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Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 10-18-2013 to 10-20-2013 by the Hauntmistress

Make the most of this weekend by attending one of the great Halloween or harvest events the Bay Area offers. Here are our Top Picks for things to do this third weekend in October.

On Oct. 18-19 visit the Oakland Autumn Lights Festival. Imagine several acres of garden illuminated with weird and enchanting art installations created by local Bay Area artists. Music and sound installations surprise at every turn on the garden paths lit with hundreds of luminarias.

On Oct. 19 (also on Oct. 26) De Anza College in Cupertino offers up a Spooktacular Halloween Laser Light Show with a fantastic display of laser lights and music under the planetarium sky.

If you’re in Fremont on Oct. 19 visit the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum for Niles Horror Comedy Movies featuring the classic horror comedy The Cat and the Canary (1927, 35mm). If you’re in San Jose on Oct. 19, Camera 3 Cinema’s Cult Movie Series features the 1974 version of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Alcohol will be served until 11 pm, with a special guest hosting.

The fifth annual Oakley Harvest Festival takes place on Oct. 19. A variety of local vendors will be on-site with an exciting array of goods. A children’s area will include a giant slide, games, and a make-n-take craft table.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito hosts its annual Goblin Jamboree on Oct. 19-20. The museum will be transformed into a haunted wonderland complete with games, attractions, train and pony rides, a petting zoo, and live entertainment.

Over in Berkeley on Oct. 19-20 (also Oct. 26-27) at the Lawrence Hall of Science you can visit the Animal Discovery Room and get up close and personal with some Creepy Crawly Animals. If you visit on Oct. 19 (and on Oct. 26) you can also design and project jack o’ lanterns, black cats, ghouls, and pumpkins onto a sphere at an event the Hall calls Haunted by Math. Or, you can delve into the hidden world of bugs by doing insect activities like an entomologist. Then, do robotics challenges led by the UC Berkeley Pioneers in Engineering. But best of all, on Oct. 19-20 (also Oct. 26-27) if you dress in your Halloween costume you’ll receive a free ticket for Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs, which explores the mysterious world of ancient Egypt through the fabric of its ancient mummies.

Don’t miss the free Ghost Walk at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco on Oct. 20. Kings and presidents died there, gunshots echoed through stately corridors, and romances ended tragically. Perhaps that explains enduring stories of spectral visions and mysterious occurrences. Join this tour of the unknown-and the supernatural!

Sharing in the haunted myths and legends theme in honor of Halloween is Old Sacramento, which hosts Old Sacramento Ghost Tours on Oct. 18-19 (also Oct. 25-26). Venture through centuries of history and hear ghost stories dating to the Gold Rush era. Guides (and ghosts!) will relate tantalizing tales of how folks lived and died in the city.

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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