Feeling ghoulish? Here’s frightfully fun area events for Halloween

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Need an easy and cheap costume for Halloween? We've got you covered. Follow these steps to make one of our spooky, or sweet, Halloween costumes that you can create at the last minute.

With Halloween knocking on your door, there’s no shortage of frightfully fun events happening in the area. Here’s a sample.

Friday, Oct. 27

Haunted Library

Group tours led through a haunted library. Two options available. Costumes encouraged. Sacramento Public Library - Arden-Dimick, 891 Watt Ave., Sacramento. Free. 916-264-2920;

8-10 p.m.

Sips & Spirits: The Train Ride

The California State Railroad Museum Foundation presents a Halloween-inspired event for adults. This one-hour train ride offers a blood-shot cocktail, music by the Mad Scientist and his minions, Monster Mash dancers, and more. Central Pacific Freight Depot, Front Street, between J and K streets, Old Sacramento. $60. For ages 21 and older. 916-323-9280;

6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 28

Freakers Ball

MontBleu Resort presents the 39th annual Freakers Ball held at the Convention Center, Opal Ultra Lounge, and the BLU Nightclub. There will be DJs, go-go dancers, laser lights, and a costume contest. MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, 55 Highway 50, Lake Tahoe. $30. 775-588-3515;

8 p.m.

Count Watts’ Spooktacular

Little ghouls can meet Count Watts, take home a free painted or carved pumpkin, get their face painted, and knock out energy waste in carnival games. Costumes encouraged. Roseville Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville. Free. 916-746-1550.

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Spooky Story Time

The Sacramento Storytellers Guild share spooky stories to children ages 6 and older. Space is limited. Sign-ups taken the day of the event. Arrive 30 minutes prior to start time recommended. There is a $5 per car entrance fee into Ancil Hoffman County Park (Free to members). Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael. Free, donations accepted. 916-489-4918;

10:30-11:30 a.m.


Trick-or-treat on Sutter Street includes trick-or-treating at Historic Folsom merchant locations (1-4 p.m.); “Annie” show preview by the Cynthia’s Dance Center (2 p.m., Mad Scientist Show (2:30 p.m.), costume contest (3 p.m.), and a family concert presented by Bayside Church (5-6:30 p.m.), all at the Sutter Street Amphitheater; and rock wall, obstacle course and jump house at Sutter and Wool streets (4 p.m.). Historic Folsom, Sutter Street, Folsom. Free. 916-985-7452;

1-6:30 p.m.

Halloween Festival

The Pooch Parade at 2:30 p.m. highlights this canine-friendly Midtown festival. Other activities include face painting, a pirate-themed bounce house, hands-on arts and crafts, and live music from The Hoots. Children in costume can visit the Midtown Farmers Market (8 a.m.-1 p.m. at 20th and J streets) for the free mini pumpkin scavenger hunt, and there will be trick-or-treating at participating businesses near J, K and 24th streets from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Marshall Park, 915 27th St., Sacramento. Free. 916-442-1500;

8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Halloween Haunt

Set in Safetyville USA, the event features carnival games, a costume parade, face painting, harvest maze, safety demonstrations and activities and, trick-or-treat stations. Safetyville, 3909 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento. $5. 916-438-3357;

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Munchkin Masquerade

Mr. Jelly Belly’s Halloween Breakfast event (reservations required), with Munchkin Masquerade parade led by Mr. Jelly Belly and Kelly the Clown. The first 300 children receive treats. Costumes encouraged. Free factory tour offered at 11:30 a.m. Jelly Belly Candy Company, One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield. 800-953-5592;

9:30-11:30 a.m.


Trick-or-treat with the animals. Bring a pumpkin to feed to the pigs. The barns will be open and vegan goodies handed out with each visit to a new pasture. Costumes encouraged. Animal Place, 17314 Mccourtney Road, Grass Valley. $5. 530-477-1757;

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sac Rocktoberfest

An all-ages community fundraiser, featuring costume contests, food, trick-or-treating, raffle prizes, artists showcase, and live music. Lineup: Fabis Gault, Fallout Kings, Kyle Tuttle and the Beginners, Ghost Color, others. The Silver Orange, 922 57th St., Sacramento. $4-$10 (recommended donation). 916-228-4169;

3:30-11 p.m.

Sinners and Saints Halloween Party

For the 21 and older crowd, spend your fright night at Thunder Valley Casino. There will be DJ music, a costume contest with prizes, and go-go dancers. Thunder Valley Casino Resort, 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln. $27.95. 916-408-7777;

9 p.m.

Thriller Halloween Black Out Skate

Halloween Blackout Skate and canned food drive for the Roseville Salvation Army, featuring songs of Michael Jackson. Bring a canned food donation and get admission and skate rental for $5 ($10 without donation). A family-friendly event, costumes encouraged. Roller King, 889 Riverside Ave., Roseville. $5-$10. 916-783-0918;

8-11 p.m.


Owners decorate their vehicles for trick-or-treaters. Orangevale Church of Christ, 5915 Main Ave., Orangevale. Free. 916-988-2011;

4 -6 p.m.


