Nevada County loves a party, and does all of the holidays up right. Halloween is no exception; there is something for every age and interest the entire week leading up to the big day. So get out your costume and come out for some All Hallow’s Eve fun.
For the littles
On Saturday, October 29, the Nevada County Fairgrounds is hosting a Halloween Carnival from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixins’, a cupcake walk, carnival- style games, crafts, a costume contest, prizes, treats, and of course, lots of candy. The entrance fee is $5 per person, all ages.
Just across from the Fairgrounds is the Haunted Pumpkin Patch, where you can pick a pumpkin by day and have a scare by night. The community members who put on this attraction (this is their seventh year) have three levels of fright so that people of all ages can enjoy the experience, and have “magic lanterns” that they give to those who are younger or more sensitive to frights so that the ghosts and goblins do not disturb them. This year they have added a scarecrow contest and an all new maze. They will also have a Trunk or Treat event benefiting Scooter’s Pals from 12-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 29. For more information, visit www.thehauntedpumpkinpatch.com.
Grass Valley Downtown Association hosts an annual Safe Trick or Treat event for preschoolers from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Halloween day, October 31. Visit the businesses on Mill Street and Main Street in downtown Grass Valley for treats for the little ghosts and goblins.
The Alta Sierra Property Owners Association also hosts a free Trunk or Treat event beginning at 6 p.m. on Halloween night, October 31. Bring your favorite little ghouls and goblins to the Alta Sierra Country Club parking lot for a fun, safe family event. a trickster at each decorated car trunk, truck bed or golf cart will be handing out candy for your eerie enjoyment! Fun activities, including photos and a costume parade with favors and prizes. Hot cider, cocoa, and Halloween cookies will be served to all the hungry little monsters.
Every year, the Outside Inn in Nevada City puts on a Haunted Pathway on Halloween night full of ghosts, goblins, and other spooks appropriate for all ages.
For just old-fashioned Trick or Treating, the best places to go are Broad Street in Downtown Nevada City, Names Drive in Alta Sierra, and the Cypress Hill and Morgan Ranch housing developments in Grass Valley.
For the “Halloween” averse
If your family loves to dress up and get candy, but does not believe in celebrating Halloween, our local churches have you covered, as well.
Crossroads Church will be hosting Hallelujah Night on the Farm from 5-8 p.m. on October 31. This is a fun-filled evening on the farm, complete with petting zoo, bounce houses, “door-to-door” candy, games, food, and more! Bring the whole family to this free event located at 10050 Wolf Road in South County.
Twin Cities Church is putting on a Fall Family Festival also from 5-8 p.m. on October 31. This safe, fun, and free event features games, candy, live music, and much more. Reasonably priced food will be available for purchase, so plan on having dinner here with your family. Free parking and continuously-running shuttle from Scotten and Lyman Gilmore Schools.
Nevada City United Methodist Church will be hosting their annual Community Halloween Party for all of those trick or treaters (and their tired parents) on Broad Street beginning at 6 p.m. They will have food and games, and a warm welcome to all.
For the animal lovers
If your kids are animal lovers, they will especially enjoy Oink-a-Ween from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 29. Trick-or-treat with all the animals and feed pumpkins to pigs, and don’t forget your costume at this celebration for kids of all ages. Join us at Animal Place Sanctuary in Grass Valley, CA, for trick-or-treating on the sanctuary and be sure to bring a pumpkin to feed to the pigs! The barns will be open and you’ll get vegan goodies every time you visit a new pasture. At the end of the event, everyone will meet at the pig pasture and feed pumpkins to the pigs! You don’t want to miss it. Tickets are just $5 per person. Animal Place Sanctuary is located at 17314 McCourtney Rd. in Grass Valley.
For the Cinemaphiles
Kick off the Halloween fun this weekend at the Nevada Theater with the Rocky Horror Picture Show. The Nevada Theatre Film Series and Nevada City Live present this cult classic film complete with a live all-star shadow cast performing live on stage at the Nevada Theatre. The show goes on three times in two nights in downtown Nevada City: Saturday, October 22 at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Head to Sierra Cinemas on Thursday, October 27 for a 7:15 p.m. showing of Frankenstein. For a limited time only, National Theatre Live’s Encore Series brings a selection of award-winning British theatre productions back to cinemas. One of the most popular productions returns this week – Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein, the sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011 and the broadcast that became an international sensation.
For the wine lovers
Join the downtown Grass Valley tasting rooms of Avanguardia, Bent Metal, Lucchesi, Sierra Starr, and Smith for a Halloween Wine Walk taking place from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, October 29th. It’s like trick or treating for adults with complimentary wine tastes at each downtown winery!
Then, head on over to Naggiar Vineyards to their Halloween Party & Costume Contest taking place from 6-9 p.m. They will have live music by Jimmy Ashley to dance the night away. Just come by; no reservations required.
For the music lovers
Party for a good cause at the Halloween Rock for Suicide Prevention taking place from 7 p.m.-midnight on Friday, October 28, at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge. This all ages concert (bring ID for bar) and costume party’s proceeds go to suicide prevention in our community through Spirit Peer Empowerment. Music will be multi-genre with a DJ between sets, and the bands playing include Hatchet Job (indie rock from Sac), The Seven Beer Can Band (local straight up rock-n-roll), Charlie Muscle (Sacramento’s rap phenomenon), Jordan Nelson (local acoustic ska/punk), and
Bootlegs (local punk). Tickets will be a suggested donation of $15 adv/$20 door. For advance price, donate at www.poppyprod.org and bring receipt to the show for entry.
Fright Night, Nevada City’s Halloween tradition returns to the Miners Foundry on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Fright Night 2016 features music by Mojo Green and special guest Whee the People, plus food and drinks available for purchase. Mojo Green is a seven piece outfit known as one of the premier funk and soul bands on the West Coast. Whee the People is Indie Soul for the Indie Soul. Dancing concert with limited seating available. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the music begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in Advance and $30 at the Door, and are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op. Ticketing fees may apply.
The Holbrooke Hotel will be having a Halloween Ball in the Golden Gate Saloon from 7-11 p.m. on Saturday, October 29. Wear a costume and dance the night away to All Star and West Coast Juice. Free.
For the history buffs
The haunted Nevada City historical walking tour explores the stories behind the many colorful ghosts said to still reside among us. Nevada City tours depart from 210 Broad Street (The Alpha Building) on Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. during the month of October. Admission is $10 for Adults and $5 for children age 12 and under. Children age 5 and under are admitted free. Private tours by request. For further details call 530-265-6877 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.