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A spirited adventure into Carson Valley’s past

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Shannon LitzLaurie Hickey as a ghost, with lots of spiders.

Tickets are on sale for the Douglas County Historical Society’s Haunted Weekend Oct. 18-21.October is that time of year when leaves go crunch under your feet and whirl in the cold fall wind. It is also when area ghosts can be found on the streets and in the cemeteries, for Haunted Weekend. The weekend starts early on Oct. 18 with the Haunted Minden Ghost Walk. Tours depart from the CVIC Hall on Esmeralda Street in Minden. Tour times are 6 and 7 p.m. Ghost hunters and history buffs; join if you dare for a historic nighttime walk around downtown Minden. Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters will lead a real ghost investigation Oct. 19 at The New Rancho Grande in Gardnerville, the former historic Ritchford Hotel. The owners and one of the upstairs tenants have reported several unexplained events such as a mysterious lady with red hair in the restroom. Tickets will be limited, so pre-purchase is suggested. The restaurant will offer a ghost hunters dinner special at 7 p.m. with 10 percent off any menu item. Join the Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters for dinner and an opportunity for questions. Ghost hunting will begin about 8:30 p.m.The following morning, Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters will conduct a ghost hunting workshop at the Courthouse Museum in Genoa from 10 a.m. until noon. Tickets for the workshop are limited. Tombstone Tap & Grill in Genoa will offer Haunted Weekend lunch and dinner specials. Show your Haunted Weekend ticket and get 10 percent off any menu item.The Haunted Genoa Cemetery Tour is Oct. 20 through one of Nevada’s oldest cemeteries. Guided tours depart every 15 minutes starting at 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. As guests stroll through this historic cemetery they will meet many early Nevada pioneers.Following the tour at about 9 p.m. Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters will conduct a real ghost investigation at the historic Courthouse Museum in Genoa. Tickets will be limited, so pre- purchase is suggested.The weekend wraps up on Oct. 21 with the Haunted Genoa Ghost Walk at 10 a.m. at the Courthouse Museum. Visitors step back in time as they learn about hangings, murders and suicides in historic Genoa.Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters is a nonprofit group with a desire to understand the world of the paranormal. All their services are provided free of charge and at no time will they ask for monetary contributions.Tickets for each event are $5 per person including investigations.Haunted Weekend tickets can be purchased at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, located at 1477 Highway 395 in Gardnerville or by calling 782-2555. Visit their website at dchs@historicnevada.org.

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