If family-friendly fright is your preference for Halloween fun, look no further than Old Sacramento Ghost Tours. Presented by the Old Sacramento Living History Program, the annual tour of haunted locales is now in its ninth year of humor and horror. Throughout its run, the tour has evolved to keep patrons coming back.
“Every year the script changes–all new ghosts and all new stories. Even the tour route is different this year,” said Janessa White, Public Programs Coordinator for the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation, via e-mail. “For the first time, the tours will begin in the Eagle Theater, a replica of California’s first theatre.”
Tour-goers will be led through an hour’s worth of spooky buildings trusted with the tales of “gunfights, lovers’ quarrels and business deals gone bad,” according to the event’s press release. Additionally, actors will embody fictional characters from the Old West to create scenes for the audience.
“I would have to say the shootout or the commentary of the Grunnett brothers, a pair of very amusing morticians, [is the most popular part of the tour],” West said.
The tours run Oct. 16-17, 23-24 and Oct. 30. Tours start at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Entrance is $15 per person or $12 for children under 12. Not recommended for children under the age of six. Maximum people for one group is 20.