What do you wish for?

Do you base our choices on what you want, or what you think you're supposed to want? Let yourself feel what you feel and want what you want, THEN engage your mind in the process. The best wishes are born from your heart.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Samhain-ish Events for 2012

The Samhain season is so rich with witchy, magic-y, fun, spooky (and sacred) events that I have created a list of all the ones I know about for this year.  Some are scary, some are not - if it includes costumes or pumpkins or honouring the Beloved Dead, I've probably included it!

Please let me know ( mollmac@gmail.com ) if there are any fabulous ones I've missed!

Halloween on the Farm
September 1 through October 31
Lemos Farm, 12320 San Mateo Road (Hwy 92), Half Moon Bay
see website for detailed schedule and prices

“Every fall, September through Halloween, Lemos Farm hosts a great Halloween on the Farm pumpkin patch and our famous Scare Zone.

Bring your kids down to the Farm where you can stroll through the pumpkin patches and pick your perfect pumpkin. Take the Ghost Train Ride or a Hay Ride in October and visit our Haunted House.”

All the 3-6 year olds I know love this place!

Thrillpeddlers' Shocktoberfest 2012 - The Bride of Death
September 27 - November 17, see website for detailed schedule
The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco, 415-377-4202

“Thrillpeddlers’ Annual Extravaganza of Terror and Titillation is back for its 13th blood-curdling year! See a classic Grand Guignol thriller and two shocking world premieres. Plus, a ghoulish musical floor show and our world renowned lights-out spookshow finale. Seats and private Shock Boxes always sell out quickly, so be sure to get your tickets in advance.”

"Spooky" is not quite the word for Grand Guignol Theatre - it's more like "horrifying".  Possibly even “grossenating”.  If you like that sort of thing, you’ll love Shocktoberfest!

Pirates of Emerson Haunted Adventure
various dates September 28 - October 31
see website for detailed schedule
Alameda County Fairgrounds, corner of Bernal and Valley Avenue, Pleasanton
http://www.piratesofemerson.com  (Warning - website is noisy!)

“6 thrilling haunted attractions plus dead entertainment nightly!  

One price admission includes these 6 attractions:
Pirates of Emerson
Mental Maze
Wicked Wild West
Habitat of Hags
Doll Hostel

In addition to our 6 Haunted Houses, other attractions and events include:
Bumpkin Patch
Bone Ball
Fields Family Corn Maze
Misfortune Teller
and more!”

Scary fun for adults who like to be scared!  Beware!  

Fright Nights at  the Winchester Mystery House
featuring the Curse of Sarah Winchester Maze and Flashlight Tours
various dates, September 28-November 3
see website for schedule and ticket details
Winchester Mystery House, 525 South Winchester Boulevard, San Jose

“Fright Nights is a special ticketed event at the world famous Winchester Mystery House. On select nights in September and October the grounds of the Winchester Estate are transformed into San Jose’s most terrifying Halloween experience, filled with haunted walk-through attractions, intense scares, roaming scare performers, and nightmare inducing tales.
Remember we do not build haunted houses...we are one!

The Curse of Sarah Winchester: Resurrection

For a lifetime, Sarah Winchester built and built and rebuilt her house to avoid this treacherous curse and escape her husband’s legacy of damnation. But this Halloween, a portal, a gateway between Heaven and Hell, has been irretrievably opened. Those who perished long ago are seeking revenge, now ready to sacrifice souls before midnight strikes.

Guests find themselves trapped inside a mansion empowered by the undead, traveling through the Corn Fields of Winchester Mystery House, into the haunted ruins of the family Graveyard and ultimately, a showdown with Sarah herself in the middle of one of her infamous séances.
Survive it all, LIVE, only at Winchester Mystery House.

Walk with the Spirits Flashlight Tours

Tour the mansion as you never have before…on your own. Since her death, millions of people have visited Sarah’s home and many have reported sighting ghosts. Do the phantoms she communed with in life, or perhaps Sarah herself, still lurk nightly in the maze-like corridors of the Winchester Mystery House? You'll tour the rambling, mysterious mansion with only the moonlight, a souvenir flashlight, and your imagination to provide illumination through the bewildering labyrinth of rooms and stairways.

