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Seven haunted houses bring chills and thrills this Halloween season

10/17/14

Seven haunted houses bring chills and thrills this Halloween season

Want to be scared silly this Halloween season? Here are seven of the most spine-tingling, hair-raising haunted houses in the region. Read on if you dare. Callson Manor Dubbing itself as “the most extreme haunted house theme park” in the Sacramento region, the Callson Manor in Roseville boasts 10 attractions like Slasher Cafe or the Panic room that aim to give you the sense of stepping into your favorite horror film. Watch fire dancing performances twice nightly from Sacramento group Obsidian Butterfly on the Living Dead Stage, meander through the ghost town Modoc with spooks from haunted Wild West characters, experience the 3-D Cirque du Fantasy show, and of course brave the creepy corridors of Callson Manor itself. $26-$60. Open Fri.-Sun. through Oct. 26, and Oct....

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Read all about it: The inaugural California Capital Book Festival launches in late October

10/16/14

Read all about it: The inaugural California Capital Book Festival launches in late October

Hit the books this month at the first-ever California Capital Book Festival, which will host readings, presentations and panels by more than 120 authors at the Sacramento Convention Center. Developed by longtime Sacramento event organizer Marion Englund, who wanted to introduce the city to authors of many different genres, the festival was inspired by events like the popular Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. “I have been watching book festivals all over, and thought that Sacramento and Northern California needed one,” Englund says. “This is an opportunity [for attendees] to look at other types of books and think, ‘I’d like to read that.” Highlights of the diverse author lineup include Emmy Award nominee Peter Mehlman, a former Seinfeld...

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10 Questions for Sacramento Kings President Chris Granger

10/15/14

10 Questions for Sacramento Kings President Chris Granger

Sactown caught up with Kings President Chris Granger this morning while he was waiting for his flight from China to take off, returning to Sacramento from the team’s preseason exhibition matches there. Despite being tired, grubbing on plates of unidentifiable food and getting whooped at Ping-Pong by a bunch of kids, Granger says the experience was “spectacular.” How was the trip? It was an A+ trip all around. Our players had a fantastic time. Our owners loved it. Our partners had a fantastic time. It was just really good. I mean, the fans here in China are so knowledgeable and so passionate about the game that we just had a great time interacting with them. How are Kings fans different in China than they are here? The difference is that in Sacramento, we are...

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Eight great events that scare up some Halloween fun

10/14/14

Eight great events that scare up some Halloween fun

Halloween Haunt Oct. 18 From exploring a hay maze to picking through a pumpkin patch, little ones can enjoy plenty of Halloween-themed fun inside the miniature 3.5-acre city of Safetyville. Other highlights include watching a magic show, strutting in a costume parade and playing games like ring toss. $6 (free for kids 2 and under). 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Safetyville USA. 3909 Bradshaw Rd. 438-3351. safetycenter.org Monster Bash Oct. 18 In addition to grooving to DJed tunes and taking photos in their crazy costumes, kids can explore exhibits in the Sacramento Children’s Museum and view its new installation: a creepy-crawly bug made from recycled materials by local artist Ben Newman. $15. 6-8 p.m. Sacramento Children’s Museum. 2701 Prospect Park Dr. Rancho Cordova. 638-7225....

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