Halloween & Fall Events in Wine Country

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girl2.jpgWhat's your Halloween tradition? Looking for things that go bump in the night, getting lost in a maze of maize, or celebrating the night in scary style? It's the season of fun and whether you're looking for kid friendly or grown up approved, we can certainly point you in the right direction for events near you!


October 31 -- Trick or Treat on Main Street
Family Fun: Historic Main Street merchants will provide goodies to trick-or-treaters (while supplies last) in a safe and convenient environment. Sponsored by Historic Main Street merchants. Other activities will include a costume contest and carnival and are sponsored by Placerville Parks & Recreation, Placerville 20/30 Club and Placerville Lions Club.

Location: Downtown Placerville;
Fee: Free; Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Phone: (530) 672.3436



October 31 -- Haunted Tasting at RM Winery
Celebration: Come visit our decorated tasting room ready to scare. Wear Halloween Spirit and get a discount. Have fun bobbing for apples and see if you can wine a prize. Kids are welcome!

Location: 3053 Marina Avenue, Livermore
Fee: Call for information; Time: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Phone: (925) 447.4280

October 31 -- Downtown Pleasanton Fall Fest
Family Fun: Come enjoy a day downtown! Bring your pumpkin masterpiece for the public to judge in our Pumpkin Carving Contest, enter to win a downtown scarecrow, join the Spooky Scavenger Hunt as kids in costume scour the town for clues and judge for yourself who makes the best dessert in the Fall Dessert Contest!

Location: Downtown Pleasanton
Fee: Varies; Time: 10 a.m.; Phone: (925) 484.2199



October 31 -- Downtown Trick-or-Treat & Fall Festival
Family Fun, Live Music: Children of all ages are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and visit the participating merchants downtown to fill their bags with candy and treats. Throughout the festival, local farmers will be selling their fall harvest along with unique craft and food vendors. Kids activities, pumpkin painting, carnival games and entertainment.

Location: Downtown Lodi
Fee: Free; Time: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Phone: (209) 369.8052



October 17-18 -- Ukiah Country Pumpkinfest: "Pumpkinfest goes Hollywood"
Festival, Family Fun: The Country Pumpkinfest blends a Harvest and Music Festival into the Halloween holiday in this annual two-day event. Enjoy haunted house, beer and wine tasting, arts & crafts, free children's activities, 3-on-3 hoop tourney, Scout-O'-Rama, pet costume contest, Scarecrow City and pumpkin pie bake-off. Downtown Ukiah. Parade at 10 a.m. on Sat. starting at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds.

Location: Downtown Ukiah
Fee: Free; Time: Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Sat.; Phone: (707) 463.6231



October 31 -- 6th Annual Pumpkin Pandemonium & Community Trick-or-Treat
Family Fun: This celebration combines family, friends and the community trick-or-treating in a safe environment. Farmer Mike, a true "Picasso of Pumpkin Carvers," will reveal the 3-dimensional face "hidden" in the side of a magnificent Heavy Weight Champion Pumpkin weighing over 700 pounds. Costumed children are invited to have their photo taken with the Giant Pumpkin, and parents should be sure to bring their cameras. Scott Campbell Photography will provide a free 4x6 photo with a donation to the Monterey County Food Bank.

Location: Del Monte Center, 1410 Del Monte Center, Monterey
Fee: Free; Time: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Phone: (831) 373.2705



October 31 -- Feast of Eden Halloween Gala
Celebration, Benefit: Festivities begin with wine, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction, followed by dinner paired with Rubicon Estate wines. Live auction, special Halloween tricks and treats, festive music and other surprises await guests at the event. Benefiting the Land Trust of Napa County.

Location: Rubicon Estate, 1991 St. Helena Highway, Rutherford
Fee: $200; Time: 6 p.m.; Phone: (707) 252.3270

October 31 -- Downtown Calistoga Halloween Parade
Celebration, Family Fun: This year the Lion's Club is putting on the Downtown Calistoga Halloween Parade! It will start by Pacifico's on Lincoln Avenue. After the parade there will be a costume contest for the children at the fairgrounds.

Location: Downtown Calistoga
Fee: Free; Time: 6 p.m.;  Phone: (707) 942.9384



October 24 - 25 -- Harvest Festival & Haunted Hotel
Celebration: It's all a very spooky affair when you combine the joy of the harvest with grains, mint, fruit, and amazing greens, with the ghost stories of a turn-of-the-century historic hotel! Share with the residents of this little town of Union, as they celebrate the bounty of the harvest and tours of the historic Union Hotel.

Location: Union Hotel, 326 Main Street, Downtown Union
Fee: $6-$10Time: Call for information Phone Number: (541) 963.8588

October 31 -- The Four Graces "Graceful Dead" Party
Celebration: Come celebrate Halloween at The Four Graces Tasting Room. Enjoy ghoulish treats prepared by Silverspoon Catering and taste enticing wines. Just for Halloween, visit Madame Martinoff for lighthearted tarot card readings in exchange for donations for a local charity. Costumes optional. 9605 NE Fox Farm Road, Dundee
Fee: $15/Club Members Free Time: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Phone Number: (503) 554.8000



October 31 -- Safe & Fun Halloween in Downtown Paso Robles
Family Fun: Join us for Trick-or-Treating the downtown merchants, a pumpkin carving contest (bring your pre-carved pumpkins to be judged), a free photo with the Witches and a barbeque in City Park benefiting the Historical Society.
Fee: Free; Time: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Phone: (805) 238.4103



October 30 -- Scorpio Rising: Pumpkin Carving Contest & Fall Themed Wine Tasting
Celebration: In honor of late October's astrological sign and referencing Kenneth Anger's avant-garde film Scorpio Rising, join CAF and Kunin Wines for an evening of ghoulish delights. Join us before the witching hour, where judges will select the most devious and delightful pumpkins and award special prizes. Co-host Kunin Wines will offer tastings of their premiere selections, with a special focus on Autumnal pairings.

