Here are the top neighborhoods and events within Sacramento, California where kids are sure to score lots of candy on Halloween.
1526 "H" Street
For mysterious and amusing substitutions to trick-or-treating, visit the Governor's Mansion State Historic Park. For tweens, Mansion After Dark takes place upstairs and presents an eerie experience with unnatural music, muted lighting, and fortune tellers.
Free -Info Phone: (916) 323-5916
3930 West Lane Park Drive
Two nights of ghoulish family fun, Tuesday or Wednesday rain or shine. Kids can safely trick-or-treat around the lake at 25 different candy stations! Other activities include magic shows, costume dance party, ghoulish games, and lots of family fun! You can also ride the Spooky Train or Creepy Carousel for an additional fee.
Please note: Only the front half of the Zoo will be open during this event. The spookiness is appropriate for children under 10 years of age. (916) 808-5888.
reviewed on: January 10 2011
The animals here looked depressed. Every time I go to this zoo I want to cry. The animal’s habitats are old and decrepit. During our hot summers this dilapidated zoo barely provides the animals with enough shade. The orangutans especially look depressed. Ugh, I'm getting sad just thinking about the zoo.
Historic Old Folsom
This unique event features a great display of glowing carved pumpkins all along Sutter Street, trick or treat at local merchants, and watch family friendly Halloween movies outside on a large movie screen.
6196 Sunrise Mall
Citrus Heights, California
Trick-or-Treating, Face Painting & Spooky photos are all happening at Sunrise Mall on October 31st for Halloween!
1151 Galleria Blvd.
Join Westfield Family for free fun-filled activities for children of all ages. Enjoy costume contests for kids, a scavenger hunt, crafts and trick-or-treating on Halloween night.
3901 Land Park Drive
Enjoy Fairytale Town’s Safe and Super Halloween, which provides children and families a safe place to trick or treat, have quality family time, and enjoy a great evening of Halloween-themed, family-friendly fun.
reviewed on: January 10 2011
Fairytale Town is a magical place for children and families to imagine, play and absorb. With 25 play areas built around nursery rhymes and fairytales, exhibits with gentle farm animals, and two performing arts stages, Fairytale Town is the jewel of Sacramento.
A recently constructed Yellow Brick Road leads to the facility’s main gates. This unique atttraction aims to imitate the legendary Yellow Brick Road traveled by Dorothy and her friends to the Emerald City in L. Frank Baum’s classic book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In order to raise funds for the construction of the road, Fairytale Town allowed individuals a chance to donate funds by purchasing a brick. Once purchased, brick owners were able to have a personal message imprinted on their brick.
Somewhere in that road is a brick with my son’s name on it. I like to think that someday when my son grown with children of his own, he’ll take my grandchild to Fairytale Town and show them his brick in the road that grandma helped build.
I last visited Fairytale Town the weekend of Easter for the Spring Eggstravaganza. Fairytale Town offered a full day of fun Spring and Easter themed activities for the kids. Every child who participated in an Easter egg hunt received a prize! We received some Spiderman candy. Since Spidey is my son’s hero, he was beyond ecstatic. We enjoyed puppet shows, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and best of all, a baby dance party! It was one of those days where you wish you could freeze time to prevent your child from growing any older.
Fairytown Town is conveniently located across the street from The Sacramento Zoo and Funderland. I guess you could call this small area within William Land Park “The Toddler Trifecta.” Finding parking is difficult but not impossible. Though, one really can’t complain because at least it’s free.
1800 Larsen Drive
The pumpkin patch opens in October
10933 Progress Court
Rancho Cordova, California
. Harvest Carnival is for the entire family! There will be cars decorated for Halloween with their trunks full of candy. Be sure to bring a bag to take home your prizes and candy. Activities include slides, rock wall, surfing booth, train rides, jump houses, laser tag arena, carnival games, cupcake walk, live band, dance arena, and much more! Food & drinks will be available for purchase such as BBQ, smoothies, cotton candy, and shaved ice.
10020 Foothills Blvd.
8191 Sierra College Blvd
13000 Folsom Boulevard
Trick or Treating
111 I Street
Weekends in October Halloween-themed “Spookomotive” trains decorated for the season depart on-the-hour 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot in Old Sacramento. Regular ticket prices apply. Join our “skeleton crew” for a fun and delightful (but not frightful) 40-minute ride along the Sacramento River. For more information, please call (916) 445-6645.
reviewed on: January 11 2011
Climb on board the Spookomotive train for Halloween bravura in Old Sacramento! On select weekends through the month of October, the California State Railroad Museum offers diesel-powered train rides run by a skeleton crew.
