october 1 (Friday) - 31 (Sunday)
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To say everything is haunted in this old mining town is not too far from the truth. Virginia City, Nevada, noted as one of America’s most haunted towns, takes it
To say everything is haunted in this old mining town is not too far from the truth. Virginia City, Nevada, noted as one of America’s most haunted towns, takes it one step further by officially dubbing October as “Hauntober” and offers up numerous ways for visitors to get their spook on. Haunted places to stay, saloons to have a cold one, creepy tours and even lighted evening trains, the town becomes an epicenter of the supernatural.
October Tours and Attractions
Haunted Adventure Pass: Spooky adventures in Virginia City start at the Visitors Center where visitors can get their Haunted Adventure Pass for discounted access to Virginia City’s Hauntober attractions. The pass includes a Bats in the Belfry Ghost Tours, access to the Haunted Washoe Club Museum and a tour of Piper’s Opera House. Purchase passes at the Visitors Center, 85 South C Street. Reservations for the Bats in the Belfry and Washoe Club Tours must be made separately in advance.
Bats in the Belfry Guided Ghost Tours: 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. Visit VirginiaCityGhostTours.com.
Paranormal Investigations at St. Mary’s Art Center, Oct. 16, 29-31: Explore the halls of the historic St. Mary’s Art Center with paranormal investigations led by one of the area’s leading ghost experts. Reportedly one of the most haunted buildings in Virginia City, the Art Center was originally built as the town’s hospital. Visit online here to make reservations.
V&T Railroad Pumpkin Patch Train, Oct. 16 & 17 and 23 & 24, 11:20 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.: 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. Purchase train tickets at VirginiaTruckee.com.
“Art of the Grotesque” at Gallery of the West, Oct. 23-31, 11 a.m. – 4 pm. – Discover works from fine artists throughout the region, featuring odd, grotesque and downright creepy works. This display is not for the faint of heart. Learn more about Gallery of the West at VirginiaCityGalleryoftheWest.com.
Haunted Virginia City Escape Room & Haunted Ghost Town – all month-long thrill-seekers have the opportunity to try their hand at the Haunted Virginia City Escape Room. All new and revamped for this year, this escape room is one of the most challenging in the area. For more thrills, take a stroll, or maybe run, through the Haunted Ghost Town. This walk-through attraction is sure to give an adrenaline rush. The Virginia City Escape Room must be booked online in advance at VCEscapeRoom.com. The Haunted Ghost Town is just $4 per person and can be paid on site.
Mackay Mansion Haunted House and Paranormal Tours – Investigate one of the town’s most haunted locations, the Mackay Mansion, with special paranormal tours and haunted tours throughout the month. For details and reservations, call 775-847-0156.
Washoe Club Haunted Tours, offered daily, times vary – Featured multiple times on “Ghost Adventures,” The Washoe Club and Haunted Museum offers daily ghost tours. Private, overnight investigations can also be booked. Get details at TheWashoeClubMuseum.com.
Halloween Weekend Events – Oct. 30 and 31
Electric Halloween Steam Train of Lights, Oct. 30 & 31, 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.: Get in the haunted spirit with a ride on a spooky evening steam train from Virginia City to Gold Hill. A special adult-only train departs at 7:30 p.m. and provides adult beverages to enjoy on the way. Tickets available online.
Fourth Ward School Museum’s Victorian All Hollow’s Eve Ball, Oct. 30, 7 – 10 p.m. – Disneyland’s European Haunted Mansion is a copy of this historic building. Explore it on the eve of Halloween with this adults-only evening, including music and dancing, a costume contest, flashlight tours, a fortune teller, light snacks and drinks. For tickets visit FourthWardSchool.org.
Cemetery Gin’s Hunt for the Spirits, Oct. 30, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Embark on Cemetery Gin’s Hunt for Spirits, a fun and tasty scavenger hunt through town. Participants must use their historic Virginia City knowledge to solve clues and unscramble a secret message of Virginia City’s past, learning more about this historic town while sampling tasty spirits along the way. This is a 21+ event. Purchase tickets online here.
Halloween Tricks, Treats and Art for Kids, St. Mary’s Art Center, Oct. 31.: Bring the kids for fun games, prizes, fun art projects and treats in the spookily decorated halls of the historic hospital property. Get tickets here.
Hauntober Parade, Oct. 31, 5 to 6 p.m.: Goblins of all ages dressed to scare are invited to participate in the Hauntober Parade on Halloween night. Check-in and costume contest starts at 4 p.m. at the Virginia City Jerky Company.
Hauntober Safe Trick-or-Treating, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.: Stick around after the parade for safe trick-or-treating at the many shops along the boardwalk.
Virginia City Cemetery, Oct. 31, 5:30 to 11 p.m.: Once a year, on Halloween, the gates to the old Silver Terrace Cemetery stay open for visitors to stroll past dusk. Here, souls rest in peace but their stories live forever. Take a self-guided tour with the downloadable audio tour, available online. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit the Comstock Cemetery Foundation. For more information, visit online.
Visit Virginia City775-847-7500 86 South C Street P.O. Box 920 Virginia City, NV 89440