Category Archives: Weekend Fun

Weekend Family Fun Dec 12 – 13

A story by the fire at an inviting hotel, breakfast with Santa, hoping Eeyore finds his tail…..  This weekend is filled with lots of fun activities for you to enjoy with your children!

Light up a Life Tree Lighting   The holidays are especially hard when you have lost someone close to you. In Railroad Square this Saturday, you can join others in honoring your loved ones in a special and touching ceremony put on by Hospice of Petaluma and Memorial Hospice. This event is now in its 25th year. During the community tree lighting, there will be music, inspiration, and remembrance.
RR Square, Santa Rosa
Sat Dec 12th, 6 – 7pm

Once Upon a Gingerbread House   My mom used to go to the neighbor’s house for a ladies’ night in December and then come home with a special Gingerbread House that she had made for display. I never understood why the house was for looking only and not for eating. It didn’t matter. By the time Christmas came around, it looked like little mice had taken bites out of the house, stolen all the M&Ms, and left only half eaten walls and the yucky black licorice. Don’t be like my mom.* Take your precious child to create a house of their own at the Sonoma County Library this Saturday. And if they can’t just look at it, let them have a nibble.
So Co Library, Santa Rosa
Sat Dec12th, 11am – 12pm

*Let it be known that my mom was actually a great mom, and pretty much knew that my sisters and I were the little mice massacring her lovely gingerbread creation.

Breakfast with Santa   Mark this on your calendar! Santa is taking a little time off from the busy work being done at the North Pole, and headed to Costeaux Bakery in Healdsburg for breakfast! Dine on a decadent quiche or a buttery croissant with the Big Guy himself. Be sure to bring your camera so that your munchkins can take advantage of a great photo op!
PDF of the Breakfast Menu
Costeaux Bakery, Healdsburg
Sat Dec 12th, 9 – 11am

Holiday Storytelling   A warm cozy fire, riveting tale after tale being told, all the makings to bring the coziness into the holiday season. Come enjoy the warmth of Hotel Healdsburg in a classic family setting before heading back out into the freezing December air.
Hotel Healdsburg in front of the FP
Sat Dec 12th, 1 – 2pm

Magical Toyland Exhibit and Kid’s Open House   The Healdsburg Museum is opening its doors for this wonderful event showcasing toys from the 1860’s – 1960’s. What? No Guitar Hero in the 1800’s??? How did kids ever have fun? Give your kids an entertaining view of how toys used to be, and how cool these toys really are. Beyond toys, there will be games, crafts, storytelling, carols, and plenty of treats.
Healdsburg Museum & Historical Society
Sat Dec 12th, 1 – 3pm

Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail   Oh dear. Eeyore has lost his tail, and it’s just before Christmas! Luckily he has plenty of friends in the 100-acre wood that can help him find it. Watch this musical adventure put on by the Raven Theatre players in Healdsburg this weekend or next. Tickets can be purchased at door, or in advance by calling 707-433-6335.
Sat Dec 12th or 19th, 11am, 2pm, or 7 pm
Sun Dec 13th and 20th, 2pm and 4pm
Raven Theatre, 115 North Street, Healdsburg
$10 adults, $5 kids under 12

Weekend Family Fun, Dec 5th – 6th

You know what I love about the holidays?  It seems like everyone is in the holiday spirit as they decorate their homes and businesses, and the reasons to get together and celebrate multiply.  As the weather turns a bit crisper, breath comes out in puffs of fog against the chilly air, and cheeks are a bit rosier behind wool scarves and hats, the smiles are contagious as each town celebrates this festive time of year. 

Do you know what you’re doing this weekend?   

