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Reno is home to some of the most exciting outdoor festivals and events in the region. From the annual Hot August Nights car show to the Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival, there’s always something happening in Reno. The city also hosts a variety of other outdoor events such as art shows, farmers markets, and live music performances.
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October is Hauntober in Virginia City. As one of America’s most haunted towns, there’s no better place to spend October than immersed in events taking place throughout the month with a focus on our town’s haunted past. Hauntober highlights include The Spirits Made Me Do It Saloon Crawl, Bats in the Belfry Guided Ghost tours, paranormal investigations, V&T Railroad Pumpkin Patch and evening adult Lighted Trains, Hauntober Costume Contest and Parade, Safe Trick or Treat, haunted tours at several attractions and much, much more.
V&T Railroad The Red Light Angel Murder Mystery Train, Oct. 7: All aboard the Virginia & Truckee Railroad for a journey that will take you back in time to uncover the tale of the Red Light Angel, Julia Bulette, and solve a murder mystery like no other. Purchase train tickets .
Voices from the Past presented by Funtime Theater at Silver Terrace Cemetery, Oct. 7 & 8, 14 & 15 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day: Head to the spookiest of all places, the Silver Terrace Cemeteries, for Voices from the Past. Funtime Theater presents this living tour where attendees can “talk to the dead” as actors portray real 19 th century Comstockers who lived and died in Virginia City. Tickets are $15 for adults, children under 12 and seniors are $10. Purchase tickets in advance here .
Piper’s Opera House Evening Paranormal Tours, Oct. 12, 15, 16, 22, 28, and 29, two tours 8 to 9:30 p.m. and 10 to 11:30 p.m.: Is Piper’s Opera House haunted? Spend an evening here and find out. Learn about the darker side of the history of Piper’s including exploring with some ghost-hunting equipment. Tickets include a complimentary beverage, a guided tour and time to explore the first and second floors of the historic opera house. Groups are capped at 20 people. Advance registration is encouraged. Ticket available online here.
The Godmonster of Indian Flats 50 th Anniversary Celebration, Oct. 13-15: This campy, cult classic was filmed in Virginia City and the American Flats, and St. Mary’s Art Center is celebrating the 50th anniversary with a unique exhibition, film showings, and other festivities. Learn more online .
TERRORtorial Enterprise – A Night with the spirits, Oct. 13: Join the Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters with special guests Thin Veil Investigators on Friday the 13th on the Haunted Comstock for a very rare chance to investigate the historic Territorial Enterprise building. Learn more here .
V&T Railroad Pumpkin Patch Train, Oct. 14 & 15 and 20-22: A pumpkin patch is fall’s ultimate playground for kids, so why not make an adventure of it with a train ride to the Gold Hill Pumpkin Patch? Purchase train tickets .
Halloween Bingo at Piper’s Opera House, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.: Try your luck at Piper’s Opera House monthly bingo night, appropriately themed for the Hauntober month. Buy-in for five games is $20, benefitting the ongoing restoration of Piper’s. Learn more here.
Halloween Week Events
The Spirits Made Me Do It Saloon Crawl, Oct. 28, 1–5 p.m. : Embark on a fun and tasty tour through town. This is a 21+ event. Secure tickets here .
Haunted Stories and Spirits at the Gold Hill Hotel, Oct. 29 at 5 pm.: Come learn about Nevada’s oldest operating hotel and its storied past. Tickets are $40, reserve online in advance.
Electric Halloween Steam Train of Lights, Oct. 27-29 and Oct. 31: Get in the haunted spirit with a ride on this spooky, 40-minute round-trip route that comes alive underneath the dark skies with brilliant LED lighting. Tickets and details .
Piper’s Opera House Statehood Masquerade Ball, Oct. 27: Dress in your best 1860s formal wear for the Statehood Masquerade Ball. Tickets and details.
Mackay Mansion Annual Haunted Mansion: Mackay Coven, Oct. 27, 28 and 31, various times: This haunted house experience immerses you into a story of witches and people mysteriously disappearing. Reservations required, get details here.
Haunted Hills, Mills and Depots, Oct. 27 & 28: Join Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters for two nights of paranormal investigations through some of the Comstock’s most haunted locations. Benefitting the Comstock Foundation. Details here .
