Weekend Family Fun

A tall historic ship docked in old Sacramento, a harvest festival at the YMCA, a pumpkin smash at the Ag History Center and trunk or treating at the Automobile Museum are just a few of the fun activities going on this weekend before Halloween.

10/26 – Harvest Festival at the Sacramento YMCA – Join the YMCA for some fall family fun. There will be a bounce house pumpkin carving/painting, snacks, crafts, apple bobbing, carnival games swimming, and more!

10/26 – Night of 1000 Pumpkins at the Folsom History Museum -This one of a kind event features a large display of lit up carved pumpkins up and down Sutter Street, trick or treat at local merchants, and family friendly Halloween movies under the stars on a giant movie screen.  Also, drop off your carved pumpkin at the drop off table on the sidewalk. You will receive a raffle ticket for every pumpkin dropped off.

10/27 – Midtown Trick or Tread & Pooch Parade -This year the 3rd Annual Pooch Parade and “Yappy Hour” is sure to bring out 100s of pooches in their Halloween best. Pooches and their owners will try to capture one of the 8 coveted Pooch Parade Awards including: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Overall; Midtown Spirit; Cutest Costume; Spookiest Costume; Best Duo; and Funniest Costume Award.

In addition to trick-or-treating throughout the district, there is a variety of free family friendly activities brought to you by The Sutter District, including pumpkin decorating, face painting, caramel apples, and carnival games. This year the event has been moved to Marshall Park in order to accommodate more children and their families.

10/27 – 7th Annual Craft & Boutique Fair  at River’s Edge at Campus Commons – You and your family are invited to join once again for a fun-filled day of browsing and shopping in a festive atmosphere. You’ll find everything you need
to complete your holiday shopping list including jewelry, artwork, candles, food, purses, clothing, soaps, music, and so much more!

10/27 – Pumpkin Smash Bash at the Heidrick Ag History Center – The Heidrick Ag History Center in Woodland presents the Pumpkin Smash Bash! The museum comes alive on Halloween weekend for guests to enjoy adult trick or treating (beer tastings), a pumpkin smashing contest, brats, sweet treats, and costume contest. Plus, one lucky raffle winner will get to smash a pumpkin from
a helicopter 100 feet in the air!

10/27 – Whooo’s Awake at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center -Owls awake! Find out when owls are most active, what an owl pellet is, and more. View a Nature Center owl up close and discover the secret to silent flight.  All ages welcome.

10/27 – Trunk or Treat at the California State Automobile Museum – Trunk-or-Treat and a Dare to be Scared haunted house will be available to all visitors. Trunks of cars will be full of candy and available for all trunk-or-treaters at this all ages event. Kids in costume can enjoy all the perks of trick-or-treating a few days early while getting a chance to learn a little bit about vehicle history. Free tours will be available for all visitors. This will be a great opportunity to see the new exhibit, 1968, at a discounted price. On the exhibit floor, kids and parents can participate in creating their very own trick-or-treat bag and fill it plump full of candy and treats.

Thru 12/9 – Hawaiian Chieftan Tour – The topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftan is scheduled to arrive at the historic Sacramento riverfront for her annual schedule of K-12 education programs and public tours.  The tall ship will tie up just upriver of the Tower Bridge near 1210 Front St. Throughout the ship’s visit, the general public is invited to tour it Tuesdays through Fridays, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Crew in 18th century costume will answer questions and discuss her education programming.  $3 donation per visitor is appreciated.

For a list of more Halloween activities going on in and around Sacramento, click here.

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