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Halloween in Reno Tahoe 2013

Figuring out Halloween plans can be a little spooky, so here is a guide to some of the special Halloween festivities happening in Reno Tahoe this month!

Trick or Treat at The Discovery Museum

The event will feature trick or treating from gallery to gallery, Halloween themed art projects, and spooky science demonstrations. Admission to the event is $2 for member and nonmember adults and children. Children under age 1 are free.

Reno Zombie Crawl

Who hasn’t wanted to take part in an actual zombie hoard!?! October 26, in Downtown Reno, find thousands of zombies combing the streets not only in search of drinks and a good time, but also helping to support local charity and businesses.

For only $5, Reno Zombie Crawl attendees purchase a commemorative cup and map and are treated to drink specials, no cover, contests and more at downtown taverns. Before the crawl, people of all ages also participate in a massive thriller dance!

1_a-spooky-family-has-fun-at-the-national-automobile-museum-(2)Trick or Treat in the Streets

Take this year’s trick-or-treating to the streets – inside the National Automobile Museum! Parents will enjoy more than 200 cars and authentic street scenes with facades, cars and artifacts from each era while kids collect candy. The first thousand children will be able to participate in a Book Walk, so arrive early. The only tricks allowed at this event will be in the magic show!

Faces 4 Fun

Paint up for trick-or-treating, costume parties or even Reno beer crawls with Circus Circus Reno’s pro face painters in downtown Reno! Popular packages include pirates, zombies and even Santa’s for those highly-anticipated beer crawlers. Prices vary based on requested designs, packages are also available – complete with accessories.  Located on the Mezzanine at Circus Reno.

Toll House Pumpkin Patch

Time to take the family on a fall outing to pick that perfect pumpkin at a traditional Pumpkin Patch! Festivities galore accompany the massive patch: kids will be bouncing up and down for the inflatable bounce houses; animal lovers will go wild over the petting zoo and pony rides; and adrenaline junkies will surely seek out the Haunted House and mini ATVs.8343233813_3dc197dfa6_b

Adults Take Over The Discovery

The Discovery Museum will open its doors after hours for another “Social Science,” a 21 and over event featuring libations from local brewers and fare from food truck favorites. Inside the museum guests can take part in a variety of hands-on science demonstrations and art activities while exploring the museum’s expansive galleries and exhibits. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume to this special Halloween-themed event.

Great May Center Pumpkin Walk

Families will light up with excitement as they stroll through hundreds of hand-carved jack-o-lanterns on display through the May Museum and Arboretum. Costumed volunteers will pass out candy and treats to kids along the way, and a warm cup of hot chocolate or cider will be waiting at the end.

Haunted Halloween in Virginia City

What better place to celebrate Halloween than a place that is known as one of the three most haunted towns in the country? With Virginia City’s rich history, there are plenty of ghost stories to go around. If you can handle it, we invite you to come see what Halloween on the Comstock is all about.

Several spooky events take place throughout the month of October to celebrate this haunted holiday. Virginia City Ghost Tours offer a chilling overnight ghost walking tour on select nights throughout the month. On October 31, kids can come dressed in their costumes and enjoy the Halloween Parade then trick-or-treat down C Street. The V&T has a special Halloween night train, the Witches Delight Train. The cemetery, usually closed at night, opens for night-tours Halloween night only. This is not for the faint of heart! .

There’s plenty more ghostly stuff happening in Virginia City. Check online for more information.

Virginia City street view

Feeling Brave? Stay in One of The Haunted Hotels

If you really want a scare, stay overnight to get the full haunted Halloween experience in Virginia City. There are quite a few haunted bed and breakfasts, hotels and motels to choose from, each with their own stories of ghosts and other unexplained mysteries.

The Silver Queen Hotel & Wedding Chapel offers 28 beautifully restored rooms and one of the most notably haunted sleeps in Virginia City. It is said to be haunted by a woman who killed her own baby, then committed suicide in one of the rooms. The Silver Queen offers ghost tours Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

The Gold Hill Hotel, opened in 1861, is the oldest hotel in Nevada. It is also supposedly haunted. In 1869 a terrible fire killed dozens of miners at the nearby Yellowjacket Mine. It is said these miners have stayed around. Other ghostly appearances at Gold Hill Hotel include a woman that emits a rose fragrance and sounds of giggling children.

If you’d rather stay somewhere less haunted, Virginia City has more lodging options online.

Real Ghost Stories

Not sure if Virginia City is haunted enough for you? Check out these recent stories and YOU decide what’s real:

It’s Always Haunted in Virginia City – Huffington Post

Who You Gonna Call? – AZ Sports & Lifestyle

We Need Ghosts More Than They Need Us – Psychology Today

Nevada Craft Brewers Festival

Get a taste of Nevada Brewing!

Top brewers from across the Silver State will be with their best brews on tap at Wingfield Park, October 5, from 3-7pm for the Nevada Craft Brewers Festival. Beer in hand, hanging out outside under the fall colors along the Truckee River… what more could you ask for on a sunny Saturday?

Well, there is more…

1174676_10151847387191620_1580636130_nEvent Highlights:

-          15 craft breweries

-          100% Nevada brewed

-          Local Food Trucks will feed the thirsty crowd

-          Live music by Lonesome Locomotive

-          $25 in advance, $30 day of; includes, one tasting glass and bottomless beer

-          $5 for designated drivers

-          FREE non-alcoholic beverages

-          21+

Tickets are on sale:

Great Basin Reno and Sparks, Silver Peak, Silver Peak on the River, Brewers’ Cabinet, Sierra Tap House, Stoneyhead Brewery, Reno Home Brewer, Brasserie St James, High Sierra Brewery, and Minden Meat and Deli.

Pyramid Lake Fishing Season Opens October 1

2532233942_3cf5d2a6fd_zThe Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe would like to invite all fishermen to come out and experience Pyramid Lake on opening day, Saturday October 1. Last year Pyramid was named as one of the top public fisheries in the world by Fly Fishing and Tying Journal!

Known for one of the best places to catch the famous Lohanton Cutthroat Trout, Pyramid will keep your luck, lines, and lures busy!

The Tribe would like to remind all visitors to the lake that day use, camping and other permits are required for all non-tribal members to access the lake. Tribal permit fees have not increased from last year and can be purchased online. Proceeds from permits help support programs that protect public safety and the unique eco-system of Pyramid Lake year round.

Finally, the Tribe reminds all fisherman and boaters to do their part to “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers” by taking preventative measures to keep the waters of Pyramid Lake clean. For additional information or questions about what aquatic invasive species or Pyramid Lake, please log onto www.pyramidlake.us or call the Ranger Station at 775-476-1155.