As a mom of three kids, I find myself struggling to find fun activities for my children (and myself!) to participate in each time October rolls around. It's part of the reason I throw a Trunk-Or-Treat event each year - so I know my community will have at least one super fun activity to join in on!
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This year I thought it would be a great idea to really sit down and make a list of all the options families have for Halloween-themed activities.
So if you're looking for some great ideas for Halloween (and Fall in general), take a look below and choose your favorites:
- Trunk-Or-Treat, hosted by my team at Twelve Bridges Elementary School, October 24th from 6 – 8pm. Includes bounces houses, Trick-Or-Treating, carnival games, cotton candy, treats, prizes and much more. This event is totally FREE. Bring your decorated car trunk to participate!!
- Octoberfest – a fun version of the Classic Beer Festival. Held at McBean Park in Lincoln, CA at 4:30pm: http://www.ci.lincoln.ca.us/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/1818/19
- Free airplane rides for kids! Plus pancake breakfast – this event is a perfect Fall family outing, happening October 18th from 8am – 12pm at Lincoln Regional Airport: http://www.ci.lincoln.ca.us/Home/Components/Calend...
- Bishops Pumpkin Farm – Ok, I know this one isn't TECHNICALLY in Lincoln, but it's not too far and I couldn't possibly leave this one off the list. If you're a Northern, CA local, chances are pretty darn good that you've heard of this Fall staple. There is truly so much to do! Pumpkin picking, petting zoo, treats galore, train ride, corn maze, pony ride, play area, zip line and much more: http://www.bishopspumpkinfarm.com/
- Fall Festival – this is an excellent choice for families who want to dress up, get some early Trick-Or-Treating in - all while enjoying Hayrides, pumpkin picking and more. This event is happening October 24th from 10am -2pm at Johnson-Springview Park.
- Food Truck Mania: You can't have Fall without delicious foods! This is one of my favorite yearly events. There will be 10-15 food trunks offering an assortment of delicious choices. This event is happening October 22nd from 5pm -9pm at 5251 Front St in Rocklin. (Hello perfect dinner!)
- Haunted Parkour Course and Halloween Party - How fun! Be sure to stop by this event with a spooky obstacle/parkour course in costume! There will be Trick-Or-Treat stations, prizes, arts and crafts, foam pit, a toddler bounce house and more! This event is happening October 30th from 6 - 8pm.
- Family Fun Night – here is another great option for families wanting to take advantage of the Halloween fun. From 4 – 8pm on October 29th, you and your family can enjoy a haunted house, live entertainment, costume contests, Trick-Or Treating on Veron Street and more. This event is free!
- Count Watt's Spooktacular – Take your kiddos to meet the adorable Count Watts, the Voltage Vampire from 10am – 2pm at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center on October 24th. There will be carving and painting pumpkins, spooky story time, MORE food trunks, carnival games and more. You can even tour the Phantom Energy House. This event is for learning just as much as it is for fun. Awesome!
- Friday Flicks: Catch a free showing of the newly released The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket, snacks and the family – an outdoor movie is always a blast! This event is happening October 16th from 7:30-9pm at Veron Street Town Square and it totally free.
- Storytelling Campfires – Storytelling has been an important part of Native American culture for thousands of years. This event is a perfect opportunity to hear amazing stories from the best storytellers as you sit under the stars. Grab a roasting stick and marshmallows for a great end to this night. This event is happening at Maidu Museum on October 16th from 7:30 – 8:30pm and costs $5 to get in. Families of 4 can purchase a group $16 rate, and kids under 2 get in free.
Sacramento, CA + surrounding cities
- Spookamotive Train Rides – This is an Old Sacramento favorite and will be around every weekend from October 17th through November 1st. This is a great family event because the Skeleton Crew is fun for all ages and the prices make this 40 minute train ride a great deal. Adults ride for $12 a person, while kids 6-17 ride for $6, and kids under 5 are free. Take advantage of this Halloween fun at L Street Dock.
- If train rides aren't for you, consider the Spooky Halloween River Cruise, which also sets sail from L Street Dock every weekend in October. There are lots of fun Halloween activities to do while on board, besides enjoying the view. This is a fun, 1-hour ride that costs $18.
- Monster Mini Golf – my kids LOVE mini golf, so this will be an instant favorite. What makes this event special is that it is a full 18 holes of Glow-in-the-Dark Monster Themed Fun. You even get entered to win prizes if you wear a costume! Adults play for $9 while kids play for $8. Head to 12401 Folsom, Blvd in Rancho Cordova to play along.
