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Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 10-22 to 10-24-2004 by the Hauntmistress

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The fourth weekend in October is here.  That means next weekend is Halloween! Have you seen and done all you wanted to this year to get in the Halloween spirit? If so, do more! If not, what are you waiting for?!  Here are our top picks for things to do this weekend. Links to our calendar are provide for all the details you'll need in order to attend.

Friday 10/22 - Saturday 10/23 - Sunday 10/24

Friday, October 22nd

San Francisco

For spooky theater, the Thrillpeddlers are reviving the suspenseful, sensational—and blood-spattered—Grand Guignol tradition of 1920s Paris. In an ambitious expansion of its popular Shocktoberfest extravaganzas, Thrillpeddlers are debuting three classic tales of terror never before performed for American audiences.

South Bay 

The Peninsula Children's Theatre in Mountain View presents Bunnicula, in which a Chester the cat suspects that his family’s new bunny is a vampire. This hilarious "horror" story is based on the book by Deborah and James Howe, is a perfect Halloween treat.

Time to put on your lederhosen and festtracht! The Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce is holding an Oktoberfest celebration at Gordon Biersch Brewery in San Jose. For $30 (non-Chamber members) you get fresh beer from the tap, Gordon Biersch ceramic uberbier stein, authentic German food, and a brewery tour.

East Bay

If your kids just can't wait to trick or treat, Fremont has transformed its Centerville Community Center's gym into a trick or treat street where children ages 1-11 can go "door to door" with no worries.

North Bay

Edna Maguire School in Mill Valley is holding a Harvest Festival with music, dance, tae kwon do, and puppet shows on two stages. It also will feature crafts and a variety of amusements and carnival games such as a rock climbing wall, giant slide, jumpy houses, a haunted house, dunk tank, football toss, and wheel of fortune. The event will offer plenty of interactive arts and crafts for the kids, including face painting, spin art, henna painting, and pumpkin decorating.

Saturday, October 23rd

San Francisco

If you're in the mood for a little adult entertainment, it's the 25th Anniversary of the Exotic Erotic Ball, touted as the world’s largest indoor masquerade ball, featuring scantily-clad and outrageously attired revelers. Obviously, 21 years and over only.

For something a little more tame, Borderlands Books is gathering folks together and try to scare the pants off of each other (figuratively, not literally like the Exotic Erotic Ball). Anyone can volunteer to read from one of their favorite (published) ghost or horror stories or opt to just sit back and enjoy the show as others share from their own selections. Sign-ups begin at dusk. Snacks and beverages will be provided by Borderlands Books. The festivities begin at dusk on Sat. and end at dawn on Sun.

South Bay

It's time for October Flashlight Tours at the Winchester Mystery House! You’ll tour the rambling, mysterious mansion at night with only the moonlight, a souvenir flashlight, and your imagination to provide illumination through the bewildering maze of rooms and stairways.

East Bay

The Danville Fall Crafts Festival offers fun for the entire family with more than 200 craft and fine art displays, a Halloween parade at 
10 am, safe trick-or-treating, kids' activity area, scarecrow alley, entertainment, food drinks! Open Sunday too!

Right next door to Danville, Walnut Creek is holding its Harvest Holidays festival with live music, holiday arts and crafts, great food provided by Walnut Creek restaurants, brews and wine, an Oktoberfest area, and a children’s area with interactive activities and pumpkin painting. Open Sunday too!

UC Berkeley Botanical Garden's is hosting a Día de los Muertos Celebration where you can explore the rich tradition and delicious foods of Mexico’s Día de los Muertos celebration! Learn how to make tamales from Mí Tierra Foods and taste their rich flavor. Hear the history of the Mayan and Aztec uses of chocolate from Scharffen Berger Chocolate’s Brad Kintzer, and taste hot chocalatyl as made by the Aztecs. Kids will enjoy listening to children’s stories about the holiday and making paper marigolds and papel picado flags to take home.

The Pardee Home Museum in Oakland is hosting its annual Halloween at the Mansion. It will feature the Cupola Crone, an autopsy room, costume and screaming contests, flashlight tours of the haunted house, and for the first time, San Francisco magician Brian Scott performing his "Tricks and Treats" show. Costumes and period dress are encouraged, but not required.

North Bay

The Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito is holding its 17th Annual Goblin Jamboree! Babies and kids up to age 10 are welcome to come in costume and explore the Museum, transformed into a haunted wonderland complete with decorations, games, attractions, and live entertainment. Visitors enjoy the witches’ school, a train ride, a raffle with fun prizes, and many more festive attractions. Open Sunday too!

Sunday, October 24th

San Francisco

For something a little different, the Brainwash Gallery presents the silent horror films The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Shadow Puppet fantasy animation from 1926), and HAXAN (banned by the Pope, 1922) with live musical accompaniment by The Ahl-i Nafs.

East Bay

The Richmond Art Center is having a Los Dias de los Muertos Family Day workshop to learn about Days of the Dead and make artwork for the celebration.

Fall Festival at Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore features a scarecrow contest, home grown pumpkin contest, 4-H demonstrations and farm animals, petting zoo, pumpkins for sale, pony rides, apple tasting, games and crafts, live music, and lots more!

If you still haven't found an activity, be sure to take a look at Haunted Bay's extensive calendar. There are many activities happening around the Bay this weekend!


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