Wolcott Family Light Show  Remember the Halloween display on Jose Ramon Ave? Well, the Wolcott’s have done it again for Christmas. Their lights are sequenced to Christmas music, and are sure to wow the crowds that are on a hunt for Christmas lights around town. The show starts this Saturday, and goes on until the end of the month. This year they have even wirelessly included their neighbors in the show, rigging their lights to blink and shine with the music. The shows last 35 minutes apiece, and are a must see on your journey for Christmas displays in the area!
Starts Saturday, Dec 5th, and goes on till Dec 31st.
Sunday – Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
472 Jose Ramon Ave, Santa Rosa

Guerneville Parade of Lights   Colorful floats and live music will rock Guerneville’s Main Street under the theme of Rockin’ Holiday. Residents of Guerneville won’t want to miss the traditional lighted parade Saturday night. If you want to see what the parade was like 2 years ago, here’s a link to Farmtube’s video on YouTube.  Fun for adults and toddlers alike!
Saturday, Dec 5th, 7pm – 8pm
16209 First St. Downtown Guerneville

Mrs. Grossman’s Warehouse Sale  Can I just say that I am a little more than excited about this event??? I remember my mom taking me when I was a kid. There were tables upon tables, filled with every kind of sticker you could imagine at extremely discounted prices. We would load up on stickers, bringing them to the checkstand by the armload. And then after, we’d go up to the storeroom to see what was new over at Mrs. Grossman. If you are a scrapbooker, or you have a child that loves stickers, or if you are just plain human, this event is one that can’t be missed. Mrs. Grossman’s stickers are known for their great quality and originality, and they are acid free, so they won’t ruin your pictures. Get there early, because this event is anticipated by everyone in the know.
Saturday, Dec 5th, 9am -5:30pm
Mrs. Grossman’s Warehouse – 3810 Cypress Dr. Petaluma
Join their
Facebook page for more info.

Merchants’ Holiday Open Houses   Various merchants in Downtown Petaluma will be taking part in an Open House that kicks off the annual “Shop and Crawl” in Petaluma. The event includes Horse & Carriage rides as well as Rickshaw rides, caroling by the Petaluma High School Choir, Fairy Dust Face painting, dancing, balloon animals, and lots of activities and discounts/freebies at all of the participating stores. See site for a list of participating vendors.
Sat, Dec 5th, 10am – 6pm
Downtown Petaluma

Lighted Boat Parade, sponsored by the Petaluma Yacht Club. After the Holiday Open House, come down to the Petaluma River and watch a fleet of decorated and lighted boats make their way from the Petaluma Marina to the Turning Basin. The boats will remain docked there as folks gather in Downtown Petaluma for caroling, and to enjoy entertainment and food at the surrounding shops. Santa will be there too, handing out treats to all the kids.
Saturday, Dec 5th
Boats leave Petaluma Marina at 6pm, and dock at Turning Basin at 6:30pm

Ways to Give

This Saturday is the Winter Whiskers & Wine Event at the Sonoma Humane Society, open from 12noon – 5 pm. While there, you will have the chance to help animals with a sponsorship of $5, $10, or $25. There will be hot cocoa, sparkling wine, a bake sale, and a drawing for a prize. Dogs are welcome also, and you can get a holiday picture taken of your pet for a donation of $10. See the website for more details on this fun event to support a worthy cause.

Weekend Family Fun, Nov 28 – 29

If you’ve come out of your turkey coma and can tear yourself away from the Black Friday doorbusters (be sure to see my blog entry on not-to-miss events going on today), here are some festive events that will be happening this weekend.

Santa’s Riverboat Arrival This has become a yearly tradition for us. We park downtown and make the trek over to the bridge so we can see it lift for the riverboat that carries Santa, Mrs. Claus, and all of their crew. After they greet the kids and pass out candy canes, they will journey over to Haus Fortuna for some free photo ops. We hope to see you there!
Sat, Nov 28th, Noon
Historic Downtown Petaluma

Petaluma Downtown Craft Mart There’s been a lot of buzz about this event. Even Frank Simpson of Petaluma Spectator wrote up on this event. There will be lots of great raffle prizes, tons of crafts, and free swag  for the first 50 patrons. This Craft Mart was even named a “Holiday Show You Can’t Miss” by Bazaar Bizarre.
Sun, Nov 29th from noon-5pm
Hotel Petaluma – 205 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, CA
$1 donation
Free Parking

