Spooky doings celebrate Halloween
Troublemakers had no problem finding ways to cause mischief in Gardnerville at the turn of the 20th Century.
Gardnerville Courier Editor George Smith reported the aftermath of the holiday in 1900.
“Wednesday night was Halloween and yesterday morning the town presented a topsy-turvy appearance,” Smith said. “Derricks and wagons and all sorts of vehicles and machinery were badly mixed and jumbled in front of the business houses on Main Street.”
For years people would pull in their gates on Halloween so they wouldn’t find them missing the next day.
In the intervening 118 years, pranksters have been mollified with bribes of candy with the call “Trick or Treat.” Fortunately, for Carson Valley’s gates, there will be plenty of opportunities for tricksters to gather treats instead.
The 25th annual Trick or Treat Halloween Safety Street is 3-8 p.m. Wednesday and features a costume contest.
Sponsored by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and The Record-Courier, more than two-dozen businesses decorate the CVIC Hall in Minden to provide a safe place for children to gather candy.
The cost is $4, and includes a raffle ticket to win a book or a bicycle.
Kicking off the fun on Tuesday is a Halloween Boo Bash from 4-6 p.m. at the Douglas County Public Library for children aged 4-11. The library is located at 1625 Library Lane.
Trick or treating is Wednesday across Carson Valley’s neighborhoods.
Two Valley churches are conducting less spectral events on Halloween night.
High Sierra Fellowship is hosting a family fun night 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, 1701 Lucerne St. in Minden. The event features candy, games, bounce house and a hayride. Organizers ask participants not to wear scary costumes.
Doors open 5:30 p.m. Wednesday for Calvary Chapel’s annual Harvest Festival at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Admission to the event is a donation of two unopened bags of candy.
Smith said that there was no sign of the perpetrators of the 1900 pranks.
“The guilty nocturnal jumblers could not be found,” he wrote.
“Two or three parties on whom suspicion rests walked around among the wreckage with a delicacy of step and exquisite poise of persons, who would have won the cake in a cake walk.”