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Five fun things to do for Day of the Dead in Sacramento

10/28/15

Five fun things to do for Day of the Dead in Sacramento

For 3,000 years, communities have celebrated the memory of departed loved ones on Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with elaborate altars, food, parades and dance. Observe this timeless tradition at one of these five local events for the living. El Panteón de Sacramento Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Midtown’s La Raza Galeria Posada brings classic Día de los Muertos traditions together with the spirit of Mexico at this sixth annual El Panteón (the cemetery) of Sacramento. This two-day event (that drew more than 5,000 attendees last year) will feature an altar created by local community members and artists, as well as a parade and a 12-piece street band with a Mexican flair. Marigolds will be available for altar offerings to help guide spirits home, along with...

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Six must-visit spots to hit in Apple Hill this fall

10/23/15

Six must-visit spots to hit in Apple Hill this fall

With 50 farms and ranches that call Apple Hill home, it can be hard to know which ones to hit. Here's the lowdown on six of our hilltop favorites. Rainbow Orchards The aroma of hot apple cider donuts greets hundreds of visitors every year as they enter the colorfully painted farmhouse of Rainbow Orchards. The addictive fried cakes are served hot and made to order using cider pressed on-site from the farm's own apples and sprinkled with granulated sugar. If you're looking for baked goodness, try the Pink Lady apple pie, a twist on the traditional holiday dessert made with sweety Pink Lady apples (instead of the usual tart Granny Smith) or the new nectarine pie. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 2569 Larsen Dr. Camino. 530-644-1594. rainboworchards.net Grandpa’s...

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Six big ways for little ones to celebrate Halloween

10/20/15

Six big ways for little ones to celebrate Halloween

Young ghouls and goblins, princesses and pirates can get into the Halloween spirit this season with festival games, pumpkin bowling and, of course, candy galore at these six costume parties around town. Night of 1,000 Pumpkins Oct. 23 Kids can trick-or-treat along the streets of Historic Folsom, which will be illuminated by 1,000 glowing jack-o’-lanterns. Also on hand will be a pop-up dance performance by Cynthia’s Dance Studio, a costume parade and contest, and an outdoor screening of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Free. 6-10 p.m. Sutter St. Folsom. 985-7452. historicfolsom.org Safe and Super Halloween Oct. 23-25 A treasure chest of treats awaits at Fairytale Town’s pirate-themed Halloween hoopla. Tykes can make golden coins, strut their...

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Eight haunted attractions scare up some fun this Halloween season

10/09/15

Eight haunted attractions scare up some fun this Halloween season

Monsters and goblins and brains, oh my! We scared up eight hair-raising haunted attractions that are sure to make the month of October a spook-tacular one. Callson Manor Watch a serial killer take on the electric chair, navigate an insane asylum and escape supernatural demons trying to take over your body this season at the Roseville-based terror fest. Hosting seven haunted houses spanning 2.5 acres of the Placer County Fairgrounds, the Callson Manor aims to make visitors feel like they are entering a horror film. This year, it has also added the free GETBIT Vision Augmented Reality app for an even more interactive experience. $29-$60. Open Fri.-Sun. through Oct. 26, and Oct. 28-Nov. 1. 7:30-10 p.m. Placer County Fairgrounds. 800 All America City Blvd. Roseville. 295-0002....

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Gorge on autumnal fun (and pie!) at these eight Sacramento-area pumpkin patches

10/02/15

Gorge on autumnal fun (and pie!) at these eight Sacramento-area pumpkin patches

Whether it’s for a spooky jack-o’-lantern, sweet and spicy pie or just a little festive décor, we found eight places around the region where you can get your pumpkin fix this fall. Load up on homemade fudge, hay rides and mazes galore at these praise-worthy patches.  Abel’s Apple Acres Through Oct. 31. With five photo cutouts, horse and pony rides and the “amazing maze,” Abel’s Apple Acres remains one of Apple Hill’s most crowd-pleasing pumpkin patches. This year, Abel’s has added a scavenger hunt on Saturdays and Sundays where plastic apples will be hidden around the site with vouchers for a free piece of pie or candy apple. Satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade fudge in flavors ranging from vanilla nut to cappuccino, or...

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