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair Being that this is Arts and Craft season, I couldn’t miss including the Holiday Faire being held by the Rohnert Park Recreation Department. This will be its 30th year running, and a great opportunity to see the work of talented artists and crafts people from all corners of Sonoma County. Santa will be there as well, busy guy that he is, and will be available for pictures.
Sat, Nov 28th 10:00a to 4:00p
Rohnert Park Community Center, Rohnert Park, CA

Cottage Gardens Holiday Open House What could be more festive than enjoying fresh baked cookies, cider, music, and good times in a beautiful garden setting? Cottage Gardens of Petaluma is opening their garden gates for an open house to start planning your garden, or finding that perfect gift for someone on your list. With any purchase of $25 or more, you will receive a free vintage ornament.
Sat, Nov 28th, 9:00a to 5:00p
Cottage Gardens of Petaluma, Petaluma, CA

Holiday Barn Sale Oilcloth Churcherias is holding their holiday barn sale where they will be selling oilcloth products, including oilcloth by the yard. Along with their market and computer bags, aprons, and tablecloths in a multitude of funky prints, there will also be jewelry, hand-painted crafts, photos, and so much more. Don’t miss the tamales and salsa put together by Mi Fiesta Catering (mmmmm!).
Sat, Nov 28th 10:00a to 3:00p
9201 Ross Station Rd, Sebastopol

Christkindlemarkt (Christmas/Holiday Market)
For a holiday market with a worldly flair, the Christkindlemarket will be a sure bet. Enjoy the many hand-made crafts, food, and music from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Munch on some brats and sauerkraut, and take the kids to get their photo with Santa.
Sun, Nov 29th 10:00a to 4:00p
at Hermann Sons Hall, Petaluma, CA



The Secret Santa Program, partnered with The Volunteer Center’s Giving Tree program, KZST’s Secret Santa Marathon and letter, and with support from Friedman Bros, has provided holiday joy to over 13,000 underprivileged children, vulnerable adults and lonely seniors in Sonoma County – just last year! This year is an especially marginal time as the economy has hit many of our Sonoma County neighbors. Dig a little deeper this year and help make the holidays brighter for a family in need. The Secret Santa Program spells out several ways to do this. First, you can pluck a heart from a tree at many of the businesses around the county that have a name on it and what they are hoping to receive for the holidays. Second, you can visit the KZST website, located at, and adopt a family or person in need. They also read letters every morning. Or third, the volunteer center is looking for more volunteers. Contact them at   to find out how you can help so that more needs are met in our county.

For more ways to help out this season, and all year round, be sure to check out Good Deeds, a blog on ways to serve our community.


Just a reminder, today is the last day to mail out your child’s letter to Santa so that it might run in the Press Democrat’s Holiday Gift Guide on December 10th. See forum for details.

Weekend Family Fun, Nov 21st – 22nd

Happy Birthday Sparky! When I was a kid, my parents signed me up for ice skating lessons. For years I took lessons at the Redwood Empire Ice Arena.  If I was lucky, my dad would get me hot chocolate at Warm Puppy Café. In the corner sat a table with a “Reserved” sign on it where Charles Schulz sat on occasion to watch families enjoy skating at his ice arena. This Sunday, he will most likely be watching from his “Reserved Table” in the sky as locals gather at the Schulz museum to celebrate what would have been his 87th birthday (November 26th is his actual birthday) celebration. In honor of Sparky’s birthday, the museum is offering free admission all day long, and will be serving ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery from 1 – 3 pm.
Sun Nov 22nd, 11am – 5pm
Ice cream served 1pm – 3pm
Charles Schulz Museum

