Hella-ween: Movies, mazes and more

Sacramento’s seemingly endless stream of Halloween events continues this week. Whether you like it or not, adults everywhere are dressing up like monsters and other Halloween memes. And the numbers are growing. More Halloween events are popping up all over the place, from midnight movie screenings to vampire balls. With hella options to choose from, it can be hard to determine which Halloween events attend. To help you narrow it down a bit, here is a small selection of Halloween-related events you can check out in the upcoming week.


Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

What: Cool Patch Pumpkins offers a kid zone, corn maze, pumpkin patch and scarecrow contest.

When: Daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., through November 6

Where: Cool Patch Pumpkins, 6585 Milk Farm Road in Dixon

Why: Cool Patch Pumpkins boasts the Guinness World Record for the largest corn maze in the world. And with a pumpkin patch, kid zone and scarecrow contest, there are plenty of activities for the whole family. Or you can just get lost in the 45-acre maze.

More: The corn maze costs $8-$10. Pumpkins costs 50 cents to $50. Additional activities and food are priced separately. For more information, call (530) 304-0163.


Enchanted Cellar

What: Rent professional-looking costumes from the UC Davis Department of Theatre & Dance’s Enchanted Cellar.

When: October 20-21 and October 24-27, from 3 to 7 p.m.; October 28, 2 to 8 p.m.; October 29, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All rentals require a scheduled appointment.

Where: UC Davis Costume Shop, 1 Shields Avenue, Wright Hall, Room 17

Why: This costume shop has unique getups you can’t find at the seasonal Halloween stores. You can find rare costumes for comic-book heroes, film characters and historical figures.

More: Costume rentals range in price from $60 to $150 for full costumes or $2 to $5 for individual pieces. Children’s costumes are $25. To make an appointment, contact Roxanne Femling at (530) 752-0740. Visit http://theatredance.ucdavis.edu for more info.


Fright Planet

What: Cal Expo’s haunted theme park features five haunted houses and a haunted 3-D-movie theater.

When: October 20, 23, 25 and 26, and November 1 and 2, from 7 to 10 p.m.; October 21, 22, 27, 30 and 31, from 7 to 11 p.m.; and October 28 and 29, from 7 p.m. to midnight

Where: Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Boulevard

Why: This haunted house prides itself in catching you off guard. While it’s a traditional haunted house, with the predictable “actors in costume trying to scare you” format, its website claims the haunted house has “made grown men leave in tears” and “made hundreds of guests pee their pants.”

More: For more information, call (866) 666-1313 or visit www.frightplanet.com.


Trash Film Orgy Halloween

What: The Trash Film Orgy screens the 1979 film Zombie on two consecutive nights.

When: October 21 and 22; doors open at 11 p.m. and Zombie begins at midnight each night

Where: Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street

Why: Trash Film Orgy screens films in style, with audience participation, games, costume contests and a full bar, all beginning when doors open. There’s even a live stage show and screenings of TFO shorts before the main film Zombie.

More: Tickets are $10, or $9 for people dressed in costumes who ask for the Zombie Discount. The event is 18-and-over. For more information, visit www.trashfilmorgy.com.


Ron Cunningham’s Dracula

What: Sacramento Ballet revives Ron Cunningham’s Dracula to start off its 2011-2012 season.

When: October 22, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m., and October 23, at 2 p.m.

Where: Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street

Why: Love stories are a lot more compelling and dramatic when they involve the undead, dancing, costumes and sets. The program also includes George Balanchine’s Serenade and Trey McIntire’s Second Before the Ground.

More: Tickets are $17-$68. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Each performance features a free lecture by Ron Cunningham 45 minutes prior to the performance. For more information, call (916) 552-5800 or visit www.sacballet.org.


Vampire Ball

What: Shannon McCabe hosts the third annual Vampire Ball, titled “Dracula Through the Ages.”

When: Saturday, October 22, at 8 p.m.

Where: Crescent Club, 1023 Front Street, Suite A

Why: The club will be turned into “Castle Dracula,” featuring an outdoor graveyard, dungeon, and bars. A cast of costumed characters will interact with guests, and DJs David V and Bryan Hawk will be spinning dance music.

More: Tickets are $20. The event is for adults 21-and-over. For more information, visit www.shannonmccabe.com.