Halloween Town: 7 ways to have a spook-tacular time with the little ones this fall

Photo by Rick Pappas for the Crocker Art Museum

Hop aboard a spooky train, do the Monster Mash at a dance party and trick-or-treat the night away at these seven family-friendly Halloween events happening throughout Sacramento.


Oct. 15-30 This train ride boasts a different theme every weekend, such as Princesses and Pirates (Oct. 22 & 23). The train, decorated with skeletons and bats, will also host a mad scientist’s laboratory. $8-$25 ($8 for ages 2-17; free for ages 2 and under). Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Central Pacific Railroad Train Depot. Front St.  between J and K streets. californiarailroad.museum

Safe & Super Halloween

Oct. 21-23 During this year’s superhero-themed Halloween festivities at Fairytale Town, tots can make their own masks, trick-or-treat at 17 candy stations, join a nightly costume parade, and watch a live-action performance in Batman’s Cave of Wonders. $10-$12 (free for ages 1 and under). 5-9 p.m. Fairytale Town. 3901 Land Park Dr. 808-7462. fairytaletown.org

Skeletal stowaways on the California Railroad Museum's Spookomotive train ride

Monster Bash

Oct. 22 Young ghouls can get their groove on at this dance party at the Sacramento Children’s Museum, which will feature a hallway decked out in spooky splendor. $10-$15. 6-8 p.m. Sacramento Children’s Museum. 2701 Prospect Park Dr. Rancho Cordova. 638-7225. sackids.org

Wee Halloween

Oct. 26 Visitors ages 5 and under can troll the Crocker for treats with their decorated bags. At each stop costumed kiddos get non-candy goodies, and can also take in a musical or dance performance. $10. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Crocker Art Museum. 216 O St. 808-7000. crockersartmuseum.org

Halloween Haunt

Oct. 29 At the miniature city of Safetyville USA, trick-or-treaters can get their faces painted, wind through a hay maze, catch a magic show and play carnival games. $6 (free for ages 2 and under). 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Safetyville USA. 3909 Bradshaw Rd. 438-3351. safetycenter.org

Families are invited to trick-or-treat at 17 candy stations during Fairytale Town's Safe & Super Halloween.

Midtown Halloween Festival

Oct. 29 This pup-friendly party will feature a parade for costumed canines and a contest for the best-dressed owner-and-pooch duo. Other activities will include making a treat bag and decorating pumpkins. Free. 1-4 p.m. Marshall Park. 27th and J streets. exploremidtown.org

All New Boo at the Zoo

Oct. 29-30 The Sacramento Zoo’s Halloween party expands from one to two days this year. Little ones can get candy throughout the park, go pumpkin bowling and take a ghostly train ride. $10-$12. Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sacramento Zoo. 3930 West Land Park Dr. 808-5888. saczoo.org

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