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Weekend guide for 10-21-05 to 10-23-2005 by the Hauntmistress

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This is the last weekend before the big one. Not much time left to squeeze in all those great Halloween activities before they're gone for the season. So here are our picks of events you won't want to miss this weekend. Links to our calendar are provided for all the details you'll need in order to attend.  If nothing here tickles your fancy, be sure to take a look at our calendar - there are many other activities to choose from!

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Oct. 21st - 23rd

East Bay   South Bay   North Bay  Peninsula   San Francisco   Other

East Bay

If you haven't picked out that perfect pumpkin yet it's time to get yourself over to Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont and visit Perry's Pumpkin Patch. Better yet, make a day of it on Saturday, Oct. 22 and visit the patch (9 am-9 pm), try your hand at fun farm chores (10:30 am-11:30 am), play old fashion games (1 pm-2 pm), make corn husk dolls (2 pm-3 pm), get lost in the Haunted Corn Maize (10 am-9 pm - only haunted at night, during the day you can go through ghost-free!), take a Candle Light Tour of the Patterson House (7 pm-8:30 pm), and top it off with a haunted Halloween Train ride (7 pm-9:30 pm).

On Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 22-23) the town of Danville is hosting its annual Fall Crafts Festival. Now in its 14th year, the festival attracts more than 50,000 people every year for entertainment, trick or treating, a scarecrow contest, a kids activity area, high quality arts and crafts from over 200 artisans, and more!


South Bay

Heading south from the Bay, if you're anywhere near the Morgan Hill area you'll want to stop at Uesugi Farms for a pumpkin or two and marvel at their 4,000 pumpkin pyramid, run for your life in their Field of Screams corn maze, and take a relaxing train ride around their pumpkin patch.

It's Harvest Time Scarecrows at the Discovery Museum in San Jose on Saturday (Oct. 22 and also Oct. 29)! Use your creativity and imagination to make a sensational scarecrow and then take it home. You are encouraged to bring your own discarded clothing to personalize your scarecrow!


North Bay

If you're in Sonoma on Friday or Saturday night (Oct. 21-22), stay awhile at the Dragon's Head Inn! They have three haunted houses! In the first, you will venture into the world of Hollywood horror movies with monsters from your childhood - Frankenstein, Dracula, The Invisible Man, and more! Then in 13 Terrors you'll encounter scary things from the new horror movie classics - chainsaws, prom queens, living cars, and more! In The Swamp you'll take a stroll through a black light swamp filled with Classic Movie Things, such as the Creature from the Black Lagoon!

If you are looking for a haunted house in a different part of the North Bay, check out Fairfield Haunted Friday-Sunday (Oct. 21-23)! The Fairfield Center for Creative Arts becomes the spine tingling home for spirits, witches, demons, and your most haunting fears. It's sure to scare the "yell" out of you.

For the kiddies, we hear nothing but great things about the Bay Area Discovery Museum's Goblin Jamboree.  This Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 22-23) kids up to age 10 and their families are invited to come in costume and explore the Museum, transformed into a haunted wonderland complete with games, attractions, and live entertainment.

How about attending the Monster-Drawing Workshop at the Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa on Saturday (Oct. 22, 2 pm 4:30 pm)! Learn to draw monsters with Jon Hastings, author of Terrabella Smoot and the Unsung Monsters. Jon will read from his new book and conduct a monster-drawing workshop in the Education Room.



Of Friday, Oct. 21 in Burlingame, the Bay Area Film Event presents a Halloween Terrorama featuring the big-screen debut of William Winckler's Frankenstein vs. the Creature from Blood Cove, hosted by Cleveland horror movie legend, The Ghoul! Come dressed as your favorite ghastly Halloween character and enter the Ghoul's Boffo Socko Costume Contest! Also playing in Alameda on Oct. 22nd!

In Colma this weekend (Oct. 21-23) through Halloween, be sure to visit The Chamber of Chills haunted house, a walk-through experience created by Intermission Productions. In addition to the haunt they feature a haunted graveyard and food booths!


San Francisco

Don't miss Zombie Honeymoon at the Red Vic Movie House playing every day through Oct. 26.  Director Dave Gebroe (U.S. 2004) tells the sweet story of how a zombie attack ruins the honeymoon of newlyweds Denise and Danny!  Funny how that happens...

More fun for adults can be found Friday - Sunday (Oct. 21-23 and also other upcoming dates) at Off-Market Theater's Re-Animator of the Dead: The Tale of Herbert West, a live theatrical presentation that parodies and pays tribute to the movies and stories that inspired and scared us. Be ready for nudity! Decapitations! Brains! Gore! And lots and lots and lots of blood!

Speaking of nudity, that San Francisco Halloween staple, the Exotic Erotic Ball is happening on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Cow Palace (OK,  technically, the Cow Palace is in Daly City, but close enough...). It's part Mardi Gras, part burlesque, and part rock concert.  But you already know that.



To the east, if your path crosses through Sacramento this weekend you'll want to stop at the Crocker Art Museum for their exhibit, Skeletons in the Crocker Closet, which examines 500 years of the use of skeletal imagery in art. On Sunday, Oct. 23 buy a ticket for the Sacramento River Train's Pumpkin Express Train.

In the nearby central valley, Dell'Osso Farms is the place to be. Pack yourself a picnic lunch, work up an appetite finding that special pumpkin and getting lost in their huge corn maze, then get your frustrations out with their famous Pumpkin Blasters. Be sure to visit their 3D Haunted House and ride on their Haunted Hayride.

If you're traveling through the Monterey/Pacific Grove area a visit to the Redwing's Haunted Barn is definitely in order. You'll also want to set aside some time in the evening for the Ghost Walk of Old Monterey to learn a little about the other bay's dark past.

Again, if you still haven't found an activity, be sure to take a look at our calendar. There are literally hundreds of activities happening around the Bay!


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