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.

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The annual Discover Science Lecture Series presents its first speaker of 2017-2018 on Thursday, October 12, 2017. He will be Scott E. Page, the Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science and Economics at the University of Michigan. His talk is titled “The Diversity Bonus.”

Other upcoming speakers in the series include Julie Robinson from NASA, theoretical physicist Sylvester James Gates Jr. and UNR Foundation Trustee Mick Hitchcock on bio-pharmaceutical research about HIV.

“Discover Science Lecture Series at UNR” presentations are free and open to the public on a first come basis. Tickets are not required. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. in the Redfield Auditorium in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

The 2017 Fall Fish Festival is Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8. This free annual event at Lake Tahoe offers things of interest for both kids and adults, and gives everyone a chance to learn more about Kokanee salmon and other fish swimming the waters of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Taylor Creek Visitor Center is the location for the Fall Fish Festival. Besides a chance to watch bright red salmon on their fall spawning run, the event includes lots of activities for children, informational booths by various agencies involved with wildlife and Lake Tahoe, and food and drink vendors. You can take a stroll on the Rainbow Trail to the stream profile chamber and see what life is like below the surface of Taylor Creek.

Taylor Creek Visitor Center is three miles north of the town of South Lake Tahoe on Hwy. 89 (locally known as Emerald Bay Road). It is a right turn (toward the lake), just past the Tallac Historic Site turnoff. There is a big parking lot, but it can fill up during the Fall Fish Festival. The best tactic is to get there early. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Traffic note: Nearby Camp Richardson Resort holds its annual Oktoberfest during this same weekend. Come prepared for extra heavy traffic and be alert for wandering pedestrians.