Carson City Ghost Walk kicks off Haunted Weekend today
Make sure the last will and testament is updated, as thrills, chills and mysteries abound during “Haunted Weekend,” a series of four “spirited” events, today through Sunday, throughout the Carson City/Carson Valley areas.
The scare tactics feature the ever-popular Carson City Ghost Walk, this year is themed “Grave Concerns,” which has brave visitors touring a specially tailored, one-mile, 90-minute walk along the historic Kit Carson Trail. Visitors should expect apparitions galore in and about Carson City’s haunted buildings and Victorian homes. It could be ghosts and goblins from the past in the form of costumed actors from the Bruka Theatre Company of Reno or your guide draped in period attire. Or beware of gunfighters in the alleys as well as the occasional horse-drawn stagecoach careening wildly down the street re-enacting strange encounters of Carson City’s colorful past.
A word of caution: reserve your tickets now for this popular event. An annual sell-out, the Ghost Walk attracts more than 1,000 victims. Call 800-NEVADA-1 or (800) 727-7677.
For the more courageous souls, the panic has also spread to channeling spirits in the Gardnerville and Genoa areas with a co-operative package developed by the Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau, Douglas County Historical Society and Carson Valley Visitors Authority. Included is a haunted evening at the Gardnerville Ghost Walk, a Genoa Cemetery Tour with living history characters escorting participants, and the haunted sights and historic landmarks of Genoa town, Nevada’s oldest settlement. This four-event package is just $30 along with a variety of lodging options to round out the weekend of ghosts and goblins. For special room discounts visit: http://www.sweetnevadadeals.com.
The guided evening tour of the Gardnerville Ghost Walk featuring historic sights and long-gone residents is today, Oct. 20. Tours are available at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Several ghosts from Gardnerville’s rich and exciting history will come to life for an educational, fun and spirited evening.
The Carson City Ghost Walk is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, with departures every 30 minutes from the St. Charles Hotel on the corner of Third and Carson streets. Hopefully, most visitors will return. That night features the historic Genoa Cemetery from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Step back in time as family members and others bring to life some of Nevada’s earliest pioneers on a spirited adventure into haunted history.
The weekend of activities concludes with the Genoa Ghost Walk from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Mormon Station, later known as Genoa, was the first permanent settlement in Nevada and has a rich and colorful history. Considering the time of year and the location, expect a few other ghosts and ghouls.
Come for the thrills, the chills and the mysteries behind the haunted trails. Be sure to take another person with you when ghost hunting; you never know what you might encounter.
Individual tickets for “Grave Concerns,” the Carson City Ghost Walk, are $15, while admission for the Haunted Gardnerville Ghost Walk, Historical Genoa Cemetery Tour and Haunted Genoa Tour is $5 for each. Advance purchase is available by calling 800-NEVADA-1 or 800-727-7677. Application forms to attend the four tour VIP Haunted Weekend package are now available online at http://www.visitcarsonvalley.org or http://www.visitcarsoncity.com.