The train's non-scary Halloween decorations are appropriate for children of all ages. Skeletons, bats, cobwebs, and crows jovially adorn the ceilings of the train and I must admit, brought a huge smile to my face. Hats off to the museum for creative décor! The six mile ride from start to finish is 40 minutes in length and departs hourly from 11 am to 4 pm at the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot at Front and “K” Streets.
The spook factor of the Spookomotive train is nonexistent which makes this activity fantastic for young children. As for myself, I found the Spookomotive Train slightly boring. I think I expected more than first-rate decorations from the ride since it's a special event ride. With that being said, the train is a pleasant ride staffed with pleasant people. My four year old son fell asleep during the ride, but honestly, he falls asleep in ALL moving vehicles.
Here are some of the highlights of my trip:
• An energetic staff member who posed with my son for a
• Affordable ticket prices ~ $10 for adults, $5 for youths
• The 40 minute ride was ideal for my son's short
While I was onsite, I purchased a Caboose Club membership to the museum for $25. What an amazing deal! With the Caboose Club membership, my son and I will receive free entry into the California State Railroad Museum and will be able to ride the train (there are some blackout dates) for free for a year! WE ALSO GET ADVANCED PURCHASE RIGHTS TO NEXT YEAR'S POLAR EXPRESS!
I received complimentary train tickets to complete this review. My opinions are always my own.
Mexican Heritage Center & Gallery
30 E Acacia St Stockton, California
The Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery will be holding its annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). (209) 476-9281
2701 L Street
For two days in October, Sutter’s Fort, once a portal for weary pioneers, again serves as the gateway to their restless spirits, who return to tell the tales of their lives and melancholy deaths at this special family friendly event. Tours leave every 10 minutes. A family friendly event, tour guides will take visitors on approximately one hour tours with ghostly tales of intrigue, memorable lives and bizarre deaths. Tickets available at www.suttersfort.org. For more information please call phone 916 445-4422.
Vista Creek Road & Champion Oaks Dr.
Beautiful Roseville Neighborhood for Trick or Treating.
1200 Front Street
Old Sacramento Trick or Treating -
Where: Old Sacramento; Start at the Schoolhouse Museum where you receive a map of participating businesses.
What: Wear your costume and Trick-or-Treat through the streets of Old Sacramento.
Info: Call (916) 483-8818
1350 17th Ave
Funderland Amusement Park and River Oak Center for Children are pleased to announce our Spooktacular Halloween with Trick or Treating
reviewed on: July 24 2013
Rides at Funderland are designed with little kids in mind. My son and I have been enjoying this unique amusement park since he was 2-years-old. He's four now. He LOVES Funderland!
"Perfect for Little Ones"
Food and drink is sold on-site. Across the street is the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town. Parking is free.
Funderland is available for birthday parties. Just outside the park is an area where children can ride ponies.
I'd say there are maybe 12 rides total, so it's not a huge park, but it's big enough to keep little ones entertained for a few hours.
Admission is free, but to ride the rides you have to buy tickets.
East of Watt Ave
Beautiful Sacramento Neighborhood
3615 Auburn Boulevard
The Discovery Museum invites you to join in for their Halloween event. Come and celebrate everyone's favorite spooky holiday by trick or treating on the Museum's grounds, doing Halloween crafts, and showing off your coolest costume! The planetarium will be open with a frightfully fun movie, and you never know what creepy crawly surprises you will find inside the Museum or lurking on Museum grounds.
4235 Antelope Rd.
Enjoy a zany version of the classic Frankenstein story told by a cast of pigs on Halloween night. Children ages five to twelve welcome! Free
Info Phone: (916) 264-2920
101 I Street
General $15 -
Youth (Age 6-17) $10 -
*Ghost Tours are not recommended for children 5 years old and under -
*Reservations required -
Info Phone: (916) 808-7059 -
reviewed on: June 12 2012
The Sacramento History Museum in Old Sacramento has recently unveiled a commemorative photo display following the history of the I Street Bridge for the last 100 years. I took my preschooler and we had WAY more fun than I guessed we would have.
"My Toddler Caught Gold Fever!"
Here's the scoop on the bridge:
Sacramento’s I Street Bridge is rusty and narrow. She’s the ugly best friend of the Tower Bridge and she’s California’s oldest swinger. That’s right; she swings! Although, I’m not sure which way.
