Halloween is almost here again, and there's going to be plenty to do in Healdsburg. Whether you're looking for activities for the kids or a party for the grown-ups, there's going to be something in the area that will suit your needs.
The physically fit might consider taking on the Healdsburg Wine Country HalfMarathon. Runners are encouraged to race in costume, and the course runs through the Alexander and Dry Creek valleys. Those who aren't up for running can skip straight to the Trentadue Winery, where a wine and music festival kicks off after the race concludes. Wine, food, beer, local merchants and live music will all be on hand, as well as a costume contest. It all happens on October 31, and you'll need to pre-register for the race if you want to participate.
Of course, it wouldn't be Halloween without hauntings. Halloween is a great time to experience the Healdsburg Ghost Walk Tour, which explores the alleys and side streets of the city at twilight as a tour guide tells stories of documented paranormal sightings in the area. For a haunted house experience, make the short trip to Rohnert Park for the Blind Scream Haunted House.
A Halloween party will be taking place on the 31st starting at 5 p.m. at Portalupi Winery. Wine club members can pick up their fall shipments, and the tasting room will be redecorated with a haunted house theme. There will also be a costume contest with prizes awarded.
If you're in the mood for theater, the Raven Players will be performing Dracula at the Raven Performing Arts Theater through the end of the month. There will be performances on the 30th and 31st, of course, but you can also catch it earlier on the 16-18th and the 22-25th.
For a cute and hilarious alternative to the usual Halloween festivities, check out the Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade taking place at noon in the Healdsburg Plaza. If you've got a great costume for your doggie, you can enter the parade for a $10 registration fee and there will be prizes for the best costumes.
If you're interested in pumpkin festivals, they'll generally be taking place at least a week or so prior to Halloween. You can catch the Healdsburg Pumpkin Festival at the Healdsburg Farmers Market on the morning of October 24th, and Pumpkins on Pikes will take place in Petaluma on the evening of the same day.
About the Author: Gina is a guest contributor from Honor Mansion, a beautiful Healdsburg hotel located near all the best Halloween fun.