TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! OCTOBER 27TH – OCTOBER 28TH, 2018

Here’s our Top Picks for the Weekend of October 27th & 28th! Enter a family obstacle course, eat free s’mores, learn about phantom power that leaks in our home, walk around a mini city for kids, see some giant paper mâché street puppets, ride a hovercraft, walk along a path with giant story pages, go to a scary karaoke sing-along, watch the movie Coco on blankets with your friends at Raley Field or at DOCO, paint some rocks, see the awesome Broadway musical “Finding Neverland,” learn about owls in our region, solve a Sci-Fi mystery, meet a film composer, eat some Frankenstein empanadas and blood passion fruit punch, and of course celebrate Halloween in costume at special events in town every day! Just wear your costume for the whole weekend. Sunny with some clouds this weekend, high of 83 on Sat. and 79 on Sun. Have a super-safe Halloween weekend!

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27TH, 2018

Run and jump through a family obstacle course. The Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge is the ultimate family obstacle course, with 13-15 fun and challenging obstacles, plus lots of running, an adventure for the whole family. a family adventure. $32+. Sat. 8:30am (check schedule for waves according to age). Gibson Ranch Regional Park. More info…

Walk through the haunted Phantom Energy House and learn about what sucks energy from our electrical sockets when we’re not looking. It’s electrifying fun at the “Count Watts’ Spooktacular” as the Roseville Utility Exploration Center fights Voltage Vampires and knocks out energy waste! Can you find all those electronics that are stealing power when not in use? Meet Count Watts, dig through the boneyard, enjoy spirited activities and get your face painted. Play games like the Lineman’s Challenge and Voltage Vampire Knockdown to win exciting prizes. Go in costume for a spooky good time. Free. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Roseville Utility Exploration Center. More info…

Escape the Halloween activities and build a Lego city. Join the Franklin Library for their Lego Block Party. You bring your imagination and creativity and they’ll supply lots and lots of Duplo and Lego blocks to build with. This is a free program hosted the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Free. Sat. 10am – 3pm. Franklin Community Library in Elk Grove. More info…

Go to a one-hour campout at the mall. The Arden Fair Kids Club “Campout” event will include crafts with UnchARTed, s’mores, and stories. Participating retailers, such as Lolli and Pops, Sweet Factory, and Mr. Pops, will be passing out candy and sweets samples. Costumes are encouraged. Students, teachers, and staff from Aspire Capitol Heights Academy will be joining the program to tell fall-themed stories and help make s’mores. Free, but registration by phone is required: (916) 514-4100. Sat. 10am – 11am. Arden Fair Mall. More info…

Listen to a spooky storyteller perform a tale with precision. A seasoned storyteller from the Sacramento Storytellers Guild will be performing stories. Guaranteed to not cause nightmares. Recommended for 6+. Free. Parking $5, donations appreciated. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Effie Year Nature Center. More info…

Walk around a miniature city in your Halloween Costume. Halloween Haunt offers a unique setting and safe alternative to Trick-or-Treating for families with young children. Set in Safetyville USA, the unique miniature city, this event features carnival games, a costume parade, safety demonstrations and activities, and of course, Trick-or-Treat stations! $5+. Sat. 11am – 3pm. Safety Center (Safetyville USA), 3909 Bradshaw Road. More info…

Go to a haunted house in a martial arts studio. Family Tae Kwondo Plus is hosting a “Kick-or-Treat” Halloween party with a haunted house, games, and prizes. Wear your costume, of course. Free. Sat. 11am – 1pm. Family Tae Kwondo Plus in Citrus Heights. More info…

Watch some Mad Science at the Aerospace Museum of California. The Spooky Science Day event will include lots of STEM activities and trick-or-treating. Wear your costume! Sacramento Mad Science will be here at 11am for a live Spooky Science show plus hovercraft rides! Kick off your Halloween week with fun and learning for the whole family. $12+. Sat. 11am – 2pm. Aerospace Museum of California. More info…

Stroll through midtown for a mid-day trick-or-treat, visiting the many beloved businesses on J & K streets. Collect candy and join in on fun activities along the way like a photo booth at Birkenstock Midtown, coloring activities and live music at the Midtown Farmers Market, a Make n’ Take jewelry station at Capital City Beads, and the Midtown Halloween Festival and Pooch Parade at Marshall Park on J Street. Other shops and eateries participating in this fun day: RIRE Boutique, ShopCuffs, Paws & the Pallette, Wild Poppy & Col, Capital City Beads, The Golden Bear, Fleet Feet, and more. Free. Sat. 11am – 3pm. Midtown locations. More info…

