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sacramento parent presents:

the October 2017 Guide to

Halloween Haunts & Harvests Apples & Jacks Haunted Houses, Trains and Boats

Monster Mashes & Witchy Bashes A to Z Costume Ideas

2017 October Guide to Halloween

APPLES & JACKS Pickin’ at “Apple Hill” Farms Open now! Ranches located northeast of Placerville Apple Hill is open all year long but everyone’s favorite season just started! Fall has been the most popular time of year for Apple Hill ranches for over 50+ years! It’s when the air is filled with the wonderful smell of apple pies and folks are loading boxes of juicy apples into their cars. This time of year, take a stab at finding your perfect jack-o-lantern at some of the area’s finest pumpkin farms, too! Amador Flower Farm Pumpkin Patch

October 1–31, 22001 Shenandoah School Rd, Plymouth, 9am-4pm A day trip to this beautiful flower farm will have you surrounded in pumpkins and corn mazes. Visit the farm animals and take a free tram ride tour every weekend (weather permitting).

209-245-6660 | Bastiao Farms Goblin Gardens Pumpkin Patch October 2–31, 3845 El Centro Rd, Sacramento, 10am-7pm Goblin Gardens Pumpkin Patch is a Halloween pumpkin patch that will provide a delightful fright for the entire family! Explore 4 mazes including 2 straw bale mazes, a corn maze and a maze for the train to twist and turn through. Activities for all ages including a hay bale pyramid, a toddler pedal car track and a sunflower pit.

916-925-2496 Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm

Now-November 5, 1415 Pumpkin Lane, Wheatland, 9am-6pm There are so many fun things to do at Bishop’s, you’ll definitely need a map! Not just your traditional pumpkin patch, here you can go on train rides, pony rides and hayrides. Cheer for your favorite squealer at the pig races, hide at “Fort Alotafun” or relax by the pond. There’s so much more, we could fill the page!

530-633-2568 Bobby Dazzler’s Pumpkin Patch & Milo Maze Open Now through October 31, 23300 County Road 99D, Davis, times vary Enjoy acres of pumpkins, ride a cow train, work up an appetite in the milo maze and then head to the picnic area. This pumpkin patch has so much to offer including a petting zoo, face painting, pony cart rides, horse rides, hay pyramids & more. Branco Farms and the “Biggest Little Pumpkin Patch”

Open October 6-31, at The Fountains, Roseville, times vary Head over to The Fountains in Roseville for the Biggest Little Pumpkin Patch, just minutes from your backyard! Pick your favorite pumpkin plus so much more! Follow them on Facebook for updates on scheduled events and activities this harvest season!

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Cool Patch Pumpkin Farm Now-November 1, 6150 Dixon Ave. West, Dixon, 9am-8pm Explore this you pick pumpkin patch featuring edible and non-edible pumpkins, gourds, squash, and more! Enjoy the fun zone, hay rides, pumpkin cannon, tasty food and drinks. A place where friends and family can celebrate fall and kick off the holiday season.

530-746-8725 | Dave’s Pumpkin Patch

Now-October 31, 3010 Burrows Ave, West Sacramento, times vary Join Dave’s Pumpkin Patch this year for a day full of family fun! Check out the “Cornival,” made up of ten different fun filled family activities going on at once. There’s the jumping pillow, pumpkin princess castle, corn boxes, pony rides, hay rides, goats, pig races and so much more!

916-849-9450 | Fog Willow Farms

October 1-31, 11011 Cecatra Dr, Wilton, times vary At Fog Willow Farms, you and your family/friends can experience all of the fun and excitement of the old farm in the country. Fog Willow is a friendly, safe, exciting "Edu-Tainment" farm where you can celebrate all that is agriculture, all that is family and all that is fun, plus pumpkin after pumpkin!

916-687-4547 | Gibson Ranch Pumpkin Festival

Weekends September 30-October 31, 8556 Gibson Ranch Park Rd, 10am-7pm Featuring a kid zone packed with entertainment; bounce houses, a kiddie train, face painting, and much more. You will love the farmers' market and peddlers' fair we have arranged for your pleasure! Plus, holidays are just around the corner; your loved ones will be thrilled when they get one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artisans! Roemer Pumpkin Patch

October 1-31, 6851 Hedge Ave, Sacramento, times vary; closed Mondays Head over to Roemer’s Pumpkin Patch and enjoy a tractor hayride. Just climb aboard, sit down on the hay bales, and enjoy the 13 acre ride through pumpkins galore! After you pick your perfect pumpkin stick around for the corn maze plus more harvest fun!