Family Day and Green String Fest at Green String Farm The third Saturday of the month, Green String Farm hosts Family Day, an event that introduces farming to kids and parents alike through fun activities on the farm. Through arts & crafts projects and some fun games, families will be able to learn about things like composting, water, and farm animals. After the event, families can stay for some farm fresh snacks. Stay a little longer, and you can take part in the Green String Fest! Meet local organizations and local food vendors from around our community, take a tour of the farm, and end the night grooving to the sounds of Faith in Phantoms and the Green String Band. There will be food, hot drinks, and kids’ activities throughout the day. Don’t miss this full day of exciting events at Green String Farm.
To reserve space for Family Day, email Jenny at To learn more about the Green String Fest, be sure to check out their blog entry on the event.
Saturday Nov 21st, 2pm – 3pm Family Day, 3-10pm Green String Fest
Green String Farm – 3571 Old Adobe Rd. Petaluma
Cost: $10, kids get in free. Barter accepted, no one will be refused.

Vintage Holiday Boutique Craft Fairs during the late fall and early winter months always put me in the holiday mood. One fair that has gone all out to give a festive feel to anyone who enters is the Vintage Holiday Boutique in Petaluma. All vendors are selling vintage goods, or vintage-inspired crafts. Set in the historic building of the Open Door Church, even the building is vintage. Get yourself in the holiday spirit at this fun boutique, and maybe even take care of a few people on your holiday gift list!
Sat, Nov 21st, 9am – 3pm
Open Door Church (5th and B streets)

Polar Express Pajama Storytime The holidays in our house always warrants the annual reading of the Polar Express, a fabulous book by Chris Van Allsburg. Borders Bookstore feels the same way. That’s why they will be retelling the story in many of their stores. But wait, it gets better! They are inviting the public to come in their jammies to enjoy the story while being as comfy, cozy as possible. So don those feet pajamas, get out that stuffed rabbit or bear, and curl up at Borders while hearing the exciting tale of a young boy on his train adventure to the North Pole!
Sat, Nov 21st, 11am
Local Borders Bookstores
Located at 2825 Santa Rosa Ave, and at the Coddingtown Mall

Tree Lighting Celebration at Pier 39 The magic of the holidays starts early over at Pier 39 with their annual tree lighting celebration. And to help light the tree, Mickey Mouse and a couple of his friends have come all the way from Disneyland to join in the festivities. Bring the munchkins and take part in the excitement of meeting their favorite Disney friends, and enjoying live entertainment before the official lighting takes place at 5:30pm.
Sun Nov 22nd, 2pm – 5:30pm
Pier 39, San Francisco

Ways to Give

One reader, Amy, suggested giving to She says that she and her son “yearly buy gifts for those on our list from their gift list. Great site to buy something for someone who has everything. Give them the gift of giving!” At the site, you can buy a family a pair of goats, a child a bicycle so that they can get to school, and even a water purifier for a school.

Another reader, Zoe, wants to remind everyone that “the Redwood Empire Food Bank is giving out more food than ever in these tough economic times. Some cans of healthy soups (low sodium, low fat) or other easy to prepare items would be welcomed, I’m sure.” Their Winter Food and Funds Drive is going on now through January 31, 2010. You can drop off cans of food in barrels conveniently located at several local stores. Click here for a list of participating merchants.

Do you know of any family friendly events coming up? Or are you aware of a need that local families can help out with? Leave a comment, or email me at

Weekend Family Fun, Nov 7th – 8th

Here at SantaRosaMom, I am always on the lookout for fun family events that cost little to nothing to attend. Let’s face it, when you have small children, the costs add up pretty quickly. But it’s also worth every penny to be able to escape the “I’m bored” blues – or worse, trouble that is created due to boredom (hellooooo permanent marker all over couch……). I am all about saving pennies AND having things to do on the weekend. So read on for some fun events going on this Saturday and Sunday. And if you know about inexpensive events coming up on any future weekend, let me know by emailing me at so I can share it with all the other parents of little crumbgrinders.

