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!
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!
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 in Nevada City
Celebrate Halloween Nevada City style! The town is pulling out the scary stops this Halloween with plenty of live music, creative window displays and all manner of Halloween-themed dining, exploring and spirited fun. Stroll through fall color while enjoying Halloween and Day of the Dead decor, enter a costume contest or attend a concert in costume—Come on over to Nevada City, we’ve got lots to do. Check out this rundown of concerts, parties, and food offerings in Nevada City!
Monsters & Martinis Burlesque Spooktacular
October is a magical time of year and Halloween is a coveted holiday with a wonderland of spellbinding, monster magic, occult, candy starved zombies, and more! That’s why this month Truth or Dare Productions brings you ‘Monsters & Martini’s Burlesque Spooktacular’ dripping with sexy gore-geouseness in the sultry, spooky burlesque tradition! Hosted by the infamous Nick Fedoroff.Grab your Halloweenie friends, throw on that creepy costume & party hat because you’re cordially invited to a provocative, entertaining, and spectacularly thrilling Monsters and Martinis Burlesque Spooktacular at 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct 28th, at the Nevada Theatre.
Dia de las Muertos
The 20th Annual ALTAR SHOW: Renewal & Remembrance features art installations in the form of altars dedicated to persons, memories, concepts, and causes. The annual free and non-juried exhibition will be held from noon- 7 p.m. daily from October 26-November 3, at the Northern Mines Building at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA. The event is considered “a gift to the community from artists and altaristas of the Sierra Nevada Foothills.”
Wine Down with Halloween Fun
Do you miss the good old days, when you could dress up and go trick-or-treating for Halloween? Well why should the kids get to have all of the fun? This Saturday, October 26, head to Downtown Grass Valley from 4-7 p.m. for the annual Halloween Wine Walk!
You can wear a costume (or not) and visit all of the tasting rooms in downtown Grass Valley, including Avanguardia, Cork 49, Lucchesi, and Sierra Starr. You will receive two complimentary tastes at each tasting room…it’s like trick or treating for adults!
Afterward, head out to the beautiful Naggiar Vineyard and Winery from 6-9 p.m. where Sorci & Martini will scare up a great time at the winery’s annual Halloween Party and Costume Contest. Put on your best costume and join them for a howling good time!
There is no cover charge for the party, but please keep in mind that this is a 21+ event, so if you have little ones at home leave them with the babysitter. They’ll get their turn for fun on Thursday night!