916-381-4331 | The Flower Farm Pumpkin Patch October 1-31, 9280 Horseshoe Bar Rd, Loomis, 10am to 4pm; closed Tuesdays In Autumn, The Flower Farm comes to life with incredible fall colors and fun family activities. Enjoy a pumpkin patch filled with pumpkin people and a climbing haystack! Enjoy special activities on the weekends like, puppet shows, animal visitors, face painting, crafts and fall inspired food & beer in the café. A pumpkin patch that’s fun for the whole family.

916-652-4200 | The Pumpkin Farm

October 1-31, 7736 Old Auburn Rd, Citrus Heights, 9am-6pm, closed Mondays The Pumpkin Farm is one of California’s oldest family-run pumpkin farms, celebrating its 43rd year. The farm offers everyone a unique experience located in the heart of

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Sacramento, magically capturing the fun, festivities and traditions of the harvest season. Enjoy a hayride among blooming sunflowers, train rides, slides, corn maze, petting zoo and more!

916-726-1137 | Uncle Ray’s Pumpkin Patch

October 1-31, 5610 Garden Highway, near Sacramento Airport, 10am-6pm No matter how old you are, you're certain to have a great time at this pumpkin patch. Enjoy free tractor rides, hay rides and corn mazes. No admission or parking fees and there are plenty of pumpkins to carve!

916-997-8573 Zittel Farms

September 29 through October 31, 6781 Oak Ave, Folsom, weekdays 9am-5pm, weekends 9am-6pm Zittel Farms offers a quaint and picturesque farm and pumpkin patch in the heart of Folsom. It’s been a Folsom favorite since 1976, with lots of farm-style fun for the whole family. Head out and check out a great selection of pumpkins and fall décor including antiques from across the United States, Amish made decor and fine craft preserves and honey. Free hayrides on the weekends!

916-989-2633 | Machado Apple Festival

Saturday, October 21, 100 Apple Lane, Bowman, 9am- 6pm This is Machado’s 7th Annual Apple Festival and aside from the assortment of tasty apples waiting for you to bite into, there will be more activities for the whole family to enjoy. The mood is set with live music, artists in the orchard and food sampling. There will be alpacas and facepainting for the kiddos so head to the foothills for a day of harvest fun!

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HAUNTED HOUSES, TRAINS & BOATS CemeTarium Haunted House Now through November, 7983 Arcadia Dr, Citrus Heights, times vary Check out this Haunted House, you’ll love it to death! Presented by Terror in the Night Halloween Productions featuring Psycho Circus and Zombie Heights! Cemetarium Haunted House offers Low Scare Family Friendly Tours and Full Scare Tours.

916-223-9080 DireWorld ScarePark

Varying days & times in October, 800 All American City Blvd, Roseville Survive 8 masterfully menacing attractions, all packed with hordes of terrifying creatures and wicked special FX that will leave you crying for mummy! Enjoy live fire shows and musical acts on the DireStage, exotic vendors, food court, the Zombie Western Ghost Town of Modoc, V.I.P. Lounge Scare Station and more. Scare you there! Fright Fest at Six Flags

Through October 31, 1001 Fairgrounds Dr, Vallejo-various times Enjoy thrills and activities for the whole family throughout the day and come back for a truly frightening evening of fun after the sun goes down. Fright Fest offers a wide

Haunts & Harvests

It’s back...the annual Harvest Guide has you covered from Apples to Zombies! variety of places to get your scare on including several haunted houses and scare zones located throughout the park. The stuff of nightmares lurk around every corner as the dark of night washes over the park. The ghouls are set free for their daily hunting rituals. special-events/fright-fest-night Fright Planet

Weekends October 6-31st at Cal Expo, times vary At Fright Planet Park, you will jump and scream, and laugh at your friends when they do the same! Explore countless haunted houses and attractions. Take a breather and enjoy some delicious and Halloween inspired food, dessert, and drinks. The Park also features numerous photo opportunities to capture the haunted memories that your group will make.

916-678-0266 | Ghost Tours at Sacramento History Museum

Tours begin October 13-28 at Sacramento History Museum, times vary Join the “ghosts” of early Sacramento on an eerie journey back in time every Friday & Saturday! Beware of wayward miners, murder victims, and other colorful Gold Rush characters that may cross your path on this mile long guided walk. Not recommended for children under 8 years.