www.ninazhito.com1-Day Cat & Kitten Adoption  Has your family been looking for a furry member to add to the brood? Several Sonoma County shelters are participating in an adopt-a-thon to find homes for some very loving cats and kittens. And they have reduced the fee to adopt these felines to only $30. This fee includes an exam by a licensed vet, viral testing, vaccinations, spay & neutering, worming, microchip, a collar with an ID tag, and a travel box. Seriously folks, $30 for all that is like getting a cat for free! Oh, and that sweet kitty in the picture?  Her name is Marcia.  You can adopt her with the ID #A240343.  Participating shelters include Healdsburg, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, S.C. Animal Care & Control, Pets Lifeline in Sonoma & The Humane Society of Sonoma County. Call (707)565-7100 for more information. 
Sat 11/7
See flier for more information.

Operation E.L.F. The holidays are that time of year when families get together, fill their bellies with delicious morsels and hearty meals, and exchange gifts to the soundtrack of laughter and love. But not all families get such a luxury. The Community Christ Church is holding their annual charity event to help raise money for families that aren’t able to afford the provisions of Christmas. They will be hosting a giant yard sale, serving food, offer plenty of fun activities, and will hold a drawing for prizes. Help families in need while enjoying yourself at a fun event.
Sat 11/7
Community Christ Church
1495 W. Steele Lane @ Range Ave., Santa Rosa.
For more info: (707)944-9409 x2

Home Depot Kids Workshop The first Saturday of the month, Home Depot hosts a free kids workshop. Kids 5 -12 years old can build their own creation while learning about tool safety and earn do-it-yourself skills. In an age where most kids’ entertainment comes from video games, computers, and toys that have to do something, this is a chance to introduce your child to something “new” – and for you to witness the pride in their smiles as they show you what they have created all by themselves. This weekend’s project is a trivet – a hot plate that is placed between a serving dish and the table to protect the table from heat damage.
Ages 5 – 12
Sat 11/7
9am – noon
Home Depot Locations:
100 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa
4825 Redwood Driveway, Rohnert Park
6280 Hembree Way, Windsor

40th Anniversary of the San Francisco Exploratorium  In honor of their 40th anniversary, the Exploratorium is offering a multitude of events for FREE at their facility. That’s right, I said FREE. There will be fun with bubbles, giant bolts of electricity, dissection of a cow eye and brain (perfect for those little rascals that love all things gross), an ice demonstration involving a huge block of ice, a wire, and a suspended motorcycle (you won’t believe what happens!), and lots more interactive activities. There is way too much going on at the Exploratorium to even list here, so check out their site, and make it a point to attend this event!
Sat 11/7 and Sun 11/8
10 am – 5 pm
Exploratorium at the Palace of Fine Arts
3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco

Recipe on the forums

Windsor Farmer’s Market  With only three weekends left, the season is almost over for Windsor’s Farmer’s Market. This weekend it’s all about persimmons, pomegranates, figs, and apples. Ever tried cooking with figs? They are one of those amazing fruits that can be used in desserts, or to compliment an autumn dinner. I found a great recipe for figs that I placed in the recipe section of the SantaRosaMom forums. Check it out, then shop for your ingredients at Windsor’s Farmer’s Market.
Sun 11/8
10 am – 1 pm
Windsor Town Green
Old Redwood Hwy to Windsor River Rd to Bell Rd.

Halloween Family Fun 2009!

Halloween is only a day away. Are you spooked because you still don’t know what fun things there are to do with your family on Saturday’s Fright Night? Fear no more, I have compiled a list of the best bets for some ALL DAY Halloween enjoyment!  Be sure to also check my list for best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating, as well.

All events listed here are Saturday, October 31st.