Contribute a sugar skull or loved one’s picture to the annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration at the Davis Cemetery. This all-ages celebration is one of the last Mesoamerican indigenous influenced rituals, honoring mother earth and all ancestors. This celebration is part of an effort to create community, a sense of belonging, and global awareness of cultural richness in our multicultural society. The Dia de Los Muertos Celebration will include a variety of artists and performers, as well as a collective altar honoring all ancestors. Everyone is welcome to contribute to the public alter. Everyone is encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and enjoy the day. Free. Sat. 12pm – 2pm. Gallery 1855 at the Davis Cemetery and Arboretum. More info…

Ride the Trick-or-Treat Train along the Sacramento River. Climb aboard for a 45-minute train ride to Elkhorn Park. Kids will enjoy trick or treating as well as other kid-centric activities. The entire experience is about 2.5 hours long. Everyone’s encouraged to dress in costume. $15-$51. Sat. 12pm. Sacramento RiverTrain. More info…

Eat authentic Southeast Asian cuisine to raise awareness for asylum seekers and refugees currently displaced in Bangkok, Thailand. The Courageous Kitchen will be serving up some delicious homemade Southeast-Asian cuisine, live performances, children’s games, and more. The Courageous Kitchen, a 501c(3) non-profit focusing on food education, nutrition, and housing, will be hosting this event alongside civic leaders from Choyce Law Firm and the Full Circle Project of Sac State University. Free, cost of purchases. They do ask that you do your best to RSVP so they can get an approximate headcount. Sat. 12pm – 4pm. Harbor Oaks Clubhouse, Sacramento. More info…

Walk along a path with giant story pages. Join the North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library for Storywalk, a unique and exciting outdoor storybook activity. This event will feature the book City Shapes by Diana Murray. For this self-led storywalk, you’ll walk along a path lined with poster-size story pages. The story ends at the library where kids will be making cityscape collages. Free. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

Teen Street Artists Wanted… In 2018, a crack unit of teenage artists was assembled by the Sacramento Fine Arts Center. These teens promptly began various community art projects in the Carmichael underground. Now, still sought after for their creativity, they survive as a guerilla art force. If you’ve got the drive to make murals and banners, and if you can find them, join the Teens Create team. This art group is tasked with one thing: various community art projects. Free. It meets on the fourth Saturday of the month in Gallery 3 from 1pm to 3 pm. The new group will workwith volunteer artists on variousprojects such as murals, banners,community outreach, to name just a few ideas. For teens 13 & up. Sacramento Fine Arts Center in Carmichael. More info…

Take your dog to the Midtown Halloween Festival and Pooch Parade. Last year, almost 100 four-legged friends dressed up in costume to celebrate. The event will highlight Midtown’s popular mobile off-leash “Pop-Up Dog Park” and include family-friendly activities including face painting, a bounce house, hands-on arts and crafts, and entertaining live music by The Hoots, a popular children’s music band. Free. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Marshall Park. More info…

Watch Coco’s at Raley’s Field on the videoboard from the outfield. Grab warm blankets and your costume to elebrate Halloween with Raley Field’s annual Flick-or-Treat extravaganza. They’ll have activities and contests too. $4+. Sat. 4:30pm. Movie starts at 6pm. Raley Field. More info…

Watch the Hornets play football against the Portland State Vikings. $10+. Sat. 6pm. Hornet Stadium at Sac State. More info…

Solve a fun but complex Sci-Fi mystery. Explorit Science Center’s immersive, Sci-Fi mystery returns with an all-new story for “Spooky Science Night.” Travel back in time to Explorit’s wild west, ghost town past to solve a gold rush mystery and help the Mace family save their horse ranch! Use physics to open the time portal and immerse yourself in the nineteenth century, then return to Explorit’s 21st-century lab to unravel the clues and solve the mystery. Analyze soil and mineral samples, decode a secret message, compare handwriting samples, and much more — your sleuthing could change the course of history! Then drop by the craft room to make a souvenir to take home. Solve the mystery, and win a prize. Sactown Kids highly recommends this program. Kids 3-17 $10, Adults & Kids 0-2 Free. Sat. 6pm – 9pm. (also on Fri. night). Explorit Science Center. More info…

