It’s baaaack! For the fourth year in a row, Truckee’s adults-only Historical Haunted Tour offers an wonderful blend of historical accounts and entertaining performances to connect visitors and residents with downtown Truckee by the tracks in a way that no other event.
The Historical Haunted Tour is a guided walking tour that features frightening tales with treats galore – ladies of the night tempt passersby, spirits linger from one building to the next and you never know when the Truckee Regulators may fire one off. Featured 2012 haunts include Bespoke, Coffee Bar, downtown Mountain Home Center, MOBO Law, the Old Jail Museum, Scraps Dog Bakery and The Pour House.
“The Tour is such a success based on the generosity of our incredible sponsors, raffle donors and the tremendous contributions made by more than sixty talented volunteers,” shares Christina Stoever-Young of Sunshine Tahoe, the producer of Truckee’s annual sell out fundraising event. Each attendee will receive a flashlight key chain, a donation from the Mountain Home Center. Everyone who completes a brief survey after going on the tour will receive a $10 Squeeze In coupon. In addition, tour attendees can enjoy a 10 percent discount off their dining bill at Moody’s (food only) on Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19.
“We’ll be kicking off the fun with a glass of wine at Moody’s and dare you to join us as we embark on a journey like no other in Truckee,” shares Stoever-Young. Historians from the Truckee Donner Historical Society spearhead the research and artists from Trails & Vistas put an entertaining spin on the stories, characters and frights so each hauntingly intriguing performance delights.
Attendees are encouraged to don costumes evoking Truckee’s wild west roots, something with a Victorian flare or a Halloween inspired outfit.
“It’s worth coming to Moody’s just to pick up a bundle of tickets,” shares Stover-Young (Hint: check out the raffle tab at truckeehistorytour.org). All proceeds from the event are donated to Trails & Vistas and the historical society. Sponsorship, ticket sales and raffle revenue offer the two nonprofits operating revenue to continue their missions for the community. To date the Tour has contributed more than $15,000 to the beneficiaries and attendance has grown fivefold from 70 in 2009.
Tickets have been going fast. If you don’t attend this year’s tour, enjoy the night at Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats . For just $5 a ticket, enter the raffle on either evening. Winners need not be present to win when the raffle winners are picked at 9:30 p.m. on Friday.
“The Historical Haunted Walking Tour has been successful in bringing together two organizations with completely different missions and molding their goals and philosophies into a wonderfully entertaining program that brings Truckee’s sensational historical headlines together with arts and culture to create an event that has people coming back year-after-year,” explains Chelsea Walterscheid, president of the Truckee Donner Historical Society.
The Thursday evening Tour coincides with a special treat for children – Halloween science with professor Stickeybottom and a pizza dinner at the KidZone Children’s Museum in Truckee. Halloween science and a pizza dinner will be available at the museum from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday night. The cost is $20 per child and $15 for siblings. To reserve a place, call (530) 587-5437.
IF YOU DARE
Historical Haunted Tour
All proceeds benefit Trails & Vistas and Truckee Donner Historical Society
Thursday, Oct. 18 and Friday, Oct. 19, 5 to 9 p.m.
Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats
Raffle tickets will be available both evening of the event at Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats (winners will be picked at 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 but need not be present to win).
$35 admission, $5 per raffle ticket, truckeehistorytour.com
TREATS FOR CHILDREN
The KidZone Children’s Museum is offering a special hands-on Halloween science night including pizza dinner for ages 5 and up from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. The cost is $20 per child with a discounted cost of $15 for additional siblings for Tour attendees. Call (530) 587-5437 to reserve a place.