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.
Ghost Hunt Field Trip at the May Museum
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. - Find out if any ghosts reside in the May Museum in this ghost hunt field trip led by paranormal investigators. Are there ghosts lurking among the artifacts collected from around the world by Wilbur D. May? Tickets are available online. You must be at least 16 to participate.
Animal Ark Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 14, 2017. 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. The event will be from 10:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $13.50 for seniors, $12 for children. Kids under 2 are free. Animal Ark of at 1265 Deerlodge Road in the Stead area of Reno. Call 1-775-970-3111 for more information.
PumpkinPalooza at Victorian Square in Sparks
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - Celebrate all things pumpkin at Victorian Square in downtown Sparks at the 2016 Pumpkin Palooza. This family event will feature a Pumpkin Derby race, children's costume parade, storytelling in the Ghost Train, 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 enter some of the contests. Pumpkin Palooza hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PumpkinPalooza is a benefit for the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living.
Trick or Suite at Greater Nevada Field
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The annual event allows children to trick-or-treat on the suite level inside the ballpark. Admission is $3 or three canned food items per child. Accompanying adults are free. All proceeds benefit the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. The "Trick or Suite" line will begin at the home plate entrance gate. Other activities include bounce houses and other inflatable games.
Trick or Treat at The Discovery
Saturday, October 28, 2017 - Celebrate Halloween at The Discovery's 7th 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 please.) There will be spooky science demos and delicious treats for everyone. 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.
Halloween Hollow on the Riverwalk
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free family fun. Not only will costumed candy seeking youngsters get a "treasure map" where they'll find sweet treats at participating Riverwalk District merchant shops, they'll probably run into guys and ghouls in spooky costumes along the way. Live music and entertainment located in the City Plaza offered in partnership with The City of Reno. (775) 825-9255.
Trick or Treat Street at Circus Circus Reno
Sunday, October 29, 2017. This is Circus Circus 6th annual Halloween event. Children will be able to walk along The Midway collecting treats provided by Circus Circus. The Circus Circus Reno Security team will also be on hand to complete the Child ID process at no cost (limited availability). There will be food barrels on site to accept non-perishable food donations benefitting the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. This free event is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Circus Circus is at 500 North Sierra Street.
Trick or Treat in the Streets of the National Automobile Museum
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 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. It will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Museum is at 10 South Lake Street, next to the Truckee River. Parking is free. (775) 333-9300.
Safe Trick or Treating at Nevada Humane Society
Tuesday, October 31, 2017. 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.
Halloween Craft Program and Trick or Treating Fun with the Washoe County Library
Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Spooky Halloween Crafts and Fun at South Valleys Library. Costumes encouraged. All ages welcome. 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017. From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., North Valleys Library will be having the 30th Annual Trick or Treat Parade at the North Hills Shopping Center. Bring the kids in costume for trick-or-treating around the shopping center.
Sunday, October 29, 2017. El Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Studio 775 in the Downtown Reno Library. Come in costume and listen to stories in Spanish and English. Decorate a sugar skull for Day of the Dead. Trick or treat around the library after the program. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Halloween Story Time and Trick or Treat at the Sparks Library. Includes stories, songs, crafts and trick or treating in the library. Be sure to wear your costume. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Halloween Trick-Or-Treat Fun at the Northwest Reno Library. Wear your costume and bring a bag for Halloween treats and games. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Spanish Springs Library will be giving out candy to visitors coming in on Halloween.
Trunk or Treat at Double Diamond Damonte Ranch ParkTuesday, October 31, 2017. This free Halloween event will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The park is on Steamboat Parkway, east of Veterans Parkway in south Reno. Sponsored by Hope Community.
Goblin Halloween Parade and Safe Trick-or-Treat in Virginia City
Tuesday, October 31, 2017. 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 partiipating merchants along C Street.
All Hallows Eve at Fort Churchill State Historic Park
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 3 p.m. to 6 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 for Nevada residents and $7 per vehicle for out-of-state visitors (cash or check only). 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.
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