A local paranormal investigator and a hotel owner talk about The Washoe Club and the Silver Queen Hotel & Wedding Chapel. From shadow figures to unexplained sounds, the town remains shrouded in mystery. Marcella Corona/RGJ
Halloween is just around the corner and the ghouls and goblins are ready for a fright. Whether it’s a gruesome walk about, dancing the night away or making your way through a multi-story haunted house, this area has just the places for a terrifying time. My heart starts racing just thinking about all of the gory possibilities.
Here are a few of our favorites:
When: Thursday through Sunday through Oct. 29; and Oct. 30-31
Where: Greater Nevada Field in downtown Reno
Details: Can you hear the screams in Reno, yet? Acclaimed as one of the largest and most nightmare inducing haunted houses, the Slaughter House is sure to leave you running for the door — they even have a warning against participating if you are pregnant, claustrophobic, wearing crutches, have any type of heart condition, respiratory problems, or back pain. Enter at your own risk!
When: Thursday through Saturday through Oct. 28
Where: Andelin Family Farm in Spanish Springs
Details: Calling all "Children of the Corn" buffs: What started as a fun, creative outlet for the Andelin clan in Spanish Springs is now a creepy corn field experience for the books. Corn Creepers is a must for those into haunted excursions, especially with their new Zombie Paintball attraction (Who doesn’t love a little battle with the undead?). Purchase a special glow necklace for a toned-down version of the tour.
When: Oct. 14
Where: Cargo in The Whitney Peak
Details: Looking to channel your inner living dead? The Reno Zombie Prom is a ghastly, affectionate and cheesy blend of nostalgic high school Americana. A zombie look is required, but if you don’t have your own makeup, you can get zombified at the event for a $20 donation.
When: Oct. 19-20
Where: Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats in downtown Truckee
Details: Stroll the streets of downtown Truckee with otherworldly guests. During the esteemed event, you’ll hear some of true tales of the town that are just eerie. Afterward, grab a bite and talk about your ghost hunt at Moody’s — the menu is out of this world. Mwahahaha.
When: Oct. 21
Where: The McFadden Plaza, Carson City
Details: Explore the ghostly past of our capitol with guided tours for all ages. An entertaining way to experience Carson City’s Victorian-era history, visit lingering spirits of past centuries, listen to haunted and paranormal stories, meet infamous characters, and tour historic homes and businesses along the tour.
When: Oct. 27, 28 and 31
Where: Virginia City
Details: Known for some serious activity from the netherworld, Virginia City is filled with haunts with extreme paranormal activity. Get your electro magnetic field sensor and camera ready, because you are sure to spot an orb or two on this ghost tour.
When: Oct. 28
Where: MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, Stateline
Details: Been working all year on your costume? Head to the Freakers Ball in Stateline where it just might score you some serious cash and prizes. Oh, and they have four different venues with live music all at one property. Is that "Thriller" playing in the background?
So there you have it. A whole list of Samhain-inspired fun. Just remember to leave the night light on when you get home, because some of this stuff will be absolutely horrifying. Booo!