There are several safe Halloween trick - or - treating events in the Reno area, providing parents with fun alternatives to the traditional dash between houses out on the public streets. Check out these events and activities for free (or really cheap) and safe Halloween fun.
(Note: Some Halloween events are not announced and/or updated until just before Halloween. Check back for possible additions and updates.)
Locations for Safe and Free Trick-or-Treating in Reno and Sparks
Saturday, October 12, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Reno's only Pumpkin Walk is back for another year of family-friendly, not-too-spooky Halloween fun. Come see hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins on display through the May Museum and Arboretum, while kids collect candy and treats. Costumes encouraged. Tickets are $3 per person and available at the Museum.
Saturday and Sunday, October 19 - 20 - Celebrate all things pumpkin at Victorian Square in downtown Sparks with the 2013 PumpkinPalooza. This family event will feature a Pumpkin Derby race, children's costume parade, storytelling in the haunted schoolhouse, carnival-style games, pie-eating, pumpkin seed spitting, marshmallow shooting, 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. Saturday evening's events are from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and include zombie cheerleaders and the Zombie Prom for high school students. Sunday's hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. PumpkinPalooza is a benefit for the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living.
Friday, October 25 - Celebrate Halloween the fun and educational way at the 3rd annual trick or treat event at The Discovery. Come to the museum in costume and trick or treat from gallery to gallery. (No costumes with weapons of any kind.) There will be clever Halloween-themed art projects, spooky science demos, and treats for everyone. Admission is $2 for both kids and adults, members and non-members. Members only time will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to general admission from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 26, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. - SPCA of Northern Nevada (SPCA) is offering a free, safe, and fun trick-or-treat for all children. There will be free candy for the children, and the staff and dogs will be dressed up in costume. The event will be held at the Stanley James Walker Pet Care & Adoption Center, at 4950 Spectrum Boulevard in Reno. For more information, call (775) 324-7773.
Saturday, October 26, 12 noon to 4 p.m. - Admission is free to this family-friendly event at Circus Circus Midway in downtown Reno. Kids and adults are invited to wear their costumes and come enjoy free candy, treats, drawings, child ID, and circus acts on the stage. There will be a free Child ID program for children up to 17 provided by the Circus Circus Security Department. Non-perishable food items will be accepted to benefit the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Circus Circus is located at 500 N. Sierra Street in Reno. Call (775) 329-0711 for more information.
Saturday, October 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - This free Harvest Party is for kids preschool thru 6th grade. There will be games, prizes, bounce houses and lots of candy. This event is free and open to everyone. There will be a drawing for a Wii Game System. If you choose, please bring a can of food for our food drive. Idlewild Park is at 1900 Idlewild Drive in Reno. Sponsored by The Bridge Church.
Thursday, October 31, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Trick or Treat in the Streets will be at Reno's National Automobile Museum. Kids can stay warm and dry while trick-or-treating for candy along the Museum's streets and parents can enjoy the extraordinary collection of cars. Entertainment will feature Jim Meitz, Reno's premier magician and author of the children's book "The Amazing Alexander." Special admission is $2 per person. The Museum is at the corner of Lake and Mill Streets in Reno. Call (775) 333-9300 for information.
Thursday, October 31, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Bring the family to Nevada Humane Society for Safe Trick - or - Treating with lots of free treats for kids in costume. Sip on hot chocolate and apple cider while enjoying spooky music and décor. Visit 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.
The Nevada Humane Society is located at 2825 Longley Lane, Suite B, Reno. Call (775) 856-2000 for information.
Thursday, October 31, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. - At this free Trunk or Treat event, children can celebrate in a fun and safe environment. Come dressed in costume and travel from trunk to trunk and get all the candy your bags can handle. Each car trunk will be decorated and have a game for kids to play. Call (775) 284-4673 for more information. Comstock Park is at 1650 Carat Dr. in south Reno's Double Diamond neighborhood. Sponsored by Hope Community.
