Halloween in Nevada City


Due to the COVID pandemic, Halloween in Nevada City will look different this year, but the Nevada City Chamber is working hard to offer festive spooky traditions that meet health and safety standards. Even though trick-or-treating is strongly discouraged by Public Health and considered a high risk activity, Nevada City and its outlying neighborhoods will still decorate our streets and create creative window displays for folks to enjoy. Local restaurants will offer Halloween-themed dining and spirited fun, both indoor and outdoor. And everyone can still stroll through spectacular fall color while enjoying Halloween and Day of the Dead decor.

With a great selection of self-guided tours including a cemetery hike, spooky-tales of haunted historic sites, and fall color for photographers and tree lovers, we’ve got you covered with an extra-layer of Halloween spirit all topped off with pumpkin ice cream…get details at NevadaCityChamber.com or call 530-265-2692

Here are some of the most exciting (and we think exhilarating) things to get you in the spooky spirit this October:

The Great Halloween Window Contest
Ben Franklin Crafts & Frames, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce & Grass Valley Downtown Association have teamed up to promote our downtown shops and merchants with a fun and festive window contest to celebrate Halloween.

Local shops are encouraged to get into the holiday spirit by decorating their windows. Between October 23rd-30th folks can vote for their favorite local merchant’s window display. On October 31st a winner for Nevada City and Grass Valley will be announced and awarded $250/each. You can vote here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GXK733H

Halloween Drive-In Movies
From October 27 to 29, the parking lot of the iconic Litton Engineering Building, 200 Litton Drive, Grass Valley is reimagined as a classic drive-in movie experience fit with state of the art projection, a 32-foot screen, and friendly mask-wearing car-hops to deliver pre-made concessions – including organic popcorn from the Onyx Theatre – to attendees in their car. This year’s films are The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Lost Boys. Tickets and screening times here.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show on the Patio at Golden Era Lounge
Wednesday, October 28
Movie will be shown at 7pm, Seating is limited. Wear your fun, crazy clothes.
Call 530.264.7048 for reservations.
Golden Era Lounge, 309 Broad Street
Health Department Details – Ordering a food item when inside is required. Masks are required except at the table. Dancing at your table is welcomed. Tables are socially distanced. Space is sanitized often.

Hallowine Weekend at Nevada City Winery (321 Spring Street)
Thursday, October 29th through Halloween
Don’t miss out on good food, wine, music, and company in the spooky, historic downtown of Nevada
City. Dress-up and Save! Wear your Halloween costume and get HALF-OFF a glass of wine! Treat Yourself! Wine & Chocolate Pairing. Taste through 3 wine and chocolate pairings to discover your favorite! $10.00. Free Treats for Kids With any purchase, kids can get complimentary,
– “Witches Brew” – Hot Cider
– Goody bag
– Coloring page and crayons

Shaun of the Dead at the Miners Foundry
Saturday, October 31st
Bar 5pm, Doors 6pm Movie 7pm
Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street
Food & Drink for sale, Onyx Theatre Organic Popcorn for sale
$10/per person. www.minersfoundry.org
Nevada City Film Festival and Miners Foundry Cultural Center have teamed up to screen the cult classic Shaun of the Dead (R, 1hr 37min). Shaun of the Dead cleverly balances scares and witty satire, making for a bloody good zombie movie with loads of wit.

A Day of the Dead Celebration with Aaron Ross and Mariee Sioux
Sunday, November 1st, bar opens at 5pm, program begins 6pm
Suggested donation of $20, $30, $40, all proceeds go to Coalition for Racial Justice
Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Deer Creek Bar, 325 Spring Street

Haunted Nevada City Tours
For the sixteenth year, actor, writer and, storyteller, Mark Lyon, offers his Haunted Nevada City tours, exploring the stories behind the many ghosts said still to reside among us. This year, due to COVID, Mark will be offering self-guided audio tours for visitors and residents.  Walk Broad Street with highlights on local color, historic references, history of buildings, and especially ghost and paranormal sightings, all the while listening to Mark share his stories. The tour is $10 and brochures are available in person at the Chamber office (Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-4pm). You will need a smart phone to scan the QR code to listen to the audio portion. Click here for more info and directions.

Small private tours for families may be obtained upon request. Details: hauntedisles.com or call 530-265-6877 or email: mlyon@hauntedisles.com.

Inn Town Campground Haunted Path (9 Kidder Ct)
The Inn Town Campground is excited to say they will continue their haunted pathway this year for campers, although with some COVID-19 modifications.  The decorations will be up for the entire month of October, so plenty of time to enjoy the socially distant fun.
Details: inntowncampground.com

Outside Inn Haunted Pathway (575 E. Broad Street)
Unfortunately due to COVID, the Outside Inn will not have their haunted pathway this year, but they do promise to still decorate the Inn for those of you who would like to stay or drive by and admire the lights and decorations. Details: outsideinn.com


Day of the Dead Walking Cemetery Tour
Every year on Day of the Dead, Folk Trails Hiking ClubOutside Inn/Inn Town Campground and Nevada County Cemetery District invite residents and visitors on a lovely four-mile urban walk through Nevada City’s historic cemeteries. The extremely popular event attracts close to one hundred attendees each year, but due to COVID it has been canceled. Instead they are offering an abbreviated self-guided version you can do with your family and close friends. Click here for more info.

Halloween Treats, Not Tricks!

TREATS (210 Main Street) ice creamery is featuring a “Pumpkin Fest” with a variety of pumpkin desserts during the month of October: Pumpkin ice cream, Pumpkin vegan frozen dessert, frozen vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Pie Cones …Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin brownies. Treats is located at 210 Main St, Nevada City, CA.

Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe (236 Broad St) presents Pumpkin Galore, Caramel Apples and new fall treats the whole month of October!

Pumpkin Milkshakes made with real pumpkin & our very own spice blend, Pumpkin Caramels, Pumpkin Fudge, Pumpkin Seed Brittle, Pumpkin Truffles, Pumpkin Cream Chocolates and of course Pumpkin Ice Cream. Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream is back & many more fall treats, stop by for some fun! Vegan & Gluten Free options always available.

Choquiero Chocolate Shop & Cafe (419 Broad St) is now offering store made chocolates, pies, truffles and lots of new drinks including Cacaoccino’s, Herbal tea lattes, Cacao Espresso & Cacao Elixir shots. Also featuring over 300 chocolates from all over the world and many retail items made locally. On Halloween,  Choquiero will be following strict COVID protocols to give out candy from 4-7pm. Stop by to check out the Halloween section!
Check-in with your favorite restaurant, as October provides many seasonal farm-to-fork offerings—October is a month of great harvests and plenty of fresh, local food is available.

The Nevada City Farmer’s Market regular season runs June through November, every Saturday from 8:30 am – 1 pm, downtown on Union Street. Halloween at the Farmers Market with Vendor Costume Contest, Customer Costume Contest, Trick-or-treat at the Market Booth, and Photo Booth. Details: https://www.ncfarmersmarket.org/

Local breweries and pubs line-up a hop-filled array of freshly brewed seasonal ales on tap while wine bars relish a few first crushes from local vintners.