Looking for a spooky time? We’ve got Halloween events in Sacramento, Columbia, and San Diego that fit the bill. Keep the spirits happy and pencil Parks into your Halloween plans!
Governor’s Mansion After Dark. If you’re looking for fun, family-friendly alternatives to trick-or-treating this Halloween, consider visiting the Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park (SHP). Special “Mansion After Dark” activities — coordinated by the Governor’s Mansion docents — will take place upstairs in the historic Mansion that offer a spooky good time with scary music to set the mood, dim lighting, fortune tellers, darkened rooms and even “coffin corners.” Proceeds go to the California State Historic Governor’s Mansion Foundation in support of the Governor’s Mansion SHP. For more information about this family-friendly Halloween event or other activities happening at the Governor’s Mansion SHP, call 916-323-5916. October 26 & 27, 6 to 9 p.m. $6 for adults, $4 for youth ages 6-17 and free for children 5 and under.
The Haunted Fort Looking for something ghoulishly unique to do this Halloween? For a spirited good time, check out the third annual “The Haunted Fort” at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP). Continuing a popular annual tradition, the historic site will offer a special Halloween program based in fact but with a decidedly creepy twist. Amid the glow of campfire, daring visitors will go on guided tours through the darkened rooms and hear unusual and intriguing tales of how some of California’s early pioneers perished throughout history. Some even believe many of the rooms at the Fort are still haunted by the spirits of past inhabitants. For advance tickets or more information about “The Haunted Fort” or other events and activities at Sutter’s Fort SHP, call 916-323-7626. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L Street, Midtown, Sacramento. October 26 – 27, 6:30 pm – 9 pm. $8 per adult, $6 for youth ages 6-17 and free for children 5 years and under.
Columbia State Historic Park
Fifth Annual Illumination of the Jack-O’-Lanterns Carve your pumpkins, turning them into classic peg-toothed grinners, artfully chiseled ghouls, leering witches, or any family-friendly design of your choosing. Bring your carved gourds to the Columbia Museum on Main Street for judging, and enjoy the live musical entertainment. Prizes will be awarded for the most original, most gruesome, most entertaining, etc. At dusk the jack-o’-lanterns will be illuminated. This free event is sponsored by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and fun for all ages. Call 209-536-1672 or visit columbiacalifornia.com.
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Dead Men DO Tell Tales Or, Not Your Grandma’s Paranormal Encounter.”
Would you like to meet “real” ghosts and learn their stories? Come to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park to hear and see, funny, and upbeat stories of people who once lived in early San Diego during the 1800s. Meet the spirits as they answer the comical Dr. Lucretia Bluestocking, Ph.D. (Doctor of Phantom History). Do they have a different take on the stories of their lives? You will discover that our ghosts tend to a sarcastic view of San Diego’s history. This is an approximately 40 minute performance.
Tickets are $5.00 each for adults and $1.00 for children 6 to 12. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the Seeley Stable on the day of the performance. Performances are limited to 35 people.
Performances will be offered on the afternoons of October 26, 27 at 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM, 2012. It is strongly recommended that you be at the Seeley Stable approximately 15 minutes before the start of the show. Late arrivals will not be seated. Not recommended for children under age 6. Holders of children’s tickets must be accompanied by an adult.
Trick or Treat in Old Town San Diego Enjoy free goodies, special holiday treats, holiday activities and extended shopping hours at all the stores in the park. Wednesday, October 31.