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Well, Halloween is almost here, so this and next weekend will be all Halloween all the time. When I was young(er) and single, events like the Freakers Ball on Saturday at MontBleu would have been more my speed, but since I have a kid with another on the way, I'll skip the sexy costume this year and head to the pumpkin patch. Check out the Discovery Trick or Treat, Zombie Run and Zombie Crawl throughout downtown Reno and Pumpkin Palooza at Victorian Square in Sparks.

Discovery Trick or Treat

The Discovery Museum is a such a fun place to take kids -- mine always ends up leaving the place sopping wet from playing in the water features on the ground floor. Celebrate the season of ghosts and goblins with a spooktacular visit to the museum for The Discovery’s annual Trick or Treat. Come in costume and trick or treat through the museum from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at The Discovery, 490 S. Center St. Members-only from 3 to 5 p.m.; general admission from 5 to 8 p.m.

Zombie Run and Zombie Crawl

What's better than running with -- and from -- zombies? The 5K All-Zombie Run, a Thriller Dance under the Reno Arch and a Zombie Crawl take place Saturday in downtown Reno as part of the Zombie Invasion. The 5K All-Zombie Run starts at 5 p.m. under the Reno Arch on Virginia Street, with the dance to follow. The Zombie Crawl starts at 8 p.m. at the Harrah’s Plaza.

I unofficially participated in the Zombie Crawl a few years ago, walking from bar to bar with friends who were -- and a few like me who weren't -- dressed as zombies. Reno's bar crawls are great for people-watching, and I'd love to see how big this crawl crowd has gotten.

Pumpkin Palooza

Finally, we'll be heading to Pumpkin Palooza from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Victorian Square in Sparks. The kiddo will be dressed in her strawberry costume this year and, along with other kids, can: build and race a pumpkin in the Pumpkin Derby; participate in the children’s costume parade; listen to storytelling in the Haunted School House; play carnival-style games; compete in pie-eating, pumpkin-seed spitting, marshmallow shooting or mummy-wrapping contests; enter a pumpkin in the beauty contest; and enjoy live music and food truck fare.

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