Halloween in Reno, Nevada
Halloween pumpkin patches and corn mazes are already 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 2017 at the Washoe County School District is Monday, October 2 through Friday, October 6. That’s a looooong time for the kids to be out of school and needing something to do when you add in a weekend on each end.

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. 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 Reno Celtic Celebration, the Fall Fish Festival at Lake Tahoe and the Eldorado Great Italian Festival all fall on the weekend of October 7 – 8. 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.”

Labor Day presents numerous choices of things to do in the Reno / Tahoe area during this last long holiday weekend of summer. The biggest deal is the Nugget Rib Cook-Off right here in Sparks.

Other choices for Labor Day activities include beaches at Lake Tahoe, hiking, picnicking at area parks, cooling off at any of numerous local swimming pools and water play places, going to the movies, visiting museums, and more. There are Labor Day activities in Virginia City as well. Have fun and be safe while enjoying this traditional end-of-summer holiday.

If you are going to be playing outdoors, be aware that the fire danger is extremely high and there are lots of restrictions in force right now. Be extra careful with BBQs and any other fire you may use. If in doubt, do without. The forest you save may be the one you are standing in.