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All-Ages Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Sacramento


All-Ages Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Sacramento

Take a haunted tour through Sacramento to learn about residents spooks and legends.

Image courtesy of City of Sacramento

Halloween Events in Sacramento are always frightfully fun. From children's parties to 21+ club events, there is always something to do in the capital during this spooky time of year. While this is a 2012 list of dates, the majority of these events are annual, so check out their websites for future years. Now get out there and have a ghoulishly good time!

Sacramento Horror Film Festival

Running from October 12 through October 14 at the Colonial Theater, the 6th Annual Horror Film Festival is ready to scare the ticket money out of any patron. Purchase a pass online that allows for all three days of film viewing. It includes all screenings, performances, concerts and other events. It is $30 online until October 11 and then $50 at the door to attend.

Safetyville Halloween Haunt

Completely at the other end of the spectrum is the Safetyville USA Halloween Haunt. Entering into its 21st year of hosting the region's littlest trick-or-treaters, the event is held on October 20 from 11am-4pm. Admission is $6.00 and includes a $2.00 food or game coupon. As always, kids under the age of two are free of charge.

The Halloween Haunt includes a magic show, games and a Halloween maze. Costumed kiddos can participate in a costume parade and parents can purchase pumpkins onsite. Safetyville's miniature city has long been famous with Sacramento's youngest, and for this day it takes on a friendly harvest theme to welcome one and all.

Running Dead Zombie Mud Run

Self-described as an "apocalyptic 5k obstacle mud run", registered racers are given a flag belt that represent your "health" strength. Zombies will chase you and try to take your flags. If you lose all of your flags, then the zombies win the race. All runners navigate through various obstacles on the 5k, and while you are not required to complete each challenge, you must complete them all to be eligible for prizes.

Tickets are $65.00 if purchased before September 30. The price goes up after October 1 and discounts are available for youth and veterans.

Sutter's Fort: The Haunted Fort

Sutter's Fort welcomes visitors year round for a dose of California pioneer history. But during Halloween season it turns into a haunted hangout where famous pioneers and adventurers return from the great beyond to tell tales to the living. This event is family friendly and runs October 26 and 27.

Old Sacramento Ghost Tour

The Old Sacramento Ghost Tour is the "spookier side" of Sacramento with Gold Rush-themed ghost tales as you walk through the historical streets. The walking tour is one hour long, and tickets should be purchased in advance. This often sells out and is popular with all ages. The tours are happening in 2012 on October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. Six separate tours commence half hour apart each evening.

Boo at the Zoo

Dress up in your Halloween costumes and head out to the Sacramento Zoo on October 30 and 31 from 5-8pm. Family friendly and happening rain or shine, kids are invited to trick-or-treat at 25 separate candy stations and enjoy everything from magic shows to a dance party. Appropriate for children aged 10 and younger, tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Discounts are available for zoo members if purchased in advance.

Scarecrow Corral

The Folsom History Museum will once again host the Scarecrow Corral, which features local organizations, businesses and individuals. Each entrant creates a scarecrow which is then displayed at the Pioneer Village. Popular vote from the public determines the winning scarecrow. Tickets are only $2.00, and children aged 12 and under are free. The Scarecrow Corral is happening this year from October 20-28.

Vampire Ball

What once started as a small(ish) 100-guest Halloween ball has turned into a goth-inspired extravaganza that can now only fit at the Placer County Fairgrounds. Happening on October 27, you'll experience a living mockup of Anne Rice characters and more. With intricate sets, actors and vampires, you will enter in to 11,000 square feet of indoor dance space as well as plenty of outdoor festivities. Entertainment, games, vendors, a bonfire and beer garden all await you….as long as you are aged 21+.

Halloween in Sacramento is filled with plenty of spooktacular events for the young and old.

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