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Want to make the most of the upcoming Halloween season? Instead of knocking the dust off your costume & buying candy, why not be a brave soul and plan a getaway! Here’s an assortment of ways you can enjoy this Halloween in the High Sierra.

Freaker’s Ball

Learn more about the Freaker’s Ball happening on October 27th & other Tahoe South Halloween events

Freakers Ball South Lake Tahoe Halloween in the High Sierra
Image appears courtesy: Tahoe South

Up first is the classic Halloween party like no other… Freaker’s Ball. In its 40th year, this “monster” of a party is the ultimate way to mingle with the creatures of the night and enjoy Halloween. Named after the 1972 song written by Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, “Freakin at the Freakers Ball”, expect an atmosphere like a wild four-ring costume circus extravaganza. Let’s just say you’ll want to put this Halloween party on your bucket list.


Pick Your Poison: Day of the Dead, Pumpkin Smash, and More!

Learn more about the Moaning Cavern Zip Line Pumpkin Smash and other great upcoming Calaveras events through early November

Murphys Day Of The Dead
Image appears courtesy: Calaveras Visitors Bureau

From haunted hotels to Copperopolis’ Trick or Treat Street, and Murphys Day of the Dead, there is a lot going on this fall season. Looking for something new? Explore all of Calaveras’ fabulous Halloween and October events here. One of the more unusual experiences to be had in Calaveras allows you to “let it go” while flying down twin zip lines at Moaning Cavern. Let your fall pride fly at Moaning Cavern’s Annual Zip Line Pumpkin Smash. Every year, Moaning Cavern holds an event where you ride their 1,500 foot zip line & drop pumpkins, exploding to smithereens below. If your pumpkin hits the bulls-eye, your name is entered for the grand prize.

Halloween Cemetery Tour

Learn more about the tours happening on October 30th & 31st

Image appears courtesy: Yosemite National Park

Are you looking to get the “Goose Bumps” on your arms or maybe even your neck? Then you’ll want to head out to Yosemite this Halloween season. With a rich history dating back to the 1800’s, this is your chance to hear about the wilder side of Yosemite at the Halloween tour. Starting at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, you’ll head into the century’s old cemetery. Inside, guides will share history & stories at several different grave sites ranging from simple headstones to more elaborate resting places. Historic figures include native Miwok families, Yosemite’s first guardian, Yosemite’s first trail builder and the first person to climb Half Dome.

On the surface, trick or treating at home might be fun, but we guarantee a trip up to the mountains will be much more memorable & create lasting memories. The High Sierra is no stranger to nightmarish occurrences and spooky events so this is only a snippet of the fun you can find this “spooky” season.

Author: Alex Silgalis

Alex Silgalis is an outdoors travel writer who enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, or having a cold one from a local mountain brewery. See more of Alex’s work at

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