Halloween and Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) are less than two weeks away, and there are lots of festivities happening throughout the Valley. This weekend kicks off the celebrations with a costume exchange and craft night, followed by haunted houses, trick-or-treating and coffin races. And for Día de los Muertos, there are tamale making classes, altars, performances and more. We’ll keep updating our list of events for Napa County as we find more, and if you have an event you’d like to see added to the list, please contact us.
Respook, Rewear, Rescare!
Saturday, October 22, 2-5 pm
Community Resources for Children, Napa
Community Resources for Children hosts an annual Halloween Costume Exchange. Simply bring a gently used costume to exchange for a “new to you” costume. No costume donation necessary to participate.
Spooky Halloween Craft Night
Saturday, October 22, 6:30–8:30 pm
Nimbus Arts, St. Helena
This arty Halloween night is an annual favorite. The staff of nutty fright makers have ramped up the fun and spooks created last year with oodles of new creepy crafts and surprises. The candles are lit and the cauldrons are bubbling for a night of art and ghoulish games. Calling all you witches and warlocks, don’t miss out on the surprises and crafts in store! Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult partner.
Pumpkin carving and Apple Cider
Sunday, October 23, 10 am-noon
Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, St. Helena
Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch hosts pumpkin carving and apple cider — the $10 cost includes one pumpkin and tool kit. Assistant carvers (adults) are free.
St. Helena Community Band: Fall Halloween Concert
Sunday, October 23, 6:30-8 pm
Calistoga Elementary School
Get in the Halloween spirit at St. Helena Community Band’s spooktacular concert that will benefit Clayton Fire Victims. Music will resound about ghosts, goblins, sorcerers, pirates, scaffolds, the Addams family and scary sound effects to ignite all the young and young at heart moods and preparations for the fun week ahead.
Haunted House at Vintage High
October 25-27, 3:30-5:30pm
Vintage High School, Napa
Vintage High School Drama students have come together once again to create a frightening Haunted House on the Vintage Little Theatre stage. The theme of the 24th annual presentation is “Haunted Horror Stories.” Go get spooked at the “Lights Out Tour” on Friday, October 28 from 3:30-8pm. Tour guides will meet those brave enough to visit at the back of the Vintage High School Little Theatre (TH2) and lead them through an exploration of terrifying literature.
Halloween Hometown Party/OxBoo Festival
Saturday, October 29, 8 am-3:30 pm
Downtown/Oxbow Commons, Napa
Enjoy a safe afternoon (11 am-2 pm) of trick or treating in downtown Napa. Black and orange balloons displayed in front of a store means that business is inviting all costumed ghouls and goblins to come in for Halloween trick or treating. Characters from Sleeping Beauty and Alice in Wonderland will be on-hand for photo shoots, thanks to the Bank of Napa. This year, there is a new event for the Halloween festivities. Make sure you make your way to the first annual “OxBoo Festival” in the Oxbow Commons. The fun will start bright and early with a DJ playing music from 8am to noon. Then, from 12:30 to 3 pm, 80s cover band Hairstrike will perform. Kids’ activities at the OxBoo Festival include inflatables, crafts, games and other fun activities. Festival food will be available all day! Don’t forget the annual coffin races. The location has changed this year. The race will run on McKinstry St. Starting at the flood gates in front of (Gott’s Roadside & Model Bakery). The races will start at the conclusion of the Napa Police Zombie Run at approximately 10:30 am. Race registration starts at 8 am and all teams need to be checked in by 9:30am.
Saturday, October 29, 10:30 am-noon
Napa Farmers’ Market, Napa
The Napa Farmers’ Market invites you to create your own painted pumpkin or seed art with colorful dyed pumpkin seeds at its last market of the season.
Día de Los Muertos Tamale Making
Saturday, October 29, 11 am-1 pm
Make tamales in celebration of Dia de Los Muertos. Ages 12+
Día de Los Muertos Celebration and Altars Exhibition
Saturday, October 29, noon-6 pm
Harvest Middle School, Napa
Featuring altars, music, dance, food, traditional craft activities, you are encouraged to bring photos of your loved ones, flowers or other items to place on the community altar. (Please only bring items that you do not need returned to you.) On Sunday, October 30, there will be a quiet viewing of the altars from 12-4:30 pm.
