11 Halloween Events to Keep your Little Ghosts and Goblins Happy

halloween_jack_o_lantern-wideThe weather may not be showing it, but it’s officially fall here in Sacramento! With the leaves beginning to change color and the ghosts and goblins making appearances, October is a glorious month full of color, fun and festivities! And 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 17-November 1:  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 17 and 18; Princesses and Pirates October 24 and 25; and Wizards and Witches October 31 and November 1.  Tickets range from $6- $20.  Children 5 and under are free.

October 17- October 31: Sacramento Halloween River Cruise. For three weekends in October, the Hornblower will be cruising along the Sacramento River with fun, family friendly Halloween events. Cruise along the river as the evening begins to set with chilling haunted sounds and kid friendly events. The cruise is 1 hour in length and begins boarding at 2:45pm with a 3pm departure time. Everyone is encouraged to dress in their costumes for this family fun event. Tickets are $18.

October 9-24: 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. Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:30-9pm. $10 youths (ages 6-12) and $15 adult. **These tours are for a more “mature” audience.

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October 17: Sacramento Children’s Museum- Monster Bash from 6-8pm. Enjoy an evening of ghoulish games and treats with music and dancing… and of course, museum play! $15 general admission.

October 17:  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. 11am-4pm.

October 23 and 24: 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 23-26: Safe and Super Halloween- Pirates. 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.

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October 23: Folsom’s 7th Annual Night of 1000 Pumpkins. Admission into this event is One Carved Pumpkin per child. From 6-9pm in Historic Downtown Folsom, enjoy a large display of lit up carved pumpkins from the entire community! Vendors, live entertainment and family friendly events for everyone to enjoy.

October 24 and 25, 10am-6pmSpooktacular 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! Admission is $8-12.

October 28 from 10am-112pm at the Crocker Art Museum: Wee Halloween  . Children ages 5 and under 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.

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!

By Heather Crivellone

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