Issue: October 31, 2019

It's Halloween this week, so in our cover story Scott Thomas Anderson lifts the veil on some of the Sacramento area's real-life haunted history, including Folsom Prison, the Old City Cemetery and a Chinese-American enclave on the Delta.

In News, Ben Irwin tells of a Sacramento City College student who watched a police encounter on campus and ended up in custody—an incident under investigation.

In Arts, SN&R staffers reveal which movie characters gave them childhood nightmares and Norma Huerta visits " The Art of Souls: Day of the Dead 2019 " exhibit at the California Museum. In Stage, we have reviews of Stepping Out at Woodland Opera House and Water by the Spoonful at Teatro Espejo.

In this week's Garden column, Debbie Arrington writes that spiders aren't spooky for gardeners.

In Voices, a writer compares PG&E's safety power shutoffs to a reality TV show, Jeff vonKaenel says that the labor movement has a new mission and I write about how California's earlier presidential primary is also accelerating local campaigns.

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— Foon Rhee