Frightfully free family-friendly options this Halloween |

Frightfully free family-friendly options this Halloween

As promised, the Halloween issue is here. And despite what you are reading on social media sites, the annual celebration known as Halloween will not be canceled due to rain. Some of the festivities around it may change, but any parent will tell you, there’s not much that will keep a kid from trick or treating.

Speaking of the kids, there are plenty of family friendly and free activities happening around both Grass Valley and Nevada City Friday.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grass Valley Downtown Association merchants will host their annual Safe Trick or Treating for young children. Parents can show off their tricks of keeping costumed toddlers engaged and happy while taking them from store to store for treats. Friday evening in Grass Valley Twin Cities Church will host its annual Fall Family Festival for free from 5 to 8 at its Rough and Ready Highway location. Organizers plan to be there rain or shine — with plans to move the fun indoors if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate. I saw an email from someone involved that touted a ‘literal’ ton of candy to distribute.

The free fun continues in Nevada City. During the day, or after dark if you dare, stroll through the haunted path at the Outside Inn, 575 E Broad St., where the unofficial Queen of Halloween (and city council woman) Evans Phelps has been scaring up a good time for years. Last year Outside Inn gave away 2,000 pieces of candy to local trick or treaters who stopped by.

The second annual Halloween parade in Nevada City is scheduled to go on rain or shine from 5 to 6 p.m. down Broad Street, according to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. However, if the expected storm results in a downpour, check the Chamber’s Facebook page for updates and information.

Following the parade, the Nevada City Methodist Church at the top of Broad Street will host a free community Halloween Party. It’s being billed as a “safe low-key family friendly environment for Halloween fun.” Free games, prizes, cookies, eats and drinks will be provided.

Looking to get off your feet and enjoy some music? Swing by the Nevada City Classic Café to celebrate with a European flair, thanks to the music of Beaucoup Chapeaux. See Page 16 for more info.

And of course, for the adults looking to scare up a good time in our small town, there’s Fright Night (Page 3), or lots of other types of entertainment to keep you going into November. (Page 16).

Have a safe and fun Halloween.

Features Editor Brett Bentley can be reached at or by calling 530-477-4219.

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