Houses on haunted hills

As Halloween approaches, many of us indulge in tales of the supernatural to put us in the right spooky mood. But some residents of Carson City’s historic homes claim they see or hear dead people throughout the year. You can hear some of their stories as well as visit their homes during the 12th annual Ghost Walk. Costumed guides will lead two walking tours along the Kit Carson Trail. The Captain’s Walk takes guests to Brougher-Bath house, the Rinckle Mansion (reportedly haunted by the spirit of Louise Rinckle), the Ferris Mansion and the Esser House. Those who go on the Widow’s Walk will stop at the Bliss Mansion, Bender House, Norcross House, Edward House (where a ghostly housekeeper is said to continue her chores in the afterlife) and other homes. The Nevada Gunfighters and the “spirit” of stagecoach driver Hank Monk will make appearances during these tours. The Ghost Walk runs 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23 with tours departing every 30 minutes from the Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St., Carson City. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and kids ages 12 and younger. The event often sells out, so call 687-7410 or visit to purchase tickets in advance.—Kelley Lang