Without warning, tomorrow lands us smack dab in the middle of September. And with that comes the Minden Historic Home Tour. Have you gotten your tickets yet? You still can.The tour starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. It is totally self-guided with a ticket handbook that shows you which houses to visit and gives you a brief history of each one. For those who have charged tickets or ordered by phone, there will be a will-call booth for you to pick up your tickets. And, for those of you who haven’t had the chance to buy tickets, come out anyway. The will-call booth will be selling tickets for all who don’t want to miss this chance to see these lovely historic homes.The homes on the tour were once the residences of some of our valley’s pioneers and leaders. Though you may not recognize all the names, certainly such names as Dangberg, Hellwinkel, Maule and Raycraft might ring a bell. Your handbook will introduce you and there will be a docent at each location to enlighten you further. If you want to know more about the towns and our valley or about any one person in particular, come on into the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center and visit our Van Sickle Library. We have a wealth of history on our area including yearbooks from Douglas High School dating back to its opening. Several of our founding families have contributed histories which are also available to peruse. We live in a fascinating place; come learn all about it. October also means Haunted Weekend. The weekend of Oct. 18-21 features historic and haunted fun at only $5 per person per event. Thursday night, Oct. 18, is the Haunted Minden Ghost Walk. Friday Night, Oct. 19, brings a real ghost investigation 8:30 p.m. at Rancho Grande Restaurant in Gardnerville, the former historic Richford Hotel. The investigation will be conducted by Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters. Tickets are limited and reservation are suggested. Saturday, Oct. 20, is a ghost hunting workshop from 10 a.m. to noon at the Courthouse Museum in Genoa. That night is the Haunted Genoa Cemetery Tour. Also that evening, the Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters will conduct a real ghost investigation at the Courthouse Museum in Genoa. Haunted Weekend will end on Sunday, Oct. 21, with a Haunted Genoa Ghost Walk at 10:30 a.m. at the Courthouse Museum. For additional information regarding Haunted Weekend or to make reservations and buy tickets, call 775-782-2555. All monies donated to DCHS are 100 percent tax deductible and go to keep our doors open. The Douglas County Historical Society receives only occasional financial assistance from our county and state governments. We are here solely to preserve the history of this wonderful valley and to make sure you have the opportunity to enjoy it. If you have any questions about anything mentioned here, please call the Douglas County Historical Society at 782-2555 or visit our website at www.historicnevada.org. Contact Ellen Caywood by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .