Thursday, September 28, 2023

Halloween & Fall 2023: Fall Foliage, Haunted Houses, Events, Seasonal Eats, Farms, Ghost Tours, Halloween Decorations/Trick or Treating, Activities, & More in Reno Nevada

Delicious pumpkin pancakes at The Cup Cafe

Dear friends,

One of the things that truly warms my heart about Reno is its vibrant holiday spirit & festive atmosphere as the seasons change.

Throughout the year, there's an abundance of exciting events and experiences in & around Reno that both locals & visitors eagerly anticipate. Many of these traditions result in cherished moments and unforgettable memories.

Fall in Reno is particularly enchanting, with its breathtaking scenery and perfect weather. There's no shortage of fantastic events, destinations, experiences, & delicious culinary delights that capture the essence of the season.  

Whether you choose to explore all that the city has to offer or venture out of town, you're in for a memorable time.

Wishing you all the very best for an incredible upcoming fall season!


Guide Updates: I will be continuously updating this guide as I gather more information.

Suggestions Welcome: If you notice any omissions from my lists or would like to recommend places, events, or experiences, please feel free to reach out. You can message me on Instagram or email @

Ticket Availability: When it comes to events, it's advisable to secure your tickets as early as possible because they tend to sell out quickly.

Arrival Tips: To ensure a smoother experience, consider arriving early to events. This not only helps with finding good parking spots but also minimizes wait times.

Winter Advisory:  Snow may come as early as the end of October.  Check out my winter travel guide to stay on top of hazardous weather conditions.

Included in this Guide 
*Fall Events
*Fall Bucket List
*Fall Treats
*Farms to Visit
*Spooky Activities for Littles
*Creepy Escape Rooms
*Where to see Fall Foliage
*Family-Friendly Halloween Movies
*Where to get Costumes
*Decorated Homes in Reno

Fall Events
11/19/2023: More Information
The Holiday Bazaar stands as the highlight of our year-round farmer's market, marking the grandest and most festive event of the year. Join in on the fun for this spectacular market, just in time to kick off the holiday season right before Thanksgiving.
There's no shortage of amazing events and experiences to get you into the holiday spirit.  Have fun discovering new places and experiences and/or revisit your favorites. 

I've been to so many of the events on my list and they're a big part of why I love our city so much.  Experience so many settings, atmospheres, crowds, feelings, traditions, cultures, & so much more through attending these events.

*Events may get canceled due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather.  Be sure to keep up to date with businesses by following them on social media.