Thursday, October 31, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Bring the kids (ages 1 to 10 years) for a free Halloween egg hunt starting at 5 p.m. Children will be broken out into age groups for the egg hunt. There will be trick - or - treating afterwards throughout the Outlets at Legends in Sparks. Wear your costumes (please, no masks) and get lots of candy. There will be a costume contest with prizes for the best three. There will be a DJ to entertain both kids and parents, and stores will celebrate with sidewalk sales. Legends is located at 1310 Scheels Drive in Sparks.
Johnson Studios 3rd Annual Trick or Treat for SPCA of Northern Nevada
Wednesday and Thursday, October 30 and 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Johnstone Studios will be holding their 3rd annual Halloween photos trick or treat to benefit the SPCA of Northern Nevada. Bring in your kids and/or animals in costumes and, with a donation to the SPCA, get a free 5 x 7 print. The minimum value of the donation is $20 and can include such items as cash, new towels, Kong dog toys, spray bottles, duct tape, packages of paper towels and hand wipes, folding chairs, sturdy dog leashes and harnesses, dog and cat beds, treats, and collars. It is a first come, first serve basis, so get there early. There will be fun games and raffle prizes throughout the event. Johnstone Studios is located at 720 Tahoe Street in Reno. For more information, call (775) 722-8647.
Halloween Carnival in Sparks
Saturday, October 26, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - This Halloween Carnival will be at ManorCare, 2350 Wingfield Hills Road in Sparks. Free activities include pumpkin toss, tatoos, pumpkin bowling, apple bobbing, costume contest, cookie decorating, cake walk, and trick-or-treating. There will be caramel popcorn balls and bottled water for 50 cents, and a haunted house for $3 per person, $5 for two, and $10 for four. For more information, call (775) 335-8275.
There will be a variety of free Halloween activities for kids and families at various branches of the Washoe County Library System...
- Sparks Library, Saturday, October 26, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Making Potions. Bring a small, clean glass bottle with a lid and enough clear hand sanitizer to fill the bottle. We'll show you how to add color, glitter, dried lizard tails, monster eyeballs and lots of other fun stuff to your potion. Seal it with colored wax and add a spooky label and you'll finish off your one-of-a-kind creation.
- Spanish Springs Library, Sunday, October 27, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Pumpkin Carving. Bring your own scooped-out pumpkin and turn it into a Halloween masterpiece with help from our carving experts. All ages welcome.
- North Valleys Library, Tuesday, October 29, 4:30 p.m. - Halloween Parade. Wear your costumes and join us for our 25th annual Trick or Treating Parade. We will be Trick or Treating throughout the North Hills Shopping Center.
- North Valleys Library, Wednesday, October 30, 11:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. - Halloween Story Time. Wear your costumes to this special Halloween story time. After reading some spooky stories, we will Trick or Treat through the library and play some fun games.
- Sparks Library, Wednesday, October 30, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. - Halloween Story Time. Readers beware! Wear your costumes and join in some spooky fun. We will be reading Halloween stories and making crafts. To finish off the fun, we will be trick - or - treating throughout the library.
- Incline Village Library, Wednesday, October 30, 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. - Halloween Story Time. Get in the Halloween mood as we read scary stories and do a fun craft. There might even be some treats! Be sure to wear your costume.
- Spanish Springs Library, Thursday, October 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Trick or Treat at the Library. It's Halloween and if you're wearing a costume, we're inviting you to Trick or Treat at the Library during our open hours. Happy Halloween!
Safe and Free Trick-or-Treating in Virginia City
Saturday, October 12, 2:30 p.m. - This Virginia City's first Great Pumpkin Festival. Bring the family to enjoy pumpkin carving contests, face painting, rides on the V & T Railroad, pumpkin races, and pumpkin pie eating contests. Later in the day at the Red Dog Saloon, there will be two concerts by Lacy J. Dalton with Lady & The Tramps. Tickets are $25 and shows are at 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. At 5 p.m., you can join Redrun, Virginia City's zombie-themed 6 mile run. Be sure to read up on this before deciding to enter. Redrun benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northern Nevada.Virginia City for a Halloween parade down C Street that starts at 5 p.m. After that, there is safe trick - or - treating for the kids in many of the local businesses. Virginia City is extra spooky on Halloween - it is one of three of the most haunted places in the United States.