By Heather Crivellone
October is my favorite month of the year! The weather is getting cooler, the kids are back in the groove of school, pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin muffins and caramel apples are everywhere- It’s a glorious time of year!! With the tastes and colors of fall, you can be sure to spot a few ghosts, goblins and zombies around every corner. If you are searching for some fun and safe Halloween activities for your family, Sacramento has plenty to keep you going 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.
Saturdays and Sundays, October 15- 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.
Saturdays and Sundays, October 15- October 30: The California State Railroad Museum is proud to offer diesel–powered “Spookomotive” train rides. This family friendly “spooky” train is perfect for riders of all ages. Enjoy a train ride 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 and Villains, Princesses and Pirates and Wizards and Witches. Tickets range from $8- $25. Children 2 and under are free.
October 22: 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 29: Safetyvilles Annual 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”. $5 per person and 2 and under are FREE. 11am-4pm.
October 28 and 29: 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. $6 adults, $4 youth.
October 21- October 23: Fairytale Town’s Safe and Super Halloween- Superheroes. 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. $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
October 24- October 31: Bass Pro Shops in Rocklin is hosting a FREE pumpkin celebration with crafts, pumpkins, costumer parade, face painting and trick or treating. This is a free event that is fun for the whole family!
October 28-29, 11am-5pm: Boo at the Zoo at the Sacramento Zoo. Kids can trick or treat around the zoo, enjoy crafts, activities and entertainment…And of course- the animals! Admission is $10-$12.
This is just a handful of the events going on around the city. Hopefully your little ghosts and goblins find the perfect event to keep you having fun all month long.