October is hands down my favorite calendar month. It is the time of year when our eyes are treated to a daily feast of changin color, the air is crisp and the nights are filled with warm cups of hot chocolate and apple cider. My family loves Halloween, and all that October has to offer with anything pumpkin patch or spooky related. I am a big supporter of tricks and treats and kids playing dress-up, and what better month to let them explore all of their costumed fantasies!
There are ample opportunities for family fun and spooky haunts in our region. Since I wouldn’t have the time to travel to each one and showcase it, I wanted to make a listing available for you and your family to take your pick, or picks, on where to visit to get you into the mood of the new season. I have already showcased Cool Patch Pumpkins and I hope you and your family will go and visit their spectacular patch along with some of these others. Happy Fall everyone, I hope to see you through the steam of a nice warm beverage amongst the corn stalks having fun with your family!
Bobby Dazzler’s Pumpkin Patch & Milo Maze
Oct. 1-31 – Davis
Pick in the field Pumpkins, as well as pre picked varieties, corn maze, milo maze, child sized haybale maze, photo cutouts, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, pony rides, and farm animals. Centrally located between Davis and Woodland on Frontage Road off of Road 29 in Davis. For more information and directions: www.yourpumpkins.com
Bastiao Farms Goblin Gardens
Oct 1-31st, North Natomas, Sacramento
Pumpkin Patch pick in the field, corn maze, train ride through one of the mazes, mini race track, child sized hay bale maze. 7 days a week 10am-7pm. For more information; www.bastiaofarmsgoblingardens.com
Dave’s Pumpkin Patch
Oct 1-31st, West Sacramento
Picked from the vine pumpkin patch, punkin chuckin(pumpkins flying 500 yards in the air), hay rides, petting zoo, face painting, pony rides, jump house, corn maze, pig races, sunflower maze, and a hay bounce (a tramploine fashined out of hay bales).Sunday -Thurs 10am-dusk, Fri and Sat 10am-9pm. For more information: www.davespumpkinpatch.com
The Pumpkin Farm
Oct. 1-31 – Citrus Heights
The whole family will love the haunted barn, farm zoo, hayrides, tower slides, corn maze, pony rides and pumpkin farm. 9am-6pm at 7736 Old Auburn Road. 726-1137. PumpkinFarm.net
Oct. 16-31 – Old Sacramento
Halloween-themed trains, manned by a delightful–not frightful–skeleton crew, depart on-the-hour for a fun 40-minute ride along the Sacramento River. Departures at 11am-4pm Oct. 16-17, Oct. 23-24, and Oct. 30-31 at the Central Pacific Railroad Feight Depot. Regular ticket prices apply. Csrmf.org
Haunted Factory Tours
Oct. 18-31 – Fairfield
The 40-minute candy factory tour takes a special detour through a decorated haven of Halloween delights. Join the Munchkin Masquerade on Oct. 30: costumed children (ages 10 and younger) march through the candy factory and the haunted house. 9am-4pm at the Jelly Belly Factory. Free. Hours are 9am-4pm, Call for more information: 800-953-5592.
Oct. 21 – Elk Grove
Get ready for the zombie walk: teens are invited to learn zombie make-up and costuming techniques. 3:30pm at Franklin Community Library. Free. Call for info 264-2920.
Dress Rehearsal Party
Oct. 22-23 – Sacramento, Roseville
Kiddos (ages 3 and up) who wear their favorite costume receive a free gift as they step into the spooky season a little early with games and a costume parade. Two sessions scheduled per day at the Disney stores in Arden Fair (923-9165) and the Galleria at Roseville (788-4433).
Oct. 22-24 – Sacramento
The fang-tastic fun includes over 15 candy stations, free family photos, hands-on activities, Dracula’s castle and a costume parade. 5-9pm at Fairytale Town. $2 ($1 for members). 808-7462. FairytaleTown.org
19th Annual Halloween Haunt
Oct. 23 – Sacramento
Magic with Trevor Wyatt, live music, a new maze, games and prizes, face painting, a costume parade and more fill Sacramento’s largest Halloween event for young haunters. The Haunt promises to be a super-safe event each year. 11am-4pm at Safetyville USA. $6 (includes a $2 food/game coupon) general admission, free for children age 2 and younger. 366-7233. SafetyCenter.org
Bounce into Halloween
Oct. 29 – West Sacramento
This free community event includes trick-or-treating, bouncing, games, prizes, a costume contest, and so much more! 6-9pm at The Bounce Spot. Free to everyone who arrives in a costume. Call for more information 371-2386.
Howlin’ Halloween Spooktacular
Oct. 29 – Sacramento
The mad scientists are brewin’ some fun—wear your costume and enjoy the Halloween season with games, scary crafts and science activities that will make your skin crawl. 5:30-8:30pm at The Mad Science Laboratory. Free. MadScience.org
Boo at the Zoo
Oct. 30-31 – Sacramento
Little ghouls and boys (ages 10 and younger) can safely trick-or-treat around the lake, enjoy magic shows, a costume party, crafts and tons of family fun. 4:30-8pm at the Sacramento Zoo. Be sure to call ahead, tickets can sell fast, $9 general, $5 for members, free for age 2 and younger. 808-5888. SacZoo.com
Davis Farmers’s Market Fall Festival
Oct. 30 – Davis
The free family fun includes an avenue of scarecrows, pie-by-the-slice, live music, arts and crafts for kiddos, and more. 8am-1pm at Central Park. 530-756-1695. DavisFarmersMarket.org
Oct. 30-31 – Sacramento
Visit the silly haunted house, decorate pumpkins or frolic in the pumpkin patch, and take a ride on the no-so-scary train! Bring a game or art supplies to donate to River Oak in exchange for free tickets. 10am-6pm at Funderland Amusement Park. Free entry. 456-0115. FunderlandPark.com
Treehouse Harvest Fest
Oct. 30 – Sacramento
A wonderful evening of games, crafts, tricks, treats, food and fun for young children and children with special needs. Presented by The Treehouse, Inc. 4-7pm at Safetyville USA. TreehouseIncorporated.org
Oct. 31 – Carmichael
Celebrate the season with train rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, games, candy and more at this fun and safe event. 6-8pm at Cypress Avenue Baptist Church. Free admission, free parking. CypressAvenue.org
Halloween at the Exploratorium
Oct. 31 – San Francisco
In the mood for a Sunday road trip to celebrate Halloween? Adults are invited to explore the ever-expanding Graveyard of Dead Science Ideas. Kids might prefer to explore a variety of creatures–including carnivorous plants, worms, and tarantulas—as well as decorate sugar skulls, and generally delve into decay as befitting the season and science.
Oct. 31 – Sacramento
Wear a costume to the museum on Halloween to receive a special discount. 10am-6pm at the California Automobile Museum. 442-6802. CalAutoMuseum.org
Whew!! Hope you and your family get out an enjoy all of the Fall fun that our local farmers and organizations have to offer. I always recommend calling ahead of time and checking the website of the venue for any updated information before heading out. Happy Fall everyone!