Fall is always a magnificent time in Napa Valley. Now that blue skies have returned and the harvest season is well underway, communities and businesses in the area are planning Halloween events to celebrate the season. Most Napa Valley and Sonoma region wineries and tour operators continue to present tastings and wine country tours, each enforcing strict social distancing and sanitation protocols to protect visitors and associates.

While 2020 has been challenging in many ways, the Spirit of Napa Valley remains. Communities and businesses are opening their arms, albeit socially distanced, to locals and visitors to come and enjoy the splendors, excellent weather, and some of the harvest season activities that have become iconic to our Wine Country heritage.

Although many Halloween activities have been canceled or modified due to the pandemic, several safe and fun events are still on tap to celebrate the season in Napa Valley.

Upcoming Halloween Events in Napa Valley

Pumpkin Patch in St. Helena

An opportunity to experience the outdoors in the fresh air and delightful fall weather, locals and visitors can visit the Abreu/Mangola Pumpkin Patch at the end of Madrona Avenue in St. Helena. A delight for the whole family, guests can:

  • Choose their pumpkins
  • Meander through the corn maze
  • Climb the hay pyramid
  • View the goats and chickens

Hours of Operation:

Thursdays and Fridays: 4 PM to Dusk

Saturdays and Sundays: Noon to Dusk

Although outside settings are always safer during the pandemic, all participants still need to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

Join the Calistoga Halloween Spirit Map

The Calistoga Art Center and Parks and Recreation Department are creating an area map that will feature homes that will be taking Halloween decorating to the max. Homeowners are encouraged to make mysterious and spooky settings around their homes and yards for drive- or bicycle-by enjoyment. You can join the list of participating homes by emailing info@calistogaartcenter.org.

Simple Ideas for Home Celebration

Although Halloween activities and Trick or Treat activities are being curtailed during this Halloween season, food is still an essential part of life. Why not make Halloween more special at home this year with some creative ideas?

The Napa Valley Register offers some creative ways to “spice up” your Halloween at home for your family to enjoy:

  • Create a scavenger hunt in your backyard with all sorts of candies and treats
  • Make Vampire Mocktails using soda, cranberry juice, and whatever else you may want to add for adults.
  • Reese’s “Franken-Cup” is made from a Reese Cup and a cookie cut in half for “bat wings”). Add frosting to “glue” everything together.

Once you begin working on these at-home ideas, there is no end to the possibilities.

Enjoy Private Wine Country Tours Napa Valley or Sonoma Region with Platypus Wine Tours, Napa

Although many traditional adult Halloween events have been canceled, a beautifully arranged wine tour of some of the world’s best wineries is still possible. Platypus Wine Tours continues to host and entertain smaller private wine tours Napa along with their join-in outings. You will have a chance to visit some of the world-famous wineries throughout Napa Valley and the Sonoma wine regions.

Each tour includes:
  • Choice of wine country tours
  • Tour of three wineries
  • Professional tour guide providing insights and gripping stories along the way
  • Excellent picnic lunch
  • Plenty of bottled water
  • Tasting fee discounts (waived with certain purchases)

Platypus Wine Tours are safe, well-managed outings that place the concerns for health and safety of all in the hands of their trained and responsible operators. Distancing, masks, and sanitation protocols are vital to Platypus’s private wine tours Napa. Each outing is designed to allow all participants to relax and enjoy the region’s beauty, serenity, and those great wineries along the way.

Platypus Wine Tours will plan and accommodate groups of any size for customized tours. Visit the Platypus Wine Tours website for more information and to make your reservations.

You may phone with questions and reservation requests at 1-(707)-253-2723.