Halloween in Reno, Nevada
Halloween pumpkin patches and corn mazes are up and running in the Reno region. Many run continuously until Halloween and a few are just at specific times during October. Some of these are pretty elaborate, with lots of activities for both kids and adults. You can even visit the field and search for your own perfect Halloween jack-o-lantern.

Another popular Halloween activity taking place during October are a number of fun and spooky special train rides. In our local area, Halloween trains will be running on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad up in Virginia City and at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. There are more ghoulish trains running at other Nevada locations and over in California.

Of course, you need Halloween costumes and supplies to properly participate in the festivities. These are available in abundance at any of several locations around the Reno region. Be sure to consider shopping at some of the locally owned businesses when gearing up for Halloween.


Fall break 2018 at the Washoe County School District is Monday, October 1 through Friday, October 5. When you add in a weekend on each end, that’s a long time for the kids to be out of school and needing something to do .

There are a lot of activities lined up with fall break in mind. For example, Galena Creek Visitor Center is holding a fall camp, as is the Discovery Museum and KIDS University at UNR. The recreation departments of both Reno and Sparks have vacation time activities for a variety of age groups. There are cool movies and science at the Fleischmann Planetarium and the Washoe County Library always has free activities for both children and adults.

The Fall Fish Festival at Lake Tahoe and the Eldorado Great Italian Festival both fall on the weekend of October 6 – 7. There are tons of things to do for kids and adults alike during these events.

Get many more ideas and details from the article “Fall Break Camps and Activities in Reno and Sparks.”

Tickets for the 2018 Polar Express™ are now on sale. If you want to ride the Polar Express™ to the North Pole this holiday season, get your tickets soon or you’ll be left out in the cold.

The Polar Express™ excursion train on the V & T Railroad has sold out in all past seasons, making early ticket purchases imperative. Tickets must be purchased in advance – you can’t buy them at the depot. Polar Express™ tickets are available online and by phone.

There will be three types of tickets in 2018 – regular coach, VIP and twilight trains. The trips are on the same train, but VIPs ride on a separate parlor car that includes additional entertainment, extra time with Santa, a special holiday treat, and more. Everyone, however, receives the special Christmas gift of a silver sleigh bell from Santa, hot chocolate and cookies, and a reading of the Polar Express™ story by Chris Van Allsburg.

During the 2018 holiday season, the Polar Express™ will provide service to the North Pole on select dates starting on November 16 and running through December 24.