By Heather Crivellone
I have to admit….October is my favorite month of the year. With school in full swing, the leaves changing color, the weather getting cooler…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 12-27: The California State Railroad Museum is proud to offer diesel-powered “Spookomotive” train rides. This delightful, not frightful train is just the ticket for the family. Ride the train along the levees of the river and listen to a whimsical Halloween story while the “skeleton” crew passes out a special toy treat for each child. On the return trip, rock to the music of the “Monster Mash” and other creepy Halloween. Each weekend is specially themed- Super Heroes October 12 and 13; Princesses and Pirates October 19 and 20; and Wizards and Witches October 26 and 27. Tickets range from $5-$18. Children 5 and under are free.
October 11-26: enjoy Spooky 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 19: 22nd Annual Safetyville 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 25 and 26: 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 25-27: Safe and Super Halloween- A Hobbit Adventure 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..5pm-9pm.
October 26 5pm-7pm: Hallozeum 2- The Sequel: Bigger and Battier at the Discovery Museum. The Museum grounds will feature trick-or-treat stations, fun game and activity stations and a Halloween craft to make and take home. And enjoy a spooky movie in the Planetarium.
October 26 and 27 10am-6pm: 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 30 and 31 5pm-8pm: 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 30 10am-1pm: Wee Halloween at the Crocker Art Museum. Children ages 5 will decorate treat bags before being guided in small groups through the galleries, and serenaded with mini music, story and dance performances. Costumes are welcomed.
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!