See a procession of giant street puppets made out of paper mâché by Mexican folk artists. Sacramento’s Latino Center of Art and Culture, presents the 9th Annual Panteón de Sacramento, a two-day event celebrating Día de los Muertos. The Panteón de Sacramento is an urban re-creation of a Mexican village with over 50 traditional memorials. Live music, dance, and spoken word, plus a mercado/marketplace with traditional foods are part of the 48-hour event. Live programming includes a procession with traditional elements only experienced in small towns and villages in Mexico. They are performed at El Panteón de Sacramento by immigrant cultural groups, these dances and traditions are usually only seen in small towns of Mexico and some southern cities like Oaxaca. El Panteón’s procession is lead by giant street puppets, Mojigangas. Revelers will experience the lively, ecstatic, and raucous sounds of a 12-piece bandas that are heard in every neighborhood in small towns across southern Mexico. Free, cost of purchases. Procession with puppets start Sat. at 6pm (festival runs through Sunday). Parking Lot at 2020 J Street. More info…

Take teens and young women to Danger In the Dark: Women’s Safety and Self Defense, a free annual women-only safety alert and self defense workshop at Robinson’s Taekwondo locations across the Sacramento region. This workshop empowers women with self-defense techniques and skills, raises awareness of danger, teaches conflict-avoidance strategy, and gives greater confidence as early dark arrives with the time change. defend yourself effectively against an attacker. Free, but registration is required. Sat. 6:30pm. Robinson’s Taekwondo. More info…

Find out about all the crazy & scary tales of how people from the Gold Rush era died. Join the “ghosts” of early Sacramento on an eerie journey back in time. Beware of wayward miners, murder victims, and other colorful personalities. Hear tantalizing tales of how folks lived — and died — in this fair city. Recommended for ages 8 & up. $15. Sat. 6:30pm – 9pm (also on Friday). Sacramento History Museum. More info…

Go to a scary karaoke party. Join all the ghosts, goblins and ghouls for Davis Musical Theatre Company annual Halloween skary-oke night and sing the haunted night away. Kids aged 13 & under must be accompanied by an adult. $10 (includes drinks and dessert). Sat. 7pm. Davis Musical Theatre Co. Performing Arts Center. More info…

Get a tarot card reading and see a pumpkin carving exhibit at the kid-friendly Brazilian Center’s Halloween Party. They will also feature a costume contest, healing circle, a live performance by Unidos da Capital drumming group, sounds by DJ Youth, an open mic, and food and drinks. Try the “Frankenstein empanadas” and “bloody passion fruit punch.” Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 7pm – 11pm. The Brazilian Center at CLARA. More info…

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28TH, 2018

Trick or treat while checking out vintage cars. Drive over for a safe day of “Trunk or Treating” at the California Automobile Museum. Wear your costume! “Trunk or Treat” will start off by decorating Halloween themed bags for collecting all the candy. After the kids decorate and design their bags they will set off on an adventure around the museum stopping at different stations each with a character in costume handing out candy and sharing spooky stories. Adults $10. 2 Kids in costume are free for each paid adult. Sun. 10am – 3pm. California Automobile Museum. More info…

Take artistic older kids to the Sacramento Arts Festival. The festival features 225 of America’s best contemporary craftspeople and fine artists offering more than 15,000 original works. The event has become not only the premier art and craft show in Sacramento, but has also developed into one of the top art festivals in the county. In addition to all the visual art, the festival features continuous live main stage jazz and blues groups. Festival attendees can dine on Restaurant Row from great area restaurants. General $8, Kids 12 & under Free. Open Sun. 10am – 5pm (also Fri. & Sat.). Sacramento Convention Center. More info…

Trick or Treat at Funderland’s Fall Festival. The amusement park will be hosting fall activities and entertainment in the park, including trick-or-treating, Jack Skellington and Sally Meet and Greet, Magical Mary the Magician, costume contests, and a hay maze. Free entry. $3.50 Trick-or-Treating. Sun. 10am – 5pm (also Sat.). Funderland Amusement Park. More info…

Sketch in a gallery at the art museum. At Crocker Art Museum’s “Sketch It” session, you can sketch at your own pace while receiving drawing instruction. This drop-in program meets in a different gallery each month. No experience is necessary, and all supplies are provided. Ages 5 & up. Free with admission. Sun. 10:30am – 12:30pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

Get spooky with the animals at the Zoo. Enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the entire Sacramento 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. General $16, Kids 0-2 Free. Sun. 11am – 4pm (also Sat.). Sacramento Zoo. More info…

Be free to be yourself. Join the Sacramento LGBT Community Center for a very queer and spooky Halloween party for LGBTQ youth (Ages 13 – 24). This event includes snacks, costume contests, and movies. Free. Sun. 12pm – 5pm. The Sacramento LGBT Community Center. More info…

