For residents of the Bay Area or anywhere else, Sonoma County offers plenty of options to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and enjoy a full menu of interesting and exciting activities. Wine-tasting tours, world-class dining, hiking, biking, shopping, hot air ballooning, and family outings and adventures are available year-round.
During the Halloween Season, which happens to coincide with the end of the annual harvest, businesses and communities will be celebrating another successful year by offering a variety of seasonal fun things to do in Sonoma County.
The advent of Halloween makes this an even more fascinating time to be in Sonoma Valley, as many themed events will be presented to families and adults who enjoy the costumes, ghoulish decorations, and local food of the area.
Among the fun things to do in Sonoma Valley can be attending a local festival, visiting a haunted village, or even taking a careful walk through a cemetery where “ghosts” might be lurking
And, since the Sonoma weather is spectacular around Halloween, reserve a place for a unique Sonoma Valley balloon experience, floating gently above the vineyards, wineries, and communities below while marveling at the incredible panorama.
Fun Things to do in Sonoma Valley during Halloween
“Blind Scream” Haunted House- beginning October 14 in Santa Rosa
From 7 to 11:00 PM for 13 nights in Downtown Santa Rosa, Blind Scream will feature “ferocious frights” to guests with over 15,000 square feet of mazes and monsters. To make the experience truly memorable for the superstitious, Blind Scream has included 13 black cats, broken mirrors everywhere, ladder guests must walk under, and more.
Haunted Village at Pronzini Pumpkin Patch
While the Haunted House at Pronzini Pumpkin Patch near Petaluma may be a bit too scary for younger children, older children and adults should visit this outdoor version, complete with ghouls, spirits, caskets, and even some scary buildings.
On a less frightening note, visitors can also enjoy seeing the vintage vehicles, peeking into a teepee, enjoying a straw bale maze, playing games, riding ponies, pedaling cars, and even getting up close with some farm animals.
And, as part of the fun, you can pick your own Jack O’ Lantern pumpkin straight from the vine.
The Hallowine Run, considered one of the world’s best road races, will be held this year on October 29. Runners from all over will compete in a half marathon or choose from a 10K or 5K option. The races begin and end at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery near Geyserville. This beautiful course passes through several vineyards and past several wineries before ending at the post-race festival, with wine tasting, a beer garden, food trucks, a live band, and an awards ceremony. There will even be a Halloween costume judging with prizes.
Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride with Sonoma Valley Balloons
Begin your Sonoma Halloween adventure with a morning flight on one of Sonoma Ballooning’s iconic, safe, and exhilarating hot air balloons. Drift lazily above the newly harvested vineyards and busy wineries as you view a panorama unavailable from the ground below.
A hot air Sonoma Valley balloon ride is likely one of the most memorable and fun things to do in Sonoma County, an experience that you and your family or friends will never forget. A licensed professional pilot with Sonoma Ballooning will ensure your safety and point out notable landmarks as they pass below.
For reservations, visit the Sonoma Ballooning website, where you can learn more about the fun and excitement of a Sonoma Valley balloon ride.
You can also phone directly to Sonoma Ballooning to pose your questions and to make your reservations by dialing (707)-358-6911.