-September 23- October 28 Andelin Farm Fall Festival, Sparks
-September 28-30 Murals & Music Festival @ Carson City
-Septemer 30 Soil Palooza (4pm-7pm) @ Urban Roots Teaching Farm
-September 30 Barn Dance @ Ferrari Farms
-September 30 Oktoberfest (12pm-6pm) @ The Village at Palisades
-September 30 - October 1 Great American Craft Fair Fall Festival @ McKinley Arts & Cultural Center
-September 30- October 31 Ferrari Farm Fall Festival
-October 1 (11am-3pm) Brisket & Brews Sukkot Fall Festival @7000 Latone Avenue, Tahoe Vista, CA
-October 5-31 The Final Hour Haunted House, Sparks
-October 1 Second Annual Fall Witch Paddleboarding @ Beach Retreat & Lodge, Lake Tahoe
- October 7 Main Street Fall Fest - Coffin Races, Scarecrow Building & Marketplace, Gardnerville
-October 7 Murder of the Red Light Angel Mystery Train Ride @ V&T Railroad, Virginia City
-October 6,7,12,13,14,18,19,20,25,26,27,28 @7:30pm, Matinees: Oct. 15 & 29 @ 2pm The Reflections of Tarantula Jones @ Bruka Theater
-October 7 Dracula the Ballet @ The Pioneer Center for the performing arts
-October 7 & 8 Great Italian Festival @ The Row
-October 7 & 8 Virginia City Outhouse Races @ Virginia City Main St.
-October 12 & 13 (6pm-9pm) Haunted Hoops @ Urban Roots Teaching Farm
-October 14 Pop-up Boo-tique @ LCDmodern
-October 14 (9am-3pm) Fall Bulb Festival @ Wilbur D. May Arboretum, Rancho San Rafael Park
-October 14 (11:30am-2pm) Paint & Sip Brunch @ Voodoo BrewingHost: Studio 775 Reno
-October 14,15,20,21,22: Pumpkin Patch. Spooky dusk train: October 20 @5pm.         V & T RailroadVirginia City
-October 19 (6pm-8pm) Paint Party @ South 40, Host: Studio 775 Reno
-October 20 (5pm-9pm) Luau Party @ Wilbur D May Museum, Hosted by American Gourmet Club (Click on"Luau Party" link for @$20 off)
-October 20 (10am-4pm) Harvest Train @ Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City
-October 20 (4pm-8:30pm) Wicked Wetland Movie Night @ Rosewood Nature Study Area
-October 20 (6pm) Broomstick Bash @ The Paloma (The Basement)
-October 21 Wicked Wine Walk (2pm-5pm) @ Riverwalk District
-October 21 Reno Zombie Crawl Behind Rum Buillions in Silver Legacy Casino
-October 21 (8pm) Shanty Dolan's Banshee Bash @ Shanty Dolan's
-October 25 (6pm-8:30pm) October Paint Party @ Peavine Taphouse, Host: Studio 775 Reno
-October 26 (6pm) October Fest @ Whitney Peak Hotel
-October 26 (4-7pm) Annual Carson City BOOnanza @ Mills Park, Carson City
-October 27 NYEP Inaugural Halloween Ball (6pm-10om) @ The Virgil
-October 27 Annual Halloween Show (5pm-11pm) by Holland Project @ Ferrari Farm's Barn, Reno 
-October 27 (7pm-10pm) Halloween Costume Party @ Daddy's Tacos
-October 27 Halloween Celebration (Halloween buffet) @ The Grille, Somesett Golf & Country Club
-October 27 Trunk or Treat @ Consign Furniture in Sierra Center Parkway
-October 27-28 Fall Festival @ Galena Creek Regional Park
-October 27-29 (27 & 28: 6pm-10pm, 29:10am-2pm) Haunted Halloween Mini-Golf & Market @ The Reno Generator
-October 27-29 The Avalanche Sale: Reno's Largest Ski & Snowboard Sale (5pm-9pm, 11am-6pm, 11am-3pm) @ Reno-Sparks Convention Center
-October 27-29 Nevada Day Pow Wow @ Carson City
-October 28 (10am-12pm members only)(12-5pm general admission) Discovery Museum's 11th Annual Halloween Trick or Treat @ The Discovery Museum
-October 28 (9am-1:30am) Zombie Prom @ Fifty Fifty Brewing, Truckee
-October 28 & 29 (10am & 9am)  Dirty Wookie Run 10K & 5K, Starting points: Brewer's Cabinet Facility & Wingfield Park
-October 28 & 29 Harvest Festival Animal Ark
-October 28 (3pm-7pm) Trunk or Treat Nevada @ Nevada DMV 
-October 28 & 31 (4pm-8pm) Trick or Treat @ Reno Public Market
-October 29 (3pm-5pm) Halloween Trick or Treat @ The Basement
-October 29 (11am-4pm) Day of the Dead Festival @ East Pueblo Street, Reno
-October 31 (3 PM – 7 PM) Trick or Treating @ Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe
-November 19 (9am-2pm) Holiday Bazaar @ Riverside Farmer's Market, Idlewild Park
-November 25 to December 17 (Every Saturday & Sunday, 11am-5pm): Deck the Halls Holiday Festivities @ Reno Public Market
-December 3 (11am-2pm) Holiday Handmade Faire @ Urban Roots Farm

The Chocolate Shoppe in Gardnerville

Fall Bucket List 

-jump into a pile of fall leaves
-enjoy the colors of changing leaves
-do a fall craft
-watch a Halloween movie
-pick your own pumpkins & apples
-drink an apple milkshake made with apples straight from an orchard 
-make a scarecrow
-have a fall photo session
-take a road trip out of town
-listen to Halloween music
-light up scented fall candles + buy fall scented soap
-read Halloween books
-have a staycation
-tarot/palm reading
-learn an instrument 
-indulge in delicious fall goods
-picnic in the perfect weather
-take to the trails 
-carve jack-o-lanterns 
-improve your photography skills
-camp outdoors or in your backyard
-gather around a campfire & make s'mores
-warm up to hot cocoa bombs
-take a ghost tour (Virginia City)
-bake fall/Halloween treats while watching a movie in the background
-conquer a haunted house (Dark Corner & The Final Hour listed in events below)
-watch a Halloween movie at a farm (Ferrari Farms)
-dress up & go trick or treating
-visit a farm
-decorate your house
-drive around town and find the best Halloween decorated houses
-host your own Halloween Party
-search for Halloween workshops around town
-Hit up local restaurants for seasonal savory eats
-have a sleepover and tell ghost stories
-Get your Halloween karaoke on
-attend a Halloween ball(Virgil) or dance party (GSR)
Bishop Pumpkin Farm.  A must visit...

