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Bay Area Events Top Picks
Weekend guide for 10-26-07 to 10-28-07 and 10-31-2007 by the Hauntmistress
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Boooooo, it's the last weekend in October and Halloween is a mere days away. How time flies! This week, we've expanded our top picks to include activities for the weekend and on Halloween. In addition to many pumpkin patches and haunted houses to tempt you, here are our top picks for your last chance at some Halloween fun, including family friendly events and parties for adults.
When dusk falls on Friday, the masquerade will begin! Join the Marine Masquerade and Night of Scary Aquary in Santa Cruz as spirits soar and animals appear in the greatest Seymour Center escapade of the year. Activities includes nighttime flashlight tours to the world’s largest whale skeleton, a pirate cove with scavenger hunts and pirate treasure, candlelight stories of shipwrecks, and crafty masquerade mask making, and much more!
Spend Friday in Campbell with two fun events. Spooky, Spooky Night at the Ainsley House includes Halloween crafts and activities geared for children, such as apple dunking, ghoulish mask making, and a scavenger hunt, plus sweet goodies galore. Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Campbell at restaurants, shops, and boutiques that will welcome little goblins with special treats! Plus a costume contest at 7 pm.
Looking for a party you can have fun at and the kids can come too? Then the Halloween Monster Bash on the USS Hornet in Alameda on Saturday is for you! Visitors will get a good fright aboard this reportedly haunted ship with haunted tours, costume contests, and other treats. Features 70’s and 80’s dance music by Livewire Dance Band!
On Saturday, solve a crime at the Lawrence Hall of Science Halloween Party! A dirty trick has been played on Bunnicula, the Vampire Bunny. He's missing his Halloween carrot treats. The bunny with the funny teeth needs a lot of forensic scientists to crack this crime. Investigate the clues: fingerprints, footprints, special powders, and more. Dress in your Halloween outfit and be prepared for an evening of fun.
Saturday's Jack London Square Haunted Harbor features entertainment, a costume contest, giveaways, a free pumpkin patch where children can decorate their own Halloween pumpkins, free haunted jump houses, and games galore. Come in costume and mingle with the ghosts and goblins at Jack London Square!
Also in Oakland on Saturday and Sunday is Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree at Fairyland with fun and games that are much more delightful than frightful! Come in costume and enjoy a spooktacular extravaganza with unlimited rides, parades, goody bags for kids, free treats for all, two jumpers, do-it-yourself pumpkin decorating, costumed fairytale characters, clowns and magicians, and special presentations by the Children’s Theater Program and Storybook Puppet Theater.
Another event in Oakland is Boo at the Zoo on Saturday and Sunday, featuring a scavenger hunt, games, and the Boo Choo Choo. Also catch Boo at the Zoo and Day of the Dead at the San Francisco Zoo on Saturday and Sunday, featuring live music, fun contests, free arts and crafts, Haunted Nature Trail, Creepy Crawley Critters in the Insect Zoo, and lots more.
On Saturday don't miss San Rafael's Trick-or-Treat on Fourth Street. Come see all the little children in their Halloween finest trick or treat down the street.
In San Francisco on Saturday the Randall Museum's Family Halloween Festival invites you to put on your costume for ghoulish games, creepy crafts, live entertainment, and other delightful Halloween activities.
On Sunday in Oakland, the Dia de Los Muertos Fruitvale Festival celebrates cultural traditions, diversity, and the arts. Attractions will include vendors and exhibitors, arts and crafts displays including memorial altars, food, and more!
Parade around Todos Santos Plaza in Concord on Sunday at the Concord Halloween Parade & Costume Contest, featuring treats for the kids, entertainment, and the Mayor’s Mongrel Mash. Costume judging after the parade.
Ghoulish and giddy behavior is part of the fun as kids in costume trick or treat throughout Pier 39’s Pumpkin Pandemonium on Sunday. Children are welcome to visit the shops, restaurants and attractions to gather their sweets. Pumpkin carving demonstrations and face painting will be available, as well as photos with frightful characters. Children will be able to wander through the pumpkin patch to pick a free pumpkin.
The parents of the Hauntmistress (aka Momster and Haundad) always enjoy watching the Community Trick or Treat at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, where all guests receive candy and other treats from participating Broadway Plaza stores.
If you're in Sacramento, come dressed up and enjoy a fun Halloween at Boo at the Zoo. Kids can trick or treat around Lake Victoria and enjoy spooky entertainment, fun crafts, games, and ghoulish goodies.
Little witches, goblins, ghosts, and their parents can enjoy trick or treating at Halloween on the Wharf in Santa Cruz, where treats for kids will be provided by wharf businesses. Plus there will be a costume contest and a photo booth.
On Friday, don't miss the Halloween Masquerade Ball 2007 at the The Regency Center in San Francisco. It features 10 DJs and five venues all in one room, including the Grand Ballroom, Latin Room, Persian/Middle Eastern Room, '70s & '80s Room, and Brazilian Room. Costume contests in all the rooms, fashion show, a 13 Piece Latin band (Avance), and more!
Celebrate Halloween at a reportedly haunted lodge at the Brookdale Lodge Halloween Ball with live music from The Tubes featuring Fee Waybill on Friday.
The infamous Exotic Erotic Ball returns to the Cow Palace on Saturday for a party that's part Mardi Gras, part burlesque, and part rock concert. It features non-stop entertainment such as live music, top DJs, erotic performers, exotic dancers, wild sideshows, and playful interactive fun on multiple stages.
San Francisco’s Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf will hold its first annual Goblins, Ghouls and Ghosts Halloween Party on Saturday. Expect outrageous costumes, a novel Halloween setting, and fun!
Rouge Haunted Mansion Masquerade Halloween on Saturday in San Francisco features a $200 cash prize costume contest and devil's punch drink specials. Plus DJ Andrew B spinning hip hop, Top 40, mash ups, funk, and 80's.
It's the 6th Annual Spirits & Boos at Suede in San Francisco on Saturday! Come join a wild costume party with a hot and sexy party crowd.
For the past four years, Thriller Halloween Masquerade Ball has been the biggest Halloween party in town. This year's event at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco will feature two different rooms of music, 15 bars, and costume contests.
Costumes, cocktails, and plenty of funky music await you at the Halloween Freak-Fest at Boom Boom Room in San Francisco. Featuring DJ ISM and giveaways, creepy cocktail specials, Ouija Boards, ridiculous contests, freakish games, and plenty of sexy little creatures!
The Kiss of the Vampire Halloween Party at Harry Denton's in San Francisco features good ghoulish fun with mummies, contortionists, and spooky horrific visuals.
In San Francisco, Ruby Skye's Transylvania offers amazing Halloween fun as the venue is magically transformed into the dark fantasy world of Dracula's Transylvania. Over $20,000 in props and decor and special guest DJs (there are also similar parties on the 26th-28th).
Party at Thriller Scare at The Cellar in San Francisco and dress as your favorite 80's movie character while you dance to a blend of 80's, Hip Hop, R&B, and soul spun by The Cellar DJS. Plus scary 80's movies, costume contest, cash prizes, and drink specials throughout the night.
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