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Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 10-25-2013 to 10-27-2013 by the Hauntmistress

It’s the last weekend in October so it’s your final opportunity to enjoy Halloween activities. Here are our Top Picks for fun!

At Scaregrove, an annual Halloween event at Stern Grove in San Francisco, you can enjoy carnival rides, a haunted house, hay rides, games, crafts, live entertainment, and food for sale. The event takes place on Oct. 25, so be sure your costume is ready by then and participate in the costume parade!

The 11th annual Spooky Night at the Campbell History Museum on Oct. 25 is being held in conjunction with Downtown Campbell Trick or Treat Night. The evening includes crafts and activities geared to kids 2-11 years, but all ages are welcome!

On Oct. 25-26 (also Oct. 31) San Francisco Heritage presents Mayhem Manor: Twisted Tours of Terror. Groups of 10-15 people will be led by a host through the dimly lit museum on a twisted tour of terror replete with frightful encounters in unexpected places.

The Rengstorff House in Mountain View also gets in on the Halloween fun on Oct. 25-26. From noon-4 pm the house will transform into a haunted mansion, made child friendly for an afternoon Halloween Celebration. Come in costume and take part in the costume parade (2 pm). There will be autumn inspired crafts and games and light refreshments will be served. Then, from 7:30 pm-10 pm Halloween at the Rengstorff House features spooky guided tours of the mansion. Relive the eerie happenings that have been reported over the decades since the last Rengstorff descendants vacated the house in 1959.

The McKinley Harvest Festival on Oct. 25-26 in Burlingame features food, music, games, a costume contest, and a haunted mansion, among other fun activities for the entire family!

Have some grown-up holiday fun at the San Francisco Botanical Garden Pumpkin Carving and Cocktails on Oct. 26. Sip seasonal cocktails out of pumpkin punch bowls while you create a ghoulish gourd and learn about fall traditions in Mesoamerica.

The Half Moon Bay Ritz-Carlton will show the movie Hotel Transylvania under the stars on its lawn on Oct. 26. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase from the Ocean Terrace.

Trick or treat your way through San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences among spooktacular animals and spine-tingling specimens on the evening of Oct. 26. SuperNatural Halloween also offers musical performances, dancing, stiltwalkers, face painting, magic shows, live animal shows, giant pumpkin carving, planetarium shows, crafts, photo booths, food and drink, and more.

At the San Jose Harvest Festival on Oct. 26 you can pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, get spooked in the haunted house, enjoy story time in the library, play carnival games, eat tasty snacks, shop for holiday gifts, and more!

For the 5th year in a row The Regency Center will be taken over on Oct. 26 for an adults-only Halloween party called Nightmare On Van Ness Ball. The party includes two levels of non-stop entertainment, a live performance, Halloween décor, state of the art light and sound production, a costume contest, multiple professionally staffed bars, and other surprises that will occur throughout the night. Costumes required.

Fall is in the air and art is everywhere, as the Danville Fall Crafts Festival welcomes visitors of all ages to celebrate its 22nd anniversary on Oct. 26-27. Artists from all across the country share their creative talents with their colorful paintings, hand crafted jewelry, vibrant photographs, hand blown glass, whimsical ceramics, unique wood crafts, and more.

If you’re in the mood for a little Halloween music, come out and enjoy spooktacular performances at UC Berkeley's Choral Ensembles Halloween Show on Oct 26.  Not to be outdone, the UC Berkeley Symphony Halloween Concert takes place on Oct. 27. Over in Alameda, the First Presbyterian Church presents Pipe Screams Halloween Music Spook-tacular & Party on Oct. 26. Church talent of all ages will perform Halloween hits including spooky songs from Harry Potter, Casper, Transylvania Mania, and more. Plus there will be audience sing-alongs and a costume parade, all under a huge spider web!

The Coppola Winery Harvest & Halloween Carnival in Geyserville on Oct. 27 offers up a day of game-playing, pumpkin-decorating, costume-wearing fun! There will be a costume parade at noon and the Pumpkin Fairy Godmother will be on hand granting harvest wishes! DJ Dax will provide ghoulish grooves throughout the afternoon.

Experience the thrill of hunting zombies this Halloween season with two unique paintball adventures at Shoot Zombies Now at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds on Oct. 25-26 (also Oct. 30-Nov. 2). In the 20-minute Zombie Trailer Ride, you’ll board a custom-made zombie trailer along with nine other people and try to shoot zombies using 75 special glow-in-the-dark paintballs. In the Urban Zombie Hunt, you and a handful of other people will be armed with shotgun-style paintball guns and led through a zombie infested town. You have only 15 shots and 10-15 minutes to take them down! If you’re craving zombies but are in the San Francisco area, head over to Zombie 7D Experience at Pier 39. Experience the thrill of a roller coaster and the excitement of an interactive shooting gallery - all without leaving your seat in a state of the art digital theater with surround sound, 3D effects, and the newest in laser technology. Also in San Francisco on Oct. 24-26 (also Oct. 31-Nov. 1) is The Dead: An Interactive Zombie Experience that puts you in the center of a zombie outbreak. Fight your way through a warehouse of undead horror.

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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