By Kayla Anderson | Wednesday, October 20, 2021
IVCBA, North Shore - The Place to Go for Halloween Fun, Frights, and More

The leaves are changing colors, Tahoe has received its first snow, and even though temperatures are cooling off fast in Incline Village and Crystal Bay, that doesn’t stop local businesses from welcoming those who want to dress up, get out, and have fun this Halloween. Here are some exciting events coming up in IV/CB this spooky season:   

Saturday, October 23: St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church’s Trunk or Treat

Hosted by St. Patrick’s, Incline Village Nursery School, and Incline Elementary, this fun Trunk or Treat event held between 3 - 6 pm features candy, music, carnival games, and a bake sale. Everyone is welcome to join, and attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item in return to benefit the Sierra Community House.

Wednesday, October 27: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe’s Howl-O-Ween

On Wednesday, October 27, the Hyatt is once again hosting a pup parade called Howl-O-Ween. Pre-register your pup on Tuesday, October 26 from 1-3 pm by swinging through the Hyatt’s front lobby area and pick up a packet that includes an entry form and participant number. This event benefits the Pet Network.

Thursday, October 28: IVGID’s Trail of Treats and Terror for IV/CB Residents

On Thursday, October 28 from 3:30 pm-6 pm, Village Green and the adjacent fitness trail turns into a haunted forest that dares families to come and get in on some spooky fun. This favorite free Incline Halloween tradition has been going on for 20 years now, made possible by volunteers and donors. The Incline Tahoe Foundation is collecting donations to cover costs of candy, safety lights, and permitting fees. 

To space everyone out and keep this a safe and fun event, participants must register online, show up for their requested time slot, and bring proof of residency in Incline Village/Crystal Bay. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, October 30: Alibi Ale Works Presents the Rock n’ Roll Circus

On Saturday, October 30 join Metal Echo and the aerialists from the Tahoe Flow Arts Studio to dance, rock out, and be entertained. The show is held at its Incline Public House outdoor amphitheater; call (775) 298-7001 for details.

Saturday, October 30: Creepers Ball at Crystal Bay Casino with Tainted Love

Lake Tahoe’s favorite fun eighties band is back for Halloween, playing all the best hits and over-the-top renditions of the top rock, pop, and songs that we all know and love. So go digging through your closet and pull out your finest neon and dance your little heart out to this high energy show. Tainted Love starts at 9pm, the cost is $25 (plus taxes and fees), and it’s open to ages 21 and older. Buy tickets online at the CBC’s website.

Sunday, October 31: Country Club Center’s 7th Annual Treat Street

From 4pm-6pm, Country Club Drive turns into Treat Street as Austin’s, FUMO, Incline Spirits, Sierra Bella Salon, the Paddlewheel, and other local business offer goodies to trick or treaters. Not only is this area safe, well lit, and decorated, there will be live music too. Now in its seventh year, Nellie and Jonas Saia (owners of Austin’s, Austin’s Ice Cream & Coffee, FUMO, and Gus’ Open Pit Barbecue) created this event when their son was born. The couple found that trick or treating could be overwhelming for kids in the Mill Creek area and therefore wanted to create a safe, stroller-friendly atmosphere for Incline/Crystal Bay kids. The tradition lives on with their daughter Aida, and now they can both enjoy Treat Street and Mill Creek neighborhoods.

Sunday, October 31: The Polish Ambassador at Crystal Bay Casino

The fun at the CBC continues as on Halloween night The Polish Ambassador will be playing two shows in the Crystal Bay Club Casino Crown Room. The Polish Ambassador is known as “a mystery man of many hats” who is a musician, beat smith, producer, composer, recording artist, and funky diplomat with a purpose. The first show starts at 9pm, tickets cost $30 per person, and this is also a 21 and older show. Buy tickets here before they sell out!


Halloween Happenings in the Rest of North Lake Tahoe (and Beyond)

There is certainly a lot to do in both Incline Village and Crystal Bay this autumn season, but here are some other exciting activities going on in the rest of North Lake Tahoe:

October 21-24: Homewood’s Halloweekend Fright Fest

Homewood Mountain Resort on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe is having an action-packed 4-day spook fest featuring haunted chairlift rides, pumpkin decorating, face painting, a Trick or Treat village, haunted house, and more. This popular event kicks off with “The Haunting” Halloween dinner experience at West Shore Café at 6pm after receiving VIP access to a Homewood haunted chairlift ride. The dinner itself includes killer cocktails, caldrons of eyeballs, finger foods, swamp juice, batwings, and more. It costs $159 per person and reservations are required in advance. Entry is free into the festival held the rest of the weekend, but reservations for the haunted chairlift rides must be made in advance as well; they are $29 for adults and $14 for kids.

October 29: Javelins and Jack-o-Lanterns at Crown Motel

Over in Kings Beach, Crown Motel is inviting its guests to join them on their lakeside deck Halloween weekend to carve some pumpkins. They’ll provide the carving tools, and you’ll bring your spooky creativity. Once the sun sets, the lit pumpkins will be placed on javelins on Lake Tahoe’s shore for display. The following evening, Crown Motel will also be hosting a costume contest for its guests. Book your stay today!

October 30-31: Nevada Day Parade in Carson City

What’s great about being a Nevadan is that state (and IVGID) employees get an extra holiday at the end of October. And coinciding with Nevada Day is the big Nevada Day Parade and festivities in Downtown Carson City. During this two-day event, Nevadans come together and celebrate this great state that was founded October 31, 1864.

Start your Saturday morning off in Carson with an early morning pancake breakfast followed by a hot air balloon launch and a Nevada Day 8k or 2-mile Classic Run/Walk. After getting some exercise, stick around to watch around 200 floats roll past cheering spectators. After the parade, make your way down to Bob McFadden Plaza and watch the entertaining Beard Contest. For more information, visit travelnevada.com.

October 31: Alibi Ale Works Truckee Public House Funk-O-Ween Masquerade Ball

If you’re near Truckee, the Alibi Ale Works Public House on 10069 Bridge Street is inviting you and your masked crew to party responsibly with live music by Jelly Bread, Mojo Green, Kevin Thomas, Cliff Porter, and more! The fun starts at 9pm, costs $10 to get in the door, and you can buy your tickets online through Eventbrite.




About the Author Kayla Anderson
Kayla Anderson is a North Lake Tahoe-based freelance writer who regularly contributes to the Sparks Tribune, Tahoe Weekly and Tahoe.com Magazine.