A swing bridge can be compared to a pinball flipper; when a large water vessel needs to pass the bridge, car traffic is stopped and the bridge rotates horizontally at a pivot point to let the boat through (it swings.) Never heard of one? I'm not surprised. This type of bridge is old school, or in other words:
Yo bridge is so old, when she was built her lanes were still carrying horse and wagon traffic.
Yo bridge is so old; she’s older than the Titanic.
Yo bridge is so old; she's the last of her kind in California.
The Sacramento History Museum invites the community to visit the photo display and learn more about the history of this enduring landmark. Sacramento's I Street Bridge Photo Display runs every Saturday, April 28, 2012 thru Monday, December 31, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Children will also enjoy panning for gold, weighing fruits and veggies on a food scale, and petting fur pelts. The building itself is a replica of Sacramento's 1854 City Hall and Waterworks building.
$6 for adults; $4 for youth ages 6-17; free for children five and under.
This review is based on a complimentary visit to the Sacramento History Museum. I received no other compensation and was not asked to express a particular point of view. My opinions are entirely my own.
2200 Front Street
Trunk-or-Treat and a Dare to be Scared haunted house will be available to all visitors. Trunks of cars will be full of candy and available for all trunk-or-treaters at this all ages event. Kids in costume can enjoy all the perks of trick-or-treating a few days early while getting a chance to learn a little bit about vehicle history. Free tours will be available for all visitors. $8 or children free with adult admission purchase. (916) 442-6802
823 Sutter St
Scarecrow Corral - Organizations, businesses, and individuals are welcome to enter a scarecrow in the People's Choice contest. Public will be able to see all the scarecrows at Pioneer Village. Free - (916) 985-2707
Ancil Hoffman County Park
California Ave. & Tarshes Drive Carmichael, California
Spooky story time narrated by members of the Sacramento Storytellers Guild. All ages welcome. • Free *Parking $5/car - (916) 489-4918
216 O Street
Celebrate the "wee" in Halloween with this fright-free alternative to trick-or-treating. Families will start by decorating treat bags before being guided in small groups through the galleries. Along the way, they will encounter gentle surprises in the form of music, poetry, and dance, and receive a non-candy treat at the end of each performance. The delightful Halloween stroll will end with a delicious celebration. • Members $10 & Nonmembers $15. Children (Age 0-18 Months) Free • (916) 808-1182 •
reviewed on: October 08 2012
Crocker Art Museum is beautiful. From its lovely white building to its breathtaking artistic treasures, Crocker is both educational and fun. Crocker offers Sacramento families an abundance of free admission days such as free entry every third Sunday of the month, Labor Day, Memorial Day, free museum day, and on certain days over the Holiday Season. That’s a whole lot of free days!
"Family Friendly Art Museum"
Recently, I took my son to the Crocker Art Museum on Little Buckaroo's day on Labor Day 2012. Parking at the museum is $10. I recommend parking on the street and walking over to the museum to save money. There’s plenty of street parking on neighboring streets. On Little Buckaroo’s Day we enjoyed games, a petting zoo, a gold panning station, and a few art and crafts tables. There was also an open area for kids to practice lasso tricks.
After outside play, we headed upstairs to Totland. Totland is a play area created specifically for children 5 and under. You'll find children's books, a crafts table, a play table, and a giant electronic screen resembling an iPad coloring application. Children can draw on the screen with their fingers. Totland also features ride on toys for children to scoot around on.
Surprisingly, my son enjoyed viewing the art at the museum; an activity I would have assumed was too mature for him. I was blown away by his interest and am now motivated to take him to the museum more often. Perhaps we’ll take advantage of some of the many year-round family friendly program's that Crocker offers.
2701 Prospect Park
Rancho Cordova, California
Halloween is right around the corner and what better way to keep the cavities away than supporting our troops! Sacramento Children's Museum's Sweet Exchange will give kids plenty of incentives to surrender their sugar-saturated loot. Bring your candy and dress up to extend the fun this Halloween, but also be safe by avoiding hard, sticky, and chewy candies that can be potentially damaging to braces and teeth.(916) 638-7225
reviewed on: November 04 2011
The Sacramento Children’s Museum (SCM) officially opened to the public in the summer 2011. The 7,000 square foot facility hosts an exciting and enriching environment where children learn through exploration and hands-on activities. Every exhibit is engaging and fun.
