Mezcal has a reputation as sort of the misunderstood, kind of crazy cousin of tequila. However, this delightful spirit has a rich history and is even steeped in mythology. You can get to know mezcal a little better (and also eat your weight in tacos) at the upcoming Calaveras and Corn Festival, to be held at Casa de Español (1101 R St., Sacramento). This free, family-friendly event will celebrate both Halloween and Dia de los Muertos as well as benefit two charities, Help Chiapas (Helpchiapas.org) and La Familia Counseling Center (Lafcc.org). Festivities will kick off at 11 a.m. with a family carnival featuring hayrides, a pumpkin patch, face-painting and a “not-so-scary” haunted house. The Mezcal Cantina Experience begins at 3 p.m. with food and live music from Crosswinds. There will also be an adult scavenger hunt from 1:30–3:30 p.m. For more info, go to Casadeespanol.com.