Whether you're traveling alone or with kids, there are plenty of ways to have frightful fun for Halloween in Sacramento. Each fall, the capital city of California hosts a variety of festive events including an annual vampire ball and a costume party with zoo animals. No matter what kind of spooky adventure you're looking for, it's easy to have a ghoulishly good time at these events in and around Sacramento this Halloween season.
Note many of these events have been altered or canceled for 2020. Check the details below and event websites for updates.
The Ultimate Terror Scream Park
The Ultimate Terror Scream Park has been featured on Forbes, CBS, ABC, and Fox News as one of Sacramento's most famous haunted houses. Buy your tickets online and stop by when the attraction is open, most nights between October 2 and November 7, 2020. The park is usually running from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., though some Friday and Saturday nights it stays open until midnight.
The Ultimate Terror Scream Park features three separate sections of fright. Check out the New Orleans-inspired Voodoo Bayou, see mad scientists and patients left behind at Midnight Asylum, and venture through the spooky House of Undead, hosted by Mister Leather. Explore all three—if you dare—to discover the tortured souls that reside within the walls of this unique attraction.
Halloween Fun at Fairytale Town
A great attraction for visitors traveling with kids, Fairytale Town is an interactive storybook-themed amusement park featuring gardens, performance stages, a petting zoo, and even The Dish and Spoon Cafe, a good place for a snack. The park invites guests to dress in Halloween costumes and participate in a pumpkin decorating contest as well as holiday-themed crafts and activities, a dance party, and a costume pageant. In 2020, the event called Halloween Fun at Fairytale Town takes place on October 23, 24, 30, and 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Halloween Glow Party
Locals and visitors ages 21 and up can enjoy a costume party for Halloween from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on October 31, 2020, at the Sac Brew Bar. Wear some glow party attire or bright Halloween costumes and expect fun music from Afrobeat and dancehall to reggae and hip hop. There will also be glow accessories and light appetizers included with the ticket price. Drinks must be purchased.
Heartstoppers Haunted House
About a 20-minute drive from Sacramento is Rancho Cordova, home to the thrilling Heartstoppers Haunted House. From October 29-31, 2020, the attraction will feature a Drive-Thru Zombie Laser Tag and Halloween Celebration worth heading to. Adding to the fun will be live music, horror movie clips, food trucks, and trick or treating for the kids, along with Halloween scarecrow building and pumpkin carving contests. Guests can also decorate and enter their cars into a competition with prizes.
Shannon McCabe's Vampire Ball
The Vampire Ball event has been canceled for 2020, but there will be an Endless Night Virtual Vampire Ball Full Moon Mansion on October 31. If you're looking for an adults-only sexy way to celebrate Halloween weekend, check out Shannon McCabe's Vampire Ball. Held at Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub, what once started as a 100-guest Halloween ball has turned into an annual extravaganza where you can dance and groove to live music, shop at Halloween vendors, explore the Freak Zone, and grab some adult beverages at the bars throughout the venue.
Get Spooked on Sacramento History Museum Ghost Tours
For 2020, the Ghost Tours will be held virtually. Death's Inquest digital tours take place at 7 and 8:30 p.m. on October 23, 24, and 30, 2020. Each year for Halloween, the Sacramento History Museum and Old Sacramento Living History offer special ghost tours that include true macabre tales from the capital's past dating back to 1839. Complete with Gold Rush-themed tales of the city's early days, these hour-long walking tours depart from the museum and wander through the streets of Old Sacramento. Buying tickets online in advance is recommended as the event tends to sell out.
Halloween Booze Crawl
This event has been canceled for 2020. If you are age 21 and up and would enjoy meeting some locals while sipping on drinks at various Sacramento bars, join one of the largest Halloween bar crawls touring the country. Hosted by Bar Crawl Unlimited, the Halloween Booze Crawl usually takes place in Sacramento on a Saturday night in early October. During the event, check in at the flagship venue for the year—revealed when you purchase your tickets—to get a wristband, which will get you access to prizes and discount drink prices at participating bars around the city.
Boo at the Zoo
This event has been canceled for 2020. Dress up in your best Halloween costume and head to the Sacramento Zoo for the family-friend Boo at the Zoo event, which usually takes place on a Saturday and Sunday at the end of October. During the day-long festivities, kids are invited to go trick-or-treating at several candy stations set up throughout the zoo and enjoy the magic and themed stage shows, face-painting, games, and more. The annual zoo fundraiser is appropriate for children age 10, but all ages are welcome to enjoy the event.
The Sacramento Comedy Spot Halloween Show
This event has been canceled for 2020. Operated by the nonprofit organization the Sacramento Comedy Foundation, the Sacramento Comedy Spot is located in the Midtown Art Retail Restaurant Scene (MARRS), a shopping center in the historic Midtown Sacramento neighborhood. The Sacramento Comedy Spot hosts a Halloween-themed funny show each year on a Saturday evening in late October. This 17-and-over fun event features local and national comedians performing sets that feature spooky stories, hilarious ghostly encounters, and all sorts of macabre humor. Tickets are required to attend and should be purchased in advance as the event is likely to sell out.
Halloween Haunt at Miniature City
This event is canceled for 2020. Held each year since 1991 in Safetyville USA, a miniature city in Sacramento, the Halloween Haunt is an annual trick-or-treating fundraiser event for families with young children. Featuring a costume parade, carnival rides, games, safety demonstrations, various activities, and trick-or-treating, this unique event takes place in late October. There is an admission fee for those 3 years old and over, and wristbands may be purchased, which allow access to unlimited carnival games.
The Haunted Fort
Sutter's Fort State Historic Park is temporarily closed due to the pandemic, and the Haunted Fort event has been canceled for 2020. Originally established as an agricultural and trade colony in 1839, Sutter's Fort is located just east of Midtown Sacramento. Visitors are welcome 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 ghost stories to the living. Known as The Haunted Fort, this event takes place on Saturdays in mid and late October. Although the gathering is suitable for all ages, make your own best judgment about whether your kids can handle this historic park after dark.