- Halloween Fright Fest at Six Flags – this activity is for kids AND adults, because who doesn't love a great amusement park?! Starting all of October, the park offers "Thrills by Day" and "Fright by Night." You can Trick-Or-Treat, visit the elaborate pumpkin patch, or if you're brave, take a walk through the haunted maze. Watch out for the scare zones placed in Mt. Rotting Cemetery and Arachnid Alley.
- Monster Bash – there are plenty of monster balls happening for parents this year, but this one is for kids! At the Sacramento Children's Museum in Rancho Cordova, there is a night of fun for the whole family. Costume ready of course! This event is on October 17th from 6-8pm and is $15 per person.
- 24th Annual Halloween Haunt – this event is a must for Sacramento locals! There will be a costume parade, face painting, magic show, 50 cents games, food, raffles and the much anticipated Harvest Maze. Enjoy this family event on October 17th from 11am – 4pm at 3909 Bradshaw Rd in Sacramento. General admission tickets are $6, which includes a $2 food or game coupon, and kids under 2 get in for free.
- Haunted Factory Tours – this event is absolutely one I will NOT miss! Happening at the Iconic Jelly Belly factory, candy factory tours include the fun and kid-friendly haunted house. Tours detour through a decorated haven of Halloween delights before heading into the candy factory. Not too scary! You even get to learn about making Jelly Belly jelly beans! The best part is this event is totally FREE. This event is happening at the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield Oct 20th – 31st, 9am – 4pm.
- Night of 1000 Pumpkins – remember how fun it is to drive around and see Christmas lights? This is like that, but with pumpkins! You will get to see a large display of lit up carved pumpkins, Trick-Or-Treat at local merchants and watch family-friendly Halloween movies outside and under the stars! This is such a great idea and made better by its totally free cost to you. Happening October 23rd from 6-10pm on Sutter Street.
- Fairytale Town Safe and Super Halloween: Pirates – if you haven't taken your children to Fairytale land in Sacramento, you're missing out! At this fun event you will get to Trick-Or-Treat at 17 candy stations as you follow Jack Sparrow's magic compass and search for the cursed treasure, discover the Flying Dutchman, and find the Fountain of Youth! A costume parade will occur nightly on the Mother Goose stage at 8:30PM and Sevilla Magic FX will also be performing Captain Scarlet and the Magic Treasure Chest, a pirate-themed magic and illusion show, each night at 6, 7 & 8 PM in the Children's Theater. This event is happening October 23rd-25th from 5pm – 9pm at Fairytale Land in Sacramento. Pre-sale tickets are $10 and magic show tickets are $2.
- Adults, this one is for you and your older children! Head to The Haunted Fort at Sutter's Fort for a night of guided tours through darkened rooms to hear unusual, intriguing and spooky stories about how some of California's earliest pioneers perished throughout history. Some even believe many of the rooms are haunted! This fright night is happening at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park in Sacramento. Adults can get in for $8 and kids for $6. Although it isn't recommended for kids under 8.
- Wee Halloween at the Crocker – this is for families with kiddos under 5! Head to the Crocker Art Museum where your kids can decorate Halloween bags and head to each gallery to Trick-Or-Treat at. They will run into mini-performances along the way and get a gift bag at the end! FUN! This event is happening at October 28th from 10am – 1pm. It is $15 for adults and children, and babies under 18 mos are free. Be sure to register in advance!
- Boo at the Zoo – If you love the Sacramento Zoo as much my family does, you will LOVE this one. On October 30th and 31st from 5pm – 8pm, your family will get two nights of ghoulish fun. Kids can safely trick-or-treat around the lake at 25 different candy stations! Other activities include magic shows, costume dance party, and ghoulish games! You can also ride the Spooky Train or Creepy Carousel for an additional fee. Tickets are $12 at the door.
- If you're looking for an AWESOME Corn Maze, head to Dave's Haunted Pumpkin Patch every Friday and Saturday, followed by daily on the week of Halloween. Be advised, this is a true fright night and smaller kids might not like it. General admission is $15. Arrive before 10pm to buy them on site. This event is at 3010 Burrows Ave in West Sacramento.
- Last but not least, this is one is strictly for adults. Voted the scariest Haunted House in California, Scream Park California, produced by Slipknot, (the actual band Slipknot) lives up to its scary hype. This event is absolutely not for the faint of heart. If you're brave, you can walk through 3 haunted houses starting from 7pm – late. There isn't even a closing time listed on the website! Will they let us out?? Do they give changes of pants if we get THAT scared? Do we keep pictures of our faces as we get scared like on the Ellen DeGeneres Show? So many questions. This is the real freaky, haunty deal! General admission is $25, and the location is 4909 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento, CA. You're probably not going to see me there. Sorry.