Get a little spooky at these top Halloween events in the Sierra.

By Meghan Burk

Spooky season is here and we’ve got the best line-up of sensational thrills around the region. Here’s a list of Halloween events in Reno/Tahoe that will get you howling at the moon!

Halloween in Reno/Tahoe
Halloween in Reno/Tahoe
Halloween Events in Reno

Wicked Little Wine Walk
Reno Riverwalk District
October 16 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

The Wicked Wine Walk returns! This is the perfect occasion to dress up in your most spirited costumes and show your appreciation for community and wine. The Wine Walk features multiple wine stops and a raffle with chances to win cash prizes from your favorite locations! renoriverwalk.org

Reno Zombie Crawl 
Downtown Reno
October 23 starting at 8 p.m.

Named by USA Today as one of the “10 Best Costumed Halloween Parties in the Nation,” the Reno Zombie Crawl is back and is one of the biggest bar crawls in the world! With an average of 40 different bars including four different resort casinos ALL in walking distance and no last call, nobody crawls like Reno. crawlreno.com

The Discovery’s 10th Annual Trick or Treat
Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum
October 30 from Noon – 6 p.m 

Dress in costume and trick-or-treat from gallery to gallery. There’ll be spooky decorations and delicious treats for the entire family. For those scary ghosts, ghouls and goblins who dare to attend, you must purchase your tickets in advance! The Discovery’s annual Halloween Trick or Treat event participates in the Teal Pumpkin Project. A number of their trick-or-treat stations will offer non-food items for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option. nvdm.org

Trick or Treat in the Streets 
National Automobile Museum
October 31 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m

For family Halloween fun in Reno, visit the National Automobile Museum in Reno. Fill your candy bags and buckets at the many candy stations around the museum streets. Enjoy fun games and trickery along the way. Take part in the costume contest with prizes at 5 p.m. automuseum.org

Electric Halloween Steam Train
Virginia City
October 29, 30 & 31 at various times

This is Disney meets the wild west! All aboard the V&T’s haunted Halloween Steam Trains under the crescent moon evening for Halloween weekend. The four-mile, 40-miles route between Virginia City and Gold Hill comes alive. Ride in open air cars among the ghostly ruins of the Comstock Lode. Don’t miss the eerie, electric, chilly Halloween steam evening! virginiatruckee.com

Halloween Events in Tahoe

5th Annual Halloween Bash & Costume Contest
The Loft Theater & Lounge, Heavenly Village
October 30 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. 

This will be a fright night to see! The Loft transforms into the Village’s only Ultra Lounge, and on Halloween Night. The “Haunted Loft” will have decorations, party favors, and a DJ spinning dance music all night long. In addition to the party, The Loft will be giving away over $1,000 in prizes for the top three costumes that night, including dinners, drinks, bottle service, show tickets and more! thelofttahoe.com  

Freaker's Ball at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa
Freaker’s Ball at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa


42nd Annual Freaker’s Ball
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
October 20, doors open at 8 p.m.

Lake Tahoe’s largest and longest running Halloween party is back! For Freaker’s Ball expect two parties in one going all night long at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. This night of haunted sun includes sultry go-go dancers, DJs, and drink specials. Those who dress the best can partake in the $10,000 Costume Contest with Cash & Prizes. The top three (3) winners will be selected based on creativity, originality, complexity, and theme/overall execution. ballyslaketahoe.com

Halloween at Homewood
Homewood Mountain Resort 
October 21 – 24 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

When the sun goes down the goblins, ghosts, and ghouls come out during Halloweekends at Homewood Mountain Resort. This peak-to-shore fright fest features spooky fun for the whole family. Stroll through the trick-or-treat village at South Base with face painting, pumpkin decorating and surprises from local vendors. For those who want a terrifying experience, take a chilling chairlift ride at dusk — if you dare! Try not to scream as the Quail Chair whisks you through one haunted scene after another — but rider beware, the only way out is riding the chairlift back down to the bottom! skihomewood.com

Haunted LED Stargazing Tour
South Lake Tahoe, Clearly Tahoe
Weekday and Weekends throughout October

This unique, creepy and fun activity is a great way to celebrate Halloween, the Tahoe way! Their Haunted LED Stargazing Tour will take guests on a one hour guided tour in completely transparent LED Clear Kayaks where you will have the opportunity to experience their popular LED Stargazing Tour with some spooky features and fun festive amenities. clearlytahoe.com

We hope you enjoyed this roundup of Halloween events in Reno/Tahoe. May this frightful season and spooky Halloween be filled with tricks, treats, fabulous costumes and chilling thrills that will leave you howling at the moon! To see a full list of happenings in the area, visit this website for all the best events in Reno/Tahoe.