages 6 and up. South Valleys Library, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, October 31, 2019. Trick-or-Treat in the Spanish Springs Library, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, October 31, 2019. Toddler Time: Halloween themed stories and costume parade. Sierra View Library, 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, October 31, 2019. Wear your costume and trick-or-treat in the Downtown Reno Library, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, October 31, 2019. Trick-or-Treat in the Library. Includes ghoulish crafts, games and a photo booth. Sierra View Library, 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 31, 2019. Halloween Scream STEAM. Gooey, icky, spooky Halloween stuff to experiment with. South Valleys Library, 4 p.m.
Goblin Halloween Parade and Safe Trick-or-Treat in Virginia City
Thursday, October 31, 2019. The Goblin Parade is for kids to show off their costumes and have fun during Hauntober in Virginia City. The parade starts at 5 p.m. (sign-up starting at 4 p.m.) and is just one of many Halloween events in one of three of the most haunted towns in the United States. Free trick-or-treating after the parade with participating merchants along C Street and at St. Mary's Art Center from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
More Halloween Activities
Halloweekend at Homewood
Friday through Sunday, October 25 - 27, 2019, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Join us for a peak-to-shore fright-fest featuring spooky fun for the whole family. Take a stroll through the trick-or-treat village at South Base featuring free scary movie showings, face painting, pumpkin decorating, and surprises from local vendors. Enjoy chairlift rides all day long, but rider beware, the chairlift is haunted after 7 p.m. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Quail Chair whisks you through one haunted scene after another – but first, walk through Homewood's haunted house. The festival is free, but you need tickets for the chairlift rides. Homewood Mountain Resort is on Lake Tahoe's west shore at 105 Tahoe Ski Bowl Way.
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