2012 Halloween & Harvest Roundup

| October 5, 2012 | 2 Comments

October is a monstrously magical time in Sacramento! There are tons of fun ways to celebrate the beginning of Fall and Halloween!

I’ve rounded up all the best events and places to go so you have safe trick or treating options, your kids can wear those costumes more than once, and your family can make some great new memories!


Auburn Community Festival
When: Saturday, October 20; 10am-4pm
Where: Recreation Park, Auburn
What: Costume contest and parade, live music, food, and more.
Cost: FREE
Info: Click here


Halloween Carnival & Pumpkin Patch
When: Saturday, October 20; 1:30-4pm
Where: Cameron Park Lake, Cameron Park
What: Put on your costumes and play old fashioned carnival games with prizes, pumpkin patch maze, crafts, costume parade, food, refreshments and more!
Cost: Free admission; purchase tickets for activities and refreshments
Info: Click here


Spooky Story Time
When: Sunday, October 28; 1:30pm
Where: Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael
What: Gear up for Halloween with some spooky stories told by members of the Sacramento Storytellers Guild. Stories guaranteed not to cause nightmares! Suitable for all ages.
Cost: Free, Parking $5.00
Info: Click here


Davis Farmers’ Market Fall Festival
When: Saturday, October 27; 8am-1pm
Where: Central Park, Davis
What: Pet baby pigs, live music, arts & crafts, and pumpkin patch.
Cost: FREE
Info: Click here or call 530-756-1695


Haunted House
When: October 12-31
Where: El Dorado Hills Town Center
What: For the kids and adults who like a spooky experience, walk through this decked out Haunted House.
Cost: $9.00/ticket
Info: Click here

Fall Festival
When: Saturday, October 13; 12noon-4pm
Where: El Dorado Hills Town Center
What: Kids area and entertainment, pumpkin patch and decorating, train rides, and more.
Cost: Free
Info: Click here

Halloween Spooktacular
When: Wednesday, October 31; 3:30-6:00pm
Where: El Dorado Hills Town Center
What: Trick or treating, Costume contest for kids and dogs
Cost: Free
Info: Click here


Giant Pumpkin Festival
When: Saturday-Sunday, October 6, 7; 10am-5pm
Where: Elk Grove Regional Park, Elk Grove
What: It’s the 18th Annual Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival and the theme this year is “Once Upon a Giant Pumpkin”! Giant Pumpkin weigh-off is scheduled for Saturday and the Pumpkin Regatta will take place on Sunday at noon. Pumpkin patch, pumpkin food, live entertainment, carnival games, vendors as well as the annual pumpkin recipe and scarecrow contests.
Cost: Free admission;$5.00 parking; tickets for some activities
Info: Click here


Haunted Factory Tours
When: October 18-31; 9am-4pm
Where: Jelly Belly Factory, 1 Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield
What: Candy factory tours include the fun and kid-friendly “Halloween House”.  Tours detour through a decorated haven of halloween delights before heading into the candy factory. Not too scary! Learn about the making of Jelly Belly  jelly beans, candy corn, and more on 40-min. tours, samples follow. (See factory in production during weekday tours, on weekends you will have a tour guide and dvd’s showing factory production.)
Cost: FREE
Info: Click here or call 800-953-5592


Harvest Faire
When: Saturday, October 13; 10am-4pm
Where: Sacramento Waldorf School, 3750 Bannister Road
What: Resembling a village fair of old, the annual Harvest Faire includes activities for children, live performances, food booths, vendors, and more.
Cost: Free admission
Info: Click here


Night of 1000 Pumpkins
When: Friday, October 26; 6-10pm
Where: Sutter Street in Historic Folsom
What: Trick-or-Treating and outdoor movie.  Streets lit with carved pumpkins.  Drop off your carved pumpkin between 2-5pm and receive a raffle ticket.
Cost: FREE
Info: Click here or call (916) 985-7452


Harvest Festival
When: Saturday, October 13; 11am-4pm
Where: Golden Valley Charter School, Orangevale
What: Storytelling, Sleeping Giant, Gnome Houses, a Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Archery, Tightrope/Balance Beam, and the Balloon Launcher.
Cost: Free admission, activity wristbands $10, $15, and $20
Info: Click here


