Halloween activities for just about everyone can be found in the Reno / Tahoe region. Families with children will find less scary fare such as pumpkin patches, safe trick-or-treating, and Halloween fun at the Washoe County Library. Adults can indulge in some serious Halloween partying if they so choose. For those brave enough, there are several haunted houses promising to deliver frightful experiences.
Everyone wants Halloween to be safe as well as fun. Learn more from the Reno Police Department's Halloween Safety Tips. You can also download the Halloween Safety Tips flyer. More information is available at (775) 334-2178.
(Note: Some Halloween events are not announced and/or updated until just before Halloween. These will be added here as the information becomes available.)
Halloween Activities by Type
- Haunted Houses
- Safe and Free Trick-or-Treating
- Halloween Pumpkin Patches
- Halloween Fun at the Washoe County Library
- Halloween for Adults
- Halloween Costumes and Supplies
- More Halloween Events in Northern Nevada
Other Halloween Activities around Reno / Tahoe
These Halloween events and activities don't fit well into specific categories, but something here may be just what you are looking for to make your Halloween a fun time. Check out what's going on in nearby areas like Virginia City, Carson City, and the Carson Valley.
hands/ON! on 2nd Saturdays - Dia de los Muertos: Paper Flowers & Ghost Stories
Saturday, October 13 - Presented by the Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty Street in downtown Reno. Free hands/ON! activities being offered between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Everyone in the family will enjoy this free, fun program featuring hands-on art projects and gallery activities for all ages. Admission to the Museum is free for everyone on 2nd Saturdays.
Harvest Festivals at Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary
Saturdays, October 6 and 20 - Bring the family to watch Animal Ark residents receive pumpkins filled with special treats. It's part of the behavioral enrichment program and everyone can enjoy this special time with the animals. The Harvest Festival is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $13.50 for children and seniors. Kids 2 and under are free. Animal Ark is north of Reno, reached by taking Red Rock Road (Exit 78) from US 395. The information phone number is (775) 970-3111.
Monsters and Magic! with the Reno Pops Orchestra
Saturday, October 20, 7 p.m. - Step right up to the best free monsters and magic show in town with the Reno Pops Orchestra. You'll be chased from the Hall of the Mountain King and discover the Music of the Night while the Sorcerer's Apprentice will teach numerous spells to fight off the beasts of Narnia. Those spells will be needed when the orchestra awakens the demons on Bald Mountain. Magician Will Mehm will amaze you with magic, flutist Paul Novak will enchant you with a concerto by Chaminade, and children from the audience will be invited on stage to sit amidst the music. Enter the costume contest for children of all ages and perhaps even win a prize.
Monsters and Magic! is a free show and will be at Nightingale Concert Hall, University of Nevada, Reno. Call (775) 673-1234 for more information about this program and the Reno Pops Orchestra. The first floor of the Whalen Parking garage is reserved for this show.
Halloween Howls Movie Night at the Wilbur D. May Museum
Friday, October 26 - Two Halloween-themed movies for kids and families will be showing, along with a Halloween scavenger hunt, popcorn and other goodies. Admission is free for kids in costume, $3 for those without. "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (G)" plays at 3 p.m. and "Hocus Pocus (PG)" shows at 6 p.m. The Wilbur D. May Museum is located in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra Street in Reno. Call (775) 785-5961 for more information.
Great May Center Pumpkin Walk
Saturday, October 27, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. - The Wilbur D. May Center in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park is the place to be this Halloween. Come take an evening stroll along a set path glowing with a grand display of hundreds of lighted, carved pumpkins and festive Halloween decorations. Along the way, visitors will meet dozens of costumed characters passing out candy. This event is stroller friendly, not too spooky, and appropriate for all ages. Suggested donation is $4 per person. The public is invited to donate carved pumpkins for the display. Completed pumpkins must be dropped off at the Wilbur D. May Museum by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 26. The Wilbur D. May Center is located at 1595 N. Sierra Street in Reno. Call (775) 785-5961 for more information.
Reno 5000 Trick-or-Treat 5K Run/Walk and Jr. 1/2 Mile Run
Sunday, October 28 - Come join us at the Reno 5000 for a trick - or - treat 5K run. The haunted half mile (for kids ages 4 to 12) starts at 6 p.m. and the 5K starts at 6:30 p.m. Costumes are encouraged. The event will be at Reno's Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. 2nd Street. There will be an expo and food for all participants from Creme Cafe and free beer and wine from L'uva Bella Wine Gallery. Post-race fun includes trick - or - treating at the vendor booths and a costume contest for race participants. You can sign up online and get more information from the entry website.
Not So Scary Halloween Jump at Pump It Up
Friday, October 26 - Witches, goblins and superheroes ages 2 to 12 are invited to our annual Pump It Up Not So Scary Halloween Jump, with various sessions starting at 10:30 a.m. Come in your costume for Halloween jumping if you like. (No excessive makeup, swords or sharp objects please). The cost is $8.50 per child before October 20 (purchase online) and $9.50 at the door. Price includes jumping, treats, and more. Socks and signed waver are required to jump. Parents jump for free and are required to stay. Pump It Up is located at 610 E. Glendale Avenue in Sparks. Call (775) 324-9663 for more information.