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Halloween haunts and jaunts around Sacramento

The ghouls are ready for Heartstoppers Haunted House in Rancho Cordova.
The ghouls are ready for Heartstoppers Haunted House in Rancho Cordova. Courtesy of City of Rancho Cordova

Rain or shine, Halloween mayhem will go on. Here’s what is in the forecast this weekend for the undead and others.

Friday, Oct. 30

Trunk of Treats

Prizes, games, and decorated car trunks filled with Halloween candy treats for trick-or-treating. Robinson’s Taekwondo, 8161 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove. Free. 888-249-7853. 6:30-8 p.m.

Life-Size Candyland

Life-size version of the classic board game. Children will be the playing pieces and win real candy. Halloween costumes encouraged. Franklin High School, 6400 Whitelock Parkway, Elk Grove. Free. 916-714-8150. 4-5 p.m.

Halloween Costume Party

Dancing; prizes given to the top three best costumes. Appetizers provided. No reservations required. The Dante Club, 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento. $10. 916-925-8230. 7 p.m.

Baby Boomer Bash

Dance with the 59ers as they play dance music from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Dress in your favorite Halloween costume for a chance to win prizes. Mission Oaks Community Center, 4701 Gibbons Drive, Carmichael. $6 at the door. 916-972-0336. 7 p.m.

Halloween Dance Party

The decorated studio opens its doors for a night of dancing. Includes a costume contest. Capital Dance Center, 11270 Sanders Drive, Rancho Cordova. $10. 916-635-2600. 7-11 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 31

Midtown Barfly Throwdown

Throwdown: Things That Go Bump In The Night Halloween with Ardalan (Dirtybird), Dallas Cotton, Young Aundee (DJ set). Costumes welcomed. Midtown Barfly, 1119 21st St., Sacramento. $10-$30. 262-719-5827. 10 p.m.

Family Fun Fair

Come in costume and expect a photo booth, candy, more than 30 inflatables, main-stage show, games, food trucks, and train rides. Capital Christian Center, 9470 Micron Ave., Sacramento. Free. 916-856-5683. 6-9 p.m.

Folsom Healthy Halloween

More than 30 businesses and non-profits at this family-friendly Healthy Halloween event. There will be carnival games and prizes for the kids, a princess makeover station, face painting, a photo booth, a costume accessory boutique. Quail Park, 220 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom. Free. 916-351-9355. 2 p.m.

Fright Night

Music by Achilles Wheel, The Soft Bombs and Scary Little Friends. Plus food and drinks (available for purchase), a live costume contest with cash prizes, and presentations by the Motion Graphic Artists of the Nevada City Film Festival. Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City. $25 advance; $30 day of event. 530-265-5040. 8:30 p.m.

Halloween Run

Running in costume is optional at this 1K/5K Family Fun Run to benefit Hope for Healthy Families Counseling Center and Children’s Choice for Hearing and Talking Sacramento Center. There will be costume prizes and trick-or-treating. William Land Park, 3800 S. Land Park Drive, Sacramento. $40 general; $15 for youth registration; $68 for family. 916-838-8234. 8-11 a.m.


Wear a costume and bring a pumpkin for the pigs. Stop by each barn to meet the rescued residents and collect some treats. Animal Place, 17314 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley. $5-$10. 530-798-5114. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

R Street Fall Carnival

Hayrides, pumpkin patch, carnival games, costume contest, haunted house, and more. Casa de Espanol Center for Language and Culture, 1101 R St., Sacramento. Free. 916-346-4535. Noon-4 p.m.

Vampire Ball

Shannon McCabe’s Vampire Ball Presents: From Dusk ’Till Dawn. Stage performances, outdoor entertainment, music by DJ Bryan Hawk. California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St., Sacramento. $25-$30. 888-709-4474. 916-442-6802. 7 p.m.

Trick-or-Treat in Columbia

The merchants of Columbia welcome children in costume for trick-or-treating (2-5 p.m.). Bring your carved pumpkins to the Columbia Museum on Main Street for judging, prizes, and music, and Illumination of the Jack-O-Lanterns event at dusk (6:30-8 p.m.). Columbia State Historic Park, 11255 Jackson St., Columbia. Free. 209-536-1672. 2 p.m.

