By Laura O’BrienReached your last straw with corn mazes? Check out these Halloween events sure to please everyone from little pumpkins to creepy vampires – and maybe even Mom and Dad too. The bonus? There are plenty of activities that won’t break the bank!

77532391 Guide to Offbeat Children’s Halloween EventsSacramento Ballet’s Dracula
1631 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 552-5800
Hours: Oct. 22 – 7:30 p.m., Oct. 23 – 2:00 p.m., Oct. 27 – 7:00 p.m., Oct. 28 – 7:30 p.m.
Price: $17-$68
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Bring your Twilight fan to Ron Cunningham’s ballet interpretation of this classic horror story. Cunningham leads a free discussion of the production 45 minutes before show time. Included in the program are Serenade by George Balanchine and Seond Before the Ground by Trey McIntyre to music by Kronos Quartet. Halloween costumes are encouraged but not required.

108337759 Guide to Offbeat Children’s Halloween EventsEnchanted Green Hallows Eve
STAR ECO Station Environmental Children’s Museum and Exotic Wildlife Rescue Facility
4465 Granite Dr., #700
Rocklin, CA 95677
(916) 632-8347
Hours: Sat, Oct. 29 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: Adults – $6; children (age 4 and older) and seniors – $5

Enchanted Green Hallows Eve stars your kids’ favorite fairytale characters. Enjoy “green” games and activities, along with treats and prizes. Costumes are encouraged. Learn about endangered and rescued animals like “Rufus,” a black and white Tegu Monitor lizard from Argentina.

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Blackout Skate
Roller King Skating & Blading
889 Riverside Ave.
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 782-7781
Hours: Sat, Oct. 29 – 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Price: Free admission with a can of food; quad skate rentals – $3; inline – $4
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Let your costume’s cape billow behind you as your skates circle the newly surfaced rink at the Roller King in Roseville. The glow of lanterns and disco lights enhance the mood. A costume contest and games mark the holiday. Food collected benefits the Placer County Food Bank.

Sacramento Reptile Show
Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Hours: Sat, Oct. 29 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun, Oct. 30 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: (1-day pass) age 13 and older – $12; 6 to 12 – $8; 5 and younger – free

Warning: your kid may fall in love with a reptile and want to bring one home. The show boasts 100 vendors, a rainforest and live animal presentations including Izod, the 9 ft.-long alligator. Local nonprofits educate attendees about environmental issues facing reptiles. New this year is a venomous reptile display.

CBS Sacramento Insider Tip: Costumes are not encouraged at the show due to security concerns, but face painting will be available.

101587409 Guide to Offbeat Children’s Halloween EventsUgliest Dog and Cutest Canine Contest
Artisan Building
1901 Del Paso Boulevard
Sacramento, CA
(916) 923-6200
Hours: Sat, Oct. 29 – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: $1 general admission; $5 entry fee per dog

Got a cute or ugly pet? Enter him or her in Old North Sacramento’s 2nd Annual Ugliest Dog and Cutest Canine Contest. The Canine Costume Competition is new this year. Admission proceeds benefit local animal care organizations. Check the website for information about entries, due Oct.

117555445 Guide to Offbeat Children’s Halloween EventsYolo Wool Mill’s Mill-In
41501 County Rd. 27
Woodland, CA 95776
Hours: Sat, Oct. 29 – 10 a.m. to around 6 p.m.
Price: Adults – $5; children – free
(530) 666-1473
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The mill, one of the most comprehensive in Nor Cal, processes wool and mohair, as well as alpaca and llama fibers. Mill-In demonstrations include shearing, knitting, spinning, weaving, dyeing and felting. Finished products are available for purchase. Older children may learn knitting or crocheting. Younger children may climb on the haystacks and pet live sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas. A BBQ lunch, including lamb (or hot dog/hamburger), will be served at 1 p.m. An adult plate costs $15 and a child’s plate costs $7.50.

Laura O’Brien is a freelance writer and mother (swap that) living in Roseville. She blogs occasionally

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