It seems like the Halloween decorations and events get started earlier and earlier each year. That just means more ways to keep the kids busy! We have all the greatest ways to celebrate here.
Silver Valley Farm Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, tire jungle, hay rides and more.
- Where: 3995 Bacon Rind Road, Reno (north of Spanish Springs)
- When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday through Oct. 31.
- Extra detail: Long pants & shoes required in pumpkin patch.
- Info: silvervalleyllc.com
This kid-friendly companion to Slaughterhouse promises "Halloween fun without the frights." There's a trick-or-treat train ride in the ballpark, Halloween maze and photo booth.
- Where: Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., downtown Reno.
- When: 3 to 7 p.m. Sundays until the end of October, from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29.
- Cost: $10.
- Extra detail: Some proceeds go to Washoe County Children in Transition Program.
- Info: (877) 767-2279 or renofrightfest.com
PumpkinPalooza in Sparks
Trick or treating, pumpkin derby race, costume parade, food, carnival games, zombie walk, pie-eating, mummy-wrapping.
- Where: Victorian Square in Sparks
- When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.
- Cost: It's free to attend. Most games are 50 cents, Pumpkin Derby entries are $10 and derby kits are $20 (refundable if you return some parts). Proceeds benefit Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living to help people with disabilities.
- Info: pumpkinpalooza.org
Trunk-or-treat at Five Star Athletics
Trick-or-treat with the trunks of decorated cars holding the treats. There's also a carnival with games.
- Where: Five Star Athletics, 280 S. Rock Blvd., Suite 140, Reno.
- When: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26.
- Cost: Trunk-or-treat is free; games are $1 each of $20 for unlimited play.
- Info: (775) 376-0545
ParaNorman in the Park
Trick-or-treating and costume contests, followed by a free showing of "ParaNorman."
- Where: Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Reno
- When: 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27
- Cost: Free - RSVP at tmparksfoundation.org
- Info: tmparksfoundation.org/paranorman
Halloween Hollow trick-or-treating in downtown Reno
Music, entertainment and children will get a "treasure map" to treats at participating shops.
- Where: Downtown Reno Riverwalk District.
- When: 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Event begins at City Plaza, 10 N. Virginia St.
- Cost: Free.
- Info: (775) 825-9255 or renoriver.org
Reno Halloween Harvest Festival
Spooky train rides, midway games, dancing, snacks and costume contest. Bring a decorated pumpkin to win a prize.
- Where: Idlewild Park, downtown Reno
- When: 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31
- Cost: Free admission. Train rides are $2, and midway games may have a charge.
- Info: https://www.reno.gov/business/special-events-office/events
Howl-o-ween trick or treat at Nevada Humane Society
Trick-or-treating, spooky music and animal adoptions.
- Where: Nevada Humane Society, 2825 Longley Lane, Reno.
- When: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31
- Cost: Free.
- Info: (775) 856-2000 or nevadahumanesociety.org
Haunted Ghost Train, Ely
The Nevada Northern Railway in Ely welcomes brave souls for a train trip with ghost stories, haunted tunnels and spooky stuff.
- Where: 1100 Avenue A, East Ely
- When: Every Saturday in October and on Nevada Day (Friday, Oct. 26)
- Cost: $39 for adults and $20 for kids
- Info: (775) 289-2085 or nnry.com
Apple Hill, California
Just over the Sierra near Placerville, Calif., lies Apple Hill, a cluster of apple producing farms that hit their peak in the fall. (Photo: Amy Stalker/Provided by Apple Hill Growers)
Apples, apples, apples - plus grapes, restaurants, wine, pumpkins, cider, fudge and more. October is the busiest month at this popular collection of farms and ranches in El Dorado County, Calif.
- Where: Camino, Calif., a couple hours from Reno on the west side of Eldorado National Forest.
- When: Most farms are open through October. Get a list at applehill.com/autumn-farms
- Info: Apple Hill farms can get crowded on weekends. There's a free shuttle bus to some of the farms. For visiting tips, go to applehill.com/october-travel-tips
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