Harvest Festivals and Halloween happenings around the Valley
The Douglas County Historical Society’s Haunted Weekend is Thursday-Sunday. Free ghost hunters meet and greet 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday. Gardnerville ghost walk 6 and 7 p.m., and seance 9 p.m. Friday. Mottsville cemetery tour 6-8 p.m., and ghost investigation 9-11 p.m. Saturday. Haunted Genoa ghost walk 10 a.m. Sunday. Cost, $5-$15 per event. Information, 782-2555.
Douglas County 4-H is sponsoring a Fall Family Costume Ball 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Building. Entertainment includes dancing and fall-themed activities and contests. Prizes will be given for the best costume, best decorated pumpkin, dancing, and limbo. Face painting, photo booth, carnival games, pizza and refreshments for purchase. Cost is $10 per ticket, and free for ages 4 and younger at the recreation department, 1323 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville. Tickets must be purchased by Friday. No tickets sold at the door. Information, 782-9828.
Pau-Wa-Lu’s annual haunted hallways 7-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the school, 701 Long Valley Road, Gardnerville. Cost, $3 for one trip, $5 for two.
Children’s Halloween costume party 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at GadZooks, 1411 Highway 395, Gardnerville. Free songs with Nancy Raven and stories by Sue Knight. Information, 782-9665.
Valley Christian Fellowship Harvest for Him 4-7 p.m. Oct. 26 at 1352 Highway 395, Gardnerville. Chili cookoff, pie baking contest, games, talent show. Cost, $2 adults, $1 children. Information, 265-4100.
Join Tilly the Witch at the Douglas County Public Library in Minden for spooky stories 6 p.m. Oct. 29. Children ages four and up will listen to Halloween stories from the library’s collection including a flashlight story. Tilly the Witch will end the program with her favorite poem, “Spider on the Floor.” Dress in a Halloween costume and receive a Halloween treat bag to take home. Information, 782-9841.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Trick or Treat Safety Street 3-8 p.m. Oct. 31 in the CVIC Hall, Minden. Cost $3 per child. Information, 782-9941.
Trunk or Treat
Trinity Lutheran Church’s Trunk or Treat 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31. Free children’s games, face painting, music and trunk-or-treating. Non-threatening costumes are welcome. Food for $3. Trinity Lutheran Church is at 1480 Douglas Ave., Gardnerville. Information, 782-8153.
Calvary Chapel Harvest Festival 5:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 31 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Free food, drinks, games, entertainment and more. Donations of an unopened bag of candy suggested. Information, 265-3259, or cvcalvarychapel.org.
The annual Dake House, White House and Carson House Spirit Tour begins 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at 2242 Main St., Genoa. Thin Veil Investigators give tours of the houses. The Dake House was built in 1872 by Genoa’s first undertaker, and is listed in the “Encyclopedia of Haunted Places,” and has been featured in “Unsolved Mysteries” and on News Channel 8. The White House built in 1858 by Mr. Seaman is a bed and breakfast. Guests have reported mysterious sightings and organ music in the middle of the night. Bring flashlights and cameras. Costumes welcome. Refreshments served. Cost is $7. Reservations recommended. Information, 782-4951.
The ninth annual Carson Valley Harvest Festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekend in October at the Corley Ranch, 859 Highway 395, a mile south of Pinenut Road in Gardnerville. Pig races, straw maze, wagon rides, farm animals, pumpkin patch. Admission is $6 adults, $5 for ages 3-17 and seniors, free for children 2 and younger. Information, corleyranch.com.