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Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 10-10-08 to 10-12-2008 by the Hauntmistress

It seems like not so long ago we were bringing you our top picks of 2007 and here we are already in 2008! Once again the Bay Area is filled with fun Halloween and Fall season activities, so here are our top picks for the weekend of Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12, 2008.

Friday and Saturday prepare to be spooked by a haunted house created by Concord’s Ygnacio Valley High School Instrumental Music Boosters. Sit and listen to a spooky story or purchase ghoulish treats. We may be a little biased about this one, as it’s the Alma Mater of Hauntmistress!

In Fremont, don’t miss the Ardenwood Harvest Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Harvest the Indian corn and popcorn and help fill the Farm’s corncribs. Take home a share of the Farm’s colorful corn for your holiday table as well. There will also be magic shows, cider pressing, old-time music, crafts, a horse-drawn train, and tours of the beautiful Patterson House.

The Tolay Fall Festival in Petaluma offers a giant straw maze, hands-on children’s activities, and pumpkins/Fall decorative items for sale. Park Rangers will lead interpretive walks and hay rides, 4H members will bring farm animals, and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria will hold demonstrations of Indian life. You have plenty of chances to make it out to this festival, as it also runs from Oct. 9-12 and 16-19.

On Saturday and Sunday in Felton, you’ll find a Harvest Fair at Roaring Camp Railroads. View spinning demonstrations and visit the blacksmith and print shop. Each child with a train ticket gets a free pumpkin and they can also participate in crafts and fun activities.

On Saturday in San Jose, don’t miss Pumpkins in the Park, featuring a giant pumpkin patch, great food, and lots of free kid activities.

Also in San Jose, on Friday and Saturday, there will be Haunted Ranch House Tours at Grant County Park. With the Ghost Trackers and a park historian you will explore the historic 100-year old mansion by moonlight to learn of its supernatural occurrences and local history.

A few weekends each year, Cohn-Stone Studios in Richmond opens its doors to the public for special open studio/sales. Saturday and Sunday (also Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 25-26) don’t miss the hundreds of colors, shapes, and sizes of hand-blown Glass Pumpkins guaranteed to enchant your home or garden. There will also be glass-blowing demonstrations, hot apple cider, and cookies.

On Saturday, enjoy an Oktoberfest party on the Sacramento River Train, with beer, brats, and live Bavarian music!

Last but certainly not least, check out our map of pumpkin patches and haunted houses or our Events Calendar. There are many activities happening around the Bay!


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