It’s Great Pumpkin Season:
Things to Do in Napa Valley for Halloween
From pumpkin patches to pet-friendly costume parties and from fancy cocktail competitions to traditional trick or treat festivities, you can find it all here with several ghoulish Halloween events. Whether your idea of Halloween fun entails costumes and candy apples with the kiddos or wild attire and apple martinis with the adults, there is plenty of fun to be had for kids of all ages during All Hallows’ Eve. Get inspired and sport your costumes, choose your treats (or tricks), and pass a scary-good time in Napa Valley.
Spooktacular Family Fun
di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art dares ghouls of all ages to attend its Halloween Haunt on Saturday, October 21 from 11am to 4pm. Halloween Haunt is one of di Rosa’s bi-annual “di Rosa Day” festivals. The event features a haunted house, a hay bale maze, an art & makers market, a costume contest for kids, trick-or-treating, and more. Discover a few surprises in the art galleries at the newest exhibitions, including “Ghost in the Machine.”
For some light-hearted Halloween fun with the pup, head over to Alba Restaurant at River Terrace Inn for Howl O' Ween Yappy Hour. Bring Fido, dressed in his Halloween best, and participate in fun activities centered around your four-legged friends.
Kids of all ages can dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes and enjoy an afternoon of trick-or-treating during Hometown Halloween in Downtown Napa. Between 11am and 1pm, the sidewalks will be packed with kiddos looking for a sweet treat. Over 100 businesses will display black and orange balloons at their doors, inviting kids to visit.
Enjoy a Halloween Weekend Harvest Market at First Street Napa in downtown Napa. It will be a day of seasonal delights including craft stations for pumpkin painting and face painting, seasonal sips, and more. Wear your best costume and enjoy the sounds of DJ Brian Indelicato to kick off your Halloween weekend.
Indulge in an unforgettable mouthwatering experience at the Spooky Fall Lobster Boil at The Estate Yountville. Enjoy a fun, festive, and educational culinary experience like no other. Spooky Halloween vibes will make this an exceptionally memorable event, and you can even come dressed as your favorite crustacean or mermaid!
Bring the whole family to Feast it Forward for the Family Halloween FEASTival event, featuring spooky tunes, treats, a family costume contest, and so much more. Get your Halloween feast on in downtown Napa.
Carve out some fun at the annual Pumpkin Carving Party & Brunch Buffet at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch. Wander around the apple meadow to find your perfect pumpkin. Once you carve your masterpiece, put it on display for all to see – all while enjoying a tasty brunch.
In honor of Día de los Muertos head to La Calenda in Yountville to celebrate a day of remembrance for your loved ones. La Calenda will have a special marigold altar and a festive prix fix menu and live music performed by Mariachi Mexicanisimo.
Grown-Up Ghastly Fun
For adult-oriented fun, start your ghoulish weekend at the wickedly exhilarating Salty Halloween DJ event at The Lincoln restaurant in Napa. Indulge in tantalizing potions and savory delectable late-night bites. Salty Sundays will set the bar high with electrifying house music and multiple DJs. Hurry, limited VIP cabanas and tables await, so be quicker than a witch on her broomstick to secure your spot. Remember, costumes that slay are required!
Get ready to dance, sing, and bring your best Halloween costume to Be Bubbly in Downtown Napa for a Spooktacular Evening of Drag, Drinks and Dancing. California-based Drag Queen Ava Lashay will make this a truly spooktacular evening.
Arrive early for dinner to grab a spot and stay a while at Wilfred’s Lounge where you can celebrate Cocktails and Costumes. And, if you dare, try the “Red Death” a sangria-based drink special served in a festive skull mug.
Eat, drink, and be scary at JaM Cellars’ annual Hallo-Wine JaMBash! JaM Cellars is throwing an incredible costume party in Downtown Napa. Come dressed in a fun costume to delight or fright and sip delicious JaM Cellars wines that rock. Get a taste of the new smash hit wine, Platinum; enjoy gourmet bites; groove to live music; and enter the costume contest. Come for the boos and stay for JaM Cellar’s Butter Chardonnay.