St. Mary’s Art Center Ghost Investigation and Sleepover, Oct. 27-29: Originally built as a hospital for the Comstock miners, then abandoned for many years. Spend the evening with ghost investigative team, W.I.G.S. (Women Investigating Ghost Sightings) and explore the possibility of connecting with those who have walked the halls in the past. Details online here .
Fourth Ward School Museum’s Victorian All Hallow’s Eve Ball, Oct. 28: Explore this historic building on the eve of Halloween with this adults-only evening, including music and dancing, a costume contest, flashlight tours, tarot readings, light snacks and drinks. Tickets available here.
Haunted Stories and Spirits at the Gold Hill Hotel, Oct. 29, 5 to 9 p.m.: The Gold Hill Hotel, as seen on Ghost Adventures and proclaimed the 8th most haunted location in Nevada) is hosting an evening of thrills and chills including haunted themed finger foods, five themed cocktails and spooky stories told by local historian and Chautauqua performer DebiLynn Smith. Costumes encouraged with prizes awarded. RSVP in advance here.
Jack Osbourne’s Night of Terror, October 29: Follow Jack Osbourne for his Night of Terror October series where our “old mining town, that could possibly be stuck in a time warp”, Virginia City, is showcased in the two-hour grand finale. Watch as they investigate two of our most haunted locations, Piper’s Opera House and the Washoe Club. View it online here .
Haunted Virginia City Mall, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Wright Stuff Antiques and Just Because Gifts offer some fun Halloween shopping with fun and one-of-a-kind items with the mall decorated to the hilt. Locals Janice Oberding, author of numerous books on ghosts, local history and true crime, and Bill Brown, author of numerous horror fiction books taking place in Virginia City, will be signing books.
St. Mary’s Halloween Tricks, Treats, & Art for Kids, Oct. 31, all day: Annual art, trick or treat and games for kids returns with a twist. Learn more here .
Hauntober Costume Contest and Parade, Oct. 31, 5 p.m.: Goblins of all ages dressed to scare are invited to participate in the Hauntober Costume Contest and Parade on Halloween night. Adults, kids and even pets are encouraged to wear a costume and join in the parade and participate in the costume contest. Check-in and costume contest starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Virginia City Jerky Company. The parade begins at 5 p.m. For questions, call the Virginia City Visitors Center at 775-847-7500.
Virginia City Cemetery, Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: On Halloween, the gates to the old Silver Terrace Cemetery stay open for visitors to experience a once-a-year stroll past dusk. Here, souls rest in peace, but their stories live forever. Take a self-guided tour with the downloadable audio tour, available online . Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit the Comstock Cemetery Foundation. Learn more about Virginia City cemeteries .
Hauntober Safe Trick-or-Treating, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.: Stick around after the parade for safe trick-or-treating at the many shops along the boardwalk. For questions, call the Virginia City Visitors Center at 775-847-7500.
Washoe Club Haunted Tours, offered daily, times vary – Featured multiple times on “Ghost Adventures,” The Washoe Club and Haunted Museum offers daily ghost tours. Private, overnight investigations can also be booked. Get details online here.
Ongoing Tours and Attractions *
- Bats in the Belfry Guided Ghost – Reserve in advance by 775-815-1050; visit online here
- Tours at Piper’s Opera House – View calender here .
- Haunted Virginia City Escape Room & Haunted Ghost Town – details online here
- Mackay Mansion Paranormal Investigations – reserve online here
- Washoe Club Haunted Tours – details online here
- Haunted Adventure Pass – details online here
- Haunted Horseless Carriage Rides – details available by calling 775-847-7500
*Days and times vary; contact directly for details
Stay the Night in the Most Haunted Place in the West
For the ultimate thrill-seekers, there’s no more complete way to do it than stay the night in one of Virginia City’s haunted hotels. Explore all lodging options , or choose from among a few recommendations:
- Gold Hill Hotel – Nevada’s oldest operating hotel with abounding stories of the ghosts of children running the halls and the scent of roses that appears randomly when a spirit is said to be present.
- Silver Queen Hotel – Allegedly haunted by one or more of the working women who did business in the hotel, this establishment was built in 1876 and is considered one of the most haunted locations in town. The hotel offers paranormal investigations for an additional fee.
