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Your Guide to Halloween Night (Oct. 31, 2008) by the Hauntmistress

Once again, there is so much to do in the Bay Area on Halloween that it’s hard to pinpoint just a few events or parties to attend. But since we can’t clone ourselves (or can we…), here are our top picks for Halloween night, October 31, 2008.

Family Events

Bring the family to San Mateo Halloween Happenings for games, costume contests, prizes, and a Haunted Castle - the highlight of the event!

Put on your frightful Halloween costume and join the fun at the Sausalito Halloween Parade and Trick or Treat Lane. Southern Marin Fire Department will be hosting a kids BBQ. Then at 6 pm, join the ghoulish gang of goblins and scary characters as they parade down Caledonia Street. Little ones can trick or treat at the storefronts along Caledonia Street from 6:15 pm-7:30 pm. Enjoy all the activities including a spooky haunted house.

At the Petaluma Trick or Treat Trail participating merchants will have orange and black balloons placed outside their stores and will offer treats!

The Pardee Home Museum Halloween in Oakland features the Prescott Clown Troupe, tricks and treats, hot beverages, crafts, a graveyard, spooky movies, a treasure hunt, ghost stories, and more!

Dress up for Habitot’s 11th Annual Not-Too-Spooky Halloween in Berkeley for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Concoct witch’s brew and explore creepy crawlers in the Apothecary. Make slime in the MadScientists’ Laboratory. Play miniature golf in the graveyard, and make ghost kites to fly in the Wind Tunnel.

For something a little different, the San Francisco Symphony’s 9,000-pipe Ruffatti organ (the largest concert hall organ in North America) will accompany a showing of the silent film classic The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney.

Bars and Clubs

Ruby Skye in San Francisco transforms itself into Gotham City, featuring over $20,000 in props and décor that magically transforms the club into the dark fantasy world of Gotham City.

Rouge’s Haunted Mansion Halloween Costume Party in San Francisco features a $300 costume contest and DJs spinning top 40s, dance, and mash ups.

Over at San Francisco’s Harlot, let your inner Frenchie come out at Bitten, a French Bordello Halloween Masquerade Ball featuring performances, DJs, costume contest, and more!

The Spider Ball at San Francisco’s historic Bently Reserve is a Halloween celebration with an underground approach of decadence and elegance that is all freak and funk. There is the main banking hall hosting the main stage performances, beds to chill around the perimeter, a separate chill room, and six bars.

Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge Halloween Bash in San Jose promises a fully decorated venue with $5 Deadly Sin cocktails all night. The dress code is sexy, spooky, funny, outrageous, and more! Featuring over $1,000 in prizes for best costume, best couple, and sexiest costume. Atomic DJ and DJ Rich will be in the mix all night spinning the hottest mash ups, electro, and hip hop.

The Hooker Ball at Vivid in San Jose features more than $2,000 in cash and prizes for sexiest and most provocative costume.

Over in Sunnyvale, the Seven Deadly Sins Halloween Massive transforms Club Abyss into a ghoulish house with three levels of horrors!

ShBoom in San Ramon is transformed into Transylvania! There will be costume contests, drink specials, and more.

Over $15,000 in props and décor, transforms Pleasanton's Aura Nightclub into the Las Vegas strip for Halloween, featuring DJs, a costume contest, and more.

Last but certainly not least, check out our map of pumpkin patches and haunted houses or our Events Calendar. There are many activities happening around the Bay!


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