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, roam through a cemetery, or immerse yourself in the terror of the season in a haunted house.
Blind Scream presents two terrifying haunted houses to horrify you for several bone chilling nights in October. Lil Horrus is back and wants you for his Lil Freak Show - run for your life! New this year, summon up all of your courage and enter the Witch House, deep in the dank, dark woods. Check their website for all of the ghoulish details!
Pumpkin Nights is an interactive Halloween experience filled with dazzling displays in seven Pumpkin Lands created with hand-carved real and synthetic pumpkins. Check out the fire show, catch an outdoor movie, and enjoy a variety of treats at Pumpkin Central.
The Tolay Fall Festival offers two weekends of seasonal family fun at beautiful Tolay Lake Regional Park east of Petaluma. Enjoy the sunshine while taking a hay ride to a giant pumpkin patch. There is a creatures barn full of live snakes, spiders, birds of prey, and tide pool animals. Kids can try their hand at farm crafts activities like candle-dipping, wool-carding, and making corn husk dolls. Visit with farm animals in a special petting area. Enter a pumpkin seed spitting contest and enjoy old-fashion lawn games and foods from local vendors.
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.
Dress in your best costume and trick-or-treat through one of Santa Rosa's most popular parks. Hop on the train 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 three sessions.
Get out there and celebrate the harvest and Halloween at this annual run through scenic Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley, followed by a Wine and Music Festival at Lake Sonoma. A half marathon starts at Francis Ford Coppola Winery and a 10K starts at Martorana Family Winery.
Celebrate Halloween with fellow pet lovers at Healdsburg's annual pet parade, organized by Humane Society of Sonoma County - Healdsburg.
Go wild this Halloween with the animals at Safari West. Follow the Trick-or-Treat Trail and take a Trick-orTrek bus tour to look for giraffes, rhinos, antelope, and more! More information coming soon, keep an eye on their website.
The whole family can enjoy great Halloween fun at Coppola Winery's event with games, magic, carnival rides, music, and costumes. Candy for the kids and wine for the grown ups!
Join over 80 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!
Written by Sonoma Insider Jen Jones.