Have a Spooktacular Halloween in Nevada County at any age

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.

Trick or Treat

On Saturday, October 28, 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.

TOT 17-  Photo courtesy of The Union

Photo courtesy of The Union

Grass Valley Downtown Association  offers a Safe Trick or Treat for preschoolers from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Downtown merchants offer free candy and treats, and there is a book giveaway courtesy of Community Support Network.  For the older tots, Downtown Nevada City is the place to be on Halloween night, with ghosts, ghouls, haunted houses, and more candy than they can eat in a year!

The Alta Sierra Property Owners Association also hosts a free Trunk or Treat event beginning at 4:30 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, Downtown Nevada City is a favorite spot for local trick or treaters, and Broad Street is filled with an endless stream of  little ghosts and goblins going from door to door to get their treats.   Houses are covered in spider webs and lights.  Trick or treaters are greeted by witches, warlocks, creepy sounds, and smoking cauldrons.  The Victorian architecture of the homes, and the old deciduous trees of Nevada City are the perfect backdrop for Halloween.

Other popular Trick or Treating locations include Names Drive in Alta Sierra, and the Cypress Hill and Morgan Ranch housing developments in Grass Valley.

It’s the Great Pumpkin (Patch)

There are two great pumpkin patches that offer plenty of family entertainment.

Bierwagen’s Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival is always a family favorite.  The Bierwagen Family Farm has been in existence since 1902 and has been family-owned and operated for the last 115

Photo by Lori Long

Photo by Lori Long

years. The pumpkin patch has been going for the last 25 years and has become a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Be sure to have some of their homemade cider, take a wagon ride and get yourself a pumpkin. Admission is free and the pumpkin patch is open every day in October from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and you can even take a hay ride tour of the farm every weekend!

McCourtney Road Pumpkins is another great option for a fun family day.  In addition to pumpkins, there are free hay rides and family-friendly games such as sack races and a bean bag toss; there is even a wooden train for the kids to play on. Parking and admission are free and the pumpkin patch is open on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29th from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. In addition, McCourtney Road Pumpkins will be having story time every Saturday and Sunday at noon and 3 p.m. and they will have craft time at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sunday as well. They will also be offering fall photo sessions with local photographer Kim Sayre.

It’s a Dead Man’s Party

Nevada County knows how to throw a party, and we love our costumes!

TOT 17- Fright Night 2017Fright Night, Nevada City’s Halloween tradition, returns to the Miners Foundry on Saturday, October 28.  Fright Night 2017 features music by Zepparella with special guest Achilles Wheel, plus food and drinks available for purchase.  Zepparella is an all-girl powerhouse from San Francisco, featuring the music of Led Zeppelin.  More than just a tribute band, Zepparella shows replicate the powerful improvisational musical journey for which Led Zeppelin shows were renowned. Local favorites Achilles Wheel is a rock and roll band that blurs the lines between genres and fuses an infectious blend of Roots and World Music Rockadelia.  Dancing concert with limited seating available.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the music begins at 8:00 p.m.  Click here for more information and tickets.

Truckee Rotary will be hosting the 39th Annual Cadillac Ball. This year’s theme is the Voodoo Ball – an exciting night featuring live music by Wonderbread 5, gourmet buffet dinner, silent auction, costume contest, and a $10,000 Grand Prize raffle. 100% of the event proceeds are distributed to local nonprofits.  Click here for more info and tickets

Music in the Mountains hosts a Spooky Soiree from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, at Saint Joseph’s Cultural Center.  Billed as a “talent show without the judging,” host Terry Brown, Artistic Director Pete Nowlen, and celebrity accompanists put on a fun and supportive evening for all with 16-20 different performers.  Where else can you see a zombie and a werewolf singing a Rossini duet while enjoying libations with friends?  Make sure to come in costume, as there will be a costume contest.  Click here for more info and tickets.

Head up to the little town of Washington on Saturday, Oct. 28, to the Washington Hotel for a “Haunted Hotel Dance Party,” complete with a costume contest, drink spec

Photo courtesy of Naggiar

Photo courtesy of Naggiar

ials, and a DJ spinning danceable tunes from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

151 Union Square is holding TWO Halloween events this year!  First, on Saturday, Oct. 28, they will host their 4th Annual Halloween Party. Come dressed in your costume and you have a chance to win prizes for best costume. Lite Appetizers and the awesome Classic Rock / old School funk band Legend will be rocking the night at this 21 and older only event.  Then, the following night from, join them from 6-9 p.m. for their first ever Zombie Prom ” a night to dismember” dance party. This is a great, event folks! Why? Because its free! That’s right no cover!! So, dig up your date and come dressed in your finest Zombie prom attire.  They will be serving light appetizers while offering their great variety of craft beer and wine. There will be a photo booth, best costume prize, and live Dance music by Nevada County’s finest DJ, DJ Jamal.

Or, head on over to Naggiar Vineyards to their Halloween Party & Costume Contest taking place from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28.  They will have live music on the enclosed patio by The Double Shots to dance the night away. Just come by; no reservations required.

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.

Oh the (Rocky) Horror!


20th Century Fox

Kick off the Halloween fun at the Nevada Theater when the Nevada Theatre Film Series, Nevada City LIVE! and Untamed Productions present  the cult classic film, Rocky Horror Picture Show, complete with a live shadow cast including some of the area’s favorite performers and dancers live on stage at the historic Nevada Theatre.  The show goes on four times in three nights in downtown Nevada City: Friday, Oct. 20 at 8:00pm  Saturday, October 21 at 7:30pm and 10:30pm and Sunday, October 22 at 7:00pm.

Rocky Horror Picture Show was the film that launched the Nevada Theatre Film Series back in 1979, and has a cult following virtually unmatched by any other film. Celebrating 42 years of theatrical distribution – longer than any other film in history – “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is one of the most popular films of all time, and still plays in theaters around the world.


Haunted Tours Nevada City

Photo courtesy of the Union

Haunted History

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 mlyon@hauntedisles.com.