Monster Mini Golf
When: Open year round; T-Th 2-9pm, Fri 2-10pm, Sat 12-10pm, Sun 12-8pm
Where: Monster Mini Golf, 12401 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova
What: 18 holes of Indoor Glow-in-the-Dark Monster Themed Mini Golf.  Golf  in a costume in October and be eligible to win prizes.
Cost: Adults $8.00, Kids $7.00
Info: Click here

Haunted Hagan Express Train Ride
When: October 5-7, 12-14, 25-28, 31
Where: Hagan Community Park, 2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova (event located towards the rear of the park at the Live Steamers train yard)
What: Live Steamers Train Ride.  Part of the Haunted Hagan event that is recommended for families with young children.  The rest of the event is geared for age 13 and up, so this is a good activity if you need to find something for your teenagers and little ones.
Cost: Adults $8.00, Kids $5.00
Info: Click here or call (916) 572-2733

Monster Bash
When: Friday, October 19; 6-8:30pm
Where: Sacramento Children’s Museum, Rancho Cordova
What: Get those costumes ready for Halloween with a night of music, dancing, refreshments, and museum play.
Cost: $12.00 per person
Info: Click here

Boo Bounce
When: Wednesday, October 23; 6-8pm
Where: BounceU, 11280 Sanders Drive, Rancho Cordova
What: Games, Halloween craft, spooky treats, costume contest, bouncing.
Cost: $8.95 per child. Parents and siblings under the age of two are FREE with a paying child. Admission must be prepaid.
Info: Click here

Harvest Carnival
When: Sunday, October 28; 4:30-8:30pm
Where: First Covenant Church, Rancho Cordova
What: Giant slide, rock wall, train rides, jump houses, trunk-n-treat car maze, carnival games, cupcake walk, dance arena, ferris wheel.
Cost: FREE; Please bring non-perishable food items to help support the Cordova Food Locker.
Info: Click here


Enchanted Hallow’s Eve – Star ECO Station
When: Saturday, October 27; 10am-3pm
Where: Star ECO Station, 4465 Granite Dr., Ste. 700, Rocklin
What: Trick-or-Treat Village with an Environmental twist, games, prizes, candy, costume contests, and amazing animals.
Cost: Adults $6.00, Kids $5.00, 2 and under FREE
Info: Click here


Boo Bounce
When: Wednesday, October 24; 6-8pm
Where: BounceU, 7611 Galilee Road, Roseville
What: Games, Halloween crafts, spooky treats, costume contest, bouncing.
Cost: $8.95 per child. Parents and siblings under the age of two are FREE with a paying child. Admission must be prepaid.
Info: Click here

Halloween Family Fun Night
When: Tuesday, October 30; 4-8pm
Where: Vernon Street, Downtown Roseville
What: Trick or Treat in the Streets, magic show, face painting, balloons, clowns, giant slide, bounce house, obstacle course, costume contest.
Cost: FREE
Info: Click here


Fairytale Town Safe and Super Halloween: A Grimm Halloween
When: October 26-28; 5-9pm
Where: Fairytale Town, Sacramento
What: Trick or treat at 17 candy stations as you wander through Fairytale Town and explore the Grimm brothers’ classic fairytales come to life! Wander into Sleeping Beauty’s castle, venture through Little Red Riding Hood’s forest, sneak a look at the Evil Queen’s lair and whatever you do, don’t eat the candy on the Witch’s gingerbread house! Just remember to keep an eye out for wolves and dragons.
The event also features fun hands on activities, a costume parade and more. Puppet Art Theater will perform their blacklight show, Goldilocks & the Three Sharks, in the Children’s Theater, showtimes are 6PM, 7PM & 8PM tickets are $1 for members and $2 for nonmembers in addition to event admission.
Cost: Presale tickets $10.00, increase to $12.00 beginning Oct 26,  kids 1 and under free
Info: Click here

Build a Ghoul Bus or a Creepy Keeper
When: Saturday, October 13 and Saturday, October 27; 10am
Where: Lowe’s – all locations
What: Build a wooden project and get a free apron, goggles, patch, and more!
Cost: FREE
Info: Click here

Delta Fall Harvest Festival
When: Saturday, October 14; 11am-5pm
Where: Scribner Bend Vineyards, Sacramento
What:  Hay rides, mini pumpkin patch, barrel room tours, grape stomp and much more. Sponsored by Yelp who will provide food and music.
Cost: FREE
Info: Click here

