Spirits Abound This October
Virginia City is regarded as one of America’s most haunted cities. This October you’re invited to uncover spooky tales and festive family adventures. Coined “Hauntober,” we are hosting events and activities throughout the month for all ages.
Bats in the Belfry
For thrill seekers searching for the most haunted locations in Virginia City, this is the tour to take. Explore this historically haunted town and learn about the lively souls that some say still occupy it today. Tickets for the tour are $20 per person and reservations are required. For more information and to reserve a tour, visit online.
V&T Railroad Pumpkin Patch Train, Oct. 17 & 18, 11:20 am, 1:20 pm and 3:00 pm
A pumpkin patch is fall’s ultimate playground for kids, so make an adventure of it with a historic and scenic train ride to the Gold Hill Pumpkin Patch. Families can pick their own special pumpkin to carve or cook. Train fares are $19 for adults, $10 for children and $6 for toddlers. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit online.
Hunt for the Spirits presented by Cemetery Gin, Oct. 31 11 am – 4 pm
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, sampling tasty spirits along the way. This is a 21+ event. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit online.
Hauntober Parade, Oct. 31, 5 to 6 p.m.
Little goblins dressed to scare are invited to participate in the Goblin Parade Halloween night. Check-in is at 4 p.m. at the Virginia City Jerky Company. Stick around 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.
To commemorate a Virginia City visit during Hauntober, visitors over 21 are encouraged to enjoy Cemetery Gin, Virginia City’s own estate-distilled spirit. This October, Cemetery Gin celebrates 5 years of being the official spirit of Virginia City. Bottles can be purchased at the Visitors Center or drinks featuring the spirit can be enjoyed at various Virginia City watering holes.