916-808-7059 | tours/ghost-tours Sacramento Spooky Halloween River Cruise

Three weekends in October, L Street Dock in Sacramento, twice daily The Hornblower will be cruising along the Sacramento River with a fun, family-friendly Halloween River cruise. Spend one hour cruising along the Sacramento River as the evening creeps in with the chilling sounds of background Halloween-themed music. Take your family to the coloring area where spooky Halloween-themed coloring sheets will be available or stop and have your faces painted! As you disembark, all of the children on board will receive a fun Halloween party favor.

888-467-6256 | Spookomotive Train Rides

Saturdays & Sundays October 14-29 at California State Railroad Museum, 11am-4pm This delightful, not frightful train is just the ticket for the whole family. The diesel-powered train is decorated for the season with cornstalks, scarecrows, skeletons, bats and spiders. Each operating weekend the Spookomotive will have a special theme, and includes exciting on board entertainment and a tasty Halloween treat.

916-445-5995 | Ultimate Terror Scream Park Sacramento

September 29-November 11, 4909 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento, times vary As seen on Forbes, CBS, ABC, and Fox News, Ultimate Terror Scream Park unleashes three ridiculous haunted houses for the 2017 Halloween season. This October, they bring to you the signature attraction: The Superstition Killer. It’s time to scream.

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MONSTER MASHES & WITCHY BASHES 9th Annual Antelope Crossing Spooktacular Saturday October 14th, 11am at Antelope Crossings in Citrus Heights This family-friendly harvest and Halloween event features live entertainment, carnival games, face painting, holiday shopping at the vendor craft fair, and other fun activities. All New Boo at the Zoo

Saturday & Sunday, October 28-29, 11am-5pm (Members Only Hour 10-11am) Enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the entire zoo at 15 different candy stations, face painting for kids, festive games, themed stage shows, magic shows with Trevor the Magician, keeper chats and even animal enrichments. Top off a perfect day with a ride on the spooky zoo train or the creepy carousel for an additional fee.

916-808-5888 | Annual Scarecrow Contest

Thursday October 19, CSD Quad, 1021 Harvest Way, 4:30-6:30pm Have you always wanted to create your very own scarecrow? Here’s a chance to let your imagination run wild! Gather up your supplies and enter the EDHCSD Annual Scarecrow Contest! There is NO entry fee, and you can use supplies scavenged from the barn or storage shed. Borrow Grandpa’s old straw hat, maybe Grandma’s old apron... even the dog’s bandana... just be sure to ask first!

916-614-3215 | Carden School Harvest Faire

Saturday October 14, Carden School Sacramento, 11am This fall event will be a family friendly fair with games, raffles, food, silent auction, games, bounce houses, and vendors.

916-488-1313 | Citrus Town Center’s Harvest Festival

Saturday October 28, 7925 Greenback Lane, 1-3pm Celebrate the season at Citrus Town Center! Enjoy a Harvest Festival made for the entire family! Day of the Dead Party 2017

Friday, October 13, 1020 O St, Sacramento, 6-10pm Join the California Museum’s annual Día de Los Muertos Fiesta including entree plates, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase. Face painting and hands-on kids’ activities, including a sugar skull workshop session. Costume contest featuring prizes plus much more!

916-653-7524 | Forever Halloween At Monster Mini Golf

October 1 - 31 at 12401 Folsom Blvd, times vary Monster Mini Golf is an 18 hole indoor, monster themed, glow in the dark miniature golf course! The course is scary but cool monster décor with custom and animated props. In addition to mini golf, we have an arcade game area, private event rooms and an unusual gift shop! Visit website for more details.

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El Panteon de Sacramento: Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Sat & Sun October 28 & 29 at 20th St and J St, Sacramento Two days of remembrance and festivities at the region’s largest Dia de los Muertos celebration. El Panteon de Sacramento includes a Saturday evening desfile (parade) of mojigangas (giant street puppets), live music, and traditional dance performances replicating Mexico’s most popular holiday.

916-446-5133 | Fairytale Town’s 31st Safe & Super Halloween in Space

Friday, October 20-22 at Fairytale Town, Sacramento, 5-9pm Take off to a galaxy far, far away for three nights of trickor-treating and family fun in space! Enjoy 15 treat stations, photos with some of your favorite intergalactic characters, Jedi training, a costume parade, magic show, and more. Advance tickets are $7-$10 per person. Beginning October 20, tickets are $12 per person. Magic show tickets are $1-$2 per person.

