Earthbound spirits still care about the planet, which is why haunted houses feature lights that suddenly go out and showers that shut off after three minutes. Feel the phantom power with today's Groupon: for $6, you get one ticket to the Haunted Hayride at Springs Preserve, presented by Mount Charleston Trail Rides (a $12 value).
Mount Charleston Trail Rides has been leading memorable excursions through majestic scenery for more than 30 years. In October, these soon-to-be-headless horsemen don their spookiest reins for chilling haunted hayrides at Springs Preserve. Perched atop decorated wagons, visitors embark on an approximately 30-minute hayride as costumed drama students from UNLV thrill guests with haunting Halloween fun and dramatic readings of their midterm grades. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Springs Preserve is a certified wildlife habitat whose trails and gardens are home to diverse wildlife such as white-tailed antelope squirrels and turkey vultures. The hayride is designed for all ages and makes for a great family activity, date night, or reunification with the ghost of a departed pet lizard. While not covered by the Groupon, other activities such as a haunted house, carnival games, a light show, and trick-or-treating stations are also available.
Mount Charleston Trail Rides
Whinnies of anticipation can often be heard from the stables of Mount Charleston Trail Rides, where well-mannered horses and ponies wait to ferry riders down trails flanked by whistling ponderosa pines, junipers, and aspens. Led by cowboy guides, small groups hop into saddles and embark on scenic explorations of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and its surrounding areas. With crisp air that normally averages 30 degrees cooler than the Las Vegas Valley, the foothills and canyons offer a welcome respite from the heat of the desert. When the temperatures dip too low for horseback rides, the ranch keeps its trusty steeds busy with carriage rides, sleigh rides, and a Sadie Hawkins dance with unicorns from the neighboring forest.