october 1 (Tuesday) - 31 (Thursday)
86 S C Street
Virginia City boasts its notoriety of being one of the three most haunted towns in the United States, along with Savannah and Charleston. Otherworldly "haunts" exist during Halloween as Virginia
Virginia City boasts its notoriety of being one of the three most haunted towns in the United States, along with Savannah and Charleston. Otherworldly “haunts” exist during Halloween as Virginia City celebrates its ghostly history and offers a month of ghost experiences. Want to have your own paranormal experience? See the places and feel the chill with Bats in the Belfry Ghost Tours, or jump on board the V & T Railroad Halloween train for a spooky trip. Stay through the evening for the Virginia City Goblin Parade with youngsters dressed in their best before participating in the town’s safe trick-or-treating. Get dressed up and bring the whole family for safe trick-or-treating at local shops following the parade.
The following are a list of events taking place in October.
Voices of the Past Ghost Tour, weekends, times vary at the Silver Terrace Cemeteries: Immerse yourself in a true step back in time experience with the Virginia City ghost tours. Voices of the Past is a living tour for visitors to meet spirits of the 19th Century Comstock as they tell their stories of life and death. Learn more here.
Bats in the Belfry Guided Ghost Tours, all month long: If you want to know where the most haunted locations are in Virginia City, this is the tour for you. Take a walk around this historically haunted town and learn about the lively souls that still occupy it today. Tours are Fridays and Saturdays. A paranormal investigation is offered closer to Halloween. Reservations are required. Call 775-815-1050 to reserve; space is limited.
29th annual World Championship Outhouse Races, Oct. 5 – 6, Noon to 3 p.m. on C Street: Potty humor abounds at this Virginia City tradition dating back to the day when outdoor plumbing was outlawed, and angry residents took their outhouses to the streets. These days, teams of three are pitted against each other in an all-out potty race to claim the latrine title. The event is free for spectators.
Imaginations Children’s Art Class, October 12, 1 p.m., St. Mary’s Art Center: Crystals are magical and great fun to create. Learn perspective, shading and angles in this monthly program Register early for savings and to ensure your spot. More information here.
Fall Art Reception & Historical Exhibition Grand Opening, October 12, 1 – 4 p.m., St. Mary’s Art Center: Join St. Mary’s Art Center as they celebrate the artwork of Emily Reid, Chris Englas and Louise Kerr. Also, the unveiling of a new permanent historical exhibition.
V&T Railroad Pumpkin Patch Train, October 12 – 13, times vary, at the 1870 V&T R.R. Depot: A pumpkin patch is fall’s ultimate playground for kids so why not make an adventure of it with a train ride to the Gold Hill Pumpkin Patch. For information, visit online.
Edible Art with Chef Pete, October 13, 1 -3 p.m., St. Mary’s Art Center: Learn how to make spooky yet delicious Halloween treats for kids young and old from Executive Pastry Chef Pete Paulos. Students will take home their own creations to share as a trick and a treat.
Loud as Folk, October 17, 6 – 9 p.m., Piper’s Opera House: Canvas Songwriters Series presents Loud as Folk hosted by Spike Mcguire. General Admission $5. Tickets available at LoudasFolk.com.
Day Out with Thomas, Oct. 19 – 20 and Oct. 25 – 27, times vary, at the 1870 V&T R.R. Depot: Enjoy a 25-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and meet Sir Topham Hatt along with other characters. Explore the Imagination Station Caboose, create colorful memories in the Coloring Caboose, or dine at the P.B.& J Pullman Car. Have fun with plenty of Thomas activities including motor car rides and miniature golf at Sodor Island. Tickets are $19 for all ages. For information, click here.
Haunted Ghost Tour at Gold Hill Hotel, October 17, 5 – 8:30 p.m.: Start your night with a gourmet dinner at the Crown Point restaurant. Follow dinner with the real treat as you step back in time with tales of the history and the hauntings of the hotel and surrounding area. Click here for more information.
Night Tours and Paranormal Investigations, Mackay Mansion, every night October 18-31, 7 -9 p.m.: If you don’t mind a few bumps in the night, then join this creepy cast as they take over the Mackay Mansion for a haunted experience of a lifetime. Visit and see why the Mackay Mansion is recognized as one of the spookiest places on earth. Reservations are required, call 775-291-8829.
Samhain Festival at Mackay Mansion, October 20, 12 – 5 p.m.: Join the witches of Mackay for the annual Samhain Festival. There will be all kinds of magical vendors selling merchandise, arts, herbs, jewelry, crystals and more. Come dressed up as well, all are welcome. For more information call 775-297-2629.
Halloween Country Dancing, October 25, 6 – 9 p.m, Piper’s Opera House: Country dancing at Piper’s this month is going to be Halloween style. Hosted by Carson Lanes and Piper’s Opera House with lessons and music by DJ Tedi. Make sure to get in the spirit and wear your costume. Get all the details here.
Haunted Halloween Hills and Mills Ghost Tour, October 25 – 27, 6 p.m., Gold Hill Hotel: If you are a fan of history and the paranormal, this weekend is for you. Join Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters and the Gold Hill Hotel for the 2nd Annual Hills & Mills Ghost Tour weekend. Click here for more information.
Nevada Statehood Ball, October 26, 4 – 11 p.m., Piper’s Opera House: An annual event that commemorates Nevada’s statehood and celebrates Virginia City’s role in becoming the 36th state of the union. For complete details, visit them online.
Goblin Halloween Parade, Oct. 31, 5 to 6 p.m.: Bring your favorite little goblin dressed to scare to the Goblin Parade on Halloween night. Check-in is at 4 p.m. at the VC Jerky Company. Stick around for safe trick-or-treating at the many shops along the boardwalk.
Shoaf’s Ghost Town, Oct. 31, 4 – 9 p.m.: Welcome to our very own Ghost Town, a family-friendly walk-through attraction. Shoaf’s Ghost Town is a 5-10 minute haunted walk-through attraction where you’ll start at an old mine and discover a blacklight saloon, old steam engine and other staples of the Wild West. This is not a haunted house.
Halloween Tricks, Treats, Games and Art at St. Mary’s Art Center, Oct. 31, 5 to 8 p.m.: St. Mary’s Art Center welcomes kids and parents to come Trick or Treat, view artwork, create and enjoy a spooky good time. Admission is complimentary. Donations greatly appreciated and accepted. Visit St. Mary’s Art Center online for complete details.
Fright Night, October 31, 6 – 9 p.m., Piper’s Opera House: Fright Night is in Virginia City this Halloween. Cordillera International Film Festival presents Fright Night an evening of spooky short films, filmmaker Q&A and costume contest. For tickets and more information visit ciffnv.org.
Virginia City Cemetery, Oct. 31, 5:30 to 11 p.m.: Once a year, on Halloween, the gates to the old Virginia City Cemetery open for visitors to stroll from dusk till dark. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.
Halloween Ghost Investigation and Sleepover, Nov. 1, 3 p.m. – Nov. 2, 12 p.m., St. Mary’s Art Center: A unique opportunity to spend the night in this beautiful 1875 building. Spend the evening with ghost investigative team, W.I.G.S. (Women Investigating Ghost Sightings) and explore the possibility of connecting with those who have walked the halls before you. Signup today!
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