20th Annual Halloween Haunt
When: Saturday, October 20; 11am-4pm
Where: Safetyville USA, 3909 Bradshaw Rd., Sacramento
What: Costumed characters, face painting, Magic with Trevor Wyatt, 50 cent Games, Halloween Maze, crafts, jump house and a costume parade.
Cost: $6.00 general admission (includes a $2 food or game coupon), Free for kids 2 and under.  Games and most activities are 1-2 tickets.  Tickets 50 cents each.  (Kids receive prize for every game played.)
Info: Click here or call (916) 438-3352

The Haunted Fort at Sutters Fort
When: Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27; 6:30-9pm
Where: Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L Street, Sacramento
What: Sutter’s Fort, once a portal for weary pioneers, again serves as the gateway to their restless spirits, who return to tell the tales of their lives and melancholy deaths at this special family friendly event. Tours leave every 10 minutes.
Cost: Adults $6.00, Kids $4.00, 5 and under FREE
Info: Click here

Midtown Trick-or-Treat
When: Saturday, October 27; 10am-2pm
Where: Midtown
What: Trick-or-Treating, magic show, pumpkin decorating, and face painting.
Cost: FREE
Info: Click here or call (916) 442-1500

When: Saturday and Sunday, October 27; 4:30-7pm
Where: Discovery Museum, 3615 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento
What: Trick or treat, Halloween craft, and show off your coolest costume! Planetarium will be open with a frightfully fun movie, and you never know what creepy crawly surprises you will find inside the museum or lurking on our grounds. Bone Zone exhibit will also be open for exploration.
Cost:  $20 per family, includes 2 adults and up to 3 children (ages 0-12), additional tickets $5.00
Info: Click here

Spooktacular Halloween
When: Saturday and Sunday, October 27-28; 10am-6pm
Where: Funderland Amusement Park
What: Walk through the Silly Haunted House and ride the Not So Spooky Train. 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.
Cost: Bring a game or art supplies to donate to River Oak Children’s Home in exchange for FREE tickets; $3.00 Trick or Treating
Info: Click here or call (916) 456-0115

Old Sacramento Trick-or-Treat
When: Saturday, October 27; 12pm-4pm
Where: Old Sacramento; Start at the Schoolhouse Museum where you receive a map of participants
What: Trick-or-treating will be held through the streets of Old Sacramento once again this season. Last year more than 30 stores and museums in Old Sacramento provided special treats to children. The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum is a great place to start as maps and bags are available for interested participants.
Cost: FREE
Info: Click here or call (916) 442-7644

Boo at the Zoo
When: Tuesday, October 30 and Wednesday, October 31; 5-8pm
Where: Sacramento Zoo
What: Kids can safely trick-or-treat around the lake at 25 different candy stations. Magic shows, costume dance party, and ghoulish games. You can also ride the Spooky Train or Creepy Carousel for an additional fee. The spookiness is appropriate for children under 10 years of age.
Cost: Advance tickets $10 general admission, Free for 1 and under; $12 at the door
Info: Click here or call (916) 808-5888

Wee Halloween at the Crocker
When: Wednesday, October 31; 10am-1pm
Where: Crocker Art Museum
What: Children and their grownups are encouraged to come in costume. Families will start by decorating treat bags before being guided in small groups through the galleries. Along the way, they will encounter gentle surprises in the form of music, poetry, and dance, and receive a non-candy treat at the end of each performance. The delightful Halloween stroll will end with a delicious celebration.
Cost: $15.00 adults and children, Under 18 mos. Free
Info: Click here


Halloween Trunk or Treat Bounce Night
When: Friday, October 31; 6:30-8:30pm
Where: The Bounce Spot, 2939 Promenade St., West Sacramento
What: Bring your kids by in costume for tons of fun and tons of candy. They’ll get to bounce on the new bouncers, play in the extreme sports arena and the playtastic area.
Cost: $1.00 per person
Info: Click here


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Written by Keilah Woodard

Keilah Woodard

Keilah Woodard is the founder of SacramentoSidetracks.com. She has a passion for finding adventures with her three kids. As a native Southern Californian, she has been exploring Sacramento for the last twelve years, happily finding hidden treasures and sharing a firsthand perspective with fellow parents.

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