Trick-or-Treat in Placerville

Placerville’s Main Street merchants hand out candy (while supplies last) to trick-or-treaters. There will be a DJ at the Bell Tower and a costume contest at 6 p.m. Town Hall will also host a carnival for children under 10. 530-672-3436. 4-6 p.m.


Held across from Sacramento State, there will be bounce houses, balloon artist, a food truck and candy. Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive, Sacramento. Free. 916-452-7132. 6-8:30 p.m.

Nightmare Run

Costumes encouraged in this 5K run. The after party features music, dancing, costume contest, and giveaways. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Lake County Fire victims through the Red Cross. Placer County Fairgrounds & Event Center, 800 All America City Blvd., Roseville. 408-607-4065. 6 p.m.

Multiple days

Zombie Train: Evacuation

The reimagined 40-minute train ride takes its passengers through a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies. Sacramento River Train, 400 N. Harbor Blvd., West Sacramento. $25-$45. 800-866-1690. 7, 8, 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, Saturday, Oct. 31, and Nov. 7.


This haunted house is located in the old Mine Shaft Building, where visitors will encounter dark pathways and spooky zombies. 2300 Mine Shaft Lane, Rancho Cordova. $20-$50. 916-592-2733. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31.

Callson Manor ScarePark

A massive 2.5-acre scare zone, which includes a ghost town, asylum and fire dancing. 800 All American City Blvd., Roseville. $29-$60. Parking is $5. 916-295-0002. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31.

Fright Planet

Cal Expo serves as a haunted theme park featuring haunted mazes, rides, and food. Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. $19.95-$99.95. 916-263-3000. frightplanet.com. 7 p.m.-midnight Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31.

Realms of Darkness

A haunted house experience set around a creepy two-story barn. Evening performances are not recommended for young children. Sonora Lumber, 730 S. Washington St., Sonora. $8; $1 matinee. 209-768-8209. 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31.

Haunted Hills Asylum

This haunted house encompasses 2,200 square feet, and is recommended for ages 13 and older. El Dorado Hills Town Center, 4364 Town Center Blvd., El Dorado Hills. $6. 916-900-2763. 6-10 p.m. Friday Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31.


Ride the decorated diesel-powered train along the levees of the river and listen to a whimsical Halloween story while the “skeleton” crew passes out toy treats. Themed “Witches and Wizards.” Costumes encouraged. California State Railroad Museum, 111 I St., Old Sacramento. $12; $6 ages 6-17. 916-323-9280. Departing every hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, and Sunday, Nov. 1.

Haunted Hotel

The Davis Musical Theatre Company runs 15-minute tours 7-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Visit with ghostly guests and mysterious madmen. Included with this tour: free candy and a performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Recommended for ages 13 and older. Family-friendly tours offered noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. DMTC, 607 Pena Drive, Davis. $10 general; $5 children. Costumes are encouraged. 530-756-3582. 7-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30; noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.

Halloween Heaven and Hell

Halloween Heaven and Hell Party at Parlare Euro Lounge. Bring your best costume. Sounds by DJ SN1 and DJ Ninhtendo. Parlare, 1009 10th St., Sacramento. Call for cover. 916-448-8960. 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31.

Halloween Weekend

Friday, Oct. 30: Dead Sexy Pre-Halloween party. Saturday, Oct. 31: Costume contest, DJ Victorious, DJ Jason Davis and DJ Joseph_ONE. Rocky’s 7440, 7440 Auburn Blvd., Citrus Heights. Call for cover. 916-726-4389. 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31.

Boo at the Zoo

Play games, make creepy crafts and trick-or-treat around the lake. Sacramento Zoo, 3930 W. Land Park Drive, Sacramento. $8-$12. 916-808-5888. 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31.

Zombie: The Musical

An adult take on “Romeo and Juliet” – Rob, a zombie, falls in love with Carly, a human. Sacramento Comedy Spot, 1050 20th St., Sacramento. $12. 916-444-3137. 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30; 8 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.