These pictures are how some people celebrated Halloween Weekend in Sonoma. It's not all spooky here, but if you are into that, 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