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 Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 10-21-2011 to 10-23-2011 by the Hauntmistress

There's only two more weekends of Halloween fun left, so you better hurry and find something you want to do! Here are our Top Picks for the fourth weekend in October.

Oakland comes alive on Sunday with the Oakland Museum Community Celebration for Days of the Dead. Expect craft activities, food, music, dance, ceremonia, and demonstrations of traditional Meso-American arts.

In the mood for a Halloween party? The head to San Francisco on Saturday for the Top of the Mark Halloween Costume Party featuring unique cocktails and live music from Fast Times. Or, if you're looking for something a bit more risqué, Masquerotica features nine exotic playgrounds of exquisite indulgence, DJs, dancing, and more. Costumes a must.

Take a tour of the Governor's Mansion After Dark on Saturday and hear tales of ghosts, bats, great pumpkins, coffin corners, and Halloween adventures in the decorated darkened rooms of the mansion.

While you're in the area, be sure to attend the Old Sacramento Ghost Tours on Friday or Saturday. Walk the streets of Old Sacramento through centuries of history and hear ghost stories dating to the Gold Rush era. Visit with murder victim Mary Shaw, some star-crossed lovers, railroad robbers, and many other colorful characters from Sacramento history's spookier side.

Not to be outdone, Pleasanton hosts its own Ghost Walk on Friday and Saturday. Meet the local “ghosts” on this guided tour of the haunted buildings of downtown Pleasanton. Who was murdered at the Pleasanton Hotel? What have the locals seen after businesses close? And where have the spooks written a message in a mirror? Tours will enlighten you to the history of the area as well as the spirits that have decided to stick around for a while.

In Orinda on Friday, New Rheem Theatre presents a Friday Night of Fright movie - Dracula! And while you're there, take a tour of the California Independent Film Festival's 5th Annual Haunted House, Dark Dreams featuring movie scenes that will come to life!

On Saturday and Sunday, 200 artists from all across the country share their creative talents at the Danville Fall Crafts Festival. You'll find colorful paintings, hand-crafted jewelry, hand-blown glass, whimsical ceramics, unique wood crafts, and much 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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