Nevada City Halloween


Nevada City is pulling out the scary stops this Halloween with plenty of live music, creative window displays and all manner of Halloween-themed dining, exploring and spirited fun. Stroll through fall color while enjoying Halloween and Day of the Dead decor, enter a costume contest or attend a concert in costume—Come on over to Nevada City, we’ve got lots to do.

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly Halloween event to enjoy with your kids or fun and freaky Halloween night out for you and a few select friends, Nevada City has it happening for Halloween and the whole month of October.

With a great selection of 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 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:

Haunted Nevada City
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.

Haunted Nevada City tours depart from 210 Broad Street, Nevada City (directly across the street from the National Hotel).

Walk Broad Street with highlights on local color, historic references, history of buildings, especially ghost and paranormal sightings.

Haunted Nevada City 2019 Tours are on Saturday, October 12th, 19th and 26th at 7:30 pm.

Admission is $10, $5 for children 12 and under while children 5 and under are admitted free. Reservations are not taken. Guests need merely to show up at the tour departure location at the time of the tour.

Private tours at other dates and times may be obtained upon request.
Details: or call 530-265-6877 or email:

Inn Town Campground Haunted Path
The Inn Town Campground offers a Haunted Pathway, available to campers only. This kid-friendly Halloween experience is a pathway through the oak and pines at the campground, decorated with plenty of scary figures intended to be captured with cameras only! The self-guided walk provides entertainment for all ages and is included with your camping fee for the month of October.

Halloween Treats, Not Tricks!
TREATS 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 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.

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.

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, like Nevada City Winery, located at 321 Spring St, Nevada City, CA.

Nevada City United Methodist Church: Our annual Community Halloween Party is happening again on Thursday, October 31 6 PM to 8 PM in Fellowship Hall

This safe trick-or-treating event has been going on in this church at least 25 years, starting with the youth group who had a haunted house in the basement and evolving into games and prizes that we do now. Brats left over from the Fair Booth used to be given out but we now have hot dogs along with cider and homemade cookies.

Its original purpose was to give children (and their parents) a safe, fun place to come instead of being out on the streets. Now, of course, children do all of it! Still, it is an opportunity for the community to come into our building and meet some of the church people without any of the formalities. Every year, we get warm “thank you’s” from parents who appreciate a place to sit with a hot cup of coffee and a cookie while their children run around and have fun playing games. (and, believe me, we who work this event may be tired at the end, but it is a whole lotta fun!)

And the cost to all participants: $0.00! We see this as a gift to our neighbors. Join us this year! Also, a signup sheet is posted in the Fellowship Hall with places for donations or for volunteering.

Outside Inn Haunted Pathway
The Outside Inn has a decorated pathway around the creek at the motel which is open to the public on October 31. This pathway is a short walk, with dramatic laser lights, festive creatures and all manner of Halloween fun. A great place for getting photos and stepping into the Halloween spirit. Enjoy this pathway from distance with your camera mid-October through November 1. Please be sure to be respectful of this great Halloween display! The Outside inn is located at 575 E Broad St. Nevada City, CA.


Day of the Dead Walking Cemetery Tour
Folk Trail’s Day of the Dead Hike to Historic Cemeteries co-led with Nevada County Cemetery District’s Matt Melugin is set for Thursday, October 14 @ 4-6pm – This free hike starts at Outside Inn, 575 E Broad St. Nevada City, CA.