Halloween Events and Ideas

Oct 18, 2012 in Entertainment, Events, Holiday, Miscellany

Time to make your Halloween plans… the West End’s Halloween Parade is a neighborhood tradition. This year, we will do the Thriller dance before the Parade. Don’t know how? There is a practice date scheduled. Lots of other fun Halloween themed events to put on your calendar.    

October 31st, Wednesday. West End Halloween KIDS Parade. Location: Meet up at Boyce and Coulter Street Time: 5:45 This year… we will do the Thriller Dance (see below) before the parade. Meet up early for photos, get a noise maker. Watch the facebook page for latest breaking news and updates.  P.m. Facebook

October 25th, Thursday-  THRILLER Practice! Location: Dance Center 56 W. 6th Street in Studio D Time: 7:30-8:30 pm. Learn a modified/shortened version of the Thriller dance to perform at the West End Halloween parade. No experience necessary! Please email Katherine at lestudiodanse@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Join us for the Thriller Dance on Halloween!


October 20th, Saturday- Day of the Dead Family Day: El Día de Los Muertos or ‘Day of the Dead’ in English is a holiday that is celebrated in Mexico many Central and South American countries and within the U.S. A joyous remembrance of the lives of family members and loved ones who have died, the holiday is a celebration of the cycle of life. Come get ready for Day of the Dead by celebrating at Sonoma County Museum’s Family Day, which will include arts and crafts activities, including Calaveras Masks and Day of the Dead Marigolds; performance by the children’s dance troupe, Ballet Folklorico Jazmin; and delicious samples of traditional Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead).&$7/ Free for non-members. Location: Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh Street Time: 11- 2 p.m. sonomacountymuseum.org

October 20th , Saturday The 2nd Annual Floating Pumpkin Patch at Ridgway Pool! Tired of walking through a hot and itchy field searching for the perfect pumpkin? Then join us for our Floating Pumpkin Patch at Ridgway Swim Center. Enjoy a day filled with games and prizes, pumpkin decorating and pumpkin-splashing fun for participants of all ages. Event entry fee is $5 (pumpkin not included) or $10 (pumpkin included). All proceeds benefit Santa Rosa Rec & Parks pools. Register in advance online using barcode #62919. Location: Ridgway Swim Center 455 Ridgway Ave., Santa Rosa Time: 2-6pm

October 24th, Wednesday- 3rd Annual Light and Dark: El Día de Los Muertos Writing Workshop. Instructors- Dani Burlison & West Ender Leilani Clark. Celebrate summer’s end and the move from light to dark with a day of writing and food! In this half-day creative writing workshop we will explore transition, change, and different aspects of death and dying. October 30th falls just before Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, and All Souls Day, and we will be finding non-religious inspiration from these different holidays in a way that promises to be celebratory, fun, and enlightening. The ancient Celts believed that Samhain (the original Halloween) was a time when the border between the spirit world and this world became thin, an intriguing possibility that bodes well for some truly inspired writing. Let’s pull those skeletons from the closet and let them dance, calavera-style! Snacks will be provided (and probably some Halloween candy!) $35-50 with limited scholarships available. DEPOSIT REQUIRED to hold your space Limited to 9 participants. Feel free to bring small items for our altar Location: Share Exchange, 531 5th Street, Santa Rosa Time: 6:30-9pm RSVP at petalsandbones@gmail.com

October 26th, Friday- Halloween Bash featuring Zepparella, Kerouac & Dgiin. Costume Contest. (rockworld Latin reggae) $15•21 yrs +  Location: Last Day Saloon 120 Fifth Street Time: 9 p.m. Door, 9:30 p.m. Show

Last Day Saloon

Last Day Saloon is a West End Neighborhood Sponsor

October 27th, Saturday- Disco Supernatural Halloween Special. This is a costume theme party. Madam Jessica is picturing werewolves with cold chains and fairies in bell-bottoms. That’s the theme, embrace it if you like or come as whatever ghoulish delight you like. Costume Contest! Best sexy costume (open to female only, guys please no speedos), Best creative costume (open to all), Best dancer (open to all). Live Music. No Cover. 21 yrs + Location: Heritage Public House 1305 Cleveland Ave. Time: 8:30 p.m. Facebook

Disco Supernatural at Heritage Public House

October 27th, Saturday- Eyes Wide Shut. 1st Annual masquerade cocktail party. Dress: Alluring/Elegant, mask required A sensual soiree. Complimentary champagne glass and small plates included with tickets. Tickets- $30 per person- you must pre purchase ticket for entry. See facebook for all details and tick info. . Location: Space XXC 25 Old Courthouse Square Times: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Eyes Wide Shut

Haunted Houses

Press Democrat Guide to local Haunts

October 12th– 31st– Blind Scream Haunted House. Open for 12 bone chilling nights Location: 2150 Blue Bell Drive Times: See website hours, days and for tickets  http://blindscream.com/blindscream.shtml

Every Friday and Saturday in October- Dr. Evil’s House of Horrors. Location: 16101 Neely Road, Guerneville Times: See website for days, hours and tickets http://www.doctorevilshouseofhorrors.com

October 1st- 31st. Wicked West Ghost Town. A wicket light show around a ghost town façade, a haunted house maze. Also offers child friendly evenings. Free. Location: 472 Jose Ramon Ave. Times: See website for days, hours and info http://www.srhalloween.com

Friday, October 26th to Wednesday, October 31st. HTown Haunted House. A haunting experience for all ages. Location: Corner of North and Grove Streets, Healdsburg Times: Visit website for hours and promotions http://htownyt.com

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