Tonight, Halloween 2018, is sure to be a spooky, delicious, and fun event. Halloween is always exciting – there’s trick-or-treating for kids, as well as events and costume parties for adults. Halloween in Nevada is especially spooky, with Haunted Houses, candy at the Governor’s Mansion, the Virginia City Goblin Halloween Parade, and many other exciting events.
Here’s our guide to having fun and staying safe this Halloween:
Halloween will always hold a special place in most of our hearts as the magical childhood holiday that gave us the rare freedom to eat as much candy as we wanted, dress up in costumes, and stay up way past our bedtime. It’s time to pass that legacy on to the younger generation. But in today’s world, parents and guardians can’t help but feel fears about their children’s safety.
The Reno Police Department advises several precautions for keeping your children safe this Halloween. For younger children, be sure to map out a safe trick-or-treating route. This might mean taking advantage of one of the many safe trick-or-treating options offered by the community. For older children trick-or-treating on their own, be sure to instruct them to stay in groups, stay in well-lit areas, and stick to familiar routes and houses. Ensure costumes are fire-resistant and pliable enough not to cause injury in case of a fall.
But gone are the days when stomping through dimly lit streets and knocking on strangers’ doors was the norm. Now there are a variety of choices for family-friendly fun. For ease of use, we compiled a list of some of our favorites.
Halloween Harvest Festival at Idlewild Park – This is a free event that runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Train rides are $5 for ages 5 and up and pay-your-age for anyone under 5. The event is held at Idlewild Park and features train rides, games, and costume contests.
Safe Trick-or-Treating at the Nevada Humane Society – This event runs from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Nevada Humane Society in Reno. It is a free event with candy stations for kids in costume. The animals on display during the event will be available to adopt.
Halloween Story Time and Trick-or-Treating Fun at the Washoe County Library – This is an event that takes place at all the Washoe County Libraries. There will be stories and candy. Visit http://newtoreno.com/libraries-events-programs.htm for more information about locations and times.
In Las Vegas:
Ward 6 Safe Halloween Celebration – This event is held at Floyd Lamb Park in Tule Springs. This event includes hayrides, trick-or-treating, a DJ, food trucks, and more. It runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event is free.
Tivoli Village Operation Halloween – This is an indoor celebration with five spooky-themed rooms, an Undead Maze, and hands-on activities. Tickets range from $32 to $47.
HallOVeen at Magical Forest – The Magical Forest at Opportunity Village will be transformed into a family-friendly Halloween Town. There will be rides and movies, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $22 and child tickets are $19.
In Carson City:
Downtown Carson City Candy Crawl – This is a free event that runs from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Select businesses from the Downtown Business Association will be handing out candy. This event is free to the public.
Trick-or-Treating at the Governor’s Mansion – From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Governor Sandoval and the First Lady will be handing out candy at the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City. This is a free event.
In Virginia City:
Goblin Halloween Parade – Check-in for this event is 4 p.m. The actual parade will be from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. After the parade, many of the local shops will be holding free and safe trick-or-treating.
Halloween is one of the most care-free holidays of the year. It’s a time when everybody loves to eat, drink, and be frightened. Even adults experienced in the joys of Halloween, should take precautions to ensure Halloween remains safe and fun. Adults should be careful to stay in groups and avoid darkly lit, scarcely populated areas when going from attraction to attraction. Importantly, there are many options, such as Uber or Lyft, that serve as alternatives to driving in an impaired state.
Here are a few fun attractions in Nevada for adults:
Slaughter House by Reno Fright Fest – This event is open on Halloween from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. It will be held underneath the Reno Aces Ballpark. General admission is $17. Speed Pass tickets are $24. Terror Train Rides are $10. Combo tickets, which include a Speed Pass and a Terror Train ride, are $30.
Kingdom of Horrors – According to the website, this is Reno’s scariest Haunted House. It is located next to Roller Kingdom in Reno. The house is open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $15. Donate a can of food and receive a $2 discount.
In Las Vegas:
Freakling Bros. Horror Shows – This event is located in the Grand Canyon Shopping Center. Hours are 7 p.m. to midnight. Admission to a single show is $17. Freak Passes (admission to all three shows one time) are $39. Fast Passes are $15 and include a free t-shirt. Patrons must be over 17 unless accompanied by a parent. Patrons under 13 are not allowed.
Fremont Street Experience: Rock of Horror – Fremont Street will host a variety of attractions, including contests, concerts, and the Fear the Walking Dead escape room. Tickets to Fear the Walking Dead are currently going for $26, but prices increase as the event gets closer.
In Carson City:
Halloween Costume Party with Live Music by Dirty Fingers at Whiskey Tavern – Event begins at 8 p.m. with music starting at 9 p.m. In addition to drink specials, there will be a costume contest.
In Virginia City:
Cemetery Night Walk at the Silver Terrace Cemetery in Virginia City – This is the only time of the year the cemetery will be open at night. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
Haunting of the Opera House Ball with music by Flock of 80z at Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City – This event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $20 for patrons under 21 and $30 for patrons 21+.
For more information about what’s going on in Nevada for Halloween 2018, and details about any of the events above, check out these links: