This year, the spooky celebrations of Halloween include a handful of elegant costume parties and masquerade balls, adding a twist of grown-up glamour to the autumnal holiday.
Here are a few you may want to check out:
The 10th annual Artstart Auction will throw a <b>Masquerade Party for Art</b> at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the DeTurk Round Barn, 819 Donahue St. in Santa Rosa. Masks, costumes and open checkbooks are encouraged for this nonprofit program that creates jobs for talented young artists in Sonoma County. Tickets are $25. artstart.us. 543-3456.
The Francis Ford Coppola Winery is rolling out the red carpet for a sparkling <b>Diamond Masquerade Ball</b> at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 in the winery's barrel room. Party plans call for food and wine, a fortune teller and aerial artists, a DJ and dance floor, plus a costume contest. Tickets are $125, and guests must be 21 and over. franciscoppolawinery.com. 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville. 857-1471.
The Diavola Supper Club will host a <b>Hunter's Ball & Costume Party</b> in Geyserville from 7 p.m. until midnight Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Oddfellows Lodge 176, above Diavola restaurant. The evening begins with a prix fixe, family-style dinner by chef Dino Bugica of Diavola. Then the band will take the stage, led by Jack Sonni & Los Perros del Amor with the Leisure Class Horns. Tickets are $85, or $750 for a reserved party of 10. A cash bar features fine wines and craft beers, or you can bring your own and pay a corkage fee. 21021 Geyserville Ave. brownpapertickets.com.
Trione Winery will hold a <b>Haunted Winery Halloween</b> from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Geyserville winery, with dancing to Crazy Famous and DJ Dray Lopez, wine, auction and a photo booth. Tickets are $20, which includes one drink ticket, or $30 at the door, as a benefit for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County. Additional drink tickets are $5. trionewinery.com. 19550 Geyserville Ave.