21 BEST Halloween Events in Sacramento for Adults & Families

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Published on: August 28, 2023

From family fun days to cheeky dance parties, there’s no shortage of Halloween events in Sacramento–I’ve researched so you can have fun!

Sacramento is California’s state capital city, so it’s no surprise that it’s rich with festivities and excitement throughout the Halloween season. 

The historic district in Sacramento dates back to the 1800s Gold Rush era, so these parts of town are spooky all year round. 

For Halloween, however, the locals go the extra mile with numerous events to choose from every weekend throughout October. 

Pick from kids’ costume parades to terrifying haunted houses, live performances, bar crawls, and everything in between. 

Celebrate Halloween this year with this list of the best Halloween-themed activities in the Sacramento region.

I separated Halloween events based on scare level as well as age recommendations or requirements since each Halloween event is unique. 

This way, you can easily find what excites you and get out to celebrate.

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Scary and 21+ Halloween Events in Sacramento

Sacramento Zombie Walk & Halloween Fair 2023

When: Saturday, October 14th
Where: Sunrise Mall, 6041 Sunrise Mall, Citrus Heights, CA
Cost: Free admission

The Cemetarium Haunted Houses & Zombie Club knows how to celebrate Halloween. Their Sacramento Zombie Walk is the center of all things undead in Sacramento. 

Come in your best zombie costume and witness zombie wrestling, a brain-eating contest, vendors, live music, and undead fun. 

This is one of the most unique free Halloween events in Sacramento.

** You will need tickets to participate in the Entertainment Area **

North-California Horror Convention: Sinister Halloween Con

When: Saturday, October 21st
Where: 6151 H Street, Sacramento, CA 
Cost: $35 [based on last year]

Sacramento’s premier horror convention, Sinister Halloween Con is a celebration of all things horror from the past, present, and future. 

For this special day of fright, dig into nostalgic horror memorabilia and contemporary paraphernalia while you appreciate the work of artists dedicated to all things terrifying.

Of all the spooky events on this list, Sinister Halloween Con is the most artist-centered event.

Best Haunted Houses

Heartstoppers Haunted House

When: 2023 dates TBD
Where: Heartstoppers Haunted House, 2300 Mine Shaft Ln, Rancho Cordova, CA
Cost: starting at $32

Time for one of the most highly-rated and longest-running haunted houses in the Sacramento region. Heartstoppers are bound to make your heart skip a beat. 

A haunted saloon, several scare zones, and plenty of interactive activities make up layers upon layers of scare. As they say, “The fear will stop when your heart does.”

Sacramento Ultimate Terror Scream Park

When: Select dates in October
Where: Haunted House Sacramento, 4909 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento, CA
Cost: starting at $19.99

The Ultimate Terror is an annual haunted house event at Sacramento Scream Park that’ll leave you shaking in your boots. 

It’s the most extensive haunted house experience in the greater Sacramento area. 

There are three separate haunts within Scream Park: The Catacombs, The Asylum, and The Haunted Mansion.

Plus, they have tons of effects on the building exterior. Prepare to be properly frightened.

Cemetarium Haunted House Attraction

When: October 20-31st
Where: Orangevale Community Center, 6826 Hazel Ave, Orangevale, CA
Cost: starting at $8

Celebrate Halloween with a proper spooking at this evening of haunt. 

The Cemetarium offers haunted houses for all ages, including a mini, non-scary experience for the little ones. Everyone is welcome at their events. 

Tickets range from just one to all three of their haunted house experiences!

Best Halloween Bar Crawls & Parties

Halloween Bar Crawl

When: Friday, October 27th & Saturday, October 28th
Where: The Zebra Club, 1900 P St, Sacramento, CA
Cost: $10 – $15

With hundreds of festive guests expected, you won’t want to miss this annual Sacramento Halloween Bar Crawl.

Tickets include entry into the costume contest with over $1,000 in prizes. 

There are free drinks and drink specials at various Sacramento venues throughout Midtown, plus an after-party.

