Everybody needs a haunt on Halloween, and The Rose Hotel has a trick and a treat for those looking to celebrate the holiday.
The treat is a special Halloween hospitality package — a Deluxe King room, favors, champagne and a $50 dinner certificate at a local upscale restaurant for just $260. (Call now while rooms are still available, 925-846-8802.)
The trick is a two-hour ghost walk, organized by the nearby Museum on Main (just three blocks from the hotel), where revelers can encounter the ghosts of Pleasanton, California’s past. Museum personnel report that ghost hunters come from miles around each year for these guided tours. Ghost Hosts lead guided tours that depart the museum each 30 minutes between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Ghost Walk nights. The tours take place Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 25-26. Buy tickets online by clicking here.
Costumes are encouraged for the Ghost Walk — and at The Rose Hotel, where it will get you a free Ghost Cocktail blended by head bartender Esaul Navarro-Escoto.
Though associated with ghosts, goblins and haunted venues, Halloween has religious roots. The holiday dates back to the 8th century when Pope Gregory III designated Nov. 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. And, of course, it is now celebrated on Oct. 31.
In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.
Let The Rose Hotel be your haunt this holiday.
Written by Mike Consol