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

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!

TOT 17- Photo courtesy of The Union

Bring the tots to downtown Grass Valley for some Halloween fun. Photo courtesy of The Union

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.

For children of all ages – Parade through downtown Truckee to the TDRPD Community Arts Center on Friday, Oct. 26,  then Trick or Treat through the Art Center, where each room has decorations and candy. The Parade leaves the Truckee Train station at 6 PM sharp.

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 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!


Photo by Lori Long

Photo by Lori Long

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. 28th 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.

It’s a Dead Man’s Party

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

Fright Night, The legendary Halloween party at the Miners Foundry celebrates its 40th anniversary with an all-star local and semi-local line up of bands including Destroyer, the West Coast’s premiere KISS tribute band; Steady Static performing the songs of Siouxie & The Banshees; Just Like Heaven, the ultimate tribute to the Cure, and Joan Jett & The Glitterhearts. The evening also features the Vixens of Vinyl, DJ’s Owen & Sugartroll (Shocks & Struts), Gary The Clown, Hare In the Moon reading tarot, and Daughters of Diablo Burlesque.

Head up to the little town of Washington on Saturday, Oct. 27, to the Washington Hotel for a “Haunted Hotel Dance Party,” complete with a costume contest, drink specials, and music by DJ Phil.

Or, head on over to Naggiar Vineyards to their Halloween Party & Costume Contest taking place from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.  They will have live music on the enclosed patio by Steve Evan & Fun Company to dance the night away. Just come by; no reservations required.

For the animal lovers

Photo by Marji Beach

If your kids are animal lovers, they will especially enjoy Oink-a-Ween from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 27.  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!

Photo submitted by Paul Emery

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. 19 at 8:00pm;  Saturday, October 20 at 7:30pm and 10:30pm; and Sunday, October 21 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 History

Photo courtesy of Truckee Haunted History

Horrifying history comes to life at the Truckee Historical Haunted Tour, taking place from 5-10 pm on Thursday, October 18th and Friday, October 19th in historic downtown Truckee.  Enjoy an unforgettable night of Truckee history on this fun and rowdy tour! The Tour features engaging tales performed by talented characters at six historical sites in Downtown Truckee.  Tours leave every 15 minutes, from 5-8pm, and last approximately one hour and 45 minutes each.  Buy your tickets early – the Historical Haunted Tour sells out fast!

Or, check out some of the awesome new spooky Halloween-themed offerings by Outlandish Experiences.  Get ready for haunting stories of the supernatural, spellbinding magic shows, fortune-telling witches, and eerie ghost photography on these unique tours.