5 Halloween Events in Sacramento

Vampire Ball
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Halloween events in ​Sacramento are filled with frightful fun. For both kids and adults, there's something to do in the capital of California around this spooky time of year. So whether you want to do it up right in costume or take a more laid-back attitude, you'll have a ghoulishly good time at these events around Halloween in Sacramento, from horror films and ghost tours to costume balls and fun at the zoo.

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    Lantern in Old Town Sacramento Historic District
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    The Old Sacramento Ghost Tour is the "spookier side" of Sacramento, with Gold Rush-themed ghost tales as you walk through historic streets. These tours begin at the Sacramento History Museum in Old Sacramento.The walking tour is an hour long, and you should buy your tickets in advance since this often sells out and is popular with all ages. It's not recommended for kids under the age of 8.

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    Sacramento Horror Film Festival
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    The Sacramento Horror Film Festival is ready to scare the ticket money out of any patron. The dates of this two-day fall event vary, so check the website for the latest information. You can buy a pass online that gets you into both days of screenings and performances. Get ready to be scared to death.

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    Sutter's Fort welcomes visitors year-round for a dose of California pioneer history. But during Halloween season it turns into a haunted  hangout where famous pioneers and adventurers return from the great beyond to tell tales to the living. This event is family-friendly, but make your own best judgment about whether your kids can handle it.

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    Dress up in your Halloween-costumed best and head out to the Sacramento Zoo for this family-friendly event. Kids are invited to go trick-or-treating at separate candy stations throughout the zoo and enjoy magic shows, face-painting, themed stage shows, and keeper chats. It's appropriate for children age 10 and under.

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    Vampire Ball
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    What once started as a small(ish) 100-guest Halloween ball has turned into an annual extravaganza at the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento. Dance and groove to live music, shop at Halloween vendors, check out mermaids and pirates as they cruise the boardwalk, check out the freak zone, and grab some adult beverages as the bar stations throughout the venue.