A free evening of candy, games, bounce houses, food trucks, and other attractions. Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive, Sacramento. 916-452-7132;

4-6:30 p.m.


Whacky decorated cars, chili cook-off, carnival games, costume contests, and a Spooky Haunted House. Rio Linda Community Center, 810 Oak Lane, Rio Linda. Free. 916-335-9161;

5:30-8 p.m.

Vampire Ball

Themed “Vampire Diaries,” fire dancers, DJ dancing, vendors, and voodoo psychic readings will be part of the Shannon McCabe’s Vampire Ball Dance. The ninth annual event is for ages 21 and older. California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St., Sacramento. $25-$65.

8 p.m.

Dead Rock Star Show

Old Ironsides hosts its annual Halloween bash, featuring 20 acts, and a costume contest. Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St., Sacramento. $5. 916-443-9751.

6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 29


An afternoon of treats, games and music. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 9085 Calvine Road, Sacramento. Free. 916-689-1099.

3-5 p.m.


Two children in costume will be admitted free to the California Automobile Museum (with paid adult) for an afternoon of trick-or-treating and family-friendly activities. While there, see a traditional burial hearse, and take a Halloween photo opp in Sparkplug Square. California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St., Sacramento. $10 general; $9 seniors; $5 students ages 6-17; free for children ages 5 and younger. 916-442-6802;

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 31

Halloween Spooktacular

Trick-or-treating at participating businesses. Costume contest for kids and dogs at 5:15 p.m. in the Steven Young Amphitheater. El Dorado Hills Town Center, 4364 Town Center Blvd., El Dorado Hills. Free. 916-933-3013;

3-6 p.m.

Haunted Headlights Tours

Spirited guides share stories of the tragic accidents that have happened with (or in) various cars on display. Tours begin at 6:30 p.m., and depart from the lobby every 15 minutes. Tours recommended for ages 13 years and older. California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St., Old Sacramento. $20 per person. 916-442-6802;

6:30 -9 p.m.


The first 100 children to visit Information Service will receive a free goodie bag. Children in costumes walk the center for candy and treats from participating retailers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Folsom Premium Outlets, 13000 Folsom Blvd., Folsom. Free. 916-985-0312.

4 -7 p.m.

Multiple days

DireWorld Scare Park

For an additional $5 (with Scare Park admission), participants can add the Keep Out, 3-minute escape room thrill to their experience. Placer County Fairgrounds & Event Center, 800 All America City Blvd., Roseville. Admission: $26-$59; $5 parking. 916-295-0002;

7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27-Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Ultimate Terror Scream Park

This scare zone unleashes Halloween mayhem in three haunted houses: “Lobotomy Pscho Show,” “Begrudge,” and “The Superstition Killer.” For mature audiences only. Ultimate Terror Scream Park, 4909 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento. Tickets start at $25. 530-794-8511;

7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, and Sunday, Oct. 29-Tuesday, Oct. 31, through Nov. 11.


Encounter witches and wizards on the decorated Spookomotive. Trains depart hourly from Central Pacific Freight Depot, Front and K streets, Old Sacramento. $15 general; $8 youths; free for children 1 and younger. VIP: $25 general; $15 youths. 916-445-5995;

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28-Sunday, Oct. 29.

Scary, Creepy, SCIENCE

“Ready, Set, Splat!” Young visitors test the physics of flying objects, and get ghoulish with gourds. Powerhouse Science Center, 3615 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento. $8 general; $7 seniors and children ages 4-17; free for children ages 3 and younger. 916-808-3942.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28-Sunday, Oct. 29.

Pumpkin Nights

A family-friendly destination, with more than 3,000 hand-carved synthetic pumpkins. . Costumes encouraged. Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn. Registration recommended. $20 general; $16 seniors, children ages 4-12; free for children ages 3 and younger.

6:30 p.m. daily, through Sunday, Oct. 29.

The Haunted Fort

While exploring the dimly-lit Fort, be sure to stop by the Distillery Room for a short show by the B Street Theatre performers. Sutter’s Fort, 2701 L St., Sacramento. $10 general, $5 for children ages 5-17. 916-323-7626;

6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27-Saturday, Oct. 28.

Auburn Symphony

Peter Jaffe conducts “Masterworks I - Halloween Spooktacular: Auburn Goes Pops!” Placer High School Auditorium, 123 Agard St., Auburn. $10-$60.530-823-6683.

7:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28; 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29.

Stoney’s Rockin’ Rodeo Halloween Bash

Put your costume to good use this weekend. Winning costumes will walk away with prizes. Plus, Dash for Cash on Floor. And a free line dance lesson at 7 p.m. Stoney’s Rockin’ Rodeo, 1320 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento. $5-$15. 916-927-6023.

7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27-Saturday, Oct. 28.

Boo at the Zoo

There will be 15 trick-or-treating stations for costumed revelers, along with face painting, crafts and games, a magic show, and wildlife stage shows. Sacramento Zoo, 3930 W Land Park Drive, Sacramento. $16 general, free for children ages 2 and younger. 916-808-5888.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28-Sunday, Oct. 29.

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