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The Railroad Museum's "Spookomotive" is operated under the command of a "skeleton crew" during October.

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  • What: Living History Ghost Tours
    Where: Sacramento History Museum, 101 I St., Sacramento
    When: Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26. 6:30 to 9 p.m. (tours depart every 30 minutes)
    Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for youths ages 6-17 and free for children ages five and under (not appropriate for very young children)
    For more info: 916-808-7059 or

    What: Acorn Day 2013
    Where: State Indian Museum, 2618 K St., Sacramento
    When: Oct. 12. Special event hours 10 to 2 p.m. Museum hours 10 to 5 p.m
    Cost: $5 per adult (18 and older), $4 per youth (ages 6 to 17), free for children 5 and under. Includes Museum admission
    For more info: 916-324-0971 or

    What: “Spookomotive” Train Rides
    Where: Trains depart from the Central Pacific Passenger Station, Old Sacramento
    When: Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. Hourly 11 to 4 p.m.
    Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for youths ages 6-17 and free for children 5 and under.
    For more info: 916-445-6645 or

    What: Mansion After Dark
    Where: Governor’s Mansion, 1526 H St., Sacramento
    When: Oct. 25 & 26, 6 to 9 p.m.
    Cost: $6 for adults, $4 for youth ages 6-17 and free for children 5 and under
    For more info: 916-323-3047 or

    What: The Haunted Fort
    Where: Sutter’s Fort, 2701 L St., Sacramento
    When: Oct. 25 & 26. Event hours: 6:30 - 9 p.m.
    Cost: $8 per adult, $6 for youth ages 6-17 and free for children 5 years and under
    For more info: 916-323-7626 or

History-related Halloween and harvest events in October

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 - 4:22 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Ghost tours in Old Sacramento

Old Sacramento prepares for Halloween with the return of "Ghost Tours." These evening strolls led by knowledgeable docents will intrigue you with tales of California's spooky history going back to the 1800s. Learn about the city's infamous places and hear stories of ghosts, murder and mayhem.

Tours last about an hour and are not recommended for kids under six. Advanced ticket sales are recommended.

Acorn Day honors local native traditions

Guests of all ages are invited to this year's Acorn Day, the State Indian Museum's educational program honoring the acorn, a staple of Native American diet in the region.

Diana Almandariz, a Wintun/Maidu, will demonstrate the art of processing acorns for food. Visitors will have the opportunity to sample traditional acorn mush and flatbread. And kids will get the chance to play traditional native games and try traditional arts & craft activities.

Spookomotive haunts the rails

What happens when you cross Halloween with a vintage train in Old Sacramento? You get "Spookomotive," the Sacramento Southern excursion train offering scary, but family-friendly, rides this month.

Spookmotive decorated with spiders, cobwebs and cornstalks, and operated by an entertaining "skeleton" crew, will take passengers on 40-minute rides down the Sacramento River. All tickets are sold on a first-come basis at the CP station on the day of the ride, except for rides on the first-class El Dorado car, which may be purchased online.

The creepier side of the Governor's Mansion

Halloween decor and scary music will set the holiday mood at the Governor's Mansion during the After Dark tours in October.

Storytellers will share tales of past governors and fortune tellers will predict your fate. Costumed guides will lead guests through the creepier parts of the building -- including darkened rooms and "coffin corners.

Proceeds go to help support of the Governor's Mansion State Historic Park.

Do ghosts lanquish at Sutter's Fort?

Sutter's Fort gets in the Halloween spirit this month with evening programs designed to reveal the eerier doings at Sacramento's oldest structure.

Docents in period costumes will lead visitors on 45-minute walking tours of various darkened rooms (which some believe are still haunted by past inhabitants). They'll also tell stories of how some early pioneers perished in creepy and melancholy ways.

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