Contribute to the Community Altar and remember a loved one at the Califorinia Museum’s Día de Los Muertos Fiesta on October 12, Celebración de Almas: Día de Los Muertos 2018 (“Soul Celebration: Day of the Dead 2018”). This is a new exhibit featuring original art and contemporary altar installations by California artists Francisco Franco, John S. Huerta and Rob-O of I Love Sugar Skulls. A journey through life, love and death, the exhibit explores the Mexican cultural tradition of honoring deceased loved ones each year on November 1 and 2 by creating calaveras de azúcar (sugar skulls), altares de muertos (altars of the dead) and ofrendas (offerings), which has evolved from the Aztecs to modern-day Mexico and California. Members of the public are also invited to remember a lost loved one in the exhibit’s Community Altar. Free with admission. $6.50+. Kids 5 & under Free. Open Sun. 12pm – 5pm (and other days). California Museum. More info…

Do some rock painting. Artfully Rooted Marketplace is hosting a Halloween Bash that will also feature live music from Earl F. Smith and friends, games, raffles, and complimentary refreshments. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 12pm – 5:30pm (also on Sat.). Artfully Rooted Marketplace in Folsom. More info…

See the Legend of Sleepy Hollows at the cute & tiny Sutter Street Theatre. Last weekend! This is the spooky classic story by Washington Irving, presented with all the thrills, chills and laughs that keep audiences on the edge of their seats. The storybook tale revolves around the main characters—the bumbling, awkward schoolteacher, Ichabod, the coquettish Katrina and Ichabod’s brutish rival, Brom Bones. As much fun as the play presents, it saves the best for last—the ride of the headless horseman. $13+. Sun. 1pm & 6pm showings (also on Sat.) Sutter Street Theatre. More info…

Celebrate Halloween by… eating tacos! Help Chando’s Tacos celebrate the two year anniversary of its West Sacramento location with a family-friendly Halloween event. Enjoy delicious tacos for $1, live music, face painting, a costume contest, raffles, and more. Kids of all ages can enter their costume contest. Check for schedule, grouped by ages. Costumes will be judged by the crowd and Chando’s. Costumes should be funny, creative, and spooky. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 1pm. Chando’s Tacos in West Sac. More info…

See a real Broadway musical and find out the story behind the famous Peter Pan character. “Finding Neverland” was a smash-hit on Broadway, and the winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical. You can see it now the National Tour this weekend only at the Harris Center. Although pricey, Sactown Kids highly recommends this program, as this is a unique opportunity to see a Broadway with amazing kid performers. $48+. Sun. 1pm showing, 6:30pm showing (various times on Fri. & Sat.). Harris Center in Folsom. More info…

Get to know your Sacramento owls at the Happy Owloween event at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. From Great Horned Owls to Saw Whet Owls, it will be hard to pick whooooo’s your favorite. Learn about these spooky yet intriguing creatures. Free, $5 parking, donations appreciated. Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm, arrive 30mins before start time. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Buy plants and loom bracelets at a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. At the U.N.I.C.O.R.N. Foundation’s plant sale at Arden-Dimick Library, you’ll find kids ranging from 2nd-6th grade selling succulents and loom bracelets for the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento. Local nurseries have donated plants to the event: including Folsom Nursery, Home Depot, Exotic Plants, and Arden Park Florist. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 2pm – 4pm. Arden-Dimick Library. More info…

Break for an exciting soccer match at 2pm… Sac State plays their neighbor UC Davis in men’s soccer at Sac State. More info…

Listen to the local youth symphony’s first concert of the season. For the first concert of the season, the Sacramento Youth Symphony’s Premier Orchestra will perform: Musical Masterpieces. The program will open with the vibrant Meistersingers Overture by Wagner. Also on the program will be the incredibly powerful Symphony #5 by Shostakovich, written under great duress during the Soviet Stalin regime. Finally, featured violinists William Barbini and Kineko Okamura will join to perform the well-loved Concerto for 2 Violins by Bach. Free for Kids ages 0-10. Adults $20. Students & Seniors $15. Sun. 3pm – 5pm. McClatchy High School. More info…

Take teens to listen to a film composer play songs from his debut solo-piano album… and then meet him. Philip Howard is introducing his debut album Connected. In 1992, at age 16, Philip won joint First Prize in the first BBC Young Musician of the Year Lloyds Bank Composer Award. His evocative compositions find their source and inspiration in conversations, the beauty in nature, and the relationships people have with each other and our environment. His wish is to connect with the listener and invite them on a journey. A reception (with wine!) follows the concert. $15 advance, $20 door. Sun. 3pm – 5pm. St. John’s Lutheran Church. More info…