DJ Rotten Robbie returns to the Hollywood Room at the Napa Valley Distillery for a Halloween-themed Dance Party extravaganza! Don’t miss out on an electrifying and haunting good time. Costumes are encouraged!
Treat yourself to some of Napa's finest craft brews at the Halloween Beer Crawl! Kick off your spooktacular night at Trade Brewing. Then creep and crawl your way to the other participating Downtown Napa breweries: The Garage at Action, Downtown Joe's, and Armistice Brewing. Trade Brewing will also hold a costume contest starting at 9:30pm.
At The Saint, located in downtown St. Helena, experience the Mischief & Mayhem Halloween Masquerade. With DJ Kirill putting out frightening beats to inspire all the witches and wizards, this party features cocktails, and lots of spooky fun. Costumes are encouraged but not required…though, why not don your best mask to embrace your inner enchantress?
For adult-level intrigue start with a Spooktacular Tulocay Cemetery Tour and wind through some of the oldest parts of the cemetery on a docent-guided tour to learn about the storied individuals who helped to shape the famed Napa Valley. This Halloween version of the tour promises some twists and surprises along the way…boo!
Dress in your spooky cloaks and head to Yountville to watch the Wizards of Elixirs Cocktail Competition, featuring wine country’s top bartenders showing off their prowess. Sample handcrafted tequila cocktails from the fiercely competitive bartenders as each vies for the top spot and bragging rights. Bonus…there will be a costume contest with prizes awarded to the best.
Wander Around the Towns
Fall is falling, the weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing color, and that spooky time of year is here again. Kid, adults, witches, goblins, ghouls, and wizards of all ages can come out to play. With Napa Valley vineyards putting on a beautiful show of amber colored leaves, it’s a great time to get outdoors and explore. And, in the spirit of things, make a day of your Halloween adventures.
Start your day by “hunting” for pumpkins. Napa Valley has a plethora of pumpkin patches offering fun activities for you and your crew. Follow our handy suggestions to wind your way through a pumpkin patch and over to a casual food and beverage spot. There are plenty of locations throughout the valley, each offering unique cuisine and dining options. You won’t want to miss them, and your “scariest” Halloween moment will be spent trying to just make one selection!
In American Canyon, start at Pick of the Patch Pumpkins to pick the perfect pending jack-o-lantern and let the kids jump and play on the inflatable park.
After working up an appetite consider any number of local, family-friendly options including Junction Brewery and Grill where a full menu (including sushi!) offers something for everyone. If your pumpkin patch trip is adult-focused, round out the day with a tasting at RD Winery, with the Fifth Moon Food and Wine Pairing that features unexpected Asian bites and wine or check-in at Sunrise Ranch Winery for tastings on the sprawling deck.
Stop by the pumpkin patch on Stanly Lane in Napa for an assortment of pumpkins plus lots of fun photo opportunities with scarecrows on hay bales or old retro tractors.
Choosing perfect pumpkins is hard work, so reward yourself by heading over to nearby Boon Fly Café for a casual lunch – the fried chicken meal is not to be missed! Adults can toast their bounty with a flight of bubbles at Domaine Carneros and plenty more picturesque photo opportunities.
Head over to the family-friendly Pumpkin Carving & Decorating Party on October 29 at Ad Hoc + Addendum in Yountville. The kiddos will be provided with a small to medium-sized pumpkin and various carving supplies. Cider, hot chocolate and pumpkin bread will also be available for all to enjoy.
Take part in pumpkin carving lessons on October 27 at Nimbus Arts in downtown St. Helena. With guidance from Master Pumpkin Carver, Eric Muensterman, learn how to remove the skin of a pumpkin for more detail and a longer lasting creation.
Head to Pizzeria Tra Vigne for Eat, Drink and Be Scary on October 28–29, where adults can order a delicious meal while the kids enjoy ghoulish games, a spooky scavenger hunt, goody bags, bocce, and cornhole.
Or, if you're feeling like you deserve a beer for all your hard work selecting pumpkins, try Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery where you can lounge by a firepit and reminisce about the fun you had all day!