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 Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 10-27-06 to 10-29-2006 and Halloween
By the Hauntmistress

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The biggest weekend for events in October is here and Halloween revelry will be in high gear from now through the 31st. Here are our top picks for your Oct. 27th weekend and for Halloween night, broken into events for families and events for the 21 and over crowd.

Family Events

Thursday through Sunday, The Ferry Building Marketplace's Harvest Festival will entice you with Fall flavors. Enjoy an abundance of activities including pumpkin carving, heirloom apple tasting, honey tasting, face painting, and olive oil tasting. The Barnyard by the Bay – a hands on educational corral of farm animals – takes place on Sunday.

Friday offers a Spooky Halloween Night at the Campbell Historical Museum. Have the kids go in costume and try out their trick or treating skills. Activities will include mask making, decorating a trick or treat bag, bobbing for apples, creepy “touch-feely” boxes, hidden prizes, and more!

On Saturday the San Francisco Zoo's Boo at the Zoo welcomes all the little ones for high-spirited, not-so-scary Halloween fun. Costumed kids and their families will encounter live animals on the Haunted Nature Trail, visit the Insect Zoo, and participate in a costume contest. There will also be trick-or-treating and games!

Not to be outdone, the Oakland Zoo's Boo at the Zoo is now a two day event (Saturday and Sunday), featuring a Spooky Scavenger Hunt, a Boo Choo-Choo Train, creepy crawly in the Education Courtyard, Halloween arts and crafts, trick or treat bag, costume parade, and more! Kids who wear a Halloween costume receive a free rides ticket.

The Sacramento Zoo's Boo at the Zoo is held on Halloween night on Tuesday. Come dressed up and enjoy trick-or-treating around Lake Victoria, spooky entertainment, creepy animal encounters, fun crafts and tons of ghoulish goodies. This is appropriate for children under 10 years of age.

On Saturday, Bay Street and the City of Emeryville Recreation Department will host its annual Harvest Festival, complete with activities for kids and entertainment. Families will enjoy an afternoon of Fall fun with walk-around costumed characters, pumpkin patch, jump houses, live music, balloon sculptures, and much more.

Friday and Saturday in Sacramento see the Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park in a whole new light...Lights Out! This unique Mansion After Dark tour highlights the families who lived at the mansion, along with a little Halloween fun in the form of bats, great pumpkins, coffins, and Halloween ghost tales in the dark!

Saturday and Sunday is the Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree at Fairyland in Oakland, which features face painting, balloon twisting, creatively crafted tunnels, various entertainment, costume parades, unlimited rides, pumpkin decoration at Fairyland's own pumpkin patch, free give aways, and an Old West Junction Ghost Town!

Stick around the East Bay for the First Presbyterian Church of Alameda's fifth annual Pipe Screams. Friday's classical and opera Halloween extravaganza features a gaggle of ghosts, witches, and others performing opera arias and scenes, art songs, and music for piano, organ, violin, and flute. Saturday's Halloween Music Spooktacular & Party features choirs, soloists, and instrumentalists of all ages singing and playing Halloween favorites from Bach to golden oldies, scary movies, and TV shows. The audience will sing along to songs both silly and scary under a huge spider web! After Saturday's show, join the party in Fellowship Hall for games for little goblins, tours through the Haunted Parlor, and scary food.

In Concord on Sunday stop by the Concord Halloween Parade & Costume Contest. Families parade around Todos Santos Plaza for treats, entertainment, and the Mayor’s Mongrel Mash. Costume judging after the parade!

Looking for a kid-friendly party? Can't ask for much more than one on a reportedly haunted ship! The Halloween Monster Bash on the USS Hornet in Alameda on Saturday promises costume contests, dancing, and “haunted happenings” below deck. All ages welcome.

Not sure how brave your kid is, but there is an excellent film festival happening at the Castro Theatre.  Shock It To Me's sinister selection of monstrous movies include The Gorgon (1964), The Brides Of Dracula (1960), The Curse Of The Werewolf (1961), and Black Sabbath (1963), plus shorts, trailers, and a special midnight movie massacre on Saturday night. This year, your hideous hosts include B-Minus Comiks’ own Ms. Monster and KTEH Channel 54’s Mr. Lobo from “Cinema Insomnia.”

Fun For Those Over 21

Start the weekend off on Friday with the Halloween Ball at City Hall. You'll find 10 DJs and five venues all in one place, including the Main Room, Latin Room, Mayor's Lounge, Persian Room, and '70s & '80s Room. There will be costume contests in all the rooms with great cash prizes, a fashion show, and more.

Friday also offers the Spider Ball at the Old Federal Reserve Bank Building in San Francisco, featuring a hosted bar, DJs, dancing, fortune tellers, lounges (including an outdoor lounge), and more! Costumes strongly encouraged.

Also on Friday night, the DNA Lounge in San Francisco offers Remedy's Haunted Halloween Party, featuring deep house and hip hop music. Then on Halloween night DNA rocks with All Hallow's Eve, featuring gothic, industrial, and 80s music, and a costume contest!

Arguably the best known San Francisco party, the Exotic Erotic Ball returns to The Cow Palace on Saturday.  It's part Mardi Gras, part burlesque, and part rock concert, with live music, top DJs, erotic performers, exotic dancers, wild sideshows, and playful interactive fun on multiple stages. Featuring George Clinton, Tommy Lee, and more special guests.

Sacramento gets naughty too, with Saturday's 10th annual Exotic Zone Ball. Featuring costume contests with $5,000 in prizes, the Chill Zone, Human Petting Zoo, Heaven & Hell, Orbitron, and live music from the Cheeseballs and Mini Kiss.

The Hellement Ball on Saturday turns the Element Lounge into a Halloween Hell. Drink like the devil and celebrate Halloween! Costumes (especially demons, devils, vixens, vampires, and ghoulish creatures) are highly recommended.

Get your ghoulish groove on in San Jose on Saturday night at the Monster's Ball at Taste Ultra Lounge. There will be the requisite DJs, music, drinking, and dancing, as well as a $500 costume contest. Also at Taste on Halloween night is A Tasty Halloween, a full out costume party galore featuring cash costume contest prizes, DJs, and dancing.

If you're in the Santa Cruz area this weekend, the reportedly haunted Brookdale Lodge does it up right with two parties! Friday offers a Psychedelic Halloween Party with live music from The Jerry Garcia Band, Melvin Seals, and Big Organ Trip. It's a costume party, so wear yours! Then on Saturday, don't miss the Brookdale Lodge's Halloween Costume Ball with live music from The Tubes and Fee Waybill! There will be a costume contest, so dress up again.

On Halloween at Elbo Room in San Francisco, Lucifer's Hammer presents Metalween featuring live performances by Ludicra plus Asunder, Keen Of The Crow, and Aldebaran.

Journey to San Francisco on Halloween night for Halloween Freak-Fest at Boom Boom Room with costumes, cocktails, and plenty of funky music. Be prepared for a frighteningly freaked out funky great party!

If you still haven't found the perfect activity for you, be sure to take a look at our Bay Area Events Calendar. There are many activities happening around the Bay - don't forget about all the community trick or treat events and haunted houses (check out our haunt reviews) that we haven't even mentioned in this article!



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