There’s a reason so many scary movies take place in the woods: owls chirp, the undergrowth rustles, trees sway and form shadows. Of course, we needn’t go looking for mysteries in the forest; the forest itself is the character, and, in a certain Sierra-based national park? The starring roles are filled by some of the largest living things on the planet.

We’re talking about the sequoias, of course, which would naturally have to play giants in any spooky movie (though we see the trees as very gentle, peace-bringing giants, which may not bode well for the “scary” part of our scary flick). Sequoia National Park is highly atmospheric year-round, but, come October, before the snows, when the shadows get longer and night deepens earlier? Yeah, it is cinematic, and we’re not even talking in spooky movie terms. The people overseeing the park understand how autumn and the magnificent trees work well in concert; with that in mind, there are several eerie and fun events ahead.

To find out the full list of events taking place this month, head over to NBC Bay Area’s Worth the Drive.

Each week NBC Bay Area will provide Red Tricycle readers with the inside scoop on a special destination that’s always “Worth the Drive.” NBC Bay Area uncovers and connects their users to all that the city has to offer so they can be true city insiders. They go beyond the obvious and provide access to untold stories and the stories behind the stories.