Fall is a special time in Wine Country. The mornings have a crispness to them but the days are still comfortably warm. It’s a great time to get outdoors and explore all the local, seasonal venues sure to put you in the Halloween “spirit”.
There are a number of seasonal pumpkin patches from which to choose your future carved masterpiece. From working family farms to wineries, here are a few options for those looking to have some fun and create their own jack-o-lanterns.
Grandma’s Pumpkin Patch
Open daily from 10 a.m. until dusk
Preston Organic Farm and Winery
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Eastside Seasonal Farm and Pumpkin Patch
Thurs. and Fri. noon to 7:30 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sun. noon to 7:30 p.m.
Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Punky’s Pumpkin Patch
Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Santa Rosa Patch
Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Papa’s Pumpkin Patch
Open daily from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and Amazing Corn Maze
Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Peter Pumpkin Patch
Open daily from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
McClelland’s Dairy Pumpkin Patch
Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Now that we have the pumpkins covered, we need a few venues to celebrate this special time of year. Petaluma is the place to be, as they have two events sure to be a hit with the entire family.
During the month of October and into the first days of November, Petaluma celebrates El Día de los Muertos, a ritual celebration from México, Latin and South America in which the spirits of dead loved ones are invited to visit the living as honored guests. The month long celebration has a few events you should put on your calendar:
Fine Art Exhibits and Altars throughout Petaluma
October 1st – November 2nd
Take a walking tour throughout downtown and view the many beautiful altars and artwork created by members of our community.
Candlelight Procession with Giant Puppets
Saturday October 29th, 6:00 – 10:00
Starts at Water Street Bistro, 100 Petaluma Blvd. North, and ends up at Petaluma Historical Museum, 20 4th Street.
Festivities will include live music, Ballet Folklorico de Petaluma Paquiyollotzin, Aztec dancers, food and art vendors, face painting, art and altars, and much more.
More information can be found on the El Dia de los Muertos Petaluma Facebook page.
Halloween Day celebrations begin early for the little ones. Join over 60 participating Petaluma Downtown merchants for a fun and safe community Halloween for the entire family and goodies for costumed kids under 12. Prepare for a hauntingly good time from 3 – 5:30pm on Monday October 31st. There will be a map on their website the week before Halloween or you can just follow the orange and black balloons you’ll find around town. And when the sun goes down, it’s just a short walk to the residential Historic District where you will find a host of decorated homes and a very large gathering of trick-or-treaters. D Street is the place to be on Halloween!
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