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 Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 10-23-2010 to 10-24-2010 by the Hauntmistress

Only two weekends left to get in all the Halloween fun you can stand!  Haunted houses, pumpkin patches, movies, Day of the Dead events, Fall Festivals, and other fun activities are calling your name. Here are our Top Picks for events this fourth weekend in October.

On Sunday the Oakland Museum comes alive with the spirit and tradition of Oakland Community Celebration for Day of the Dead. Explore the exhibition VIVO: Days of the Dead 2010 in the Art Galleries and enjoy dancing performances, music, ceremonia, and traditional Meso-American arts and foods.

If you’re in the South Bay on Sunday, you can celebrate the Day of the Dead at El Día de los Muertos at Discovery Museum. You can decorate a skull for your home altar, paint the bones of your hands with fluorescent paint, view a demonstration of traditional papel picado-making, and enjoy live performances.

On Sunday the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont presents a complete 1973 Bob Wilkins Creature Features with original show segments, television commercials, and the feature film on the big screen. Hosted by John Stanley and Tom Wyrsch, who will be available for Q&A!

In Fremont on Saturday don’t miss the Patterson House Fall Candlelight Tours. This is a unique opportunity to see this beautiful 19th century home in Ardenwood Historic Farm decorated for the fall season.

New to Pleasanton this year is Pirates of Emerson. Don’t miss this haunted adventure with haunted mazes, entertainment, snacks, and more!

Don’t miss the Concord Cascade Haunted House on Saturday (also the 29th-30th). Don’t let it’s location in a mobile home park fool you into thinking it’s a little haunt that won’t be fun or scary. It’s super fun and scary and only $5!

At the Concord Halloween Parade & Costume Contest on Sunday kids can parade around Todos Santos Plaza for treats, participate in a costume contest, and enjoy entertainment and the annual Mayor’s Mongrel Mash Pooch Parade.

On Saturday and Sunday you can find beautiful handmade gifts at the Danville Fall Crafts Festival. Artists from across the country share their colorful paintings, hand crafted jewelry, hand blown glass, whimsical ceramics, unique wood crafts, and much more.

On Saturday, get spooked and be spooky at the McKinley Harvest Festival in Burlingame. Put on your costumes and grab your family and friends for carnival games, inflatables, crafts, great food, live music, and a haunted house with rooms filled with sideshow oddities, including a scary fortune teller and clowns.

Visit the Governor’s Mansion After Dark on Saturday for a spooky good time. With scary music to set the mood, you will see the mansion with dim lighting, darkened rooms and “coffin corners”. You will wander throughout the mansion with the guidance of costumed characters and storytellers who will captivate you with tales of the lives of past governors.

If you happen to be in Guerneville, I mean GuernEVILle, on Saturday you have to check out Doctor Evil’s House of Horror. This haunted house is crazy, scary, fun, and not appropriate for kids.

Don’t forget to get your pumpkins this weekend! In Half Moon Bay, check out Lemos Farm Pumpkin Patch for pumpkins, a train ride, haunted house, and more! In Fairfield, check out Suisun Valley Pumpkin Patch with more than 25 varieties of pumpkins, as well as gourds, squash, and corn, plus a corn maze, scarecrow galley, pumpkin bowling, and more.

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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