Harvest and haunting events galore fill the October calendar in Sacramento this month—from Oktoberfests to zombies to pumpkins to ghoulish ghosts haunting the halls of historical Sacramento staples. Here for you is 10 things from that calendar that will make your October a little more fun, a little more interesting, or a little more scary.
- Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Fest Oct. 4 & 5 @ Elk Grove Park. Twenty years in the making, Elk Grove’s Giant Pumpkin Fest is a giant celebration that includes a pumpkin weigh-off of local farmers’ most giant pumpkins. The festivities don’t end there as the Fest also has a pumpkin pie eating championship, a scarecrow contest, food vendors, recipe contests, craft vendors, pumpkin food, a kids zone, and live entertainment. And it’s free! More info at yourcsd.com.
- Zombie Train Oct. 3-31 on the Sacramento River Train. Rides the rails in an attempt to escape the Apoctolyptic take over of human-hungry Zombies. Feeling (and enjoying) the scare is what the Zombie Train is all about in this interactive train ride where actors and actresses play convincing zombies attacking the train. You can either watch the show or upgrade your ticket to join the Zombie Train Militia. More info at zombietrain.com.
- Sactoberfest (10/10-12) & Oktoberfest (10/10-11)Sacramento Turn Verin & The Bridge District. Both these events are patterned after the world famous Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, but each have their own flavor. The 47th annual Oktoberfest is a long standing tradition in Sacramento and it knows how to celebrate in true German style with German food, a bier garden, and music. Sactoberfest returns for only it’s 2nd time this year and boasts a variety of craft beers, German food by Sac top chefs, contests, and, new this year, a full “familiennachmitagen” (family-friendly) carnival. Sactoberfest will celebrate at The Bridge District while Oktoberfest at Sacramento Turn Verein, Sacramento’s 160 year old German center.
- Ghost Tours Oct. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 in Old Sac/Sacramento History Museum. Roam the streets of Old Sacramento and visit the places where Sacramento history began…and the lives of some of its inhabitants ended. Entertaining (yet knowledgeable) tour guides will tell you the tales that haunt our past and the ghost stories that date to the Gold Rush Era. Not recommended for kids under 8. More info at www.historicoldsac.org.
- Dixon Corn Maze Throughout Oct. @ Cool Pumpkin Patch. Did you know the Sacramento area is home to the world’s largest corn maze? That’s right, Dixon’s corn maze makes a big comeback this year with 60 acres (20 more than their world record!) of corn maze craze. More acres means more corners to turn, so see if you can make it out without getting lost. (For even more fun, go at night while there’s spook in the air!). More info at coolpatchpumpkins.com.
- Pumpkin Train Oct. 18-10/26 on the Sacramento River Train. What better way to go to a pumpkin patch than by train? Enjoy the harvest scenery from your train window while the kids enjoy singing scarecrows strolling through the train. Arrive at Uncle Ray’s Pumpkin Patch for tractor hayrides, corn and hay bale mazes, and of course a perfect patch of pumpkins to pick your perfect pumpkin. More info at www.sacramentorivertrain.com.
- The Haunted Fort Oct. 24-25 @ Sutter’s Fort. Get a creepy feeling at the Fort on this guided lantern-lit tour that includes roaming through darkened rooms and hearing intriguing tales of the fateful ends of some of California’s early pioneers. More info at www.suttersfort.org.
- Visit pumpkin patch events or activities Throughout Oct. in various locations. Visit the Haunted Corn Maze or The Cornival at Dave’s Pumpkin Patch, Goblin Gardens at Bastiao Farms, or all sorts of hayrides, railroads, petting zoos, and haunted houses at the pumpkin patches all over Sacramento
- Boo at the Zoo Oct. 30 & 31 @ The Sacramento Zoo. Trick-or-treat at the zoo this Halloween for a night scary good fun complete with 25 candy stations, magic shows, games, and a costume dance party. Ride the Spooky Train or Creepy Carousel for even more ghoulish fun (additional cost). More info at www.saczoo.org.
- Safe & Super Halloween Oct. 24-26 @ Fairytale Town. Similar to Boo at the Zoo, but with it’s own twist. Fairytale Town will be transformed into Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” as attendees explore and discover the mythological world they created. This 3-night trick or treating event will also include 17 candy stations, Puppet Art Theater Company performances, a nightly costume parade, hands on activities and more. More info at www.fairytaletown.org.