By Heather Crivellone
I have to admit….October is my favorite month of the year. With the leaves changing color, the weather getting cooler and kids are in full swing at school….it’s a glorious time of year! And who can forget about the goblins, ghosts and pumpkins galore? I’m not a fan of the “creepy and scary” aspects of Halloween, but the anticipation and events that lead to the haunted night are extraordinary.
And if you didn’t know…Sacramento is full of events to keep you and your little ones (and not so little ones) entertained, scared, and having fun all month long! I have compiled a list of events that your family may want to check out this month. Some of these events are free, some have a small admission charge and some may or may not be appropriate for your children’s age group. Either way- there is something going on for everyone:
October 6th and 7th: Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival at Elk Grove Park. Live entertainment, Scarecrows, Pumpkins and Family Fun.
October 13,14,20,21,27 and 28th: The California State Railroad Museum is proud to offer diesel-powered “Spookomotive” train rides aboard a whimsically decorated train crawling with spiders, cobwebs and cornstalks while staffed with an entertaining “skeleton crew.” Tickets are $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12 and FREE for children 5 and under.
October 12,13,19,20,26 and 27th: Ghost Tours at the Sacramento History Museum: Journey back into town and hear ghost tales and spooky stories while walking through the history-rich streets of Old Sacramento. **These tours are for a more “mature” audience.
October 20-28th: Scarecrow Corral at the Folsom History Museum. View scarecrows decorated in themes of railroad, farmer/agriculture, pioneer, gold-panner and more.
October 20th: 19th Annual Safety Fair and Halloween Event at Elk Grove Commons. Enjoy trick or treating, costume contests, the Radio Disney Road Crew with games and entertainment and a safety fair sponsored by the Elk Grove Police Department.
October 20th: 21st Annual Safetyvelle USA Halloween Haunt. This is a perfect event for your youngest of children, as they can prance around in their costumes at the Costume Parade, enjoy food, drinks and raffles. Get lost in a Hay Maze and enjoy games all throughout the Safetyville “town”. $6 per person and 2 and under are FREE
October 26th and 27th: The Haunted Fort at Sutter’s Fort State Park. The historic site will offer a special Halloween program based in fact, but with a creepy twist. Visitors will go on guided tours through the darkened rooms and hear unusual tales of how California’s early pioneers perished throughout history. This creepy tour would not be suitable for the youngest kids in your household.
October 26,27 and 28th: Safe and Super Halloween; A Grimm Halloween at Fairytale Town. Kids can trick or treat in a safe environment throughout the park at Fairytale Town. Hands on activities, a costume parade and live performances will keep you entertained all night long.
October 26 and 27th: The Mansion After Dark at the Governor’s Mansion State Park. For the younger crowd, “Mansion After Dark” activities — coordinated by the Governor’s Mansion docents — take place upstairs and offer a spooky good time with scary music to set the mood, dim lighting, fortune tellers, darkened rooms and even “coffin corners. And for the older crowd-” Dr. Arronax’s Mansion Mania” haunted house is sure to offer shrills and thrills, “Mansion Mania” activities will take on a full scale “Steampunk” theme showcasing gravestones, mannequins, taxidermy and other oddities that offer a scary good time.
October 27th: Trick-or Treating in Old Sacramento will be held through the streets of Old Sacramento. Visit store and museums to get some “treats” and enjoy a safe Halloween experience with your kids.
October 27th: Hallozeum at the Discovery Museum. Trick or Treat around the museum grounds, make a “ghoulish” craft, enjoy a spooky movie in the Planetarium and explore the “Bone Zone” exhibit.
October 27th and 28th: Spooktacular Halloween at Funderland. Costume and Pumpkin Decorating Contests will take place throughout the day and offer the chance to win some prizes! The friendly Funderland Witch will be on hand telling kid friendly scary stories, and brewing up some great concoctions in the concession stand.
October 30th and 31st: Boo at the Zoo at the Sacramento Zoo. Kids can safely trick or treat around the zoo at 25 different candy stations. They can enjoy magic shows, costume dance party, games and more. And of course…enjoy the animals!
October 31st: Wee Halloween at the Crocker Art Museum: Decorate treat bags before being guided through the art galleries. Along the way, there will be surprises in the form of music, poetry, dance and more.
October 31st: Halloween Trunk or Treat at the Bounce Spot. Kids of all ages can bounce the night away (and burn off those candy wiggles) at their “Trunk or Treat” event.
October 31st: Trick or Treat Night at Ikea. Let the kids trick or treat in a safe environment throughout the store. Join a mad scientist in a spooky slime activity at the stores entrance.
This is by far, not all the events going on in our Capital City this month…but at least I’m hoping it gives you an idea of things to do and places to go during this fun and crazy month!