- St. Mary’s Art Center – Originally built in 1875 as Virginia City’s hospital, this majestic building offers 16 guest rooms for artists retreats, or anyone looking to stay in Virginia City. Paranormal investigations are offered monthly or can be booked as a private tour and the building is reported to have very active paranormal spirits.
- Tahoe House Hotel – Dating back to 1859, this property offers plenty of tales of paranormal encounters from guests over the years. Renovated in 2020, it features five rooms with balconies overlooking C Street, along with a lobby bar, great room, and courtyard.
- More lodging options are available at VisitVirginiaCityNV.com .
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Bats in the Belfry Guided Ghost Tours
Ready to see where the ghosts live? As one of the most haunted places in Nevada, the West, and the world, there’s no better way to hear the stories of the ghosts of the Comstock than Bats in the Belfry Guided Ghost Tours in historic Virginia City, NV. Home to the largest silver discovery on earth, thousands of miners, businessmen, famous gunslingers and ladies of the night flocked to Virginia City during the 1860s to find their piece of the American Dream—many of whom never left. While there are enough historic churches, museums, opera houses and dozens more original 1860s structures to keep the whole family busy, ghost hunters from all corners of the globe visit Virginia City for paranormal thrills unlike anywhere else.
If you want to know where the most spook-tacular locations are in Virginia City, Bats in the Belfry is the tour for you. Take a walk around this historically haunted town and learn about the lively souls who’ve come and gone—or perhaps, still haven’t.
Your admission to Bats in the Belfry Guided Ghost Tours promises an immersive historic walking tour along Virginia City’s C and B Streets, with stops at the most haunted places in Virginia City, including the Mackay Mansion Museum , Silver Queen Hotel , Piper’s Opera House , Washoe Club Saloon , and many more. Along the way, learn the rich history of Virginia City and how it became a hub for ghostly activity. Best yet, tour guides will try to make contact with Virginia City ghosts at least one time throughout your one-hour paranormal tour.
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Bats in the Belfry Guided Ghost Tours tours many places within the Virginia City Historic District, but does not provide access to the interior of any businesses along the way. Tours typically last about one hour long, and may not be appropriate for children under the age of 13. All participants should be in good health, and able to walk up and down steep inclines—please note that the tour is not wheelchair accessible. Reservations are required ahead of time (cash only), and guests must arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the tour departure. Tours are offered seasonally from April through May, and visitors are encouraged to dress in layers as weather can rapidly change in Virginia City’s high elevation mountain terrain.
Bats in the Belfry offers guided ghost tours through historic Virginia City seasonally, from April through October. For more specific information on tours offered, email [email protected] , or dial (775) 815-1050.
Admission for the Bats in the Belfry Guided Ghost Tours is $20 per person, cash only. Reservations are required ahead of your tour, as space is limited! For more information on booking your tour, get in touch with Bats in the Belfry directly at (775) 815-1050.
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Thirteen Haunted Spots In Virginia City
History surrounds you when you visit Virginia City . From the wooden sidewalks to buildings dating back to the 1800s, it’s no wonder there are tales of ghostly happenings at many of the town’s landmarks. Do you dare hunt for haunted experiences in Virginia City? If you do, here are a few places to start.
Silver Queen Hotel
For a terrifying experience that may have you running for the door in the middle of the night, visit the Silver Queen Hotel & Wedding Chapel. With spirits caught on the Wedding Chapel’s security camera, and paranormal activity occurring in rooms 11 and 13, this 142-year-old property has been frightening guests for years. The ghosts of Rosie and Annie can be heard running around the hotel and tapping on windows. Take a chilling guided tour, available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Historic Fourth Ward School
Built in 1875, the Fourth Ward was one of the biggest and nicest schools in the area. After years of neglect, the Ward was closed for more than 50 years. Repairs were made and it was reopened in 1986. Today the building is still open as a museum, but the spirit of former teacher Miss Suzzie can still be seen searching the grounds for her students.
Sugar Loaf Mountain Motel
This quaint 1800’s motel is reaping with charm… and haunts. Each room comes with a “ghost log” where guests are encouraged to record any strange happenings. Step inside the “Doll Room” if you’re searching for unexplainable noises such as heavy breathing, footsteps, laughter and moving doors.