916-808-7462 | Fall Festival

Sunday, October 15 at Palladio, Folsom, 1-5pm A great afternoon of family fun with hayrides, a petting zoo, a hay town, crafts & games, plus more for the entire family!

916-542-7408 | Floating Pumpkin Patch

Sunday, October 22 at Mike Shellito Indoor Pool, Roseville, 1-4pm Hunt for your pumpkin in the pool this year! Once you pick your pumpkin, you can decorate it at our decorating station. The lap pool will be open for recreational swim throughout the event. There are carnival games, bounce houses and story times. Costumes are encouraged and preregistration is required.

916-774-5200 | Fremont Presbyterian Church Trunk or Treat

Saturday October 28, 5770 Carlson Dr, Sacramento, 4-6:30pm Fremont Presbyterian Church will have tons of elaborately decorated trunks to “trunk or treat” in. Bring the whole family out for a evening of fun including bounce houses, food trucks, a balloon artist and more! Halloween Breakfast with Mr. Jelly Belly

Saturday, October 28 at One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield, 9:30am Enjoy a delicious breakfast, interactive activities and entertainment. Costumes are encouraged. Includes participation in the Munchkin Masquerade parade. Pre-registration required with limited seating.

800-522-3267 | Halloween Carnival

Tuesday, October 31 at 10219 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks, 11am-4pm A free family event! Enjoy games, face painting and more! Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks and the Fair Oaks Theatre Festival.

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3010 Burrows Ave, West Sacramento, CA 95691

Come and pick your very own pumpkin straight off the vine! All ages are welcome to this true working family farm. Pack up the family and head out to Dave's Pumpkin Patch to create memories for years to come.

Look who's coming to Dave's Pumpkin Patch every Sunday from 10am til dark! (weather permitting)

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MORE MONSTER MASHES & WITCHY BASHES Hope for Hearing Halloween Run Saturday, October 28 at William Land Park, Sacramento, 8-11am Children’s Choice for Hearing and Talking Center-Sacramento and Hope for Healthy Families Counseling Center is hosting a timed 10K, 5K, and 1K Kid fun run. P​ ost-race festivities include goodies, music, costume contest (costumes are optional), trick or treating for children 12 and under, prizes, and vendor giveaways!

916-361-7290 | Pumpkin Nights

October 13-29 at 1273 High St, Auburn, 6:30-10:30pm From the creators of The Color Run comes Pumpkin Nights, 17 days of Halloween enchantment, transporting participants into immersive lands of wonder and nostalgia over a half-mile walking path. Over 3,000 artistically, hand-carved “funkins” and pumpkins with multi-sensory elements, and a festival area with food, vendors and activations make Pumpkin Nights the Most Delightful Halloween Tradition. Punkin Chunkin

Saturday, November 4 at World of Wonders Science Museum, 10 am Don’t toss out those post-Halloween pumpkins or let them waste away on your porch. With the power of simple machine science like levers, wheels & axles, and pulleys, visitors can load them into the various WOW trebuchets and launch them down Sacramento Street! It’s only $1 to launch, and extra pumpkins will be available for purchase. We must be out of our gourds!

209-368-0969 | Sacramento Children’s Museum Monster Bash

Saturday, October 14 at Sacramento Children’s Museum, Rancho Cordova, 6-8pm Join the museum for a night of ghoulish fun at Sacramento Children's Museum's Monster Bash! Gear up for Halloween and wear your best costume and play the night away. They will have a DJ, dancing, refreshments, and of course - Museum play!

916-638-7225 | Safetyville Annual Halloween Haunt

Saturday, October 28 at Safetyville USA, 11am-4pm SSafe Family Fun, Since 1991. Halloween Haunt at Safetyville USA offers a unique setting and safe alternative to Trick-or-Treating for families with young children. The event features carnival games, a costume parade, safety demonstrations and activities, and of course, Trick-or-Treat stations! Admission is $5 per person (ages 3 and older).

