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Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 10-15 to 10-17-2004 by the Hauntmistress

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The third weekend in October finds Haunted Bay's calendar bursting at the seams with things to do!  Unless you've discovered how to clone yourself (spoooky!), you're going to need some help picking out what to do.  Here are our top picks!  Links to our calendar are provide for all the details you'll need in order to attend.

Friday 10/15 - Saturday 10/16 - Sunday 10/17

Friday, October 15th

San Francisco

San Francisco has finally gotten itself a haunt, thanks to Gyro's!  Pier 17 plays host to one of three Gyro's locations.  This one features two haunted houses (Clown Alley and Deadman's Plank) and the Museum of the Macabre.

South Bay 

In Morgan Hill, don't miss the Fall FunFest and Carnival, featuring a Midway of Fun, carnival rides, non-stop entertainment, games, kid's Creation Station, face-painting, pony rides, international cuisine, local wines and brews, and much more!

Palo Alto's Spangenberg Theatre plays host to a special benefit for the Community Breast Health Project featuring a screening of the movie Open Water with Associate Producer Estelle Lau and other guests. Lau will speak on the making of the movie before the screening. Afterwards, she will answer questions from the audience.

East Bay

The Misfits, one of Haunted Bay's all-time favorite bands, will be headlining in Concord at Bourbon Street.  A concert not to be missed - and in the town where the Hauntmistress grew up!

Saturday, October 16th


The Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival begins today.  Expect big crowds and lots of traffic, but equal amounts of fun, food, drink, crafts, and entertainment!

South Bay

More than 6,000 glass pumpkins of different colors, sizes, and textures will adorn the sculpture garden of the Palo Alto Art Center for a weeklong exhibition and a two-day sale (Sat. and Sun.) known as the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch.  We may be able to point you to some of our favorite events, but your on your own in choosing your favorite glass pumpkin!

If the kids are chomping at the bit for a little Halloween fun, Nick-or-Treat at Paramount's Great America will entertain them as they trick-or-treat alongside the characters from Nickelodeon!

East Bay

The home town of the Hauntmistress is at it again with the Concord Fall Fest.  Featuring music, arts and crafts, car shows, food, and entertainment. Family fun with a kid's area full of activities including a  rock climbing wall and a tsunami slide.

North Bay

The Petaluma Mothers' Club hosts its annual Fall Carnival for children  ages 8 and under. Featuring games, fun, prizes, food, entertainment, story time, face painting, and much more!

Sunday, October 17th

San Francisco

Didn't make it to Munich this year for Oktoberfest?  San Francisco gives you a chance to celebrate anyway at its Oktoberfest at Fort Mason.  The festival (which runs from Oct. 14 - 17) includes nonstop music, dancing, singing, and the very best in German food and drink.

South Bay

In the mood for some educational, but eerie fun for the kids?  The Discovery Museum of San Jose presents Glow Bones.  Find the bones in your arm and paint them with fluorescent paint, then head to the Tank House to see them glow in the black light!

East Bay

If you're looking for a little (Halloween) night music, the Diablo Symphony Orchestra welcomes Sharon Bogas, who returns from the Julliard School to perform Schumann's autumnal cello concerto. Witches, demons, and other restless spirits gather for their annual "Night on Bald Mountain" in Mussorgsky's popular classic for the Halloween season.

For some down on the farm fun, visit Deer Hill Ranch in Lafayette to buy your pumpkins and support their Farm Interaction Programs. Meet their gentle farm animals, hold a chicken, collect eggs, brush their potbellied pigs, hand-spin wool, feed their sheep and goats, and learn about farming.

North Bay

Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch hosts Harvest Day at the Farm, featuring pony rides, music, games, food, crafts, a hay ride and mazes, and more!

If you still haven't found an activity, be sure to take a look at Haunted Bay's extensive calendar. There are many activities happening around the Bay this weekend!


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