That was quick. September is almost over, the weather is changing, the leaves are changing and we at DCHS are gearing up for October activities. October is filled with great things to do. Because it is the month of Halloween, many of our activities have a haunted theme. The Oct. 11 lecture series will feature Phillip Earl, the former curator of history for the Nevada Historical Society. He is also a teacher, lecturer, consultant and author. The topic is “Ghosts, Ghoulies and Things that go Bump in the Night.” The lecture will touch on the psychology of people who believe in ghosts, Native American spiritual beliefs in addition to other related topics. The doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the lecture will start at 7 p.m. Admission is $3 per person, free for DCHS members. Sunday, Oct. 14, you can enjoy the autumn weather while supporting DCHS at the pig races at Corley Ranch on south Highway 395. The races are at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. You can purchase “I hope you win” tickets for $1 each which you fill out and then place in one of two buckets labeled with your pig’s name. Prizes will be drawn from the two buckets – adult and 14 years and under. While we endorsed “Bacon” last week, this week we think maybe “Pumpkin 1” might be the fastest, trying to escape being caught and carved. That brings us to Haunted Weekend, Oct. 18-21. This year there are six separate events to attend. Tickets for each event are reasonably priced at $5 per person. This is a weekend filled with fun historic and haunted adventures in Carson Valley. This year we also have a variety of partners. Historian Inn and Holiday Inn Express are offering Haunted Weekend room packages. The New Rancho Grande and Tombstone Tap & Grill are providing Haunted Weekend lunch and dinner specials. Take advantage of these specials and invite friends and relatives to come and stay at our two Inns and enjoy the fun.Briefly, the schedule features the Minden ghost walk on Thursday, a ghost investigation on Friday, a ghost hunting workshop, a real ghost investigation and the Genoa cemetery tour on Saturday with the Genoa ghost walk on Sunday. For complete details and descriptions, visit the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, call 782-2555 or go online at www.historicnevada.com. Needless to say, this is one of our most popular events and tickets sell out early. Get yours soon. 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.