Check out the delightful Bridgeway Lakes Community Park in West Sac for the 4th annual Fall Festival & Fundraiser. Join in for an afternoon of kid-friendly trick-or-treating, food trucks, music, face painting and family fun by the Boathouse in Bridgeway Lakes Community Park. A percentage of your food & drink purchases, and donations, will be donated to efforts to raise funds for shade structures at West Sac parks. Want to create artwork that will be installed at Summerfield Park’s new shade structure? Drop by the tile painting table with your kiddos and paint a tile! You can purchase a 4×4 tile (for $100) and paint it, use our brushes and paint, then we will prepare it for you and deliver it to the City for installation where your artwork will be professionally installed and will become a permanent part of the park. Free. Sun. 3pm – 6pm. Bridgeway Lakes Community Park. More info…

Trick or Treat in the Jurassic era with dinos. The Safe & Super Halloween: Dinosaurs experience at Fairytale Town may be sold out for Saturday, but you can still get tickets for Sunday (or Friday) night, as of this posting… Follow the dino tracks throughout the park to meet and take photos with different dinosaur species. Dig for giant fossils at the excavation site, visit the reptile lab to see growing dinosaurs, and test your dino roar with the roar-o-meter. This Halloween extravaganza also features 15 treat stations, a nightly costume parade at 8:30 PM, hands-on activities, and lots of fun. Sevilla Magic FX will perform “The Dino Encounter” each night at 6, 7 & 8 PM in Sherwood Forest. Advance tickets sold out, tickets will be sold at the door. $12. Kids 1 & under Free. Sun. 5pm – 9pm. Fairytale Town. More info…

Go to the free Harvest Fest on 58th St., hosted by the First Church of God. The church gym and parking lot will be filled with games, prizes, laughter and of course, candy. Play some games and enjoy some free food. Stroll the cake walk and jump in the bounce house, all while wearing your favorite costumes. Bring a basket or bucket to collect prizes. Free. Sun. 4pm – 6pm. First Church of God. More info…

Take older kids to see the cult classic Beetlejuice at the Crest Theatre at Sun. 7pm. Doors open at 6pm. $7.50+. More info… 

Enjoy another showing of Coco… this time at DOCO’s Movies on the Green. Coco, a Disney film inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead, will play on a 25-foot outdoor movie screen on special display at DOCO plaza. Moviegoers can listen on one of the free headsets available to check-out and borrow (while supplies last) or through the listen app on individual smartphones and earbuds. Participants are encouraged to bring a blanket or borrow one available on-site (while supplies last); no lawn chairs. Leading up to the movie showing, Sol Collective will offer free activities for children that will include making Dia de los Muertos paper marigolds and having their faces painted in traditional designs. The free hands-on crafts will begin at 5:30 p.m. and guests of all ages are welcome. Additionally, Telemundo (T33) will be on-site to meet guests and introduce the movie. While movie viewing is free, guests who make a minimum $20 DOCO food purchase between 6pm-9pm on the day of the event can enter and enjoy a special VIP seating area for an optimal experience. Free. Sun. 7:30pm – 10pm. DOCO, 660 J St. More info…

If you need to take a mental break…

If you need to zone out from all the Halloween festivities, just go outside at night at peer up at the stars (weather permitting). Here’s what you can see (from astronomy.com):

In the sky on Saturday: A final chance to see Jupiter before it disappears in the Sun’s glow. Use binoculars to locate the giant planet some 6° above the southwestern horizon 30 minutes after sunset. Jupiter shines brightly at magnitude –1.7 and should stand out if you have a clear and unobstructed horizon. As a bonus, you might also catch a glimpse of Mercury. The innermost planet lies 3.4° (about half a binocular field) below Jupiter. At magnitude –0.2, Mercury appears about one-quarter as bright as its companion.

In the sky on Sunday: Mars continues to put on a great show these October evenings. The Red Planet appears more than 30° above the southern horizon once darkness falls. The world shines at magnitude –0.7, significantly brighter than any star visible on October evenings, against the faint backdrop of Capricornus. A telescope reveals a disk that spans 12″ and shows several subtle surface features.

Or go for a really beautiful, easy hike…

Visit Lake Tahoe’s alpine trails (or somewhere closer to you) for some amazing fall colors… orange is bursting everywhere. I highly recommend the Tahoe Meadows Access Trail on Mt. Rose Highway. There’s a parking lot, nicely graded 1.3-mile loop, easy for toddlers, not too tough to backpack the baby. The lush meadows and woodland critters provide lots of entertainment for curious little legs.

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Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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