Maybe it’s true what they say: Halloween is losing its youth and turning into a holiday geared toward adult participants. Sure, adults don’t really trick-or-treat—or enjoy the benefits of free candy—but Sacramento has some amazing Halloween spirit. Whether it’s a haunted library event, a vampire pub crawl or a punk-rock show, Sacramento has a plethora of events this month where you can try out all of your alternate Halloween costumes. Here are some of the many Halloween-related events happening in the upcoming week.
What: The Sacramento Library’s annual Halloween program brings up haunting history.
When: Friday, October 14, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Central Library, 828 I Street
Why: See the Tim Burton-directed film Beetlejuice, hear from six costumed, historical “dead Sacramentans,” and tour the darkened and decorated Sacramento Room.
More: Call for pricing. For more informaion, call (916) 264-2920 or visit www.saclibrary.org.
Punks from Beyond the Grave
What: Three Northern California punk-rock bands play music in a haunted house.
When: Friday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Callson Manor, 800 All-American City Boulevard in Roseville
Why: Hear the sounds of Strange Party, One More Last Try and the Secretions (pictured), and see eight different haunted attractions in a haunted house.
More: $23 gets you admission to see the bands as well as the haunted house. For more information, visit www.callsonmanor.com.
What: Three Sacramento landmarks offer haunted tours.
When: October 14-29, times and dates vary
Where: Old Sacramento’s Eagle Theatre, 925 Front Street; Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park, 1526 H Street; and Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L Street
Why: Enjoy ghost tours in Old Sacramento, tour the Governor’s Mansion with costumed characters and scary music, and hear creepy stories about some of Sacramento’s early pioneers at Sutter’s Fort.
More: Pricing varies. For more information on the respective tours, call (916) 808-7059 or visit www.historicoldsac.org; (916) 323-5916, www.parks.ca.gov/governorsmansion; or (916) 323-7262, www.suttersfort.com.
Vampire Pub Crawl
What: The Sacramento Ballet and the Trash Film Orgy join for a vampirish night on the town.
When: Saturday, October 15, 4:30 p.m. to midnight
Where: Lounge on 20, 1050 20th Street; Capitol Garage, 1500 K Street; The Mix, 1525 L Street; Dive Bar, 1022 K Street; and the Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street
Why: Drink and hang out with ballet dancers, actors from Planet of the Vampire Women and local vampires as you creep through several venues—all before stopping by the Crest for a 10 p.m. screening of Planet of the Vampire Women.
More: Tickets are $9.50 to $20. For more information, call (916) 552-5800 or visit www.sacballet.org.
What: Take entertaining Halloween-themed rides organized by the California State Railroad Museum.
When: October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30, hourly from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Central Pacific Passenger Station, Old Sacramento State Historic Park
Why: The diesel-powered ride is fun for all ages, decorated with spiders and cobwebs and stocked by a “skeleton crew.”
More: Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth under age 18, and free for children ages 5 and under. For more information, call (916) 445-6645 or visit www.californiastaterailroadmuseum.org.
What: UC Davis English professor Sarah Juliet Laro talks about her new book Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human.
When: Wednesday, October 19, noon to 1 p.m.
Where: The Bookstore Lounge in the Memorial Union at UC Davis, 1 Shields Avenue in Davis
Why: Now that zombies are ubiquitious in popular culture, join a UC Davis professor of English to see how zombies have slithered into our folk tales, movies and culture.
More: Free. For more information, call (530) 752-9072.