Make the most of the spooky season

FRANKENSTEIN: The Sacramento Theatre Company opens its new season with a thrilling main stage adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel Frankenstein. 10/5-10/30.
$30-$46. STC Wells Fargo Pavillion, 1419 H St.; (916) 443-6722, http://sactheatre.org.

CALLSON MANOR: This annual haunted house features a vampire’s crypt, a zombie infestation, a strobe-light maze, live entertainment on the Living Dead Stage, and a “collage of phobias” simply called PANIC. Th-Su, 10/7-10/31, 7:30-10 p.m.
$10-$30. Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All America City Blvd. in Roseville; www.sacramentohauntedhouse.com.

THRILLER DANCE LESSONS: The date and location of the Sacramento Ballet’s upcoming “Thriller” flash mob are still a secret. If you’ve always wanted to dress like a ghoul and break into Michael Jackson’s famous dance in the streets of Sacramento, join Sac Ballet’s Facebook page for up-to-the-minute flash-mob alerts and dance tutorial videos. Or show up at the ballet studios on Second Saturday to learn the moves directly from company dancer Christopher Nachtrab in preparation for your big night out. Sa, 10/8, 6 p.m.
Free. Sacramento Ballet Studios, 1631 K St.; (916) 552-5800; www.sacballet.org.

HAUNTED STACKS: The Sacramento Public Library’s second annual Haunted Stacks Halloween event features a screening of Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice and an after-hours library tour. F, 10/14, 7 p.m.
Free. Tsakopoulous Library Galleria, 828 I St.; (916) 264-2700; www.saclibrary.org.

SPOOKOMOTIVE: The Halloween-decorated Spookomotive departs on the hour on Saturdays and Sundays for a 40-minute ride along the river. Sa-Su 10/15-10/30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
$10 for adults, $5 for children. Central Pacific Freight Railroad Depot in Old Sacramento; (916) 445-6645; www.csrmf.org.

VAMPIRE PUB CRAWL: This terrifyingly tipsy evening begins at Lounge on 20 (1050 20th Street) with costumed dancers and scary make-up tutorials, crawls through the bars of Midtown wearing vampire teeth, and winds up at a 10 p.m. screening of Planet of the Vampire Women at the Crest Theatre. Sa, 10/15, 4:30 p.m.-midnight.
$9.50 for pub crawl, T-shirt and vampire teeth; $20 includes movie screening. Various check-in points. www.sacballet.org.

HARRY POTTER HALLOWEEN: Fairytale Town’s 25th annual Safe & Super Halloween is a tribute to the magical world of Harry Potter. Children can visit the Room of Requirement, mix some potions, dodge dementors and trick-or-treat at 17 candy stations. F-Sa, 10/21-10/29, 5-9 p.m.
$7-$10. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. 3901 Land Park Dr., (916) 808-5233, http://fairytaletown.org.

CEMETERY BY LANTERN: Tour the Old City Cemetery by lantern, as some of its ghostly residents tell stories of their unsavory or unusual deaths. Four tours each night. Bring a flashlight. F-Sa, 10/21-10/29, 7-10 p.m.
$30. 1000 Broadway, (916) 264-7839, www.oldcitycemetery.com.

NOT-SO-SCARY SAFETYVILLE: Safetyville’s 20th annual Halloween Haunt is a great place to celebrate Halloween with younger children. The miniature village gets dressed up in harvest-festival style. Children can enjoy magic shows, carnival games, a maze, a pumpkin patch and a costume parade. Sa, 10/22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
$6 includes a $2 coupon for games or food. 3909 Bradshaw Rd., (916) 366-7233, www.safetycenter.org.

VAMPIRE BALL: The theme for Sacramento’s third annual Vampire Ball is “Dracula Through the Ages.” Wear your period finery, and don’t forget your fangs. This 21-and-over event features deejay music, three bars, absinthe tasting, a courtyard cemetery, and the Vamp-Tramp gogo dancers. Sa, 10/22, 8 p.m.
$15-$20. Crescent Club Speakeasy, 1023 Front St. in Old Sacramento; www.shannonmccabe.com.

GOVERNOR’S MANSION AFTER DARK: See the old governor’s mansion decorated in Halloween finery, with “coffin corners,” bats, pumpkins and things that go bump in darkened rooms during this special nighttime tour. Ghost stories and fortune telling are part of the fun! Sa, 10/22 and 10/29, 6-9 p.m.
$5 for adults, $3 for youth. 1526 H St., (916) 323-3047.

BOO AT THE ZOO: Trick-or-treat with the animals at 17 candy stations inside the Sacramento Zoo. Spooky decorations, magic shows and a costume dance party make this a fantastic family evening, especially for children under 10. Su, 10/30 and M, 10/31, 5-8 p.m.
$10. 3930 West Land Park Dr., (916) 808-5888, www.saczoo.org.

WORLD’S LARGEST CORN MAZE: Set your GPS and prepare to spend a day navigating the twists and turns of the world’s largest corn maze, hosted by Cool Patch Pumpkins. This is also the place to shop for carve-worthy pumpkins, compete in a scarecrow contest and take a hayride. Through 11/6, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Free admission. Maze is $10 for adults, $6 for children. 6585 Milk Farm Rd. in Dixon, (530) 304-0163, www.coolpatchpumpkins.com.