Fun & Festive Activities Just in Time for Fall!

In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science, and wildlife treasures all year long. In October, many of the 30 members of Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) are offering fun Halloween, Día de Los Muertos and harvest-related events and activities sure to get guests in a festive fall spirit, including:

Dia De Los Muertos Events & Activities Presented by the Sacramento History Museum –
October thru November 5

In honor of “Day of the Dead” activities celebrated each year in Mexico and in major cities around the world, Sol Collective and the Sacramento History Museum have teamed up to present a series of community workshops and special weekend activities that showcase the traditions and/or demonstrate how to create some of the special items used in “Day of the Dead” celebrations. The effort culminates with a Dia De Los Muertos celebration on November 5. For more, visit

Day of the Dead Party 2016 at California Museum – October 14
Members of the public are invited to attend the California Museum’s Day of the Dead Party. Highlights include the opening of “Day of the Dead: Art of Día de los Muertos 2016,” appearances by exhibit artists; performance & ceremonial blessing by Danza Azteca Maquilli Tonatiuh; food and beverages by Mayahuel Restaurant & Tequila Museum; sugar skull decorating workshop with Sacramento’s I Love Sugar Skulls; costume contest with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners; free face painting for all attendees and more. For more or to purchase tickets, visit

“Day of the Dead: Art of Día de Los Muertos 2016” at California Museum – Opens October 14
A journey through life, love and death, “Day of the Dead: Art of Día de los Muertos 2016” exhibit features contemporary installations by California artists Francisco Franco, John Huerta, Melissa Jazulin, David Lozeau and Rob-O. Opening at the Museum’s “Day of the Dead Party,” the exhibit explores the Mexican cultural tradition of honoring deceased loved ones each year on November 1 and 2 by creating calaveras de azúcar (sugar skulls), altares de muertos (altars of the dead) and ofrendas (offerings), which has evolved from the Aztecs to modern day California. Members of the public are also invited to celebrate friends and family with a remembrance in the exhibit’s accompanying Community Altar located in the lobby through December 31, 2016. For more, visit

Ghost Tours at the Sacramento History Museum – October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, & 29
Departing from the Sacramento History Museum, visitors to Old Sacramento journey back in time to hear ghostly tales and spooky stories as they walk through the history-rich streets and re-live 19th century lore. Entertaining yet knowledgeable tour guides will take daring and inquisitive guests through Old Sacramento’s infamous locales to experience a bit of the dark side of California’s history. For more, go to

Lantern Tours at the Sacramento City Cemetery – October 21, 22, 28, & 29SOLD OUT
Interested guests can embark on a lantern-led walking tour through Sacramento’s past at the Sacramento City Cemetery! Guests experience stories of murder, death by spirits, death by duel or morphine, and even men impersonating women — all this while encountering other unexpected visitors from beyond. Stories will be told by our eternal residents. Hurry, tickets sell out fast. For more, visit

“Spookomotive” Train Rides at the Railroad Museum — October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, & 30
All aboard for some Halloween fun Old Sacramento style! California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation are proud to offer diesel-powered “Spookomotive” train rides aboard a whimsically decorated train crawling with spiders, cobwebs and cornstalks while staffed with an entertaining “skeleton crew.” Guests are encouraged to come dressed according to weekly themes or in favorite Halloween attire: Superheroes & Villains – October 15 & 16, Princesses & Pirates – October 22 & 23, Witches & Wizards – October 29 & 30. For more, visit

30th Annual Safe & Super Halloween at Fairytale Town — October 21, 22 & 23
Visit Fairytale Town and join your favorite superheroes for three nights of trick-or-treating and family fun! Enjoy 15 treat stations, photos with superheroes, hero training and activities, a costume parade, magic show and more. Advance tickets are available and the event is sponsored by Smile Business Products. For more, visit

Monster Bash at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – October 22
Visit the Sacramento Children’s Museum for a night of superhero fun at the annual Monster Bash!  Guests are encouraged to gear up for Halloween by wearing their best costume and come play the night away at the Museum. They’ll have a DJ, dancing, refreshments, photo opportunities with Spiderman and Captain America, and Museum play, too! Also, guests who wear a costume to the Museum on October 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will get free admission. For more, visit

Wee Halloween at the Crocker Art Museum – October 26 SOLD OUT
Don’t miss one of Sacramento’s major Halloween happenings for children age five and under! Now an annual tradition, charmingly costumed tots and their grownups take a delightful stroll through the Museum and encounter gentle music and dance surprises from some of the city’s favorite entertainers. At each stop, children receive a small gift for their specially decorated treat bag. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. For more, visit

The Haunted Fort at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park – October 28 & 29
For those interested in a ghoulishly unique experience, check out the 7th annual “The Haunted Fort” at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP). Once again, the historic site will offer a special Halloween program based in fact but with a decidedly creepy twist. Daring visitors will go on guided lantern-lit tours through the darkened rooms and hear unusual and intriguing tales of how some of California’s early pioneers perished throughout history. For more, visit

Count Watts’ SPOOKtacular at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center – October 29
Want to help fight voltage vampires this fall? Join the Roseville Utility Exploration Center for an electrifying good time while learning more about saving energy at home. Take a thrilling walk through the Phantom Energy House (warning: your energy waste may be shocking!) and meet Count Watts to discover ways you can save energy. Plus, guests can take home a free painted or carved pumpkin and also knock out the energy waste in carnival games where prizes flow like electrons.

Trick-or-Treating in Old Sacramento – October 29

Trick-or-treating will be held through the streets of Old Sacramento once again this season from noon to 4 p.m.! Each year, nearly 50 Old Sacramento merchants and museums participate in the fun! The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum is a great place to start as maps and bags are available for interested participants. For more, go to

Sugar Skull Workshops with I Love Sugar Skull Art at California Museum – October 29 & 30
Guests will learn how to decorate “calaveras de azúcar” (sugar skulls) for “Día de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) in one of five hands-on learning workshop sessions led by Sacramento’s I Love Sugar Skulls, whose work is featured in the temporary exhibit “Day of the Dead: Art of Día de los Muertos 2016.” For more information or to register in advance, visit

Boo at the Zoo at the Sacramento Zoo – October 29 & 30

Bring the family and experience the all new daytime Boo at the Zoo! Play some ghoulish games, create creepy crafts and trick or treat around the whole Zoo while enjoying all of the animals. It’s a safe and fun Halloween celebration perfect for all ages. For more, visit

Superhero Halloween at the California Automobile Museum – October 30
Holy Batman! The community is encouraged to visit the California Automobile Museum and meet Batman and Robin from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.! Visitors won’t want to miss the dynamic duo and their daring driving machines: the Batmobile and the Batcycle! Plus, guests can make their own “trick or treat” bag and then save the day from our Super Villains like the Joker, CatWoman or Cruella Deville to keep them from completing their dastardly deeds and trick them out of some Halloween treats.
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