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 fairly 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
Great May Center Pumpkin Walk
Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Bring the whole family for an evening stroll through the May Museum and Arboretum. This 3rd annual Great May Center Pumpkin Walk will feature 500 carved pumpkins and lit pumpkins on display along the path. Kids can trick-or-treat along the way with costumed volunteers. Tickets are $5 per person and available for sale at the Museum. The event is stroller-friendly and not too scary. If you plan to bring young children who may be afraid of the dark, note that sunset is just after 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - Celebrate all things pumpkin at Victorian Square in downtown Sparks at the 2014 Pumpkin Palooza. 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 Pumpkin Palooza, but visit the website for details as there is a fee to enter some of the contests. Pumpkin Palooza hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pumpkin Palooza is a benefit for the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living.
Trick - or - Treat at The Discovery Museum
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - Celebrate Halloween with a visit to the Discovery Museum's 4th annual Trick or Treat.
Come to the museum in costume and trick or treat from gallery to gallery. (For everyone's safety, no costumes with weapons of any kind.) There will be clever Halloween-themed art projects, spooky science demos and delicious 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 25, 2014 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - This free Harvest Party is for kids preschool through 6th grade. There will be games, prizes, bounce houses and lots of candy. Archie from the Reno Aces will even be there. This year's raffle prize is a Samsung Galaxy Note tablet 8.0. This event is 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 and Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. Call (775) 323-7141 for information.
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, artifacts, and authentic street scenes. Entertainment will feature Jim Meitz, Reno's premier magician and author of the children's book "The Amazing Alexander." Special admission is only $2 per person. The Museum is at the corner of Lake and Mill Streets in Reno. Call (775) 333-9300 for information.
Friday, 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. With spooky music and décor, the whole family will have fun visiting 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
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 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.
There will be a variety of free Halloween activities for kids and families at various branches of the Washoe County Library System. Visit "Events and Activities at the Washoe County Library" to learn about these and all the other cool things going on at your library.
Safe and Free Trick-or-Treating in Virginia City
Friday, October 31, 2014 - Come to Virginia City for these "Halloween Witches Delight Trains. Passengers will be surrounded by goblins, witches, and other spooks. Trains depart the V & T depot at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for kids. Virginia City is extra spooky on Halloween - it is one of three of the most haunted places in the United States.