Updates By Jamee Villa & Chantel Elder Oct. 15, 2014
October is the best month of the year. I mean, how amazing is it when it’s 100 degrees one day, and a crisp 76 the next? It’s like Mother Nature finally let out a deep breath and the world sprung to life with golden leaves and bright blue skies and white fluffy clouds and a soft breeze … and yes, I love October.
But what makes this month particularly important is the celebration of the year’s best holiday: Halloween. I am a fiend for it. I spend the entire month trying to find scary books, watching scary movies – even ones like “The Others” and “The Sixth Sense” in which the ending makes up the whole point of the movie – and going places that embrace the Halloween spirit.
Here are some of my local(ish) suggestions to get into the holiday spirit in the Sacramento area.
I know, I already wrote about this Davis/Woodland retreat, but my admiration of this place was confirmed by a friend who said it was the best pumpkin patch she had ever been to (let’s ignore the fact that it was the ONLY pumpkin patch she’d ever been to). It’s not tacky. It’s not loaded with bells and whistles. It’s just heirloom pumpkins – a massive variety of them, and not a lot of crowds. I recommend heading there just before sunset, when the fields are gold, the lighting is just right, and you feel like you’ve left it all behind for pumpkin scavenging.
As an alternative to the grown-up Bobby Dazzler’s, Bishop’s out in Wheatland – another trek, my friends (I scour the region for Halloween, I tell ya) is the opposite of Bobby Dazzler’s. It’s got the train, and the Halloween village, and the corn maze, and tons of children running around. It’s a much more festive environment.
For two nights the Sacramento Zoo puts on a spooktacular event for you and your kiddies. The Zoo’s website boasts that your kids can safely trick-or-treat around the lake at 25 different candy stations. Not to mention activities include magic shows, costume dance party and ghoulish games. This is perfect for the little’s to dress up and run around until bedtime. Of course, the perk for Mom and Dad is sorting through (eating!) your kids candy; for safety reasons, of course.
Check out the website here for tickets:
SCM is a wonderful place to take your children to explore and have genuine fun! The Monster Bash is a costume-encouraged event for both parent and child. Did we mention there is a dj and dancing? This is by far, the best way to show off your sweet moves outside of the club for Halloween. Be sure to get your tickets early before they sell out!
Hahaha, I’m only adding this because I want to gloat. This tour is SOLD OUT, folks, and this is the first year I was fast enough to get tickets. Tickets go on sale the beginning of September and sell out within three weeks. It’s insane. Basically, a cemetery volunteer – in Victorian costume! – leads a group of people through the cemetery – which, seriously, is my favorite place to sit and think and be alone in Sacramento, it’s just so gorgeous – and tell the weary woes of death, disease, and demise in historic Sacramento.
Ok … this tour needs a lot of work. My parents came up for this, and they thought it was cheesy. HOWEVER, I am still recommending it! I recommend it because it was the only time I was in Old Sac and I wasn’t completely pissed off and annoyed by all the tourists lurking around. The tour is late at night, you get to see some of the old buildings all lit up, and the stories – the real ones – are interesting. Plus, I will say the creepiest part of the tour is the first in Eagle Theater, which I felt the most ghostly presence.
I went here for the first time last year, and while my friends and I got lost on the Placer County Fair Grounds (which was actually terrifying as it reminded me of home, not in a good way), the mini theme park may lure me back again this year. It’s comprised of tented horror houses, each with its own level of terror – which, as I recall, was fairly accurate in its estimation. Some of that stuff was crazy scary – the actors in the tents had amazing costumes, the obstacles were f-ing creepy, and all five of your senses were on alert, as advertised. This is also a fun place to bring kids, but for those of us kid-unfriendly, I didn’t think children running around overwhelmed my experience. I highly recommend this as a group outing, if y’all are ok with the drive out of Midtown.
Cozy on the Couch/Hometivity Traditions
This movie. It’s family friendly or you can have your girlfriends over and drink wine/gossip while it plays on your t.v. in the background. Somwhere between 1993 and 2014 it has become a classic with a serious cult following. I personally have been invited to watch this in a group setting 3 times from different social circles this season and craft/carve pumpkins.
As my husband can tell you, I have an unhealthy obsession with this show. I would watch re-runs of this every night if I didn’t have to share the TV. Zak, Nick, and Aaron – the three Ed Hardy stooges of this Travel Channel show – took on Old Sacramento’s ghosts with this episode, and I have to say, it’s fun to watch. They go underground (which I have yet to do, thank you Old Sacramento Historic Foundation for making those tours so accessible to the public … not), they investigate the old court house, and they got great evidence in the Eagle Theater (see! told you it was haunted).
Other events around town – anyone got good intel on them?
- Capitol Apocalypse 5K Zombie Run (Oct. 18)
- Sutter’s Fort: The Haunted Fort (Oct. 24 & 25)
- Trash Film Orgy – BeetleJuice Movie (Oct. 24)
For more event ideas, check out the Sacramento365.com