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 Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 10-12-2012 to 10-14-2012 by the Hauntmistress

There are so many Halloween, Fall, and Day of the Dead activities happening in the Bay Area that it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few visit-worthy ones. But Haunted Bay, as always, is up for the challenge! Here are our Top Picks for this second weekend in October.

This year the Oakland Museum of California celebrates its 18th annual Día de los Muertos exhibition, honoring the lives and stories of extraordinary people through altars and installations. The exhibition runs daily, except Mondays and Tuesdays, through Dec. 9, 2012. Meanwhile, San Francisco’s SomArts Cultural Center will have elaborate, traditional altars and multi-dimensional art installations on display in Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future: Día de los Muertos 2012. The exhibition runs daily, except Mondays, through Nov. 10, 2012.

Petaluma’s Tolay Fall Festival offers two weeks of family fun (Oct. 11-14 and 17-21) featuring a “creatures” barn full of creepy critters, a straw maze, a petting zoo, lawn games, food stands, old-fashioned crafts for kids, a pumpkin seed spitting contest, a hay ride to a huge pumpkin patch, and more! If you’re in the mood for a festival but live on the Peninsula, the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday and features gargantuan gourds, world-class pumpkin carvers, harvest-inspired crafts, home-style foods, three stages of entertainment, a Great Pumpkin Parade, costume contests, and more!

Over in San Jose on Saturday you’ll find Pumpkins in the Park featuring a giant pumpkin patch, scarecrow row, fresh apple cider, lots of free kid’s activities, and more.

Also on Saturday is the Oakland Autumn Lights Festival! Imagine several acres of garden filled with lanterns, carved and lit gourds, ponds glowing from submerged bubbles, and electric fireflies flickering in the trees - all created by local Bay Area artists.

Celebrate Halloween in Cupertino with a fantastic display of laser lights and music under the Fujitsu Planetarium’s sky at De Anza College’s Spooktacular Halloween Laser Light Show on Saturday (also Oct. 20 and 27, 2012).

Saturday night San Francisco’s Roxie Theater presents Midnites for Maniacs Triple Bill Countdown to Hell, a triple bill of the movies A Nightmare on Elm Street (1987, 7:30 pm), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986, 9:30 pm), and Hellraiser (1987, 11:45 pm). All 35mm prints!

In Sausalito on Saturday and Sunday the Bay Area Discovery Museum hosts its annual Goblin Jamboree! The Museum will be transformed into a haunted wonderland complete with games, attractions, and live entertainment. Enroll in the witches’ school, take a train or pony ride, visit the petting zoo, and enjoy a full brew of games, activities, and live entertainment.

The Montclair Village Fine Arts & Crafts Fall Fest in Oakland on Saturday and Sunday showcases works from more than 70 artists and crafters who will line the streets displaying handcrafted works including sculptures, photography, watercolor and oil paintings, jewelry, ceramics, and more.

Our haunted house pick for this week is Dr. Evil's House of Horrors in Guerneville. It will leave you with a racing heart and a smile on your face! Our pumpkin patch pick is Joan’s Farm in Livermore where you can choose from many varieties of pumpkins and gourds and spend time gold panning and playing in an Old West town.

If all of this fun doesn’t make you excited about the Fall, then check out our map of pumpkin patches and haunted houses or our Events Calendar. There are many more activities happening around the extended Bay Area!

 
   

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