Trick or Drink: Sacramento Halloween Bar Crawl (3 Days)

When: October 27th, 28th & 31st
Where: Tipsy Putt, 630 K St #120, Sacramento, CA
Cost: $15 – $45

BarCrawlerz Halloween bar crawl takes place on three separate days over Halloween weekend. 

This non-stop party features lots of tricks and drinks, food specials, and free entry to some of Sacramento’s best nightlife destinations.

The Haunted Hotel Costume Ball

When: Saturday, October 28th
Where: Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, 1230 J St, Sacramento, CA
Cost: starting at $23

The Haunted Hotel Costume Ball is one of the most anticipated Halloween parties in Sacramento. 

It will feature Nor-Cal’s top open-format DJs, a costume contest, giant VIP tables, drink specials, and complimentary refreshments to nibble on as you dance the night away.

The producers of this event strive to make this the best Sacramento Halloween party for years to come. 

If you like dressing in your best costume and for a night of spooky magic, you’re in for a treat – or a trick – whatever is more your jam.

Family-Friendly Halloween Events in Sacramento

Fairytale Town Super & Safe Halloween

When: 2023 dates TBD
Where: Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA
Cost: starting at $10

Time for my favorite family-friendly events in the Sacramento area. First up is Safe & Super Halloween at Fairytale Town. This event is perfect for children of all ages. 

There will be multiple days of trick-or-treating, hands-on activities, a costume contest, and lots more fun for the whole family. The Halloween magic is abundant at Fairytale Town.

Pumpkin Patch Express – River Fox Train

When: throughout September & October
Where: Yolo County Farmland, 18095 County Road 117, West Sacramento, CA
Cost: $59.95

Looking for a Sacramento fall harvest tradition? The Pumpkin Patch Express weaves through Yolo County Farmland. All-aboard this festive train ride for the entire family. 

Costumes are highly encouraged, as there will be trick-or-treating aboard the train. 

After the ride, kids and grown-ups can pick a pumpkin, play games, participate in costume contests, and enjoy treats.

Boo at the Sacramento Zoo

When: 2023 dates TBD
Where: The Sacramento Zoo, 3930 West Land Park Drive, Sacramento,  CA
Cost: starting at $10

If you’re looking for kid-friendly Halloween activities in Sacramento, Boo at the Sacramento Zoo is an annual Halloween tradition. Every October, the zoo transforms into a multi-day Halloween festival. 

Expect family-friendly events, including arts and crafts, pumpkin bowling, live entertainment, treat stations, a nightly costume parade, and lots more!

Día de Los Muertos Fiesta El Panteon de Sacramento

When: 2023 dates TBD
Where: Latino Center of Art & Culture, 2700 Front St, Sacramento, CA
Cost: Free admission

The centuries-old tradition of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated annually at the Latino Center for Arts & Culture

It’s a beautiful evening of Mexican culture in Sacramento. 

A candlelit Mexican cemetery and chapel will be the backdrop for live performances, food, and drinks., 

Peruse local arts and crafts for purchase and participate in traditional practices. Join in on this special cultural event!

Sacramento Spookomotive Train Rides – California State Railroad Museum

When: 2023 dates TBD
Where: California State Railroad Museum and Railtown, 111 I Street, Sacramento, CA
Cost: starting at $15 [based on last year]

If you’re a fan of haunted train rides at the spookiest time of year, head down to the California State Railroad Museum for the annual Spookomotive Train Ride experience. 

The museum shakes things up each weekend in October with new themes and new decorations for the train ride. 

Guests are encouraged to use the themes (find each week’s themes on their website) as inspiration for their best costumes. 

Plus, everyone will leave with a treat!

Halloween Spooktacular, Fair Oaks

When: 2023 dates TBD
Where: The MuVment STudio, 5150 Sunrise Blvd C1, Fair Oaks, CA
Cost: $10 [based on last year]

This family-friendly trick-or-treat and Halloween dance party event takes place at the MuVment STudio.

