Hot for Halloween in Wine Country 2018
The most fiendishly divine evening of the year is almost upon us and if you happen to be in Sonoma County you’ll be happy to know that there is no shortage of ghoulish good times on the calendar. Below are a few devilishly good Halloween choices:
For the fright of your life this Halloween season, wind your way through two terrifying haunted houses located at SOMO Village next to Sally Tomatoes in Rohnert Park. Spread out over 20,000 square feet, the Blind Scream Houses promise plenty of chilling moments over the course of 13 scary nights between beginning Oct. 12 and running through Oct. 31, 2018.
Begin your ghoulish adventure with a visit to Lil Horrus’s Fun House – Haunted House where visitors might wind up participants in a Lil Freak Show and then head on over to Doc’s Horrortorium – Haunted House for a trip down Route 666 along a remote area deep in the bayou, where you see a road side attraction and stop to take a look before realizing that it’s too late to turn around. Lastly, take your final trip to the grave on The Last Ride, which includes climbing into a custom coffin and experiencing the sounds, smells and terror of being buried alive (death certificate included).
For a less scary but nonetheless tasty treat this Halloween, pair your escalated candy consumption and with your favorite wine for a truly decadent afternoon. Join Meadowcroft Wines on Halloween weekend, Oct. 27 and 28 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., for a special Halloween Candy and Wine Pairing. Learn more.
Join Positive Images as its annual dance for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies returns with yet another spooky night of laughter, music, and dancing. Open to all Sonoma County LGBTQ youth ages 12-24, this event promises a safe, fun, and authentic homecoming night at the beautiful Monroe Hall on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 from 5:30-9 p.m. Wear your best Halloween outfit, glam it up, or come as you are. Buy tickets online for $15.48 ($14 plus service fee).
Healdsburg’s Roth Estate promises a spook-tacular Halloween celebration on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 27. On the itinerary for this upscale fright night: DJ Dennis Anderson, a costume contest, a fortune teller, finger foods, and, of course, delectable wine. General admission tickets for the party are $60 per person. For more information on to purchase tickets, click here.
Feeling a bit more musical this Halloween? Check out the North Bay's annual Halloween Covers Show at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma. This year’s lineup includes covers by: Third Eye Blind, Sublime, My Chemical Romance, Lana Del Rey, The Cranberries, Ace of Bass and Talking Heads among others. Tickets are $10. For more information, click here.
Spend a rollicking evening with the 6th Street players as they present a live-action performance of the cult classic horror/sci-fi parody, Rocky Horror Picture Show. Set on a dark and stormy night, the original stage musical, which was based on the 1975 film of the same name, tells the story of a gender-fluid mad scientist named Dr. Frank-N-Furter and an innocent couple whose car breaks down near the doctor's mansion in which resides a new world of sex, science — and maybe even love. Performances are Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, and 31, and Nov. 1 and 2, in Santa Rosa. General admission tickets are $30. Click here for more details.
Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol hosts the international return of Frankenstein this Halloween, to mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's most famous novel.
Captured live in 2011 from the National Theatre stage in London, this thrilling, sold-out production became an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world.
Directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange, Hamlet, BBC's Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Trainspotting) alternating between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein's bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the increasingly desperate and vengeful Creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.
Scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development, and the nature of good and evil are all embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic tale. Showings will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25 (with Cumberbatch as the Creature) and Monday, Oct. 29 (with Miller as the Creature). General admission tickets for these special screenings are $26. For more information, click here.