Halloween Treats From Mix Bakeshop

1117 California Ave, Reno, NV 89509

Fall/Halloween Items available Oct. 1st

Halloween cookie kits and pies are popular, so placing your order ahead of time is best.

-Cookie Decorating Kits

-Jack Skellington Jumbleberry Pie

-Seasonal/Halloween Cupcakes

-Seasonal Pies - Pecan, Pumpkin, Apple, Pumpkin Streusel, & more

If there's one place you can depend on for delicious year-round pies, Mix Bakeshop is the spot.  Their crust is so flavorful and buttery and their fillings are made with quality ingredients.  

They also have cutie sized pies that make sampling each flavor a breeze.

Also available are cookie kits and cupcakes in all sorts of flavors. 

This shop has fun old fashioned vibes that make it fun to visit.  I always look forward to my visits here, especially during the holidays.

Batch Cupcakery is a local bakery favorite that makes one of the best pumpkin cupcakes in town.  This shop has been around for a while and was one of the first to cater to all diets, including paleo, vegan, and keto.  Locations in Midtown and South Reno.

Great Basin Co-op is a local grocery store where you can find seasonal offerings, including an amazing pumpkin muffin.  They usually have a daily gluten free/vegan treat on hand.  Call ahead to see what they have in stock. This grocery store is so charming and one of the best spots to hang out to for community vibes.  Seating in front of store and No City Coffee upstairs inside the store.

The Chocolate Shoppe

Halloween Themed Chocolates & Other Treats

*The Chocolate Shoppe in Gardnerville (50 minutes away form South Reno) has the widest selection of holiday-themed chocolates.  They can whip up custom baskets that fit your budget and have them sent out by mail. 

*Bouchee Confections & Tandem Chocolates are craft chocolate shops in Reno that make gourmet edible art from scratch, with skill and expertise.  The ladies behind these treats are both amazing people.

*Dorinda's has a wide array treats and makes delicious pumpkin truffles every fall that are so delicious. I also love adding them into a custom order of rolled ice cream.  See my recipe below.

Tip: Add any of their chocolates from their case to make yourself a special ice cream concoction.  You can also enjoy any of their flavors vegan style.

Pumpkin Truffle Custom Rolled Ice Cream
Ask for a vanilla base, add in a pumpkin truffle and top with graham crackers, caramel sauce, cinnamon, whipped cream.  Top with a pumpkin truffle.
Pumpkin Truffle Rolled Ice Cream without toppings

Three Locations

*727 Riverside Drive Ste. E, Reno, Nevada, 89503
This location is next door to Hub Coffee Roasters and across the street of the Truckee River.  Their shared patio is a pleasant spot to hang around in a nice lively atmosphere.  No indoor seating available.

*7400 Rancharra Parkway, Ste. 170, Reno, Nevada 89511
Located at the Village at Rancharra, a stunning village made of modern farmhouse style buildings, all joined by a communal area that's super fun to hang around.  Play human sized chess & bocce ball.  If you get lucky, you'll catch an event and/or live entertainment during your visit.

*0191 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, Ca 96161
Located on the main road of Downtown Truckee.  Street parking $.  The drive up to Truckee is always amazing and Truckee is a beautiful neighborhood that has million dollar views of the sierra mountains.

View in front of Dorinda's at the Village at Rancharra

*Sierra Nevada Chocolate Co.  is a rad local shop that makes everything in house & has a fun selection of truffles, brittles, caramels and has delicious caramel apples on hand year-round.  If you're pressed for time on gifts, they also have helium balloons for sale.  Espresso bar + gelato in house.  Despite being a more affordable option, these chocolates deliver on taste and quality since everything in made in house and with care.

If you're a serious party person, they have chocolate fountains available for rent.  

*Fuzziwig's in Scheel's at the Outlets at Legends, Sparks, makes a good traditional caramel apple.  I love that they're always fresh, huge, & not overly sweet.  They always satisfy cravings, especially during the holidays. 

*Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory also makes a wide variety of delicious caramel apples, along with other Halloween themed items.  I LOVE their toffee caramel apple and always snag one whenever I see them at events.

Other Seasonal Items Around Town
*The Lodge - Iced Brown Sugar Latte, Apple Spice Chai, Caramel Pumpkin Latte, Pumpkin Cinnamon Chai
*Coffee N' Comics - Vanilla Pumpkin Frapp
*Silver State Pie Co. - Seriously good seasonal pies
*The Cup Cafe - Pumpkin Pancakes
*Rolled Mountain Creamery - Pumpkin Truffle Rolled Ice Cream
(See my custom recipe above, CTRL+F)
*Wow Wow Lemonade - Pumpkin spice nut butter Toasts, pumpkin spice cold brew, & pumpkin smoothie
*Tuk Tuk Yum Yum - Apple Pie Special Froyo (Vanilla FroYo, granola, apple cinnamon sugar apples and caramel sauce)
*Batch Cupcakery - pumpkin cupcake w/ cream cheese frosting
*Doughboys - pumpkin donut, apple fritter, maple bar
*Scoopers - pumpkin & apple milkshake
*Coffee Bar - Pumpkin Caramel latte, Pumpkin Chai, Autumn Fog Tea Latte, Havest Cider, Orangeberry Mimosa
*Old World Coffee -How Bout Them Apples Latte & Orange Blossom Latte
*Yogurt Beach - Pumpkin froyo (add milk & make it a milkshake)
*Andelin Farm - cider slushie + soft serve
*Fuzziwig's, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, & Sierra Nevada Chocolate - Caramel Apples
*Pangolin Cafe - Pumpkin Spice Latte, Cherry Almond Turkish Delight
*Bouchee Confections - Layered gourmet apple caramel dessert + craft Halloween Bon Bons
*Tandem Chocolates - Seasonal craft bon bons
*Whole Foods - They carry real apple cider by the gallon from Apple Hill Orchards
*Num Num Boba - Pumpkin Spice Boba + Num Num Witch Thai tea boba with sweet potato foam
*Everbowl Sparks- pumpkin bowls (acai style with toppings)
*Twisted Fork - Vegetarian Pumpkin Mole Tamal
*Satisfaction Pizza - Delacotta squash purée, mushrooms, sausage, garlic and sage.
*Noble Pie Parlor, Midtown- T-Pane: caramelized onion, apple, & sausage pizza
*Dopo Pizza & Pasta - Pumpkin sage pasta
*Great Basin Co-op - Various Seasonal baked goods (some gluten-free & vegan options).  Pumpkin muffin & pumpkin cookie are so yummy.
*Black Rock Dessert - House pumpkin ice cream and milkshakes
*Boozy Seasonal Drinks @ Arch Society & Honey Bar
The Arch Society: Reno's one & only dessert bar.

Year-Round Riverside Farmer's Market

2055 Idlewild Dr.

Our amazing Riverside Farmer's Market is the only year-round market in Reno and home to some of the most passionate vendors.  Here you'll find seasonal local produce, made from scratch goods, entertainment, all natural products, handmade goods, educational activities for children, special events, and the most welcoming atmosphere and community.  

This market is my medicine and a welcome addition to any day.  

Follow them on Instagram for the latest updates.  

Subscribe to their newsletter on their website to learn more about the rad businesses that make this market one of the best in town. (Fill out form at the bottom)

Old Riverside Farmer's Market @ McKinley Arts Center. New location @ Idlewild Park

Visit a Farm
Visiting a farm in the fall offers a delightful blend of natural beauty and seasonal activities. From vibrant foliage & pumpkin patches to the thrill of hayrides and corn mazes, it's a chance to savor the harvest season's charm.  Families and individuals alike enjoy picking their own produce, indulging in farm-to-table dining, and partaking in educational experiences. These visits evoke a sense of tradition and nostalgia while providing a peaceful escape from urban life, making them a cherished autumn activity.


