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October 27: Fantasy & Dreams in Golden Glamour, Sonoma
Celebrate the 160th anniversary of California's oldest commercial winery, Buena Vista, with a Halloween party of "fantasy, dreams and golden glamour" hosted by proprietor Jean-Charles Boisset. Known for his decadent parties, Boisset encourages sexy and over the top costumes and serves up wine, food, dancing, and eccentric performances that make his annual Halloween party one of the most famous in Wine Country. Tickets start at $90. (Courtesy photo)
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October 27-31: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Santa Rosa
Cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show will take the stage at Santa Rosa's 6th Street Playhouse for a Halloween season showing. The original stage musical, which the 1975 film is based on, tells the story of a "sweet transvestite" named Dr. Frank-N-Furter and an innocent couple whose car breaks down near the doctor's mansion. Dress in your best Rocky-themed costume. Tickets start at $26.
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October 28-29: Halloween Candy and Wine Pairing, Sonoma
Meadowcroft Wines takes trick or treating to a new level with wine and Halloween candy pairings. They'll pair their wine with classic candies, which last year included Red Hots with riesling, Charleston Chew with cabernet franc, Oh Henry! with zinfandel, and Bit O'Honey with their All She Wants Port. Take this as an opportunity to learn how to take food (c'mon, candy is a food group, right?) pairings to a new level at your next party. Tastings start at $15.
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October 28: Hilarious Halloween, Santa Rosa
Sonoma County's only comedy club, the Laugh Cellar, hosts their first Halloween event complete with comedy, magic and a costume contest. Oakland-based comedian Dominique Gelin, who has performed at SF Sketchfest and has no shortage of opinion on the way we live now, will take the stage, along with San Francisco's Chin-Chin, who will perform his magic that earned him the title of International Champion of Magic. 18+ only. Tickets $28.
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October 28: Annual Cemetery Walk, Petaluma
No Halloween is complete without a visit to a cemetery. In Petaluma, the dead come back to life with a little help from the Petalumans of Yesteryear. A history geeks day out, the tour benefits the Petaluma Museum and is led by costumed actors who play the role of historic Petalumans, including famous architect Brainerd Jones, civic leader Addie Atwater, and Clara and Ida Belle McNear, of the McNear family. Tickets start at $10. (Photo: Rachel Simpson/For the Argus-Courier)
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October 28: Aqua Nett & the Annual Halloween Costume Party, Santa Rosa
Get out that old Van Halen t-shirt, because 1980's heavy metal is the theme of the Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa's annual Halloween party. Hair metal cover band Aqua Nett will play the soundtrack of the evening and awards for best, scariest and most creative costume will be awarded. Book a room at the hotel and recover poolside with a Bloody Mary in the morning. Tickets start at $15.
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October 28: 3rd Annual Dixie Giants Halloween Costume Party, Petaluma
Voted the best band in Sonoma County in 2017 by the North Bay Bohemian, the Dixie Giants return to Petaluma's Big Easy (128 American Alley, Petaluma) for their annual Halloween party. The traditional jazz band will be joined by Burrows and Dillbeck, members of the funk rock band Frobeck. A costume contest will take place, with the best dressed winning goodies from the bands. Proceeds benefit mental health and suicide prevention organization Project Semicolon. Tickets $10. (Photo by Alvin Jornada)
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