Get scary on Halloween with the Red Cross   They’ll help you with the best Halloween costume ever and you can help the Red Cross! Get gashes, bruises, broken bones, poked-out eyeballs and more applied by Red Cross moulage (make up) artists. Adults and older kids welcome. Your donations to American Red Cross help people recover from life’s emergencies.
$5 – $15 per fake wound
10am – 5pm
Coddingtown Mall, Santa Rosa

Best Yard Haunt in Sonoma County  Their annual Haunted Graveyard started Oct. 3. The show features a walk through crypt, an automated execution chair, and over 100 other props that turn our yard into one of the best yard haunts in Sonoma County. The entire lighting system has been upgraded this year, and they have sequenced their lights to over 10 new Halloween songs.
6:30p to 12:00a
Haunted Graveyard is at 472 Jose Ramon Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Free Harvest Party  Hope Chapel Santa Rosa presents a FREE Harvest Party complete with carnival games, photo booth, chili cook-off and costume contests for all ages! If your family’s costumes share a common theme, your family could win an incredible prize.
4:30p to 7:00p
Hope Chapel (look for the big yellow barn on Sonoma Highway)
5680 Sonoma Highway in Santa Rosa.

Trick or Treating at Skyhawk Village  Come down to Skyhawk Village Market on Halloween at 3pm for trick or treating. Each merchant in the shopping center will open their doors from for early trick or treating. Skyhawk Village Market will be setting up a small Halloween tent to hand out candy in, also get your picture taken in front of the pumpkin wall.
Event is free, pizza dinner is $5 – $12.
3:00p to 6:00p
Skyhawk Village
Just ½ mile East of Calistoga Road on Hwy 12.

Chops Halloween Carnival  Come to Chop’s Halloween Carnival for an evening of safe and ghoulish fun! Activities include trick or treating, a jumpy house, game booths, face painting, costume contest, mask making, cake walk and more.
$3 per person
5pm – 9pm
Chops Teen Club
Corner of West 6th and Adams St, Santa Rosa (near Railroad Square).

Family Day of the Dead & Halloween Party  Join in on a fun filled afternoon at the museum with Halloween & Day of the Dead themed arts, crafts & goodies! Contact (707) 579.1500 x17 for more info.
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Sonoma County Museum
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa

14th Annual Spooktacular Trick-or-Treating  Free trick-or-treating at Petaluma Village Premium Outlets at participating stores. Children must be accompanied by an adult Call (707) 778-9300 x 0 for more information.
5:30p to 9:00p
Petaluma Village Premium Outlets, Petaluma, CA

Petaluma Downtown Trick or Treat Trail  Join your local Downtown merchants for Halloween at our annual Trick or Treat Trail. A fun and safe community environment for collecting goodies with your little goblins (for children 12 and under, please). Look for the orange & black balloons and posters in participating businesses. Merchants will be handing out candy to costumed children. Call for more information.
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
All over Historic Downtown Petaluma
Contact Marie or Jenny at 707-762-9348

The Knack™ Free Halloween Event  
Kids Halloween Fun at Michaels
Come and get your FREE trick-or-treat pail! Plus enjoy a free coloring activity, FREE Crayola® Model Magic® Fusion™ and a Make-It Take-It Halloween frame. Children will also receive a balloon and candy. While supplies last.
Michael’s Craft Stores
10 am to noon
1359 N. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma
2775 Santa Rosa Ave. Santa Rosa

Kid Friendly Ghost Hunt at the Slaughterhouse Haunted House  Bring the Lil Caspers out for facepainting, photos, and of course trick or treating! End the night with a ghost hunt through our kid friendly haunted house (ages 1-10)
15 Copeland, Petaluma (between Grocery Outlet and the Transit Mall)
5:30- 7 pm

Dr. Evil’s House of Horror Free Haunted Maze for Kids  On Halloween Night there will be a safe & free Haunted Maze for little ghouls and boys.
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
16101 Neely Road, Guerneville (J’s Amusements)

Carnival and Pumpkin Run  Francis Ford Coppola Winery and Parkpoint Health Club are hosting a Harvest Carnival and Pumpkin Fun Run for the kids at the winery! The carnival is free, and includes games, face painting, and a whole lot more. Carnival foods are available for purchase. The Pumpkin Fun Run costs $20, and includes a t-shirt and goodie bag. Sign up at Open to children ages 4 – 12, awards for top 3 runners in each category. Race segmented by age group. Ages 4 – 6 only run 1.8 of a mile.
Carnival 12pm – 2:30pm free
Pumpkin Run 12:30pm – 1:30pm $20 (includes goody bag and t-shirt)
300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville Ca
Take Hwy 101 to the Independence Lane Exit, go west.

