Nine spook-tacular ways to celebrate Halloween in the Sacramento region

Courtesy of the Sacramento Zoo
The two-day Boo at the Zoo will boast 25 candy stations, a DJed dance floor, pumpkin bowling and a costume contest.

Here are nine ways to have a boo-tiful Halloween in and around Sacramento starting this weekend, with everything from spooky storytelling to pumpkin bowling to DJed dance parties and a costume parade for canines. 

Night of 1,000 Pumpkins (Friday, Oct. 25)
For this Halloween celebration in historic Folsom, mini mummies, munchkins and monsters can roam around a pumpkin-lined Sutter Street, with most shops and businesses staying open for trick-or-treaters until 8 p.m. The evening will also include screenings of movies like The Goonies at the historic district's outdoor amphitheater. Free. 6 to 10 p.m. Sutter Street. Folsom. 985-7452.

Haunted Fort (Friday & Saturday, Oct. 25 & 26)
Sutter’s Fort will play your ghost host on lantern-lit tours around creepy corners and through haunted hallways. And keep your eyes peeled: spirits of some past inhabitants are said to lurk inside the historic settlement. Tours depart every 10 minutes. $8 ($4 for ages 6-17; free for ages five and under). 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sutter's Fort State Historic Park. 2701 L St. 445-4422.

Mansion After Dark (Friday & Saturday, Oct. 25 & 26)
It will be lights out at the Governor’s Mansion during its evening Halloween tours as docents in period attire share ghostly tales from the residence. Kids can also get their faces painted and hear predictions from fortune-tellers. $6 ($4 for ages 6-17; free for ages 5 and under). 6 to 9 p.m. Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park. 1526 H St. 323-3047.

Old Sacramento Ghost Tours (Friday & Saturday, Oct. 25 & 26)
Catch a glimpse into the spookier side of Old Sacramento in these tours of the historic district. Lead by docents in period attire, the excursions will feature stories recounting the lives and untimely deaths of Gold Rush-era Sacramentans, some of whose spirits might appear for the occasion. $15 ($10 ages 6-17; ages 5 and under not admitted). 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tours depart every half hour. Sacramento History Museum. 101 I St. Old Sacramento.  808-7059.

Safe & Super Halloween (Friday through Sunday, Oct. 25-27)
Land Park’s pint-sized play park transforms into Middle Earth for its trick-or-treating event. For this year’s Hobbit theme, J.R.R. Tolkien characters like Gandalf and Smaug the dragon will invade Fairytale Town, which will be set up with mythical places for little halflings to explore like Rivendell and Bilbo’s hobbit hole. $12 ($10 in advance). 5 to 9 p.m. Fairytale Town. 3901 Land Park Dr. 808-7462.

Healthy Halloween Fair and Pooch Parade (Saturday, Oct. 26)
At this Halloween event in midtown, costumed canines can strut their stuff in a parade and compete in categories like spookiest ensemble and cutest overall, while their families take part in trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating and squash bowling. Free. 3 to 6 p.m. Marshall Park. 915 27th St. 442-1500.

Family Fun Night (Tuesday, Oct. 29)
Little ones can gather up goodies while trick-or-treating at Vernon Street shops, take part in a costume contest and explore attractions like an inflatable obstacle course and bounce house at this annual Halloween event in downtown Roseville. Free. 4 to 8 p.m. Downtown Roseville. 877-848-1273.

Boo at the Zoo (Wednesday & Thursday, Oct. 30 & 31)
The Sacramento Zoo will be packed with 25 candy stations and feature a DJed dance floor, as well as activities like pumpkin bowling. And this year, for the first time, wee Wonder Women and boy Batmen can take part in a superhero-themed costume contest. $12 ($10 in advance). 5 to 9 p.m. Sacramento Zoo. 3930 West Land Park Dr. 808-5888.

Treat Trail Halloween Celebration (Thursday, Oct. 31)
Davis hosts this annual Halloween event where costumed kids can trick-or-treat at various downtown shops and restaurants and catch free screenings of It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown at the Varsity Theater (show times at 2, 2:35, 3:10 and 3:45 p.m.). Keep your eyes peeled for Pamela Trokanski’s Dance Group, which will pop up throughout the day to perform Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Free. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Downtown Davis. 530-756-8763.