Piper’s Opera House
John Piper’s Opera House was burned down twice, leaving the third rendition of the building lasting. The Opera House brought talent and magic to Virginia City for many years. Today people can still see some entities performing, watching or setting up for a big show. Some of the most haunted areas of the Opera House are the balcony, attic and basement.
Comstock Millionaire John Mackay may have made a deal with the devil to save his famous Mackay Mansion . While the Great Fire burned nearby areas, the mansion was unharmed. Although the Mansion still remains intact, seven or more spirits have been seen inside or around this mysterious mansion. Mackay’s wife has been heard wandering through the halls, searching for her lost lover.
Storey County Courthouse
The legend of Peter Larkin’s hanging still haunts the Storey County Courthouse. After being accused of murder, Peter’s girlfriend’s testimony in the Courthouse resulted in Peter’s death. Today the Courthouse remains open as a museum to preserve the history of American law enforcement. But if you listen close enough, Peter’s cries for justice can still be heard.
Old Washoe Club
Built in 1870 as a luxury bar called the Millionaire’s Club, the Old Washoe Club was known as an exclusive high-status meeting place for the men in Virginia City. With a brothel up the spiral staircase and a large freezer called “The Crypt,” it is no wonder strange happenings occurred here. For many years the death toll of this club was on a roll. An explosion killed 12 people in 1873, several suicides, missing prostitutes and bodies stored in the crypt all could account for the sense of spirits in the Washoe Club. Today, you can take a tour of the building’s haunted history – guided tours are available throughout the week.
This empty area next to the Silver Queen has a nasty habit of burning down hotels. The first hotel was built in 1860 and burned three years later. Once rebuilt, the Virginia City “Great Fire” burned the second hotel, along with most of the town. Finally, the last version of the hotel was ruined in 1914. Since then this lot has remained vacant, providing an area to park your car and listen to the ghosts.
Silver Terrace Cemetery
In a place where the deceased are supposed to be at peace, it is chilling to think that some of the dead are still wandering around. While ghostly activity can be common in cemeteries, the Silver Terrace Cemetery is a large collection of the final resting place for everyone who lived in the area since the 1860’s. Stretching over a hillside, this cemetery encapsulates an eerie Nevadan setting.
St. Mary’s Art Center
Once known as St. Mary Louise Hospital, six or seven sisters lived in the attic and cared for the sick people of Virginia City. The doors were open for anyone, no matter how sick. Complete with an operating room on the first floor, an insane asylum on the fourth floor, an emergency area in the basement, and a nursery for children, this old hospital has seen its own share of horrors and death over the years. One of St. Mary’s most famous patients is the ghostly man who can be seen sitting in his wheelchair with a confused gaze. The legendary “White Nun” is known for messing up visitors beds and walking the halls searching for patients.
E. Clampus Vitus Building
This secret clubhouse is still a mystery to many Virginia City residents. The members of the Knights of Pythias were said to be a fraternity that honored the law of the land and in a way became their own type of law enforcement. While these Knights did help the community, no one is quite sure what occurred within the E. Clampus Vitus Building. It is rumored that numerous murders were committed by these fraternity members. Currently, the building is privately owned, keeping its hauntings an unknown mystery.
Gold Hill Hotel
Mining accidents were terrible but frequent in Virginia City back in the 1800s. In 1869 a total of 37 miners were tragically killed with their bodies never being recovered. At the Gold Hill Hotel, it is said that the miner’s spirits still reside in several rooms and their favorite cabin in the back. Keep an eye out for William, the cigar smoking spirit who has been seen sitting on the bed in Room 5.
The curse of owning the Delta Saloon comes with a deadly price. Three previous owners lost more than their money when gambling on the Saloon’s famous Suicide Table. The original casualty “Black Jake” lost $70,000 one night, before taking his own life. After two more suicides, the table’s name was famous, and the decision to cease dealing on it was made. Today the table is still located in the Delta Saloon, where people can see the deadly table, but to prevent risky gambling it is protected under Plexiglass.