916-438-3357 | Southgate Recreation and Park District Halloween Carnival

October 31, 7320 Florin Mall Dr, 5:30pm - 8pm Enjoy a Halloween evening and ghoulishly good time with your family and friends. Each year, Southgate Recreation and Park District offers a fun and safe environment for kids to go trick-or-treating. They will offer games, arts and crafts, a haunted house, a photo booth and a candy walk where kids can fill up their pillow cases with some of their favorite candy. Spooktacular Halloween

Harvest & Halloween Fun for the Whole Family

Open October 1st - 31st 9am-6pm

(Closed Mondays)

Saturday, October 28-29, 1350 17th Ave, Sacramento, 10am-5pm Trick or treating, Hay maze, meet Wonder Woman & Spiderman, costume contests, crafts, and more.

916-456-0131 | The Elk Grove Pumpkin Festival

Saturday & Sunday, October 7-8, 9950 Elk Grove Florin Rd, 10am-5pm Adventure awaits you at the 23rd annual Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival hosted by the Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD). CSD event organizers were inspired by nature when choosing this year’s theme, “Giant Pumpkins in the Great Outdoors!” Among the GIANT pumpkins will be log cabins, fishing poles, tents, lumberjacks and more! Plus, pretty much everything pumpkin!

916-405-7150 | Trick-or-Treat in Old Sacramento

Saturday, October 28 in Old Town Sacramento Little ones are invited to trick-or-treat on the streets of Downtown Mall is Old Town Sacramento. Participating stores will have treats for your littles, come dressed to impress!

916-442-8575 | Wee Halloween

• Bounce House • Go-Kart Train Rides • Hayrides & Train Rides • Farm Zoo • Tower & Slide • Haunted Barn • Corn Maze • Hay Pyramid • Weekend Snack Bar • Large Pumpkins, Indian Corn & Gourds

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Wednesday, October 25, 216 O St, Sacramento Don’t miss one of Sacramento’s major Halloween happenings for children 3 to 5! Costumed kiddos and their grownups take a delightful stroll through the Museum and encounter enchanting music and dance performances by Sacramento’s most beloved entertainers and artists. At each stop, children receive a small gift for their specially decorated treat bag. The magical tour ends with sweet treats and a silly dance party. This program sells out annually, space is limited, and advance registration is required. Siblings under 18 months are welcome to tag along for free (treat bag not included).


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Sometimes plans change, don’t forget to check the event’s website before you go!

You’ ll have a howling good time this month with a calendar full of sweet, spooky and seasonal fun! Don’t be scared to peek at the BOOtiful round-up of annual Halloween themed events we’ve compiled for you in this issue, too!




International Festival Davis 2017

Little Friends Open Gym

Full STEAM Ahead

12pm at Central Park

10am at Folsom Sports Complex

3:30pm at Southgate Library

Celebrate world cultures with an international fashion show, parade of flags, arts & crafts, international food, cultural booths, local businesses, activities for children and music and dance groups performing non-stop.

Entertain your preschooler while they burn off some of that boundless energy! Enjoy all kinds of fun, like bounce houses, tricycles, hula-hoops, and other play equipment.

With critical thinking and hands-on activities, design, build, experiment, and maybe get a little messy! Children ages 6 to 12 are welcome.

All Aboard for Storytime

10am at Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary

Leo’s Amazing Race

11 and 11:30am at the California State Railroad Museum

2pm at Sacramento Children’s Museum

Teams of four race against the clock to compete in different challenges including anything from dancing to balloon twisting (all ages).

8 Barktoberfest 9am at at Maidu Park in Roseville

A free family festival for canines and their well-behaved human companion that kicks-off with a 2.5/5K Fun Run at Maidu Park in Roseville. Stay for the community festival after the race. Naturefest 2017 10am at Effie Yeaw Nature Center Leo’s Amazing Race, October 1st

A wonderful annual event with activities, live animal presentations, guided nature walks and demonstrations.

15 2pm at John Smith Hall

Dancing for all ages! Featuring the John Skinner Band, plus contests, prizes and free family fun! Seating provided. Refreshments and snacks available for purchase. Going Batty

9 Free Yoga Class with Yoga Moves Us 6pm at Colonial Heights Library

Yoga Moves Us has a mission to build healthier, stronger communities by making the gift of yoga accessible to all members of our community by offering free classes throughout the greater Sacramento area. Bring a mat, a water bottle and a friend!

16 3:30pm at Franklin Library

Celebrate fall and decorate a pumpkin to take home at this free program for teens hosted by the Franklin Community Library.

23 2s and 3s on the Go! 10:30am at Cameron Park Library

1:30pm at Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Explore the mysteries of bats and discover why they are so misunderstood.

