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Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 10-17-08 to 10-19-2008 by the Hauntmistress

Where is October going? The month is flying by, but there are still plenty of things to do to get you in the Halloween spirit. Here are our top picks for the weekend of Friday, October 17 through Sunday, October 19, 2008.

In San Francisco on Saturday, take the free walking tour, Ghosts, Sinners and Secret Places. Wander streets above hidden tunnels used during prohibition to enter secret speakeasies, learn about hotels with apparitions and hidden rooms, a murder scandal with a legendary Hollywood actor, a notorious stagecoach robber, and ghosts that haunt a theater, a cabaret, and the brothels of Maiden Lane and Chinatown!

Also in San Francisco is the Shock It To Me: San Francisco Halloween Horror Film Festival on Friday and Saturday. Devoted to the Golden Age of Horror Cinema, the festival features live presentations on stage, celebrity guests, trailers of terror, and more. Films include Night of the Living Dead (1968), Horror of Dracula (1958), and Curse of Frankenstein (1957).Your hosts include award-winning author and veteran horror host John Stanley (Creature Features) and the beautiful, but deadly, Ms. Monster (The Search for the Next Elvira).

The W Hotel in San Francisco is the location of A Vampire Affair on Saturday. Vampire attire is requested for this party where you’ll find dancing, fortune tellers, Tarot card reading, and more!

The Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival on Saturday and Sunday offers gargantuan gourds, world-class pumpkin carvers, harvest-inspired crafts, food, three stages of entertainment, Great Pumpkin Parade, haunted house, pie-eating, carving and costume contests, and more!

The Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito is transformed into a haunted wonderland on Saturday and Sunday for Goblin Jamboree Kids will love the games, attractions, live entertainment, treats, train and pony rides, witches’ school, petting zoo, and more.

Take a walk on the wild side on Friday or Saturday at the Pleasanton Ghostwalk Guided Tours. Your guide will tell you all of the ghost stories plus the information received from the Ghost Trackers and the psychic who “visited” with the ghosts.

On Saturday, the Concord Oktoberfest offers a fun time for the whole family with live music, a beer festival, food vendors, an activity area with games and activities for all ages, arts and craft vendors, and a farmers market.

Last but certainly not least, check out our map of pumpkin patches and haunted houses or our Events Calendar. There are many activities happening around the Bay!


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