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Ghost Itinerary: Virginia City to Garnet Ghost Town
Montana became a territory in 1864; two short years later, the territorial capital moved from Bannack to Virginia City. There is no question that this rough town is home to a number of spirits. Even better, they host a full summer calendar of living history and live performances. Southwest Montana was built by the Gold Rush and as a result, there are countless Ghost Towns to explore. This itinerary will lead you through jaw dropping scenery. As you make your way from one ghost town to the next, don’t miss an opportunity to take part in the wide variety of outdoor recreation our region offers.
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Call it a night in Ennis (maybe even stop by the Water of the Gods ) before you make your way to Virginia City for a history filled day. Virginia City was the second territorial capital of Montana, and offers living history weekends all summer long! Explore the different buildings, take a tour, stop by one of the businesses, and then make your way up to Boot Hill before leaving town. Nevada City is just down the road, either take the train or drive the 2 miles to continue your exploration of the area! Finish off the day with a craft beer from Ruby Valley Brewery in Sheridan !
Virginia City offers one of the most fascinating stories of any town in Southwest Montana. At one time the most important city in the Territory and little more than a ghost town at another, today Virginia City provides one of the most well preserved and approachable glimpses into Montana's gold rush days.
Nevada City is located along the Vigilante Trail , and serves as an open-air museum with 108 buildings, only 14 of which are part of the original town site. The majority of the buildings found in Nevada City are transplants from across the west, bringing their own history to the area for visitors to explore.
Gold was first discovered at Alder Gulch in 1863 by Bill Fairweather and his crew. The gulch was named after the incredible alder trees that lined the banks of the river. This was the site of the largest placer gold strike in world history, producing $10,000,000 in its first year of operation. This strike brought hundreds to the area.
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Bannack, the first territorial capital of Montana, is settled along Grasshopper Creek only a 20 minute drive from Dillon . This ghost town is one of Montana’s most popular State Parks , and provides visitors with an opportunity to explore the town’s infamous characters such as Henry Plummer, the Road Agents, and others. As you make your way toward Philipsburg, spend the afternoon rockhounding at Crystal park and then explore Coolidge Ghost Town, remnants of a silver mining strike.
Bannack marks the site of Montana’s first major gold strike in 1862. Located along Grasshopper Creek, this registered historic landmark provides visitors with ample opportunity to explore. The State Park offers a campground, daily tours, events, living history and a visitor center.
Quartz crystals are scattered liberally through the decomposed granite of the unique 220-acre site that's been reserved by the Forest Service for the popular hobby of rockhounding. Grab your shovel, a few friends, and set out for an afternoon of discovery.
Coolidge Ghost Town
As early as 1919, the community of Coolidge had begun to thrive and at this time work was beginning on the mine tunnel. By the time tunnel and operation were ready to go, the economy took a downturn and silver prices plummeted. Losing control, tenants quickly moved on leaving Coolidge nothing more than a memory.
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Garnet Ghost Town
It might be the last day on the tour, but there is ample opportunity to continue exploring Big Sky Country. Philipsburg is one of those charming small towns that every native Montanan and visitor can appreciate. Enjoy the quaint downtown or explore the recreational opportunities the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest provides. Before you leave the area, stroll through Granite State Park, another of the area’s many ghost towns. Hitting the road again, we highly recommend making a stop in Drummond for one of the 135 burgers offered at Parkers’ Restaurant . Finish off your ghostly adventure at Garnet Ghost Town on the way to Missoula!
Surrounded by the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest, and settled along the Pintler Veteran’s Memorial Scenic Byway, Philipsburg embodies everything a charming small town should be. A colorful main street is lined with unique shops, restaurants, a candy shop, and of course a brewery.
Granite was the richest silver mine on earth, yielding $40,000,000. At its peak, the area was home to over 3,000 miners. Unlike many of the other ghost town’s found scattered across Montana, many of the structures in Granite are made of red brick, creating a unique preservation. In the Silver Panic of 1893, the mine was left deserted.
Garnet Ghost Town is the most intact ghost town Montana has to offer. As with any boom town, the inhabitants were primarily interested in the structure built beneath the earth’s surface to extract its riches. In turn, the buildings were built with haste and lacked a solid foundation. Uncover Montana’s rich mining history with a visit to Garnet.