I was looking at my calendar the other day and just about had a heart attack when I realized that Halloween is only a few weeks away. I’m so excited to be moving into a brand new home with my family and to celebrate, I’m planning an epic Halloween party. However, that means I’ve got to move, get the Halloween decorations put up, costume shop, buy candy, do some pumpkin carving… Hand raised if you get it when I say there’s just not enough time!
That’s why I love living in Nevada City. Everything I need is right here in town; I don’t have to travel to do my shopping. From pumpkins, to decorations, to costumes… everything I need is right here. Plus, there are several local events happening this Halloween that I can’t wait to take my boy to (safe, local trick o’ treating at its finest).
Here’s what my Halloween looks like here in Nevada County:
• Pumpkin Shopping:
So many choices of places to purchase pumpkins this year, but a few of my favorites include McCourtney Road Pumpkins in Grass Valley where they have hayrides and and local honey (and of, course, pumpkins); The Haunted Pumpkin Patch with their awesome haunted house; and Bierwagens in Chicago Park, a great place to grab caramel apples and attend the Harvest Festival!
I would be kicking myself if I forgot to mention that Smith Vineyard is hosting Pumpkins & Wine Saturdays at their vineyard in Grass Valley! And seriously, is there anything better than pumpkins, fall scenery, and a relaxing glass of delicious local wine?
I always love checking out what Solstice on Pine Street in Nevada City has to offer in terms of costumes and décor. Here’s what’s cool about Solstice: they buy used items outright and offer either 30% of the item price in cash or 50% in trade; credit in the store. So, you can take in last year’s costume and trade up to a new one for this year! They also have a variety of decorations and miscellaneous household items.
• Trick or Treating:
You can’t celebrate Halloween with doing some trick or treating!! I love what the communities do in both Grass Valley AND Nevada City during Halloween. In Grass Valley, the Downtown Business Association holds an annual Safe Trick or Treat event on Halloween from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. This event is aimed at preschoolers and most, if not all, of the businesses on Mill Street participate!
Downtown Nevada City also promotes trick or treating down Broad Street for all ages on Halloween night. This is a safe and fun area for families to enjoy the traditions of Halloween.
Have a fun and safe Halloween this year and stop by my office at the top of Broad Street for more information about local events and celebrations!