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 Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 10-19-2012 to 10-21-2012 by the Hauntmistress

The month is half over (boooooo!) but the events are just getting bigger and better. Here are our Top Picks for the second to last weekend in October.

If you’re in the Sacramento area on Friday or Saturday (also Oct. 26-27), the Old Sacramento Ghost Tours take you on an eerie journey back in time. 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.

On Saturday in San Francisco, the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair hosts its 7th annual Children’s Halloween Hootenanny with an Alice in Wonderland theme and featuring a costume contest, performers, exhibitions, and creative hands-on activities designed to entertain kids of all ages.

Artists from all across the country share their creative talents at the Danville Fall Crafts Festival on Saturday and Sunday. You’ll see colorful paintings, hand crafted jewelry, vibrant photographs, hand blown glass, whimsical ceramics, unique wood crafts, and more.

The Dark Room in San Francisco presents A Stage Tribute to John Carpenter’s The Thing! Do you love this 1982 cult classic movie? If so, come and check out this stage tribute to it, where the cast will recreate the movie on stage as accurately as possible, including the intense special effects. The show runs Friday and Saturday through Nov. 3, 2012.

In San Francisco, the Thrillpeddlers’ Shocktoberfest 13: The Bride of Death brings you a classic Grand Guignol theater experience. The thrills include two shocking world premiere one-act plays, plus a ghoulish musical floor show and a lights-out spookshow finale. The show runs Tuesday through Saturday until Nov. 17, 2012.

The Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, loved San Francisco and used its beauty, elegance, and mystery to great effect in several films. Take this free tour, Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco, on Sunday and you’ll see some of the hotels, clubs, retail stores, and other locations featured in Vertigo and other Hitchcock classics.

We have two haunted house picks for this weekend. For kids, head over to the Candle Lighters Ghost House in Fremont. Every year they transform the Chadbourne Carriage House into a kid-friendly haunted house. This year’s theme is Haunted Shopping Mall. Plus there’s a midway of games and snacks. For a more intense scare experience try Fear Overload in San Leandro.

Our pumpkin patch pick is Dell’Osso Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in Lathrop. It’s a little outside the “Bay Area”, but two words for you: Pumpkin. Blasters.

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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