22 3D Printing at the Library 12pm at Folsom Public Library

The library’s 3D Printing Lab has six 3D printers: four PrintrBot Simples and two PrintrBot Plays and is open every Sunday.

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Visit the Museum the first and third Monday of each month and Museum staff will read a railroad-related book. Afterward little ones can enjoy the Museum with their parents. This month’s book is “Pancake Express” by James Scott.

Pumpkin Decorating

Carmichael Community Dance

Aloha Festival, October 7th



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This interactive, hands-on program is perfectly suited for toddlers ages 2 and 3 years-old. Sing songs, discover new books and explore the many ways to build a solid early literacy foundation in your child.

30 Dia de los Muertos 3:30pm at Franklin Library

Decorate a sugar skull in honor of Dia de los Muertos. This free program for teens is hosted by the Franklin Community Library and requires registration.

Half Price Zoo Day On the first Tuesday of the month (from September through February) entrance to the zoo is half price!

10 Kids Sew Trick or Treat Bags 4pm at Folsom Jo-Ann Crafts

Learn to piece different fabrics together with a machine to make a sweet treat tote. folsom/2203/

17 Tuesday Tutoring 2:45pm at Folsom Public Library

Volunteer tutors including high school students and retired teachers are ready to help your child complete homework assignments, practice reading skills and review math facts. Library meeting room, appointments not needed.

24 Yoga for Children and Adults 6 and 7pm at Southgate Library

Children ages 8 to 12 will receive transformative life skills through yoga and explore stress reduction, self-awareness, emotional regulation and more. For adults, EmBody Yoga is Hatha inspired Yoga for all body types, designed so you can go at your own pace.

31 MallStars Mall-O-Ween 3-5pm throughout the Solano Town Center Mall

Boys and ‘ghouls’ 10 years-old and under are invited to show off their favorite costumes for mall-wide trick-or-treating and snap a photo in a free Halloween-themed photo booth (no full facial masks or toy weapons please).









Learn to Knit for Kids

NorCal Bats

Art Studio for Teens

4pm at Folsom Jo-Ann Crafts

4pm at North Highlands-Antelope Library

4pm at Arcade Library

7th Annual Sacramento Aloha Festival

No experience needed, this class is where your kids (ages 8 and older) will learn to fall in love with yarn. Free supplies (while they last). folsom/2203/

A fascinating program, which will dispel fears and myths about bats. Observe live bats and learn about their environmental benefits. Free for the whole family!

Make duct tape crafts and Frankentoys. All materials provided!

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Toy Time

11:30am at Arden-Dimick Library

Join local favorite, Anne Howard! (For kids 5 and under and their grownups.)

11 Masters of Disguise 4pm at Arden-Dimick Library

Come hear the story “Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise” by Sean Taylor and then make a mask to disguise yourself. Materials provided. Open to kids and their families.

18 Art Lab 4pm at Arden-Dimick Library

Rock Friends and Monsters, come paint rocks at the library! Bring your own rocks if you’d like. Additional materials will be provided. Open to kids and families. Early Literacy Storytime 10:30am at Cameron Park Library

Build your child’s pre-reading skills with this engaging and interactive program designed to support early literacy development for a lifelong love of reading and learning. Suitable for children ages 3 to 5.

25 Exciting Evenings 6pm at Southgate Library

Kids ages 4 to 18 are invited to join an evening of process-based arts, engaging games, amazing stories, and library adventures with special guests, Art Beast! Halloween Crafts 3:30pm at Elk Grove Library

Make cool Halloween crafts at the library! All ages welcome.

10am at Folsom Public Library

Enjoy a morning at the library playing with your child! The library will provide puzzles, building blocks and a fun selection of early learning toys in the Storytime area.

12 El Dorado Hills Carnival (10/12-13) 4pm at El Dorado Hills Town Center

This Carnival will include thrilling rides and fun for the whole family! Gather: Oak Park 5pm at Historic Oak Park

A unique food event includes communal tables for outdoor dining, a craft beer area, artisanal food vendors, designers, food demos, interactive art, live music and a modular kids park.

19 Fun with Letters 10:15am at Carmichael Library

A fun, hands-on early literacy workshop featuring the alphabet for kids ages 5 and under! Bring your child for stories, songs, and play, and explore five activities you can do at home to help your child get ready to read. Candy Catapults 4pm at Arden-Dimick Library

Calling all tweens (ages 8 to 12)! Build a catapult and launch (or eat) candy! Materials will be provided for this STEM program.

