Whether it's to provide a kid-sized 'boo' or to get out for activities like pumpkin picking or scarecrow making, there are plenty of things to do in Reno and Sparks for fun fall times. Some of the more well-publicized options are listed below, followed up by a list of pumpkin patches in the area and trick-or-treating available on the Oct. 31, which — lucky for parents — falls on a Saturday.
- Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum: The museum hosts its fifth annual trick-or-treat event on Oct. 24. Cost is $2 for members and $3 for nonmembers and Halloween times are 3 to 5 p.m. for members only and 5 to 8 p.m. for nonmembers. Children are invited to come dressed in costume, check out spooky science demos and trick-or-treat from gallery to gallery. Details: 775-786-1000.
- Victorian Square Pumpkin Palooza: From a pumpkin derby to a costume parade and marshmallow shooting, Halloween fun is the ticket in Victorian Square in Sparks from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25. Storytelling in the haunted schoolhouse and carnival games also will be available. Entry fees may be charged for some of the activities. Details: 775-353-5555.
Pumpkin fun and beyond at the patch
Of course, there also are plenty of pumpkin patches in the Reno area and beyond to visit and explore. Activities vary from patch to patch, but picking out a pumpkin and taking a ride of some sort is usually a guarantee.
- Andelin Family Farm: Whether its finding a pumpkin, going through a corn maze, or checking out the Corn Creepers Haunted Attracted (limited to specific days), there are a variety of activities available at this pumpkin patch in Spanish Springs at 8100 Pyramid Highway, about half a mile north of the Spanish Springs Library. Hours and costs of activities vary. Details: 775-530-8032.
- Corley Ranch: Located at 859 U.S. 395 South in Gardnerville, a $6 admission fee for adults and $5 fee for children covers activities such as pig races, seeing farm animals, a hay slide, hay wagon rides and more. Additional fees are charged for pumpkins, train rides, miniature golf and other activities. Call for hours. Details: 775-265-6506.
- Ferrari Farm: Whether its picking out that perfect pumpkin, going through a corn maze, or bouncing in a bounce house, this farm, at 4701 Mill St., offers plenty to do. Hours vary. Details: 775-856-4962.
- Lattin Farms: Check out the pumpkin tower, scarecrow factory and Kids Corner at this farm, located at 1955 McLean Road in Fallon. Pay $6 to take a hayride and pick a pumpkin. Its infamous maze also already is open and includes special moonlight opportunities on Oct. 23 and Oct. 24. Details: 775-867-3750.
- Lovig Farms: Shoot a corn cannon, bead a horseshoe or pick a pumpkin from among five different varieties. Hay rides and pony rides also are available at this pumpkin patch, which is located at 15055 N. Virginia St., accessible from Red Rock exit 78 off of U.S. 395. A corn maze and general store also are open. Details: 775-240-2005.
- Tollhouse Pumpkins: Kids can pick a pumpkin, ride a pony, or get a photo taken at this pumpkin patch, located across from the south Wal-Mart at 12185 S. Virginia St. The cost for activities varies, and groups of eight or more may want to make reservations. Hours also vary during the week, but closing is usually 8 or 9 p.m. Details: 503-551-0397.
Trick-or-treating on the Oct. 31
In addition to, or in lieu of going door-to-door in your own neighborhood, there are many places offering candy and treats on Halloween, Oct. 31. These include:
- The National Automobile Museum: Stop on by the museum, at 10 Lake St., from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 to trick-or-treat from station to station, play games and watch magic shows. Admission is $2, but parking is free. Details: 775-333-9300.
- The Goblin Parade in Virginia City: Virginia City may very well be among the spookiest places to be on Oct. 31 with its reputation as one of the most haunted towns in the U.S. Children can put on their costumes and enjoy Hauntober trick-or-treating that starts at 5 p.m.
- The Harvest Festival at Idlewild Park: In addition to getting candy, preschool through sixth-grade students also can discover fun through bounce houses, games, free pictures and prizes. The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 31 is free, but attendees are asked to bring a can of food to assist with a food drive that is being put on by The Bridge Church, the sponsor of the event. Details: 775-323-7141.
- Trick or Treat at The Humane Society: Have your kids don their costumes and come visit the Humane Society, 2825 Longley Lane, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31, to see four-legged creatures and get candy. Pet adoption also is available. Details: 775-856-2000.