Family FIVE Events

Happy Halloween! I hope all of you have a safe and fun holiday this weekend. There will also be plenty of fun events going on this weekend, Halloween and not. Here are a few of my favorite picks for things to do with your family. For more family events, see our events page at, or at

A family has fun at last year's carnival at Howarth Park

Howarth Park Halloween
Sat Oct 29 12-3pm
Howarth Park (630 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa)
Come dressed in your Halloween costume to Howarth Park to take part in their annual party of tricks and treats. The train and carousel will be up and running, and kids will be able to trick-or-treat around the park. And don’t forget, this is the last weekend of the season (until February 2012) for the train, carousel, ponies, and boathouse.

Chop’s Teen Club’s Annual Halloween Carnival
Sat Oct 29 5-8pm
Chop’s Teen Club (509 Adams St, Santa Rosa)
The teens at Chops have prepared a night of safe, ghoulish fun for youngsters and their families. A jumpy house, game booths, costume contest, goodies, and more make this a night to get your Halloween groove on early.

Sing-a-Long Sound of Music
Sat Oct 29 7pm and Sun Oct 30 2pm
6th Street Playhouse (52 W Sixth Street)
Practice your do-re-mis and thing of your favorite things, because this Saturday you can open your vocal chords with a sing-a-long with the Von Trapp family. Audience participation make this full-screen presentation a fun and exciting event for the whole family.

Sun Oct 30 11am-6pm
Rio Nido Roadhouse (14540 Canyon Two Rd, Rio Nido)
It isn’t every day you can see real live mermaids, but the festival on Sunday brings these mystical creatures to you – including Vira Burgerman, the California Mermaid. Live music, tasty seafood and fisherman demos surround this event intent on supporting marine life, ecology, and the environment. Plus, mermaids will perform in the pool for your entertainment.

WordUP Fair
Sun Oct 30 11am-6pm
Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds (175 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma)
Benefitting Literacyworks of Sonoma County, the book lovers in your family will absolutely adore this free all-ages event promoting literacy and learning. Different booths will be set up teaching everything from pilates to auto care. The main stage will hold acclaimed author Anne Lamott, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, the Banana Slug Band, and more. Kids are encouraged to dress up for the Halloween costume contest!

To post or view more events, find tips for Halloween, and other family related news and tidbits, visit Have a wonderful week, and a fun Halloween!

Crissi Dillon


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