26 Harry Potter Halloween 5pm at El Dorado Hills Library

Gryffindors, Slytherins, Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws, and muggles alike are invited to our Hogwarts themed halloween party! Participants must register by 5:30pm to join the costume contest. Awards will be given for Scariest, Funniest, Best DIY, Best Duo/ Group, and Best Character from Harry Potter.

Baby & Me 10am at Mercy Hospital Folsom

Bring your new baby for support, friendships and baby enrichment and playtime. Dignity Health Women’s Services New Moms Support group can help new mothers learn about themselves, their new roles and coping with the changes and challenges new mothers experience. Sacramento Greek Festival 11am at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

The village-style atmosphere of the festival perfectly represents the historical and epic Greek passion for life, food, drink and dance.

13 Halloween Art Workshop 3:30pm at Jamie’s Painting & Design

A one-day Halloween Art Workshop where the students will make two projects and be given a snack and drink. The projects will be based on “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

20 Paper Crafting 2pm at Valley Hi North Laguna Library

9:30am at Cal Expo

The Ka`onohi Foundation presents the Sacramento Aloha Festival including cultural resources, workshops, food, crafts, shopping and education! Free with $10 parking fee. 9th Annual Cruise Fest 3pm at Fulton Avenue

This years’ Cruise Fest promises to be the best one yet, with 500 classic and custom cars of every make, model and era, cruisin’ down the Avenue.

14 Rocklin Mini Maker Faire 2017 10am at Sierra College

From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects. A family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

21 Sacramento Women’s Expo 10am at Sacramento Convention Center

Designed specifically for women, enjoy shopping, fashion shows, a beauty bar, lifestyle and business workshops, prize drawings, health and wellness, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, activities, crafts, and more!

Turn old books into works of art. All materials will be supplied. Teens and adults are welcome.



Decorate Sugar Skulls (Calaveras) and learn more about Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a celebration that honors loved ones who have passed on.

Haunted Library 8pm at Arden-Dimick Library

Bring the whole family out to the Haunted Library. They will lead small groups through your choice of a scary tour for the brave-hearted and a more light-hearted tour for everyone else. Costumes encouraged. Messy Halloween Crafts 3:30pm at McKinley Library

Create some spooky, gooey, and downright messy Halloween-inspired arts and crafts. Make pumpkin playdough, monster putty, marble painted spider webs, spooky pictures using paints, and more!

Dia de los Muertos Arts & Craft 3pm at North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library

Hope For Hearing Halloween Run 8am at 3800 Land Park Dr, Sacramento

A morning of fun, fitness and family, supporting children with hearing loss and families in need of mental health services. ​Post-race festivities include music, a costume contest, trick-ortreating (children 12 and under), prizes, goodies, and giveaways!

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Halloween Costumes from A to Z By Mali Anderson

Interested in making a costume? Below are 26 creative ideas, one for each letter of the alphabet. Now that we’ve provided an outline, take it to the next level and fashion yours with whatever you have on hand. Have fun and be original!


Heavyweight Boxer

Use an oversized white dress, robe or shirt. Belt it with a thick gold ribbon. If desired add a chenille stick to the headband in form of a halo. Wings can be made by unbending and reshaping wire hangers, cover with netting or ribbon.

If someone in the house takes kickboxing or boxing; this is an ideal last minute outfit. Boxing gloves, satin shorts and satin cape or robe are the perfect additions to a white t-shirt. You can even use markers to draw a muscled chest on the t-shirt.

Bunch of Grapes

Invisible Man

Dress your child in green tights and leotard. Blow up blue, green or purple balloons and tie with string. Attach string to safety pins and fasten to leotard. Also looks great topped with a green pointed hat.

Dress in a dark suit. Wrap athletic bandage around your head, leaving areas open for eyes and mouth, and safety pin the ends of bandages into shirt. Wear dark glasses, preferably large ones, and a dark hat with a brim complete the look.



Have any fake fur around the house? Fashion it into a toga style. Accessorize with a wig, toy club, bone jewelry or strips of leather.

To create a judge’s wig, cut off the brim of a cap and attach strips of white felt to the back and sides of cap, roll index cards into tubes and use a hot glue gun to secure them. Wear the wig with a black outfit and a white collar.

Dracula Wear a white shirt, dark pants, dark shoes and a bow tie. Use old jewelry to create a medallion and find fabric for a cape. Apply white base make-up, use eye pencil for a widow’s peak and pointed eyebrows. Shade the areas under the eyes and on cheekbones in gray and use red lipstick on lips.



