Guide to Halloween in Sacramento: Festivals, Events, Things to Do

Halloween decoration

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Whether you're traveling alone or with kids, there are plenty of ways to have frightful fun for Halloween in Sacramento. From mid-September through October each year, the capital city of California hosts a variety of festive events including an annual horror film festival and a costume party with zoo animals. No matter what kind of spooky adventure you're looking for, you're sure to have a ghoulishly good time at these events in and around Sacramento this Halloween season.

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Sacramento Horror Film Festival

Sacramento Horror Film Festival
Courtesy of Sacramento Horror Film Festival

Start your Halloween season early at the Sacramento Horror Film Festival on September 21, 2019. This day-long event features independent feature-length and short films of horror, thriller, and suspense from local and international filmmakers. The 13th Annual Horror Film Festival takes place at the Historic Colonial Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door but may sell out in advance.

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Shannon McCabe's Vampire Ball

Vampire Ball
Courtesy of Shannon McCabe's Vampire Ball
California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95818-1107, USA

If you're looking for an adults-only way to celebrate Halloween weekend, check out Shannon McCabe's Vampire Ball. Held at the California Automobile Museum since 2008, the Vampire Ball moves to its new home at the city's best nightclub, Harlow's Restaurant and Nightclub on Saturday, October 26, 2019, starting at 7 p.m. 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, check out mermaids and pirates as they cruise the boardwalk, explore the Freak Zone, and grab some adult beverages at the bars throughout the venue. 

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Boo at the Zoo

3930 W Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95822, USA
Phone +1 916-808-5888

Dress up in your best Halloween costume and head to the Sacramento Zoo for the family-friend Boo at the Zoo event, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27, 2019. During the day-long festivities, kids are invited to go trick-or-treating at 15 candy stations set up throughout the zoo and enjoy magic shows, face-painting, themed stage shows, and keeper chats. This annual zoo fundraiser is appropriate for children age 10, but all ages are welcome to enjoy the event.

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Have a "Safe & Super" Halloween in Fairytale Town

A great attraction for visitors traveling with kids, Fairytale Town is an interactive storybook-themed amusement park featuring gardens, cafes, performance stages, and a petting zoo. To celebrate the holiday each year, the park invites guests to dress in their fairytale-inspired costumes to trick-or-treat or participate in the nightly costume parade. The event, called Safe & Super Halloween in Oz in 2019, takes place on October 19, 20, 26, and 27, from 5 to 9 p.m.

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Discover Haunted Spots on the Old Sacramento Ghost Tour

Lantern in Old Town Sacramento Historic District
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101 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
Phone +1 916-808-7059

Each year for Halloween, the Sacramento History Museum offers special ghost tours that include true macabre tales from the city's 200-year history. Complete with Gold Rush-themed tales of the city's early history, these hour-long walking tours depart from the museum and wander through the streets of Old Sacramento. The Murderers, Mayhem, and Tragedies Ghost Tours run six times nightly on Friday and Saturday evenings, October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, and 26, 2019. Buy your tickets in advance because this event often sells out. While popular with kids and adults alike, the tour is not recommended for children under the age of 8.

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Trick or Drink Halloween Bar Crawl

For a great way to meet some locals while enjoying huge discounts at many different Sacramento bars, join one of the biggest bar crawls in the city for Halloween this year. Hosted by Barcrawlerz, the Trick or Drink Halloween Bar Crawl returns to Sacramento on Saturday, October 26, and Thursday, October 31, 2019. 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 discount drink prices at participating bars around the city.

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The Haunted Fort

Haunted Fort

2701 L St, Sacramento, CA 95816-5613, USA
Phone +1 916-445-4422

Originally established as an agricultural and trade colony in 1839, Fort Sutter is located just east of Midtown Sacramento. 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 ghost stories to the living. Known as The Haunted Fort, this family-friendly event takes place on Saturdays, October 19 and 26, 2019. Although the event is suitable for all ages, make your own best judgement about whether your kids can handle this historic park after dark.

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Comedy Spot Halloween Show

The Sacramento Comedy Spot, a medium-sized venue nestled between the Midtown and Boulevard Park neighborhoods of Sacramento, hosts its first-ever Halloween-themed comedy show on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 8 to 11 p.m. This 17-and-over Comedy Spot Halloween Show 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.

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Halloween Haunt at Miniature City

Held each year since 1991 in Safetyville USA, a unique miniature city in Sacramento, the Halloween Haunt is an annual trick-or-treating even for families with young children. Featuring carnival rides, games, a costume parade, safety demonstrations, various activities, and trick-or-treating, this unique event takes place on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Admission is $5 for everyone 3 years old and over, and you can also purchase an additional wristband which gives you access to unlimited carnival games.

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The Ultimate Terror Scream Park


Scream Park

Known as the biggest Halloween attraction in the city, the Ultimate Terror Scream Park has been featured on Forbes, CBS, ABC, and Fox News as Sacramento's most famous haunted house. Open nightly from September 27 through November 2, 2019, the Ultimate Terror Scream Park features three separate sections of terror: The Bride, Screech Ward, and Morbid Manor. Explore all three—if you dare—to discover the tortured souls that reside within the walls of this unique attraction.

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