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Halloween Horror in Sonoma County

Halloween in Petaluma

Wondering where to take the kids—or yourself—for a memorable Halloween adventure? Here are a few ghoulish options for Halloween 2015:

Kid-Friendly, Low-Terror Threshold

Every Halloween, the McDonald Historic District in Santa Rosa attracts witches and goblins—and their parents—from around the region. No wonder! Anchored by the 1876 McDonald Mansion (a handsome Stick-Eastlake Victorian), the District holds an impressive collection of beautiful homes spanning diverse architectural styles, and most of them are gussied up in grand Halloween style.

Some years have seen fog machines, laser light shows, scary clowns in racing cars, hula hoopers with hoops on fire, and other over-the-top décor, and there is always plenty of candy for small-fry tricksters making the rounds. Read a story about a recent Halloween in the District.

Other popular Halloween adventures for kids around the county in 2015 include:

  • Downtown Petaluma’s Halloween Trick or Treat Trail (Saturday, Oct. 31, 3-5:30 p.m.). More than 60 participating merchants, goodies for costumed kids under 12, and a “ghould” time for all. Expect to see the scary, the cute, and the creepy!
  • Trick-or-Treat Downtown Novato (Saturday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.). A safe trick-or-treat event geared to tots and parents. Businesses along Grant Avenue will hand out candy, and fun activities will be happening in various locations.
  • Scream on the Green Novato (Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.).  Experience a Chamber of Horrors Haunted House, a costume contest, live music and entertainment and more.
  • Petaluma’s Pumpkins on Pikes (Saturday, Oct. 24, 2-10 p.m.). Held at Tara Firma Farms, festivities include food, music and pumpkin carving—pumpkins are lit when the sun goes down. BBQ dinner, $10. Admission: $20/person.

For Adults & Older Kids in Search of Terror

Screams, walking nightmares, evil, insanity, the depths of the most sinister reality, ghouls, ghastly goblins, monsters, warty witches, giant spiders and things you cannot even think about, let alone describe—they all await you at Sonoma County’s houses of horror:

Blind Scream Haunted Houses (Rohnert Park, open selected days through Saturday, Oct. 31): Make your way through the horror-inhabited mazes of three haunted houses:

  • Blackout walks you through your darkest nightmare.
  • Carnicus is a bizarre and bloody Big Top, a true circus of horrors.
  • The Swamp Shack? It’s home to a VooDoo witch who will haunt every dream you have for the rest of your life.

For more information, visit blindscream.com.

Norcal Fear (Petaluma Fairgrounds, open selected days through Nov. 1, 7-11 p.m.): Experience your worst nightmares at Hell House! You’ll never know what’s around the next corner, but you’ll have to keep going to find a way out past the crazies, looters and others—to safety. More information at norcalfear.com.

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