For more information on what to do around Sonoma County for Halloween, be sure to check out these sites.
Press Democrat’s Halloween events

Weekend Family Fun Oct 24th – 25th

Halloween at Howarth Park  Join Recreation, Parks & Community Services for the 5th annual Fall Festival and Costume Parade at Howarth Park for Kids (Age 12 & Under).  Come in costume for the parade and trick-or-treating around the Land of Imagination playground and the park. After the parade, ride the train & carousel with your ghostly friends! If you miss the parade, you can still purchase a pumpkin pass at the Train station for the train, carousel and trick-or-treating. Must be in costume!  Fee: $5 pumpkin pass includes train & carousel, trick or treating, parade.  $8: all of the above with a pony ride and ice cream treat.  Adults need a ticket to ride the train with child: $2/ticket
Pumpkin passes will be for sale at 12 noon at the registration table near the snackbar.  AFTER the parade, they will be for sale at the train station.
Saturday, Oct. 24, 12:00-3pm, parade at 12:30, rides and trick-or-treating: 1-3pm

Trunk or Treat An Annual FUMC Fun-Filled Family Spooktacular! Decorate your car! Put on a costume! Hand out candy to trick-or-treaters! Haunted house, hay rides and more! All are welcome at this free community event. Contact Leslie Horak with questions or to volunteer to help. Those decorating their cars should arrive at 2 pm. Folks will be on hand to show you where to park.
Sunday, Oct 25th, 3 – 5 pm
Stony Point Campus
2150 Giffen Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Railroad SCARE! Come to Railroad Square for their family Halloween Event and Scarecrow Festival, sponsored by the Western Farm Center. Bring the whole family and join the parade led by Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Vote for your favorite scarecrow featured in Depot Park and in Railroad Square shops. Trick or Treat. Bring your dog in costume and join in the Scare-dy Dog Parade, and possibly win a prize!
Sat Oct 24th, 11am – 4pm.
Railroad Square

Halloween at the YMCA Come join the YMCA for a spooktacular carnival! Enjoy carnival games, prizes, a haunted house, a jump house, face painting, a cakewalk, costumes, a DJ, dancing and much more! Youth admission is $4, adults are free. All proceeds benefit the YMCA Youth Outreach Program.
Admission: $2 per child Raffle Tickets: $1
Sat Oct 25th, 2008
From 4:00 – 7:00pm
Sonoma County Family YMCA, Activity Center
1111 College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA

Altars Workshop is hosting a workshop and talk about the building of Altars, or ofrendas, and the accompanying traditions, elements and symbols that are used to celebrate Muertos season. Afterwards, each participant will create his/her own Nicho or Retablo (personal shrine). The workshop will be led by Liz Camino-Byers and Patricia Robles-Mitten. Materials will be supplied. However, it is recommended that participants bring small items or miniatures to include in their shrines. Reservations required. Please email: or 707-579-1500 x 17.
Cost: $15 non-members/$12 members
Saturday October 24, 2009
11:00am – 12:30pm
Sonoma County Museum

Thrill the World is a worldwide attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Simultaneous Dance with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Thousands of people in cities around the world will learn the “Thriller”, dance and perform it together on the day that Thrill the World takes place. Need more info? Consult their FAQ page.  Our city’s Thrill the World event will take place at Montgomery High School, Santa Rosa in the quad. Come in your best Zombie Garb! Learn the dance at
Event will be Sat Oct 24th 4- 5:45 pm
Montgomery High


Our latest contest is underway! Post past and present Halloween photos in Santa Rosa Mom’s Halloween Photo Gallery and you will be entered for a chance to win tickets to see “Charlotte’s Web” at the Wells Fargo Center! 

See forum for details!