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Thank you to all the pet parents who dressed up Fido for the first ever Raising Cane’s Pet Parade. PumpkinPalooza was filled with adorably fluffy ghosts and ghouls. Now it’s time for the community to pick top dog. Two winners will be crowned and will receive a Raising Cane’s gift basket plus treats for their pets! Online voting is open now. The winners will be announced on Halloween. Good luck! 

Saturday, October 23rd: 10AM – 6PM

Named at top 10 Fall Event by Food Network Magazine, PumpkinPalooza features affordable and wholesome events for all ages including the T-Mobile Midway, the Pumpkin Design Studio, Lisa’s Wall, the Purple Pumpkin Pursuit, the Great Mask-A-Rade, the Raising Cane’s Pet Parade, vendors and food trucks, live entertainment, and much more!

PumpkinPalooza began with the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living’s (NNCIL) vision of drawing attention to its organization by igniting the imagination of kids and adults of all ages. It has become one of Northern Nevada’s largest events.


staurday october 23rd, 2021

The magic of Halloween returns to Victorian Square with good old-fashioned family fun! Presented by Bill Pearce Courtesy Honda, this celebration of family and fall is free to attend and features affordable and wholesome events for all ages. PumpkinPalooza is designed to give kids in our community a safe way to show off their costumes and experience the magic of Halloween. The event features the PumpkinPalooza Midway, Nevada’s first-ever jack-o-lantern wall, the Pumpkin Design Studio, carving classes, the Purple Pumpkin Pursuit, the Great Mask-A-Rade, the Raising Cane’s Pet Parade photo op, vendors and food trucks, live entertainment, movies in the Sparks Amphitheater, and much more!

the midway

10AM – 5PM

The PumpkinPalooza Midway is filled with more than 20 homemade carnival-style games and unique experiences created especially for the event. Players collect tickets for each game they win which can be redeemed for prizes at our Redemption Booth. Of course, PumpkinPalooza is all about family fun, so even if you can’t master a game, you will still earn a treat for trying.

From Tip A Troll to Monster Target, children are sure to find a game to spark their Halloween Spirit.

Purchase a Trick & Treat Tour for the all-inclusive PumpkinPalooza experience! The Trick & Treat Tour includes:

  • A Midway Magic Pass – good for 20 Midway Games
  • The Purple Pumpkin Pursuit
  • A Pumpkin to Decorate at the Pumpkin Design Studio
  • Trick & Treat Bag
  • Chance to Win the Great Pumpkin Raffle


the purple pumpkin pursuit

10AM – 5PM

This scavenger hunt will take your family on a journey throughout Victorian Square and everything PumpkinPalooza! The more purple pumpkins you find, the bigger the prize you’ll win. Will you be able to find them all?

Keep your eyes open! Purple pumpkins will be hidden throughout the event – in vendor booths, on buildings, and even in historic spots throughout Victorian Square. Each pumpkin will have a numbered flag on it. Players will purchase a card to play at the Purple Pumpkin Booth. The card has pictures of pumpkin faces on them. Your goal is put the correct number under each pumpkin. Once you’ve found them all, or as many as you can, return your completed card back to the Purple Pumpkin Booth to claim your prize!

IMPORTANT: You DO NOT have to touch anything or move anything around. The purple pumpkins will be hidden in plain sight. They will be hidden only within the event area. DO NOT TOUCH OR TAKE the pumpkins. All you need to do is match the right number with each pumpkin.

vendor trick or treat

10AM – 5PM

NEW! A safe and free trick or treating experience! Vendors at PumpkinPalooza will be handing out candy and other goodies to kiddos in costume. Your ghosts and ghouls can fill their bags with treats and still make their bedtime.

the pumpkin

design studio

10AM – 4PM

We have all the pumpkins, glitter, glue, and paints. All your child needs to bring is their imagination!

carving class


10AM – 4PM

NEW! We’re offering free carving classes so you can be a part of Halloween history Nevada! On Saturday only, artists will help you carve a one-of-a-kind Jack-o-Lantern for Lisa’s Wall. Your Jack-o-Lantern can be silly, scary, spooky…the possibilites are as great as your imagination. Space is limited. First come first served.

lisa’s wall


NEW! A first in the state of Nevada! Lisa’s Wall will be built using Jack-o-Lanterns carved and created by people in our community. Get your cameras ready for that perfect fall family picture. On Saturday night, we’re lighting up the pumpkins in a special ceremony.

Lisa’s Wall is named after the founder of PumpkinPalooza, Lisa Bonie, the Executive Director of the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living. Lisa’s vision is to raise awareness for the NNCIL by bringing the magic of Halloween to local families. Since PumpkinPalooza was founded 10 years ago, Lisa’s dream has been to have a pumpkin wall at the event. This will be Halloween history in Northern Nevada!

craft beer


NEW! Because adults deserve treats too. PumpkinPalooza is pouring a variety of local and national craft breers from some of your favorite breweries.

the rides

10AM – 5PM

NEW! Who wants to ride a camel?! We’re offering a variety of rides and experiences for the entire family.

the great mask-a-rade

10AM – 5PM

NEW! Put your Halloween spirit in the spotlight for your chance to win prizes! Come to PumpkinPalooza in costume and participate in the Great Mask-A-Rade for free! You’ll have your photo taken by a professional photographer. Those photographs will be displayed in a special gallery on PumpkinPalooza’s Facebook page where you can tag, save, and share them. On Halloween, a pumpkin committee will choose several photos at random to win a prize.

raising cane’s pet parade

10AM – 5PM

NEW! New in 2021 is the Raising Cane’s Pet Parade Photo Contest! Dress up Fido and Fluffy their most terrifying or adorable costumes for your chance to win a prize. Our professional photographer will take their picture at our photo-op. All of the pictures will go into a PumpkinPalooza online photo gallery, and the community will vote for their favorite. Participation is free!

Online voting for the Raising Cane’s Pet Parade Photo Contest will take place the week leading up to Halloween. The winner will be announced on Halloween.

live music

10AM – 5PM

Local artists will be playing on the Great Basin stage all weekend long. The performances are free!

Saturday, October 23rd

11:00am-Noon: Big Heart

Noon-12:20pm: Rockin’ with Rebekah

12:20pm-1:20pm Kat Heart

1:20pm-1:40pm Halloween Costume Contest, prizes TBD

1:40pm-2:40pm Sierra Roc

2:40pm-3:00pm Spooky Dance Contest, prizes TBD

3:00pm-4:00pm Rebekah Chase Band


free halloween movies


NEW! What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than with some spooky cinema? We’re playing three family-friendly Halloween movies inside the Sparks Amphitheater each day of PumpkinPalooza! The movies are free. Grab a seat with your trick and treat bag full of candy and enjoy!

10:30 am – The Muppets Haunted Mansion

11:30 am – The Nightmare Before X-Mas

1:00 pm – Disney’s Under Wraps

2:30 pm – Star Wars Lego – Terrifying Tales

3:30 am – The Addams Family