Laundry Hamper

First, cut the hems of a green turtleneck or vest into a zigzag pattern. If anything has buttons, replace them with oversized buttons and belt the waist. Then, add pompons or cotton balls to shoes. If you have a Santa hat, stuff it with paper and decorate it with glitter glue or plastic plants.

Simply cut off the top of a large box and poke two holes in front and back of box. Insert ribbon through holes and knot to create suspenders to hold up box. Paint box to look like hamper or cover it with shelf paper. Attach old clothes to the top of box to look like laundry spilling out.



Start with overalls, a flannel shirt and boots. Add a straw hat and a handkerchief around the neck. For added authenticity, pin toy farm animals, such as chickens, cows and pigs onto pants.

Girl Gypsy Wear a white blouse and colorful full skirt. Add necklaces, bracelets, earrings, a shawl and/or a bandana.

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Dress in brown leggings and a brown shirt. Create a large green oblong circle, either with fabric or a piece of paper and attach it to the shirt. Add in a smaller white circle in middle and draw in kiwi seeds.

25 years

Start with a ripped flannel shirt and old jeans; add fake fur, make-up, or horns. Make huge claws with poster board and attach to the back of gloves.

Ninja Wear black sweats and socks, tucking the pants into the socks. Wrap red fabric around child’s waist and secure with safety pins. For the head cover, begin putting a black t-shirt over child’s head, but stop when face pokes through the front of the neck hole and tie arm sleeves loosely in back.



Attach seaweed and sea creatures (either toys or made with art supplies) to a blue shirt or jacket. Wear sand colored leggings or pants and attach homemade shells, starfish or beach toys.

Drape a soft white material, or fake fur, over your child wearing a leotard and tights. Belt it with rope or a braided cord. Use vinyl strips or rawhide to make wrist cuffs and find plastic toys such as swords, helmets and spears. Braided yarn or a long wig can be added to the helmet, too.

Pirate Shred the cuffs of a pair of old, dark colored pants. Wear pants with a puffy white shirt, tie a belt around the waist. Then tie a bandana on your head and clip a large hoop earring on one ear. An eye patch can be drawn on with make-up. Add a toy sword or a hook fashioned out of tin foil.

Queen Put on your fanciest dress and top your head with a play crown or create one with poster board, foil and/or paint. An Elizabethan collar can also be made with poster board or you can attach sheer scarves to the crown for an added effect.

Robot Cut a hole in the top of a box that’s large enough for a head to fit through. Next, measure where the armholes should be and cut those out, too. Decorate the box with markers or attach pictures of calculators and clocks.

Scarecrow Wear a flannel shirt and tights underneath torn overalls. Stuff the overalls with newspaper or raffia and tape in place. Use hairspray to spike your hair or wear a straw hat. Toy birds can be attached to the shoulders.

Tourist Put on your tackiest tops in mismatched layers with tan shorts and a straw hat. Additional props include sunglasses, cameras, leis and beach bags. Add a line of zinc oxide on the nose and the costume is complete.

Uncle Sam Take a pair of white pants and use masking tape to create stripes and then spray paint the pants red. When the paint has dried, remove the tape to reveal red and white striped pants. Top the pants with a white shirt and blue jacket or vest and attach stars. Crepe paper can make a bow tie and a hat can be made with poster board.

Witch What else would “W” be? Put green make-up on your face and use black eyeliner to create warts. Dress in a black dress, stockings and boots. Make a black cone witch hat out of poster board. A toy cat, broom or an old wig can also be used.

Xmas present Cut the top off of a large box; poke two holes in front and back of box. Attach red or green ribbon to create suspenders to hold up the box. Then tape wrapping paper to your box. Wear it over a green leotard and red tights.

Yachtsman You’ll need a sailor hat, or a white cap with a nautical image, either drawn on, or a picture fastened with safety pins for this costume. Add a suit coat, white pants, and a scarf tied around the neck. Carry a compass to complete the look.

Zombie Pick an old outfit and tatter it. Rub it with dirt and put dried leaves in pockets. Use make-up to create a gray face and add fake bloody injuries, too. Make your hair all messy and use gel or hairspray to hold in place. Mali Anderson loves Halloween costumes and scare-free decorations. She typically spends the holiday carving pumpkins in her ghoul-free home. See more of her work at

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