8100 Pyramid Way
Sparks, NV 89436

Pumpkin Patch Adventure Farm:

September 23rd-October 28th

Wednesday to Saturday

Hours vary by day

Nevada Mining Corn Maze:

September 23rd-October 28th

Tuesdays to Saturday

Hours vary by day

BONUS NIGHTS November 3rd and 4th

Zombie Paintball and Corn Creepers:

Starts Friday September 30th-October 28th

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Hours vary by day

BONUS NIGHTS November 3rd and 4th

My REEL of Corn Creepers & Zombie Paintball (with details & tips)

Andelin Farm is an absolute must-visit in the fall, run by a warm and welcoming family who appreciate all of their guests.

For a flat admission fee, you can partake in a wide array of exciting activities. Whether it's pony rides, gem mining, zombie paintball, conquering the popular haunted corn maze called "corn creepers," or simply gathering around fire pits, there's something for everyone. 

Families with kids especially love the seasonal pass, offering unlimited access throughout the season. Safety is a top priority as the entire farm is enclosed with a gate, ensuring a secure and delightful experience for the whole family as you explore the grounds.

Some Activities on the Farm:
-petting farm 
-food trucks (hot dogs, mini donuts, apple cider custard slushies).
-barn store (apple cider, crafts, pantry goods, souvenirs)
-Hamster Wheel (adult sized)
-pumpkin patch + other varieties on sale
-bull lassoing
-Pumpkin Shooters (slingshot corn kernels)
-water pump duck races
-barrel rides (tractor)
-hay rides around farm
-photo cutouts
-zip line
-zombie paintball & corn creepers at night (tickets sold separately)
(reserve early as they tend to run out)

-Andelin Farm gives out discounts of 15% off early in the season to email subscribers. Sign up for their newsletter on their website.  
**Not eligible for discount are pony rides, field trips, craft classes, birthday parties, fire pits and season passes**
-Rent out a fire pit for nights (limited quantity available).
-Andelin Farm has a fun corn maze (day) that changes in theme each year
-Don't pass up their apple slushie.  People wait so long for these at Apple Hill and Bishop Pumpkin Farm.  Their hot dogs & mini donuts are also yummy.  
-If you're lucky, they'll have apple cider from a local farm available in their barn store for you to purchase

September 30 - October 31

4701 Mill Street,
Reno, NV 89502

Ferrari Farms has its own charm and while on the smaller side, brings lots of action each year.  Admission is free.  Pay per activity. 

Corn Maze $8
Hayride $5
Hayride Family (up to 5) $15, Children 2 & under, free
Ornamental Corn $2 each
Corn Stalks $6/bundle
Pumpkins priced by size
Movies $8/person, 2 & under free
Every Friday & Saturday in October, 7-11pm Killer Clown Corn Maze $10 (cash only)

Some Activities on the Farm:
-Pumpkin picking (about 40 varieties)
-Photo opportunities
-Scenic hayride (short & sweet)
-Band Cover Show held at night in the barn (follow Holland Project for updates)
-Family-friendly Halloween movies on weekends (check calender)  There are a couple of firepits outside the lawn area where you can roast s'mores. Bring your own ingredients, including sticks.  Blankets & lawn chairs welcome. 
10/6 Addams Family
10/7 Gremlins
10/13 Edward Scissorhands
10/14 Hotel Transylvania
10/20 Nightmare Before Christmas
10/21 Hocus Pocus

-Corn mazes:  Their daytime maze is 15-25 mins. depending on how fast you go.  Separate killer clown maze available at night on weekends.  Tip: put your hand on the right wall as you enter the maze and follow that wall all the way through for a no brainer way out of the maze.
-Barn Dance 10/14 @ 7pm
-Face paint
-Food Vendors

Not Going on This Year
-Trunk or Treat 
-Carnival rides (super slide, funhouse, train ride, spinning cars):  I suggest buying the wristband for unlimited use.  My kids have so much fun going on the slides and running through the funhouse repeatedly.
*Parking is on a dirt lot
*Portable toilets at parking lot available
*Always check hour to hour weather and dress accordingly.  October days can be bone chilling.
Fun House at Ferrari Farms will not be here this year, 2023

Farms Out of Town

Wheatland (2 hours from Reno on the 80W freeway towards Sacramento)

September 9th- November 5th

If you're looking for the ultimate farm experience with fun entertainment, great hot food, beautiful grounds, heaps of entertainment, and delicious apple goods, Bishop Pumpkin Farm is the ultimate spot.

When recommending this farm to others, I often describe it as the "Disneyland" of farms. It boasts a barn store, bakery, cookie shop, hot food vendors, a slushie barn, an abundance of play areas for children, a petting zoo, train, carousel, u-pick sunflower farm, and so much more.

