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Leap into fall with these colorful events

By From page A7 | October 04, 2017

Autumn is here at last. While June may be “ busting out all over,” October is one of the most colorful months of the year. There is so much to see and do.

Up the Hill
The family farms at Apple Hill in Camino are ready to welcome you with a steaming cup of hot apple cider, pies, apple donuts and lots of other treats.

If food is your focus, Boa Vista on Carson Road is a great choice for fresh produce as well as baked goods. If you are looking for pony rides, Abel’s Acres is a good bet. High Hill has fishing.

Every farm offers something unique, and the larger farms offer everything from pumpkin patches, to mazes, to Halloween shopping and more. You can even get a jump on your Christmas shopping if you so choose.

The fall color in Placerville and even in Sacramento (which used to be known as the City of Trees) can rival the fall color of the eastern seaboard. Call the local chambers of commerce to check on peak fall color or go online. Some weather websites track fall color.

Down the Hill
Autumn color may be a week or two behind the Sierra foothills, but don’t give up on it. Autumn in the neighborhoods surrounding the state Capitol can be breathtaking.

Some fun activities to be aware of down the hill from El Dorado Hills include:

Do the Monster Bash
Take the kids for a night of ghoulish fun at the Sacramento Children’s Museum on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. Kids gear up for Halloween and wear their favorite costumes as they play in the museum in Rancho Cordova.

There will be a DJ, dancing, refreshments and museum fun. Tickets are $10 per general admission. Visit to order yours.

Halloween in Space
There is more fun in store for the kids at Fairytale Town on Oct. 20, 21 & 22. On those nights, from 5 to 9 p.m., kids can take off to a galaxy far, far away for an evening of trick-or-treating and family fun in space at the 31st annual Safe & Super Halloween.

Go on a space adventure as you meet your favorite intergalactic characters, take part in Jedi training and lightsaber fitness, and travel to Dagobah, Endor and Tatooine.

The three-night extravaganza features 15 treat stations, a nightly costume parade at 8:30 p.m., hands-on activities and lots of fun. Tickets are $10 in advance, so get yours online at

Closer to home
Not to be outdone, El Dorado Hills Town Center has some fun in store.

On Oct. 15 there will be a Fall Festival, featuring carnival rides and children’s activities.

Two weeks later, the annual Halloween Spooktacular will be on Oct. 31 from 3 to 6 p.m. It features trick-or-treating at participating businesses. A costume contest for kids and dogs will be held at 5:15 p.m. in the Steven Young Amphitheater. Categories include: Most Creative, Hero/ Villain or Princess, Cutest, Most Scary, and Best Group.

Visit for more details by clicking on “Events.”

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Susan Laird

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