The Halloween Spooktacular features MVT dancers offering pop-up dance performances every 30 minutes amidst treat stations, carnival games, refreshments, and Halloween eats. 

Watch jaw-dropping Halloween-themed live performances, then walk through the spooky graveyard and forest with the kids while dancers line the pathways to keep the energy going.

Trunk or Treat – Quarry Park Adventures

When: 2023 dates TBD
Where: Quarry Park Adventures, 5373 Pacific St, Rocklin, CA
Cost: Free admission

The annual Trunk or Treat event at Quarry Park Adventures is sure to kick up your adventurous side this Halloween. You’ll even get a free swag bag upon entry.  

Spooky creatures populate the rock walls, and there is face painting for all of the little witches, ghouls, and goblins. 

You can play carnival games for children and adults, enjoy family photo ops, a kids costume parade, crafts, and great eats.

Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival

When: Saturday, October 7th & Sunday, 8th
Where: 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove Park, CA
Cost: Free admission, $10 parking

If you think the Fairy Godmother did it best when she turned Cinderella’s pumpkin into a carriage, you definitely don’t want to miss this event. 

Watch as canoes carved from pumpkins race across the lake down at Elk Grove Park’s annual Pumpkin Festival!

Pumpkins weighing a ton (yes, 2,000 pounds) will leave you in awe as you stroll through the festivities. 

Carnival games, costume contests, food trucks, arts and crafts, a gorgeous pumpkin patch, and lots more await you at this festive family and friends weekend.

This is also a good one if you’re seeking dog-friendly Halloween events in Sacramento.

Pumpkins & Planes: Halloween in the Air Park

When: 2023 dates TBD
Where: Aerospace Museum of California, 3200 Freedom Park Drive, McClellan, CA
Cost: $15 

Halloween in the Air Park will offer Halloween fun for friends and family near Sacramento. 

Join them for live music, candy, games, chances to trick-or-treat, and so much more.

Hocus Pocus At Crest Theater: Trick ’r Treat and Screenings

When: 2023 dates TBD
Where: Crest Theatre, 1013 K St, Sacramento, CA
Cost: Free admission

The Crest Theater is a historic theater in downtown Sacramento that dates back to its opening in 1912.

Every year, Kids and adults trick-or-treat and join in some Halloween-themed fun in the theater’s lobby before viewing a screening of the classic Halloween film Hocus Pocus.

Trick-Or-Treat At The Sacramento Children’s Museum

When: October 31st, 2023
Where: Sacramento Children’s Museum, 2701 Prospect Park, Rancho Cordova, CA
Cost: Free admission

Bring the little goblins and all their friends out to this trick-or-treat event at the Children’s Museum. You can expect lots of candy, Halloween giveaways, games to play, fun hands-on activities, and more this Halloween season.

Candlelight: Friday The 13th Special

When: Friday, October 13th
Where: California State Railroad Museum, 125 I St, Sacramento, CA
Cost: Tickets start at $32

The Candlelight Concerts bring immersive musical experiences to a whole new level around Halloween.

This multi-sensory night of music by candlelight is no exception. They will have a special focus on Friday The 13th for this event, so let the haunted music romance you.

El Dorado Hills Halloween Spooktacular

When: Tuesday, October 31st
Where: El Dorado Hills Town Center, 4364 Town Center Blvd, El Dorado Hills, CA
Cost: Free admission

An annual family favorite Halloween event further into Sacramento County, the Halloween Spooktacular in El Dorado Hills is a Halloween party that sits just at County limits. 

It’s an afternoon of trick-or-treating and costume contests to bring the community together at one big Halloween event. 

Music, candy, and lots more fun are in store to start your Halloween evening.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Taylor Neal

Taylor is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer, yoga instructor and frontline worker who spends most of her time in her van (Vannigan) winding through the coastal and mountain roads of California where she feels most at home. From navigating the realities of van-life to the fluctuations in diverse climates and landscapes, Taylor is excited to bring everything she’s learned about California to fellow wanderers seeking beauty and adventure.


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