-Weekends in October are the busiest.  Plan on arriving early or come on a weekday to beat the crowds. You can also visit mid september.
-Parking on weekends $20, weekdays free
-Free admission.  Pay per activity.  I highly suggest purchasing their ticket bundle.  Tickets never expire. "value" ticket bundles are slightly discounted & can only be used on the weekdays
-Halloween movies only play during weekends in October
-They take cards here, but it's always good to have cash on hand.
-ATMs available
-Must be at least 45lbs for zipline 
-Don't forget to check hour-to-hour weather to dress appropriately
-You may bring lawn chairs for watching movies in the pumpkin patch
-Fire pits are available by reservation only (follow their Instagram for when windows open.  reserve early as they fill up fast)
-Movie screens located in the pumpkin patch next to the train
-Cider Mill and bakery can be found all the way at the back to the left (facing farm)
-Restrooms available with running water
-Hand washing stations available all around farm
-Seperate ticket required for facepaint
-This farm is perfect for photo shoots
-Pick your pumpkins at the end of the day so you don't have to carry them around.  Or pick them early and place in your car right away.  
-Pay for pumpkins at entrance using weighing scales
-The grounds are beautifully landscaped and are fun to walk around
-I would visit the farm even if I didn't have kids
-On weekend nights, enjoy fireworks & Halloween movies at their whimsical pumpkin patch
-Ride their tractor to the biggest U-Pick pumpkin patch in the country, at 90 acres

***Don't forget to bring cash.  ATMs available on grounds next to Pigadeli Square

Other Activities on the Farm:
-Marble Dig
-Coyote Mountain slide
-playground with corn kernel room
-old west mini town with buildings children can enter
-U Pick Sunflower walk
-corn maze
-train ride
-pig races
-pony rides
-face paint
-country store
-wine and beer section
-petting zoo
-old train cars you can go into
I always ask for extra sauce. So good!

-Apple Slushie Float or Slushshakies (cider slush, soft serve, served in a caramel-dipped mug and topped with whipped cream, sprinkles, and a caramel apple).
-Tri Tip Sandwich & Garlic Fries
-Babe's Cookies
-Apple Dumplings with soft serve from Mrs. B's Bakery 
-Caramel Corn Nuggets and fresh apple cider (from barn up front)
-Pulled pork from Chuckwagon Cafe
-Salted pretzel from Wild Willies Trad'n Post

Placerville, California

A visit to Apple Hill in Placerville is a sensory delight that beckons all. Nestled in the heart of picturesque California, this enchanting destination offers a cornucopia of orchards, wineries, bakeries, and artisanal craft shops. Here, you can handpick crisp, juicy apples, savor delectable pies and cider, and explore charming farms and vineyards, all set against the backdrop of stunning fall foliage. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a foodie seeking farm-fresh delights, or simply yearning for a serene escape, Apple Hill promises an unforgettable, autumnal experience that captures the essence of the season.

My post on Apple Hill with links & tips.  Beat traffic & make the most of your time.

El Dorado Orchards, Placerville. Train Ride. 

*The journey to Apple Hill is a scenic two-hour drive through the captivating landscapes of South Lake Tahoe & the winding trails of El Dorado National Forest along Highway 50.
  *The busiest time to visit Apple Hill is in the month of October.  Going early and on weekdays is suggested if you want to avoid lines & traffic.
*Follow farms on social media to keep up with their opening dates, coupons, offerings, specials, & giveaways. 
Scenic Train Ride @ El Dorado Orchards, Apple Hill
Abel's Apple Acres
One of my favorite treats- Apple Pie Caramel Apple from Able's Apple Acres in Apple Hill, Placerville

Fun Ghost Town for Kids 
($5/person, 3 & under free)

Shoaf's ghost town is charming year-round walk-through in the Sawdust Trails store in Virginia City that my kids (5,7, & 9) have been enjoying for the past several years.  No live actors or sudden scares, just cute haunting scenes.

The entrance to the ghost town is at the back of the shop.  

Shoaf's Ghost Town, Sawdust Trails, Virginia City Escape Room, and Gem mining are all found next to one another and are owned by the same person.  The deatils you'll find at the store and walk-through are insane.

Fresh popped kettle corn & BBQ sandwiches can be found next to these stores.  Ice cream across the street.

