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 Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 10-13-06 to 10-15-2006 by the Hauntmistress

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The second weekend in October is upon us, and it starts with Friday the 13th, no less. That makes it the perfect spooky time to visit a haunted house. Here are our top picks of haunts to visit this weekend, as well as a few other events for the faint of heart.

Pirates of Emerson in Fremont is not to be missed. It offers fun and scares and includes a main haunt, a 3-D haunt, a maze, and more.

Dragon's Head Inn in Rohnert Park offers 55,000 square feet of surprises, including a 3-D haunt.

The Conover Mystery Ranch in Hollister is set in a corn maze. See if you can find your way out before being ravaged by a chainsaw wielding maniac!

In Sacramento you'll find Fright Planet World of Fear, with two haunts to thrill you, Hell Hotel and Psycho Midway in 3-D.

Near Sacramento, in Carmichael, is Scream Extreme, where you'll find 2,000 square feet of haunted house howls followed by mega square footage of their Haunted Trail.

Callson Manor Haunted House in San Jose features two haunts, the Callson Funeral and 7 Deadly Sins.

Saturday is opening night of Candle Lighters Witching Academy. In addition to the haunt you'll enjoy a midway of games, caramel apples, a country store, and more.

If haunted houses aren't your thing, there are still plenty of Fall activities to get you out of the house.

Oktoberfest By The Bay in San Francisco runs through Sunday and includes nonstop music, dancing, singing, and the very best in German food and drink.

Saturday and Sunday don't miss the Ardenwood Harvest Festival. The family will enjoy hand harvesting Indian corn and old-time music and crafts. Pick-up your Jack-O-Lantern with a visit to Perry’s Pumpkin Patch on the Ardenwood grounds. Ardenwood also has a corn MAiZE that's kid friendly during the day and spooky at night!

Or if you're in the Walnut Creek area this weekend, stop by Harvest Holidays in Walnut Creek, a celebration of autumn with fun activities for the kids including arts and crafts displays and music.

Pumpkins in the Park in San Jose on Saturday features a giant pumpkin patch, circus arts, Scarecrow Row, great food, apple tasting, fresh apple cider, Guadalupe River education, and lots of free activities for the kids!

Last but not least, Saturday and Sunday is the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival, featuring gargantuan gourds, world-class pumpkin carvers, harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods, three stages of entertainment, a Great Pumpkin Parade, haunted house, pie-eating, carving and costume contests, and more!

If you still haven't found the perfect activity for you, be sure to take a look at our Bay Area Events Calendar. There are many activities happening around the Bay!


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