Sacramento gets Spooky this weekend with pre-Halloween events
Although Halloween may still be a bit away, Sacramento is already in the holiday spirit. This weekend spooky events abound for the young and the young-at-heart. See our selection here, and tune into Sacramento365.com’s Holiday event section for even more possibilities.
Monster Bash: 6 – 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Sacramento Children’s Museum
Get those costumes ready for Halloween with a night of music, dancing, refreshments, and museum play at the Sacramento Children’s Museum’s Monster Bash.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: 7 p.m. Fridays, 12 p.m., 2 p.m, and 4 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 only, through Oct. 27 at Free Fall Stage at Victory Life Church
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a play about Linus’ yearly quest to see the Great Pumpkin and get gifts and candy from him—forsaking all other festivities of the evening and dragging the ever-adoring Sally with him.
21st Annual Halloween Haunt: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Safetyville USA
The miniature village at Safetyville USA takes on a harvest festival theme and provides activities and fun for the entire family in a safe environment. Entertainment includes a magic show by Trevor Wyatt and a maze.
Spookomotive Train Rides: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, through Oct. 28 at California State Railroad Museum
The diesel-powered Spookomotive train rides take you aboard a whimsically decorated train crawling with spiders, cobwebs, and cornstalks while staffed with an entertaining skeleton crew.
Spooky outdoor fun:
Living History Ghost Tours: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays, through Oct. 27. Tours begin from Eagle Theatre on the half-hour.
Walk the streets of Old Sacramento on an eerie journey back in time. Venture through centuries of history and hear ghost stories dating to the Gold Rush era. Guides (and ghosts!) will relate tantalizing tales of how folks lived and died in our fair city.
Running Dead: 5K-10K Zombie Mud Run: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Gibson Ranch
In this 5K/10K mud run you aren’t just running against the clock—you are running from zombies. You must travers military style training obstacles and mud pits that in order to survive the zombie apocalypse.
Denio’s Scarecrow Festival & Parade: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Denio’s Roseville Farmers’ Market & Swap Meet
Activities will include caramel apple sales, a scarecrow contest and auction, trick or treating, raffle, and children’s parade and activities. 100% of proceeds from the day’s activities will be donated to the Roseville Firefighters Caring for Kids & Community charity.
Teen Slasher: Improvised Halloween Comedy: 8 p.m. Fridays and Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Blacktop Comedy
Equal parts comedy horror and audience suggestions, Teen Slasher will leave you laughing, long after the lights die. Expect killers, blood, teens, and more blood. (Theatrical blood will likely hit the first row of the audience. Come ready to get messy.)
Chuck’s 15th Annual Halloween Party: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Marilyn’s on K
At a Chuck’s party expect great costumes, great jokes, great music, and great fun. Come in your costume, the more outrageous or erotic the better.
Theatre with thrills:
The Ogre: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 27, at Big Idea Theatre
Enter Brede Place, the sinister mansion inhabited by famed American author, Stephen Crane, during the final days of his life. Surrounded by a cast of enigmatic characters, Crane begins to question his sanity as he is haunted by mysterious screams and things that go bump in the night.
Blood Kiss: A Play to Chill You: 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. & 11 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays, through Oct. 31, at Fusion International Arts Center
The best players from Scream Society, an online gaming community, are invited to an evening of live game playing. As the evening progresses they see that the usual virtual reality become true reality and realize that possibly no one will survive.
Evil Dead: The Musical: 8 p.m. & 11:55 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 28 at Sutter Street Theatre
This hilarious live stage show takes all the elements of the cult classic horror films Evil Dead 1, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness then combines them to make one of the craziest theatrical experiences of all time.
Haunted Houses to make you scream:
Fright Planet Haunted House: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Thursday & Sunday, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday, additional hours through Oct. 31, at Cal Expo
Sacramento’s only indoor scream park features nine different attractions this year, including the Scream Max Theater in 3-D, the Distorted maze, and Buried Alive the ride.
Heartstoppers Haunted House: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Friday-Sunday, additional hours through Oct. 31, at Abandoned Mine Shaft Amusements
Heartstoppers Haunted House presents four world-class haunts all in one location, all for one ticket price. Head for the already haunted and abandoned Mine Shaft Amusements in Rancho Cordova and travel back in time to an old west town overrun by zombies…and worse.
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Disclosure: Alison Kranz is Assistant Editor for Sacramento365.com - the year-round source for Sacramento events.