Location: 653 Paseo Neuvo, Santa Barbara
Fee: Free; Time: 5 p.m. Phone: (805) 966.5373

October 31 -- Downtown Safe Trick-or-Treat
Celebration: Children and their parents are invited to Trick-or-Treat along State Street and the Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center. All participating businesses will display an "orange ghost" and balloons in their window. Please come in costume to receive a special treat. Don't forget to bring a Trick-or-Treat bag!

Location: Downtown Santa Barbara
Fee: Free; Time: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Phone: (805) 962.2098 x23


October 23-24 -- Halloween Ghost Train
Family Fun, Holiday: Ride the train through a redwood forest as the Legend of Sleepy Hollow is narrated. Designed for children and young-at-heart, this event is a light and lively adaptation of the famous tale. Reservations required. This is a family and children's Halloween event. Location: Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton
Fee: $27 per ticket; Time: 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Phone: (831) 335.4484

October 30 -- Halloween Party at Vino Tabi Winery
Celebration: Come if you dare on our Spooky Friday night celebration! Live music, wine raffle, Best Costume award and great fun!

Location: Vino Tabi Winery, 334 Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz
Fee: Free; Time: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.;  Phone: (408) 813.8384



October 30 -- Winemaker's Halloween Dinner at Kunde Estate
Wine Education: Enjoy a bewitching feast paired with Kunde Family Estate's finest wines and ghoulish conversation with winemaker, Tim Bell and assistant winemaker, Russ Fish. Space is limited so don't wait to RSVP. Don't forget your costume!

Location: Kunde Estate 9825 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood
Fee: $130/$100 Member; Time: 6 p.m.; Phone: (707) 833.5501

October 31 -- Petaluma Downtown Trick or Treat Trail
Family Fun: Parents, be sure to gather your little ghosts & goblins, and join the participating downtown merchants for the annual "Trick or Treat Trail" (follow the orange & black balloons) Merchants will be handing out candy to costumed children. Call for more information.

Location: Downtown Petaluma
Fee: Free; Time: 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Phone: (707) 762.9348



October 30 -- Temecula's Halloween Family Carnival
Family Fun: Attention all Super Heros, pumpkins and astronauts! Join us for an old-fashioned family carnival. Dress in costume and enter the costume contest. Enjoy carnival games, face painting, fun jumps and more.

Location: Ronald Reagan Sports Park Roller-Hockey Arena.
Fee: $5 (excludes food vendors); Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Phone: (888)

October 31 -- Halloween Extravaganzafest Boo-tacular!
Celebration: Bring the family in costume for a trick or treat in the vineyard and free pumpkins for the kiddies 10 and under. Live rock and roll. Costume contest and family fun.

Location: Longshadow Ranch & Winery, 39847 Calle Contento, Temecula
Fee: Call for information; Time: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Phone: (951) 587.6221



October 31 -- Rocky Horror Halloween Winemaker's Dinner
Wine Education: We talk about it all year and it seems that it will never come - Rocky Horror Halloween Dinner! Put on your best costume (there are prizes) and come prepared to get spooked, have loads of fun and dine in our creepy dungeon, um, I mean beautiful dining room. I'm sure Dracula will make a repeat appearance this year, he never can resist, so be sure and protect your necks! This is a night you don't want to miss! Space is limited. Reservations required.

Location: Winery at La Grange, 4970 Antioch Road, Haymarket
Fee: $99 per person Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Phone: (703) 753.9360

October 31 -- Tomahawk Mill's Annual Halloween Celebration
Celebration: Our Halloween in the haunted Grist Mill includes readings from Edgar Allen Poe. Wine and gourmet food will be served for this adults-only event. Reservations required. Tomahawk Mill Vineyard & Winery, 9221 Anderson Mill Road, Chatham
Fee: $20Time: 7 p.m. Phone Number: (434) 432.1063

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The Hopland Passport will be held Oct 24 and 25 from 11 am to 5 pm daily. Cost is $35 per person, designated drivers are free. 11 wineries in and around Hopland are participating with food, music, events (weather permitting) and sales. A shuttle on Saturday loops around town all day so attendees don't have to drive. Come visit the beautiful Sanel Valley and try our great Mendocino wines - the greenest wine area in the world! A short and easy drive from the Bay Area/Santa Rosa. Tickets available now at www.hoplandpassport.com

Phone # for Hopland Passport info: (800) 433-3689 or (707) 744-1396

I've never taken part in organized Halloween parties. We usually gather with my friends and prepare everything in advance - food, costumes for the kids, decoration. We always have great fun and lots of photos to laugh at.

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