The beauty of harvest in wine country takes a spooky turn with an array of Halloween events to suit enthusiasts of ghouls, candy, and even wine. 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 village.
Note for 2021: Many area businesses are announcing their Halloween events later than usual this year, so be sure to revisit this space for more fun ideas!
Held annually on the last Saturday of October, the Hallowine Run attracts runners from all over the country. The stunningly beautiful course for the half marathon and 10k starts at Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville and runs past autumn-colored vineyards and more than 25 wineries. The 5k starts at Yoakim Bridge in the Dry Creek Valley and runs on the last three miles of the half-marathon course. At the completion of the race, participants are treated to a post-race festival featuring wine tasting, a beer garden, food trucks, live band, exhibitors, awards ceremony, and costume contest.
Haunted Village at Pronzini Pumpkin Patch
Not recommended for children under 10 years old, this outdoor version of a haunted house aims to spook you with ghouls, spirits, caskets, and even an eerie building or three. Other parts of this popular Petaluma pumpkin patch are far less frightening, featuring vintage vehicles, teepees, a straw bale maze, games like cornhole, pony rides, pedal cars, and plenty of farm animals. You can even pick your own jack o’ lantern pumpkin right off the vine.
Thursday, October 28 to Sunday, October 31, make a reservation and join Meadowcroft Wines for their 7th annual Halloween wine and candy pairing; you’ll taste four wines chosen to pair perfectly with four classic candies. Wear your Halloween costume and you just might get rewarded for being the best dressed.
Join Paradise Ridge for a special Halloween-themed Wines & Sunsets on Wednesday, October 27. Calling all ghouls and gals to the Russian River Valley Estate to eat, drink, and be scary! Enjoy ghostly white wines and bloody reds by the glass or bottle with fun festive decor. The Halloween menu will include sinfully sweet treats. And don’t forget to dress up for a chance to win an exclusive prize from one of three Halloween costume contests.
Bricoleur Vineyards, one of California’s newest winery and hospitality retreats, is hosting a Family Style Night for friends and family on Friday, October 29th. Their culinary team will serve wine, delicious wood-fired pizza, fresh salads, and more. Enjoy the spooky 40-acre property in costume, taste Halloween treats, and compete in a costume contest!