Creepy & Spooky Displays at Spirit of Halloween and Home Depot

Spirit of Halloween has so many spooky  interactive displays that me and my kids can't get enough of and the amazing thing is that they switch them up year to year. 

Home Depot has upped their game this year and has outrageously cool decorations, from  talking witches with moving eyes to one tall singing Jack Skellington.  

Impressive Hocus Pocus Cake Display at The Peppermill

REEL on Instagram of my visit to see this display.

Peppermill's wedding events pastry chef @cakedbybrian made an incredible hocus pocus inspired display made from chocolate that you must see with your own eyes. If you follow Brian on Instagram, you'll find that he just made a big announcement about his participation in Food Network's upcoming season of "Holiday Wars." How exciting. If you have any cake wishes, he's the guy you call. P.S. He's also a nice & humble human.
But wait... there's more. The events manager, Ivy, created a masterpiece of her own as well. She made Winnie's beloved spell book from scratch (featured in the video). She even filled the book with actual spells. Along with these two masterpieces, there are snippets of the movie playing in the background, along with accents like a vacuum, Binx, and a tv posing as a fireplace. Scents of fall lingering in the air wrap this bundle up and make it a must visit for the month of October. Directions to display: Registration is on the first floor. To the left of registration are escalators. Go up and make two rights to the wedding events office. Or park on any level in their parking garage. Head to the third floor, down the escalators. Left to registration. Peppermill has been a favorite hang out spot for ages, and here's why. They've gone the extra mile to create this fantastic display, they've host local musicians at their Terrace Lounge, they're so professional, have tons of food options to choose from, and a 20% locals' discount on EVERYTHING! Just grab a player's card, and you're all set to enjoy the perks. 🥂💃

Meeting @ Rum Bullions, Silver Legacy Casino
October 20th, discounted TICKETS
More Details
September 28-30, Carson City
Artist locations for Murals & Music Festival 9/28-30
More info.
The Village at Palisades is an amazing spot to hang.
Virginia and Truckee Railroad, Virginia City
Pumpkin Patch Train V&T Railroad, Virginia City
Studio 775 Reno Paint Events Around Town 10/14, 10/19, 10/25, 10/27
Adults only party @ Daddy's Tacos, 10/27, 7pm-10pm
Tickets, Location: The Paloma
 October 29, 3pm-5pm Instagram
More information: Instagram
Information: Instagram, Truckee (45 mins. from Reno)
Other Events Out of Town

Hauntober Events @ Virginia City 

Virginia City boasts a rich historical background, making it an ideal setting for an immersive Halloween experience. From ghost and cemetery tours to paranormal sleepovers and investigations, Halloween trains, and haunted escape rooms, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Main Street comes alive with Halloween parades, while you can also indulge your eerie creative side with creepy doll-making workshops. Don't miss the enchanting All Hallow's Eve Ball, and for the little ones, there's even a ghost town designed just for them.

Virginia City is a must visit.  

Are you familiar with escape rooms? If not, allow me to introduce you to my latest obsession. I conquered my first escape room a couple of years ago and have been hooked ever since. There's truly nothing more exhilarating, exciting, empowering, entertaining, and cooler than escape rooms.

Escape rooms are immersive experiences where you and a group of friends, family, or even strangers get locked in a room to play a game. Your mission is to solve a series of intricate puzzles and "escape" your way out.

Don't worry about your skill level; all are welcome, & you can choose to receive as many or as few clues as you desire, with guidance provided from a game master.

Lucky for us, Reno has some amazing escape room options & among them are some that have become my all time favorite rooms, having experienced  over 55 across SD, SF, & Las Vegas.

Deadline Escape Room's "Dead Silence" promises an absolute thrill that will send shivers down your spine.  With a carefully crafted room that boasts rad theming and intricate details, you're sure to have a frightfully good time. Silence is golden in this room, as speaking too loudly might trigger the lights to go out.

For those seeking a less suspenseful and thrilling experience, "Witch Doctor" provides an excellent alternative, perfect for indulging your fascination with the supernatural. Your mission: rescue the soul of a voodoo priestess ensnared in the spirit realm. The immersive Bayou atmosphere they've conjured in this room is simply enchanting and is an unforgettable experience that has left a lasting impression on me.

