H. Street is the street along which the Governors Historic Mansion happens to be. Officially listed as a State Historic Park, tours and reservations always pick up steam right around this time of year as its 128-year-old structure lends to a sort of Halloween Spirit in and of itself. With reports of friendly ghost sightings by both guests and tour guides alike, it certainly adds to the authenticity of the Halloween season. And you'd better believe that the townhouses and businesses parallel to the mansion also will be joining in on the Halloween fun, as trick or treaters certainly enjoy frequenting this part of Sacramento.
Almost always highly ranked by people in the know for the best candy, the Fab Forties neighborhood in East Sacramento seems to be the place to be to check out prime Halloween decorations. The houses you'll want to drive by run from 40th to 48th streets between J Street and Folsom Blvd. With plenty of mature and lush trees gracing the front yards, fake cobwebs, flying ghosts, and ghouls are a regular decorating occurrence to pop up. You'll want to avoid the Fab Forties neighborhood on Halloween night, as close to 500 kids descend upon that street every year.
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Located right across from Fairytale Town in the scenic Land Park neighborhood of Sacramento, you'd better believe the neighborhood decks out for this time of year. Known for hosting an annual Halloween Festival across the street, the neighborhood knows full well that kids will be out for trick-or-treating. Front porches usually showcase lighted up scenes, whether it's a skeleton family or a lawn bordered by pumpkins. If you've got the afternoon empty, head into Fairytale Town as they'll be open Halloween day from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
If you're looking for some good ol' fashioned Halloween fun and a bit of sightseeing along the way, Town Center Blvd. will check all those boxes. Businesses along this street do it up big every year on Halloween Day. Their Spooktacular event runs on Halloween Day and features trick-or-treating from 3-6 p.m. and a costume contest at 5:15 p.m. for kids and dogs. When you're done walking around, treat yourself to a bit of a scare at the Haunted Hills Asylum Haunted House, which will be open until 10 p.m. on the 31st.
Although sporadic in recent years, you can most certainly count on the Victorian houses to do it big on both Halloween and Christmas.Located in the heart of Midtown Sacramento, not only do many Victorian style houses dress up their front yards with Halloween decor, especially on 19th St., but so do all the businesses. Lots of stores will decorate their front windows with spider webs, special paint and pumpkins galore. After a bit of trick-or-treating and sight-seeing, you can always drive on over to Old Town Sacramento (less than 15 blocks away) for some dinner and to check out what Halloween fun they're having.
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