Yountville Free Halloween Event
Saturday, October 29, 2-5 pm
Yountville Community Center
The Town of Yountville hosts its annual candy-free Halloween event for kids 10 and under. The afternoon features games, arts, crafts and tons of fun. Your little goblin will come home with lots of loot but no candy! Hot dogs, popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase but everything else is free! The costume contest (including an adult category) will take place at 4 pm. Everyone is welcome to come in costume but nothing bloody, gory or too scary. “Fake Weapons” must be left at home.
Rock N Bowl
Saturday, October 29, 3-6 pm
Napa Bowl, Napa
This Halloween bowling party is a benefit for ParentsCAN and features a costume Contest, popcorn, raffle, no tap bowling and mixed lanes. Cash prizes for adults and trophies for the kids. Ages 3 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent.
Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration
Sunday, October 30, 10 am-4 pm
Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus, St. Helena
This magical event is a mighty collaborative effort between Nimbus Arts and the UpValley Family Centers. It is an amazing cultural tradition; a wonderful chance to share in community altar exhibits, special art installations, music, dance, wonderful culinary delights, historical displays, and free traditional crafts for the whole family.
Family Fun Halloween Treats
Sunday, October 30, 1:30-2:45 pm
The Culinary Institute of America at Copia, Napa
Spend some time at the Ghoulinary Institute of America for some spooky Halloween sugar-filled fun! Explore deliciously creepy recipes for the whole family. Witches Fingers, Halloweenies, and Sorcerer’s Brew, oh my! All superheroes, princesses, and superhero princesses, welcome! Warning! This class contains nuts and lots of sugar. Fun for ages 4+. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult. All adults must be accompanied by at least one child.
No Sweet Trick-or-Treat
Monday, October 31, 10-11 am
Community Resources for Children, Napa
The popular No Sweet Trick or Treat is back! Bring your children, come in costume, and trick-or-treat (for non-food/candy items) at Community Resources for Children! Children who participate will trick-or-treat through our building, vote for their favorite decorated pumpkin, and enjoy some spooky stories. Requires pre-registration before October 28.
Trick or Treat & Sight Night
Monday, October 31, 3-7 pm
Napa Premium Outlets, Napa
Ghosts, goblins and ghouls are invited to have a spooktacular time trick-or-treating at participating merchants throughout the center. The event is free but guests are encouraged to bring a pair of used children or adult prescription eyeglasses and/or sunglasses. All glasses are refurbished, donated to underprivileged youth and those in need, benefiting the Lions Club International and the Give the Gift of Sight Foundation.
Haunted Harvest Halloween Carnival
Monday, October 31, 4:30-8 pm
Boys & Girls Club, Napa
The Halloween Carnival is a free, fun, and safe evening for everyone in our community. The Napa Clubhouse transforms into a ghoulish arena that is appropriate for kids of all ages, featuring booths for face painting, fortune telling, and contests. Game areas include basketball shots, golf, mummy wrapping, and bean bag toss.
Candy Land Trick or Treat
Monday, October 31, 6-8 pm
Hillside Christian Church, Napa
Trick or Treat through Candy Land at Hillside. Kids will be able to knock on the doors of the campus for candy and prizes. Non-candy items available at each door as well.
Monday, October 31, 6-9 pm
Evil Vines Cemetery, Napa
Each October the Evil Vines Cemetery appears, filled with tricks and treats for all ages. Evil Vines is a free, outdoor yard haunt promoting Napa Humane. Guests can brave a trip to the treat bowl and venture through eerie cemetery paths. Stop by for a ghostly good time and bring a contribution or wish list item for Napa Humane – because there’s nothing scarier than an unaltered pet! J
Monday, October 31, 6:30 pm
Crosswalk Community Church, Napa
Bring your children, friends and family to this fun-filled alternative way to celebrate Halloween. Costumes encouraged and rrunk-or-rreating in the parking lot.
Day of the Dead Drop-in Crafts
Wednesday, November 2, 4-6 pm
St. Helena Public Library
Make nichos, sugar skulls, and much more at this traditional Día de los Muertos crafts afternoon.