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The North Bay's Top Tricks and Treats

Where to explore the world's biggest corn maze, play ghost hunter in haunted houses, and go trick-or-treating with Tweety Bird.

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  • A zombie roams Fright Fest at Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, picture
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    Photo: Courtesy of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
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    Watch out for zombies roaming Fright Fest at Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo.
  • An aerial view of the 45-acre corn maze in Dixon, picture
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    Photo: Courtesy of Cool Patch Pumpkins
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    A bird's eye view of the 43-acre corn maze at Cool Patch Pumpkins in Dixon.
  • Halloween Mash Bash actors in costume in Suisun City, picture
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    Photo: Courtesy of Gaslighters Theatrical Company
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    Performers from Gaslighters Theatrical Company get into character for their annual Halloween Mash Bash.
  • A historic train at Gum Grove station, picture
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    Photo: Courtesy of Western Railway Museum
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    Ride a historic train from Suisun City to Gum Grove during the Western Railway Museum Pumpkin Festival.
  • Zombie Brew Crawl participants in costume in Benicia, picture
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    Photo: Courtesy of Benicia Main Street
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    Benicia's Zombie Brew Crawl participants get into the spirit with frightening zombie attire.

Solano County, in the northeastern corner of the San Francisco Bay Area, is home to just about any kind of Halloween activity—from sweet to scary. Here’s where to find your way through the world’s biggest corn maze, play ghost hunter in haunted houses, and go trick-or-treating with Tweety Bird.

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Mammoth Corn Maze in Dixon

Cool Patch Pumpkins farm in small-town Dixon holds the Guinness World Record for largest corn maze—at 60 acres in 2014. It won’t be quite that big this year, but 43 acres is still plenty big enough to get lost, found, and turned around. Runs September 17 to October 31.

Gourds and Trains in Suisun City

What’s more fun than spending the day in the great outdoors wandering through a pumpkin patch, with food, music, kids’ games, tractor rides, and a huge hay bale fort? Taking a historic electric train ride to get there. For the three weekends leading up to Halloween, the Western Railway Museum Pumpkin Festival provides scenic rides from Suisun City to the wooded glen of Gum Grove five miles away. Runs October 8–9, 15–16, and 22–23.

Ghost-Busting in Benicia

Forget white sheets with eyeholes. Led by paranormal investigator Deborah Hogarty, Benicia’s Ghost Walks aren’t just campfire tales for kids. Hogarty employs such tools as divining rods and electromagnetic frequency meters to sniff out hard evidence of supernatural activity at some of the city’s most “haunted” spots. Runs the first and third Fridays in October.

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Kooky Candy in Vallejo

You can trick-or-treat anywhere at Halloween. But getting handed candy by Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, and Tweety Bird? That’s just cool. Twick or Tweat Twail is only one part of the popular Fright Fest at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, which includes kid-friendly shows and activities by day and live entertainment, haunted mazes, and scare zones come evening. New this year: The Joker, a just-opened, twisted hybrid wood and steel roller coaster. Runs September 24 to October 30.

Drink With the Dead in Benicia

Think of it as trick-or-treating for adults. At Benicia’s Zombie Brew Crawl, select downtown businesses pour craft beer for participating members of the brew-loving undead. Costumes are optional but heartily encouraged. October 15.

Tasty Theater in Suisun City

The Gaslighters Theatrical Company is known for its Saturday shows combining theater with dinner. In late October, the troupe performs its popular Halloween Mash Bash, a lively, funny, and interactive mashup highlighting Halloween tropes, legends, and characters. Audience participation is encouraged—just make sure to finish chewing before you jump onstage. Runs October 28 to 30, with a dinner show on Saturday, October 29, only.

This article was first published in September 2016. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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