Keystone Escape Games provides an extraordinary experience with their room, "Blood of the Original," which played a significant role in kindling my passion for escape rooms. Characterized by a deliberate absence of traditional locks, stunning Victorian steampunk theming with intricate details, immersive puzzles, and engaging storylines, Keystone has undoubtedly earned its spot among my all-time favorite escape game destinations.

Fall Foliage in & Around Reno
Typically the second & third week of October are peak times, but it always depends on the weather.

Check out this fall foliage map to get a good idea of when leaves will hit their peak colors.

***You can download the AllTrails app on your phone and it will bring up the most popular hikes near you.  Also, this app is useful for making sure you stay on trail by showing your current position in relation to the trail map.  It has saved me and my family from getting lost on hikes many times. 

Hope Valley
(1 hr away from Reno toward South Lake Tahoe. Drive another 26 mins. and you'll reach South Lake Tahoe.)
Visitors Admiring the Scenery

Photographers, artists, and tourists visit Hope Valley annually, attempting to capture its beauty.  Only one hour away from Reno, this stop for fall foliage is a must, with South Lake Tahoe only 26 minutes away and Markleville only 15 minutes away. 

Experience the charm of a Wylder Resort cabin nestled amidst picturesque aspen trees, turning your stay into a delightful vacation. Please note that a reservation is required to explore and wander their beautiful grounds.

For a culinary adventure, be sure to visit Hope Valley Cafe & Market, or take a short 15-minute drive to the quaint town of Markleeville from Wylder Resort. Both options offer a tempting array of baked goods, delectable food, refreshing drinks, and convenient snacks. While you're there, don't hesitate to inquire about local trail recommendations to enhance your outdoor experience.

Wylder Resort in Hope Valley
Wylder Resort

Wylder Resort 

Mayberry Park
Enjoy a scenic stroll along the Truckee River, lined with tall golden cottonwood trees in the fall.  This park is dog friendly and has a paved path, porta-potty, two bridges, hiking trails, and leads to Dorostkar Park.

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(Tours of Mansion start End of May - End of October)
Rentable Pavilion @ Bower's Mansion
Enjoy the reds, oranges, and yellows of fall here at the park while marveling at the beauty of Bower's Mansion.  The park has a massive grass area, playgrounds, and picnic tables with BBQ grills.

Note: No pets allowed

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One of my favorite parks found on Mt. Rose Highway before hitting Galena Park.  The park is in the forest with a creek running through, two play structures, a grass area, and short and long hiking trails nearby. 

Truckee Riverwalk
The picturesque autumn foliage set against the waters of the Truckee River creates the perfect fall scene. There are plenty of dining options available along the riverbank. Parking is available at either Idlewild Park or Barbara Benette Park.

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This park is in Verdi past Boomtown Casino and is a hidden gem that has so much beauty, a fishing pond, and a short nature trail. 

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The kids living it up with Gramps.
Enjoy a handful of deciduous trees spread throughout the park's beautiful grounds.

Other Halloween Things

The Nest in Reno has an amazing collection of vintage clothing. 
Junkee has a wide selection of clothing and accessories.
(currently moving to a new location in Reno Public Market)

CC'c Closet in Virginia City rents out Victorian style outfits.

Party America is our local party store that also sells Halloween costumes.

Decorated Homes in Reno

A group of enthusiastic moms compiled THIS MAP featuring homes that are either festively decorated or are giving out candy on Halloween.

🍬 Candy Corns indicate homes giving out candy.
👻 A haunted house icon denotes houses boasting spooky decorations.

The majority of these homes feature delightful embellishments such as twinkling lights & charming inflatables. However, there's one exception that goes above & beyond, treating visitors to an extravagant projection show, an impressive collection of Halloween decorations, hauntingly atmospheric music, & a garage adorned with Disney's Hitchhiking ghosts, among other exciting features.

Don't miss out on the chance to visit my personal favorite Halloween-decorated house at 


*The Ambush House in Sparks on its own is enough to make any Halloween special. This attraction is a haunted walk-through in the Ambush family's backyard and includes creepers & many different haunting scenes.  

They also decorate the front of their house and go all out with huge props like ginormous skeletons, fake fire displaces, lights, & wicked witches that talk.

You can bring some non-perishables and drop them in the bins up front and/or donate via QR code up front.
Pumpkin and Vanilla Froyo @ Yogurt Beach before being made into a milkshake.
Pumpkin Cold Brew at Wow Wow Lemonade

***Information subject to change
All opinion are my own.

©Katherine Fung
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