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Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 10-29 to 10-31-2004 by the Hauntmistress

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Halloween is here! Whether you're looking for parties, family events, theater, or tricks or treats, there's something on Haunted Bay's calendar for you. Here are our top picks for things to do this Halloween weekend. Links to our calendar are provide for all the details you'll need in order to attend.

Friday 10/29 - Saturday 10/30 - Sunday 10/31

Friday, October 29th

San Francisco/Peninsula

Party like a pirate at the Buccaneer's Ball at the San Mateo County Expo Center. Featuring costume contests, live music and entertainment, magic and swordsmanship shows, food and drink, a treasure hunt, and more! 21 and over only. The party is also on for Saturday night.

Kelly's Mission Rock offers a Masquerade with two dance floors, two levels, four separate areas, and a costume contest.

If you're looking for a little spooky theater, try Triptych of Terror, three chilling tales of horror. An improvised movie, play, and musical will interweave to create a hair-raising evening of improvisation by BATS Improv at Fort Mason.   Also of note is the Theatre of Yugen's haunting adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein at the Project Artaud Theater. Theatre of Yugen's signature experimental work is based in a discipline of the classic Japanese theater forms Noh and Kyogen. Also plays Sat. and Sun.

South Bay 

The Brookdale Lodge near Santa Cruz is having a Halloween Costume Ball. Where better to celebrate Halloween than in a reportedly haunted lodge with live music by The Tubes! Ages 21 and over.

For trick or treating, try the Los Altos Halloween Spooktacular where kids can TOT at downtown Los Altos stores and the family can enjoy festivities in Community Plaza.

The Stanford Shopping Center hosts a Halloween bash with fun games and great prizes followed by center-wide Trick or Treating at participating stores. Wear your most wonderful costume and celebrate Halloween!

East Bay

You're in for a ghoulish evening in Danville at the Children's Fall Fest! The festivities will include arts and crafts, face painting, games, costume contest, trick-or-treating, and lots of fall fun!

Playing at Pleasant Hill's Onstage Theatre is Blood Relations, by Sharon Pollock. The Canadian playwright gives an unusual treatment to the story of Lizzie Borden, the New England woman who was tried and acquitted for the murders of her father and stepmother.

The Downtown Berkeley YMCA offers a spooky evening with a haunted house, a romp in Kindergym, a swim in the bat cave, and prizes at the carnival.

North Bay

Calistoga Bewitched will spook you with a haunted house that features a horse drawn ghost tour!

Saturday, October 30th

San Francisco

Take the kids to Pier 39 for Pumpkin Pandemonium, with pumpkin carving, fantasy face painting, and trick-or-treating throughout participating Pier 39 shops, restaurants, and attractions. Children can wander through a haystack patch to pick out their own pumpkin. While at Pier 39, stop in at the Aquarium of the Bay for Halloween Under the Sea featuring special guest SpongeBob SquarePants! SpongeBob will also be at the Aquarium on Sun.!

For those 21 and over, Elbo Room's Dia de Los Muertos Celebration features Latin house music with live performances and DJs. Beer on tap and pool tables too!

Infuse: Hallowed Ground at Paradise Lounge will feature cutting edge progressive DJs and three rooms of dancing and fun.

Don't count out Bimbo's 365 Club for a good time. They will feature The Cheeseballs, a Bay Area favorite, performing covers of 70s, 80s, and 90s hits!

Over at Ruby Skye, visit The Lost City of Atlantis with over $20,000 in props and decor magically transforming the place into the mythological lost city under the sea.

South Bay

The Halloween Family Franken Fest & Monster Bash in Morgan Hill will feature games, food booths, costume contest, beer and wine bar, haunted house, costume contest, and silent auction.

The Avalon Night Club in Santa Clara is having a Moulin Rouge-style party with showgirls, fire eaters, and more!

In Redwood City, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, another Bay Area fave, plays a Halloween dance party at the Little Fox Theater!

East Bay

The 19th Annual Halloween Parade and Costume Contest in downtown Concord will include prizes and treats for all the kids, live music, a pumpkin baking contest, and other family fun!

Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree at Fairyland in Oakland will feature a little kids bouncer and a bigger kids bouncer, costumed fairytale characters, two creatively crafted tunnels, entertainment, costume parades, unlimited rides, arts and crafts, free give always, and more! Also open on Sun.!

North Bay

In Napa, enjoy an afternoon of ghoulish fun as children, dressed in their costumes, have a Halloween parade. After the parade, backdrops, such as a skeleton in spider webs, will provide great home photo opportunities and there will be Trick or Treating in any store displaying black and orange balloons. Free and open to all.

Ghosts in the Cave in St. Helena features the Improvisator playing a host of wondrous instruments at Venge Vineyards, a small, neat, and peaceful winery built upon the old bones of a rustic ranch, with a secret cave among the hills off the beaten path! Another concert on Sun. night too!

Sunday, October 31st

San Francisco

There are a lot of fun activities for the kids and those young at heart in the City by the Bay today! 

Boo at the Zoo features edible "treat" presentations to the animals, a "zoopernatural" conservation scavenger hunt featuring free goodies at every station, a "haunted" Nature Trail, Open House at the amazing Insect Zoo featuring a Creepy Crawler Critter presentation, Halloween animal crafts, interactive and educational exhibits presented by community guests, lively entertainment, and more.

The Gardens Ghoullery Walk at Yerba Buena Gardens is an annual family friendly celebration. Bring your little ghouls and bouys dressed in their fanciful finery and visit all the participating haunts for tricky treats.

The Cannery will be hosting its 27th Annual Halloween Festival with costume contests and free activities including live entertainment, a magic show, face painting, arts and crafts, special “mystery” guests, and trick-or-treating at The Cannery shops and restaurants.

There's plenty of fun in the City for the adults as the sun goes down too! The Red Devil Lounge features live on stage Taos Hum as Guns and Roses and Hair Supply. Over at Irelands 32, AbandonTheory rocks the house, while Edinburgh Castle hosts five of San Francisco’s most eclectic indie pop bands for a Halloween party!

South Bay

In San Jose, Trick-or-Treat throughout Happy Hollow Park and Zoo.

Join San Jose's Tech Museum of Innovation for a screaming good time with trick or treat bag decorating. Or launch a ghost into the witch's cauldron in the Ghost Cannon Challenge, join mad scientists in concocting slime experiments, and more!

East Bay

The Oakland Zoo's Boo at the Zoo is a boo-rific annual tradition! Parade through the Zoo, trick-or-treat at Spooky Scavenger Stations, and enjoy live entertainment.

Over 85,000 people are expected to attend the Dia De Los Muertos Fruitvale Festival, which has been inducted into the United States Library of Congress as a “Local Legacy” for the state of California. It is the largest one-day Dia de Los Muertos festival in the United States.

North Bay

The Point Arena Lighthouse is holding its 2nd Annual Halloween event featuring a mystery museum exhibit, séance des morts, haunted tour, and other spectacular surprises.

Monster Mash at The Village at Corte Madera offers a musical show in Center Court followed by trick or treating at stores throughout the mall!

Bring the family for the Sonoma Community Center's annual Halloween fun. Featuring Gator Beat music.

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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