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  • Napa Valley Marketplace Magazine

Halloween – Trick or Treating in Napa

Sat., Oct. 28th | 11 a.m to 1 p.m. | Downtown Napa

Plus, a whole day of fun at the OxBOO! Festival

Diane Bishofberger, Executive VP at Bank of Napa, is a diehard Disney fan. Little wonder then, that when the Downtown Association decided to go all out for Halloween, she volunteered to lead the charge. She and the Bank staff have consistently made it a day that children love, and that makes Mickey proud.

Thanks to the Bank of Napa staff, characters from Disney and other movies that conjure up the Halloween spirit made an appearance for downtown for photos last year. Sleeping Beauty (you may know her as Princess Aurora or Briar Rose), Prince Charming, Merryweather, Flora, and Fauna all visited, as well as Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit. Bank of Napa will set up two backdrops that can be used to stage photos. What a perfect Halloween! Find out which characters will be here and where at

Merchants get in on the act as well. Barbara Wiggins, owner of Mustard Seed Clothing Company, remembers the first year trick or treating was encouraged downtown. “There were so many children, we ran out of candy and I had to run to the grocery store to buy more. I looked at the other people in line, and there were two other merchants who had also run out.” The Mustard Seed gets in the swing of things with Frankenstein greeting everyone at the door. Don’t worry, this monster isn’t too scary, instead dancing and smiling at all.

Businesses use black and orange balloons displayed at their door to invite children to come in and trick or treat. It gives everyone involved, the children and their parents as well as the merchants, the chance to enjoy the day. Trick or treating is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 28th. There is no charge to participate.

The City of Napa is getting involved in big way, hosting the second annual “OxBoo! Festival” in the Oxbow Commons. The fun starts bright and early, with a Deejay 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon and the band Notorious performing from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Kids activities include inflatables, crafts, games and activities. Festival foods will be available all day.

If you are up for a morning organized run, the Zombie Run is a way to get your exercise and help support community causes. Visit for details and registration.

Running not your thing? How about building and racing a coffin in the annual Coffin Race? Or, just watch and enjoy. Proceeds from the Zombie Run and Coffin Races benefit community youth programs.

Thank you to the Bank of Napa, the Napa Valley Marketplace Magazine and the City of Napa for their on-going support of downtown, and contribution to making this a fun, frightening and ghoulish day. Happy Halloween!


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