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Un-spooky fun for little ones

  • Baylie Davis,4, front, slowly makes her way down East Washington Street with about twenty-five other zombies who took to the streets of downtown Petaluma for Copperfield Book's third annual "Zombie Walk," Oct. 28, 2011. The zombie walkers started at Copperfields Books and made their way through downtown Petaluma to Walnut Park and through the Farmers Market and back to Copperfields Books.

The ghosts and monsters come out to play when Halloween draws near. But the littlest goblins are too afraid to uncover their eyes when things get a bit too creepy. Here are a few un-spooky, family-friendly events happening this week.

At 11 a.m. today, the Sebastopol Copperfield's holds its annual Zombie Walk. While this might sound spooky, many kids find it entertaining to dress the part of the undead and lumber through town in broad daylight, ending at a Zombie Party at the bookstore. To join the fun, show up at 138 N. Main St. in Sebastopol dressed in your worst attire, then drag your heels with the crowd. Info at copperfieldsbooks.com.

Montgomery Village will be full of treats for costumed kids on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check out the pumpkin art by master pumpkin carver, Shawn Feeney. Visit the Pumpkin Fairy Godmother. And take part in free crafts and airbrush face painting. More information can be found at www.mvshops.com.

In Petaluma, hang out at Plaza North Shopping Center on Saturday, Oct. 26 for the annual Bill Soberanes Halloween Festival. The merchants of Plaza North and South will be passing out treats…no trick! The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is a highly popular festival for kids of all ages. Plus, there's a costume donation area for those who still need costumes. Check out more information at www.theplazanorth.com.

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, UFOJim, also known as Jim Ledwith, will give an in-depth discussion on the complexities of crop circles. The Ufologist has been researching UFOs and E.T.s for 45 years, and will share photos, as well as his research on how crop circles are formed. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 8-17. It will be held at the Sonoma Community Center at 276 E. Napa St. in Sonoma. To learn more, visit ufosrreal.com or sonomacommunitycenter.org.

Finally, on Halloween you can wrap up your un-spooky fun by embarking on a trip down the Trick-or-Treat Trail. The Downtown Merchants of Petaluma have created a festive crawl through the stores, handing out treats to costumed kids under 12. Just look for the black and orange balloons for participating stores. It takes place from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visit petalumadowntown.com/halloween.html to get all the details, and to download a map of the trail.

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