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 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
PumpkinPalooza 2012 at Victorian Square in Sparks
Sunday, October 21, 12 noon to 7 p.m. - Celebrate all things pumpkin at Victorian Square in downtown Sparks with the inaugural PumpkinPalooza 2012. This family event will feature a Pumpkin Derby race, children's costume parade, storytelling in the haunted schoolhouse, carnival games, pie-eating, pumpkin seed spitting, and mummy wrapping contests, pumpkin beauty contest, and live music. It will finish up with the official Lighting of the Pumpkins. It is free to attend PumpkinPalooza, but visit the website for details as there is a fee to enter some of the contests. This is a benefit for the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living.
Halloween Hollow in Reno's Riverwalk District
Saturday, October 27, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. - The 6th Annual Halloween Hollow includes free family games, entertainment, live music, a doggie costume contest, free trick - or - treating for children, and doggie costume contest and dog trick - or -treating. You will find bounce houses for the kids, spooky read - aloud story time, live entertainment, concession stands and plenty of fun for everyone. Enjoy a special performance by the band Drinking with Clowns on the main plaza stage. For more information, call (775) 825-WALK.
The Doggie Costume Contest will be in the West Street Plaza at 6:30 p.m. Registration is $10 per pooch, with all proceeds going to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. The winner will be chosen at 7 p.m. Doggie trick - or - treating is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Special doggie treat stops will be identified on the official Halloween Hollow trick - or - treating map.
Trick - or - Treat in the Streets of the National Automobile Museum
Wednesday, October 31, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - This Halloween event 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. 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.
Trick - or - Treat at The Discovery Museum
Saturday, October 27 - Celebrate Halloween the fun and educational way at the second 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 Halloween - themed art projects, spooky science demos, and treats for everyone. Complete the Halloween scavenger hunt card to be entered in a drawing for a free birthday party at The Discovery. 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.
Trick or Treat Street at Circus Circus
Friday, October 26, 5 p.m. to 8 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. 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.
Hoops & Treats
Friday, October 26, starting at 11:30 a.m. - At this free event, you'll get to meet the men's and women's basketball teams at the University of Nevada, Reno. Kids can come in costume and trick - or - treat with team members and get autographs. The event will be at Lawlor Events Center on the UNR campus. You can get a coupon for free admission to the Nevada vs. Colorado State volleyball game at 7 p.m. that evening. For more information, call (775) 682-6961.
Harvest Party at Idlewild Park
Saturday, October 27, 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 completely free and open to everyone. 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.
Safe Trick - or - Treating at Nevada Humane Society
Wednesday, 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.
Trunk or Treat in Comstock Park
Wednesday, 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.
Safe Trick - or - Treating at Legends
Wednesday, October 31, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Bring the kids for trick - or - treating throughout the Legends at Sparks Marina. Wear your costumes and get lots of candy, along with free bounce houses and face painting. Legends is located at 1310 Scheels Drive in Sparks.
Halloween Activities at the Washoe County Library
There will be a variety of free Halloween activities for kids and families at various branches of the Washoe County Library System...
- North Valleys Library, Tuesday, October 30, 5:30 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 31, 11:15 a.m. - Halloween Story Time and Party. 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.
- Spanish Springs Library, Sunday, October 28, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Pumpkin Carving. Bring your scooped out pumpkins and join our carving experts to prepare your Halloween jack o' lanterns in this fun family program.
Safe and Free Trick-or-Treating in Carson City
Trick-or-Treat at the Governor's Mansion
The Governor's Mansion in Carson City will be the site of a free trick-or-treating event on October 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition to the treats, there will be entertainment by the Controlled Burn fire dancers, live music, and more. Governor Brian Sandoval and first lady Kathleen Sandoval will be there handing out candy to the kids. The Governor's Mansion is located at 606 N. Mountain Street. For more information, call (775) 687-3000.