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 Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 10-29-2010 to 10-31-2010 by the Hauntmistress

October has flown by and it’s already time for Halloween! Our calendar is simply bursting with fun events from adults-only club happenings to family friendly activities. Here are a few Top Picks for Friday, Oct. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, to get you started planning your Halloween weekend extravaganza.

On Saturday and Sunday join Hiller Aviation Museum’s flying witch for a delightful day of flight and fright as the Museum hosts its Halloween Haunted Hangar. Explore the Museum’s Gallery, build a creepy craft, and watch the flying witch arrive by helicopter to drop her Halloween pumpkin.

On Saturday and Sunday visit a zoo to celebrate Halloween! At Boo at the Zoo - San Francisco enjoy spectacular shows, buy crafts, and watch the pumpkin chomp ‘n stomp. At Boo at the Zoo – Oakland you can collect yummy treats, ride the spooky boo train, be part of a costume parade, and see how the animals celebrate Halloween. At Boo at the Zoo - Sacramento play some ghoulish games, make some creepy crafts, and trick or treat around the lake.

Journey to the End of the Night Halloween is a free San Francisco-wide game of tag on Saturday. Expect a heart-pounding chase through the streets, as players sporting colored ribbons try to make it through a series of checkpoints on foot or by public transportation, while avoiding being caught by chasers. Those who fall will become chasers themselves, rising in undeath to pursue their former friends and allies!

At Exploratorium Halloween: Creature Features on Sunday in San Francisco explore giant insects, tarantulas, and blood-sucking leeches; make and decorate sugar skulls; visit the Graveyard of Dead Science Ideas; or thrill to the frightful films of the Fleisher brothers.

The fun at Pardee Home Halloween Gala in Oakland on Sunday includes a magician, refreshments, games, pumpkin decorating, piñata busting, a costume contest, mask making, building a monster on the lawn, a crafts table, and more!

It’s Halloween Family Day and Dollar Day on Sunday at Ghostly Gate Fields in Berkeley. Celebrate Halloween with a haunted house, pumpkin patch, face painters, pony rides, balloon artists, bounce houses, and more!

Looking for a family friendly party? Look no further than the USS Hornet Monster Bash on Saturday in Alameda. You will get a good fright throughout the evening with haunted tours, costume contests, and other treats. This family event features classic dance hits by The Cocktail Monkeys.

Bars and Clubs

For three nights (Friday-Sunday) the sexy world of vampires invades Club Blood at Ruby Skye, offering DJs, dancing, drinks, and more than $20,000 in props and décor.

On Friday don’t miss the Red Devil Lounge Halloween Spooktacular in San Francisco, featuring the live music of Reptile House (Sisters of Mercy tribute), Japanese Baby (The Cure tribute), and Madam and the Ants (Adam and the Ants tribute).

At Friday’s Avalon Freaky Halloween Bash in Santa Clara, take a trip back to the ‘80s with Mistress of Night Lisa Lisa performing her hit songs!

Element Halloween Ball at San Francisco City Hall on Saturday features multiple rooms of music, DJs, performances, and more.

The Haunted Ball on Saturday at Ana Mandara boasts a huge Halloween theatrical production with more than $60,000 in eerie décor and spooky creatures.

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino from MTV’s Jersey Shore, is a busy boy. He’s hosting two parties in San Francisco on Saturday. Spooky Situation at City Nights is for ages 18 years and older. Meanwhile, the 21 and over crowd will wait for him at Halloween 2010 Spooky Situation at The Factory.

Can’t decide whether to celebrate in Oakland or San Francisco on Saturday? Split the difference and check out Ghost Ship III: The Armada in the hanger on Treasure Island, featuring dozens of musical and visual artists, art installations, spooky decor, and a massive ghost ship.

On Saturday, the Regency Building Ballroom hosts A Nightmare On Van Ness, featuring live performances and multiple DJs. Must come in costume.

The Haunted Manor at Manor West in San Francisco on Saturday stars DJ Jazzy Jeff, one of the greatest hip-hop DJ’s of all-time performing for the screaming crowd.

The Westin St Francis Hotel in San Francisco offers SF Thriller Halloween Ball on Saturday, hosted by True Blood’s Joe Manganiello and Ryan Kwanten. The party features 10 different areas and multiple dance floors, more than 30,000 square feet of grounds, 12 DJs, and more. Not to be out-Thrilled, Vessel offers up Thriller: SF’s Official Hollywood Extravaganza on Sunday, hosted by your favorite 49ers, Raiders, and Warriors. Costumes a must.

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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