"Channel Your Child’s Inner Picasso"
Airways is a huge network of clear tubes which span the entire wall from floor to ceiling. Children can insert scarves or foam balls into a tube which then gets sucked up and spit out of the top. We easily spent 20 minutes between this exhibit and the adjoining exhibit, Raceways.
At Raceways, your child will drop ball after ball down a hot wheel loop de loop track. This exhibit is designed to help children and adults understand why people don’t fall out of thrilling amusement park rides when riding upside down. Hmph, I kinda thought it was because of lap belts.
Waterways is a large, wet room with water activity tables. Waterproof aprons hang from hooks along the walls. Use them! I didn’t immediately put one on my son and within 5 minutes he was soaked from neck to waist. Lesson learned. The activity tables have an infant seat built into them so babies can splash in the water while sitting in the center of the table! What a great idea! For safety, the floor is covered with a rubber mat to keep children from slipping. Word of caution – my son fell anyway (in sneakers) but did not get hurt. Next time we visit the museum I’ll put his water shoes on for maximum traction.
The Studio of the Arts exhibit is impressive. My son channeled his inner Picasso with tempera paint on a huge plexiglass wall. Children can express their creative sides though a variety of materials including recycled materials, feathers, paint, rocks, glitter, and more. Use the art aprons, your kids will get messy!
The dress up area will make you coo. Nothing is cuter than watching kids role play in occupational dress up costumes. My son was a police officer, a firefighter, a doctor, and postal worker.
If you have a crawling baby, you'll be grateful for the Baby Bloomers space which is separated from the rest of the museum by a small white picket fence and is designed just for babies and toddlers. Here, babes can wriggle around in a safe enviornment without being trampled on by hyper older kids running by. Play peek-a-boo or dress-up your baby like an animal.
Adjacent to Baby Bloomers is a private and clean changing room with everything a mom could need or want during a diaper change or feeding session. There's even a rocking chair for mom’s who need to sit down and kick up thier feet for breast feeding!
I’ve bragged about this museum many times to friends and family. If you live in Sacramento or are visiting with children you should make a point to visit. Your toddler will thank you!!! I can’t wait to return and am considering this location for my son’s next birthday party.
The Sacramento Children’s Museum and News10 provided my family with complimentary tickets for this review. The Sacramento Children’s Museum did not request that I express any particular point of view and my reviews always reflect my honest opinions.
3909 Bradshaw Road
Halloween Haunt. Enjoy a costume parade in a safe and fun environment.
1206 Front Street Sacramento, California
Spooky Halloween Cruise
reviewed on: September 05 2012
Hornblower Cruises and Events offers Sacramento guests two appealing options for traveling the river: the Empress Hornblower and the Capitol Hornblower.
The Capitol Hornblower’s Sacramento Historic River Cruise is a great excursion for kids and a fantastic family outing. On the day of my cruise the weather was perfect, my kids (ages 4 & 5) were enthralled with the ride, and the ship’s narrator was unexpectedly entertaining. I absolutely loved standing on the ship’s upper level sun deck with my son while the wind blew through my hair and the sun shined on my head.
The Capitol Hornblower's upper level is accessible by stairs only. The stairway is narrow so climbing them with a stroller proves a little tricky. I had to collapse my BOB stroller and carry it up the stairs behind my children. Carrying my stroller down the stairs was even more challenging because I couldn't see my feet or my kids in front of me. Eh, stroller obstacles are a part of parenting though, what are you gonna do?
The one hour cruise was the perfect length for my preschooler's. Anything longer and I think my son would have started to whine. During our cruise I learned about an amazing program called Sea Scouts and the Sacramento Delta Youth Maritime Association. This non-profit instructive program instills trade and life skills for young adults ages 12-21 through a family friendly boating and sailing maritime based organization.
While on the ship, I didn’t order food or drink from the bar, but I did catch a glimpse of the nachos and wow, they looked scrumptious! Instead, I opted to carry on a small insulated lunch bag with bottled water, string cheese, and Cheez-Its for my little ones. It was cute to watch my kids snack in the sunshine while taking in the Sacramento River’s beautiful scenic views. We even saw a sea lion!
I appreciated not having to wear headphones as our narrator was a live person who was both charming and funny.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A one-hour narrated cruise with scenic Sacramento River views. Hear about Sacramento’s illustrious past, from the early years of the Gold Rush to the flourishing metropolis it is today. Snacks and refreshments are available for purchase.
Disclosure: My family’s tickets were complimentary, but the Hornblower did not tell me what to write. The delight I experienced was all my own.
10055 Franklin High Road
Elk Grove, California
Dr. Who's Halloween