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Best Halloween Events in Sonoma County

The beauty of harvest in wine country takes a spooky turn with an array of Halloween events to suit everyone, from pint sized trick or treaters to full-grown ghoul enthusiasts. The ghosts are up and about in the cemeteries and pumpkins abound. Take your pick of family friendly festivals, laugh in the face of fear with a Halloween comedy show, or immerse yourself in the terror of the season in a haunted house.

Sebastopol Cemetery Walk
Oct. 7-8, 2016
St. Stephens Episcopal Church
500 Robinson Road

Five dramatic vignettes based upon the lives of cemetery residents take place while on an after-dark walking tour of Sebastopol Memorial Lawn. The performance is preceded by a light supper and then followed by a homemade apple crisp dessert with tea and coffee at the historic Luther Burbank Farm. Four presentations per night at 5:30, 6:15, 7:00, and 7:45 p.m., on Friday and Saturday nights. Advance ticket sales only! All proceeds support Western Sonoma County Historical Society projects.
Details: www.sebastopol-farm-museum.org

Blind Scream Haunted House

Oct. 7-31, 2016
Sonoma Mountain Village
1500 Valley House Drive
Rohnert Park

Blind Scream presents three terrifying haunted houses to horrify for 18 bone chilling nights. Blackout is a heart thumping, blood pumping, walk through your darkest nightmares. Uncle Chuckle’s 3D Madhouse is a carnival funhouse from hell with twisted and demented Clowns and Carny’s. The Slaugher Shack is the biggest pile of bloody carnage ever imagined.
Details: www.blindscream.com

Tolay Fall Festival
Oct, 15-16 and 22-23, 2016
Tolay Lake Regional Park
5869 Cannon Lane

The Tolay Fall Festival offers two weekends of seasonal family fun at beautiful Tolay Lake Regional Park east of Petaluma. Take a hay ride to a giant pumpkin patch and explore a creatures barn full of live snakes, spiders, birds of prey, and tide pool animals. Find your way through a straw maze, try farm crafts activities like candle-dipping and wool-carding. Make corn husk dolls and pet the farm animals. Visit a replica of a Native American village. Enter a pumpkin seed spitting contest and enjoy old-fashion lawn games and foods from local vendors.
Details: parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov

Cemetery Tour
Oct. 22, 2016
Cypress Hill Cemetery
430 Magnolia Avenue

The Petaluma Museum Association presents their annual cemetery tour featuring noted Petalumans from the past. Get a start on your Halloween fun watching the past come alive! Such residents as William Howard Pepper, Isaac Wickersham, Ida Belle McNear, and Clara McNear will be brought to life in their 19th century attire.
Details: www.petalumamuseum.com

Cirque du Sebastopol Halloween
Oct. 28-29, 2016
Hopmonk - The Abbey
230 Petaluma Avenue

Hopmonk Tavern presents their 9th annual Halloween bash with two nights this year! The event showcases the hottest electronic music in the abbey and local indie americana in the beer garden along with burlesque and festive antics. On Friday, Oct. 28 in the Abbey, El Radio Fantastique and Junk Parlor, while Cabaret de Client is in the heated garden. On Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Abbey, Pantyraid, Sugarcoats, and iNi will be playing and the heated garden will have Silent Disco.
Details: www.hopmonk.com/sebastopol

Halloween at Howarth Park
Oct. 29, 2016
Howarth Park
630 Summerfield Road
Santa Rosa

Dress in your best costume and trick-or-treat through one of Santa Rosa's most popular parks. Take a train ride, hop on the carousel, and catch a pony ride! Local businesses and organizations will be handing out treats to children aged 12 and under. This event may well sell out, so try to purchase tickets in advance for one of the three sessions: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. or 12:45-1:30 p.m. or 2-2:45 p.m.
Details: ci.santa-rosa.ca.us

Boos, Bones, and Walking with the Dead
Safari West Wildlife Preserve
3205 Porter Creek Road
Santa Rosa

With tricks and treats, pumpkins and skulls, bats and bones, the Safari West Halloween Spectacular is an event the whole family can enjoy together! Trick or treat your way through skeleton inspired exhibits, venture through the pumpkin patch, boldly enter the Junior Keeper's Mad Science Lab, and more. Hop on the Nairobi Bus for a quick driving tour to explore the lower grounds and see cheetahs, monkeys, exotic birds, and others.
Details: www.safariwest.com

Hallowine 5K
Oct. 29, 2016
Trentadue Winery
19170 Geyserville Avenue

The Hallowine 5K, presented by Parkpoint, starts at Mazzocco Winery and follows the final three miles of the Wine Country Half-Marathon course before finishing at Trentadue Wineryto join in the post-race Wine and Music Festival. This event is open to adults and kids ages 7 and older.
Details: destinationraces.com/runhb

Halloween Happy Hour
Oct. 29, 2016
Korbel Champagne Cellars
13250 River Road

It has long been claimed that the Korbel Family Home is haunted. Go and see for yourself! Join Korbel for a spooky evening of thrills, chills, psychic readings, and a costume contest. Sip champagne and enjoy small bites as the sun sets over the vineyards. 
Details: www.korbel.com

Halloween Trick or Treat Trail
Oct. 31, 2016
Historic Downown Petaluma
4th and Kentucky

Join over 60 participating downtown Petaluma merchants for a fun and safe Halloween for the entire family and goodies for costumed kids under 12. Prepare for a hauntingly "ghould" time from 3 - 5:30 p.m. as the scary, the cute, the ugly, and the creepy descend on this charming downtown! There will also be treats for little ghosts and goblins from 12-1:00 p.m.
Details: www.petalumadowntown.com

Phantoms and Fugues "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"
Oct. 31, 2016
Schroeder Hall, Sonoma State University
1801 E. Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park

Phantoms and Fugues, designed to entertain the young-at-heart of all ages, is a family-themed alternative (or addition) to the usual Halloween trick-or-treating. The feature film "It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" will be screened and, immediately afterward, Jonathan Dimmock will evoke the friendly ghosts of Schroeder Hall with a selection of glorious music for organ, followed by treats for patrons as they leave. Wear a costume!
Details: www.sonoma.edu/music

Halloween Costume Carnival
Oct. 31, 2016
Lighthouse Christian Church
700 Verano Avenue

Get ready for a "not too spooky" time at this 6th annual event. A free, fun, and safe event for the whole family. Admission, games, bounce houses, and candy are all free. Games range from 1 year old to 14 (or those young at heart!). Participate in teh Best Costume Contest for a chance at prizes. Food will be available for purchase at nominal prices of $1-$2. 
Details: www.sonomalighthouse.com

Written by Sonoma Insider Jen Jones.