Halloween events are big around Gold Country. It must be the haunted hotels, creepy old cemeteries, and stories of the people of the past that have us leaping into the spirit out here. There are a ton of Halloween events, haunted happenings and other festive fall gatherings in the area that you’re not going to want to miss. How will you decide what to do?
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
Hotel Leger Halloween Bash & Costume Party – Why not spend your Hallow’s Eve at one of the top California haunted hotels! Live music, DJ, big prizes. Cover Starts at 9 pm, $10/person or $15/couple. Prizes will be awarded for best coupling and for scariest and most ingenious.
Halloween Extravaganza at Murphys Historic Hotel – Want a wild party and a chance to impress with your costume? The Murphys Hotel will be serving up music, cold drinks, and prizes throughout the night.
Allegorie’s 2nd Annual Hallow’s Eve Costume Ball – Right across the street from the Murphys Hotel (wander back and forth if you like), a night of creativity and creature awaits. Wine by the glass, music, and creative costume contest–but you’ll have to beat this awesome costume from last year pictured at right. No cover. Begins at 8 p.m.
Fall Harvest Celebration at the Angels Camp Museum – When’s the last time you got to let the kids loose in a hay bale maze? This one-day event is fall fun at it’s best. Children and adults who come in costume will be admitted FREE and children in costume will take home a free souvenir too! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Carve a “zucca” at Zucca Mountain Vineyards – Don’t want to drive far to get to the pumpkin patch? Zucca Mountain Vineyards is bringing the pumpkin patch to Murphys for one day only. Stop by their garden on Main Street, pick out a pumpkin and enjoy a glass of wine and/or Halloween cupcakes for the kiddos as the whole family carves pumpkins right there. $10 per pumpkin. Carving tools provided. Wine by the glass for $5.
Mary Youngblood Concert at Moaning Cavern – Enjoy a one-of-a-kind concert experience as you listen to the enchanting flute of Grammy Award Winning Artist, Mary Youngblood deep in the heart of Moaning Cavern. Concert begins at 6pm. Call 209-736-2708 for reservations. Tickets $24.95 for bottom of main chamber and $19.95 top of main chamber.
Mountain Ranch Halloween Dance – Venture out to Mountain Ranch Town Hall for a classic Halloween dinner and dance from 5-11 p.m. Make sure dancing shoes are a part of your costume this year. Call the Resource Center at 209-754-4073 to purchase tickets.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31 – Get your Trick or Treat on!
Trick or Treat Street in Copperopolis Town Square – More details coming soon.
Trick or Treat in Murphys – Rocky Hill – approx. 5-9 pm (or when the candy runs out!)
Ongoing in October…
Dodasa Pumpkin Patch – Every Saturday and Sunday in October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. you can have some good ole’ family fall fun. Hay rides, petting ranch, panning for gems and of course, pumpkins!
Haunted House in Arnold – This is your chance to get in a few screams. Open everyday from Friday, October 19th thru the 31st from dusk until 9 pm and until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. There’s a pumpkin patch too!
Halloween Celebration at Columbia State Historic Park – Speakers on a variety of paranormal topics, a Mystic Faire and Marketplace and other events will take place throughout the weekend of October 26-28. Call 209-558-9128 for more information.
“Harvest Haunt Express” at Railtown State Historic Park – On Saturdays and Sundays throughout October, hop on the specially decorated “Harvest Haunt Express” complete with its skeleton crew. Don’t worry, kids of all ages will enjoy the ride. Plus, free pumpkins will be provided to those taking a train ride all month long. To make advance online reservations, visit www.railtown1897.org or call 209-984-3953 for more information.
Halloween Haunt at Preston Castle – A haunted castle? You know that’s scary. “Scare” tours on Friday and Saturday nights thru October 28th. Tickets $20 for adults/$10 for students.
View our full event calendar here. And if you know about an event we missed, let us know below.