Guests experience bone-chilling creatures and blood-curdling moments as they find themselves trapped inside the mansion empowered by the undead.”

Arata Pumpkin Farm
October 1-31
Open Weekdays 9:00AM-7:00PM, Friday-Saturday 9:00AM-10:00PM, Sunday 9:00AM-6:00PM
Arata Pumpkin Farm, 185 Verde Road, Half Moon Bay, 650-726-7548
see website for schedule, list of attractions and prices

“You can lose yourself in our 6 acre corn field and pumpkin river. Try to challenge yourself intellectually and physically in our 2 acre world famous Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze. Take a walk on the wild side and adventure into our Haunted Barn. Relax and enjoy yourself on our Hay Ride. Step back in time while you watch our Gladiators do battle in our coliseum built out of hay bales. Or you can let the kid's play in our Play Land playground with Miniature Hay Maze, on the Children's Train Ride or have fun with our animals in the Petting Zoo. We also have many picnic areas throughout the farm, at Arata Pumpkin Farm we have something for everybody.

We also have dozens of varieties of pumpkins and sizes. We have a special pumpkin for everyone in your family! Feel free to give us a call, send us an email or just come to the farm. We would love to see you.”

Cornfield Maze in Livermore
October 1 - October 31
G&M Farms, 487 E Airway Boulevard, Livermore
see website for detailed schedule and prices

"Find your way through the maze, then enjoy G&M Farms’ huge Pumpkin Patch with pumpkins of all sizes - the kids can pick their own! For Mom, there’s fresh produce, decorative gourds and Indian corn. Your little ones will love G&M’s farm animals and the free straw bale maze, pony rides on the weekends, and don’t forget to ride G&M Farms’ famous Cow Train!"

Tricks and Treats
Puppet Shows with Nick Barone
various dates in October
various locations throughout the Bay Area

“Tricks and Treats is a brand-new original thirty-minute Halloween show from Nick Barone Puppets. Filled with lovable and friendly monsters, this comical variety show is designed to delight families and children of all ages.

Even though this is a Halloween show, it is not intended to be scary. This show features 13 beautifully hand-crafted puppets, 6 original Halloween songs and and 7 comical skits all created specifically for this production. Tricks and Treats has got plenty of silly stuff going on to hold onto all those short attention spans out there - and adults will enjoy it too!

There is even a little safety information slipped into the songs like carrying a flashlight while trick or treating, only going to houses of people you know and not eating all your candy in one night.”

Shrouded Tales
Ghostly tours of San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery
Thursday-Saturday, October 4-6, 7:00-9:00PM
San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery, corner of Hesperian Boulevard and College Street, Hayward
Adults $10, students and seniors $5
Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Please call 510-581-2516 for reservations.

“Take a walk through the historic cemetery guided by the ‘Undertaker.’ Then listen to true tales of tragic ends, unsavory characters, and Victorian views of death.”

We are Celebrating Halloween all Month. It's that time of year again, ghouls, ghost, costume contest, prizes, movies and the John Stanley Bay Area Horror Hall of Fame Award.  

Baloween Spooktacular at the Bal Theatre - Week 1
Saturday October 6, 2:00-10:30PM
The Historic Bal Theatre, 14808 East 14th Street, San Leandro
$15 for a whole day of entertainment, $12 after 6:00PM

“Join The Historic BAL Theatre for an evening with the Lord Blood Rah as he Hosts the Annual BAL-O-WEEN Spooktacular.

Get down to the Historic BAL Theatre to experience BAL-O-WEEN.

We will have prizes, rare treats, It's a celebration of everything Halloween

We begin a month long celebration of Halloween with this big, all day event! The Bal-O-Ween Ballyhoo!

Live acts, film shorts, music, movies and more! See The Carpathian tell his mysterious, spine chilling tales! See The Empress' thrilling dance! See Halloween Tricks and Treats from times gone by! See The Ghostbuster display of Haunted Relics! Show off in our big Bal-O-Ween Costume Contest! ROCK to the sinister surf sounds of The Deadlies!

Then, when darkness falls, we present two horror comedy masterpieces! Don Knotts starring in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken and the Mel Brooks classic Young Frankenstein!

Show starts at 2:00PM with live acts and film shorts until 6:00PM! The double feature begins after the dinner break at 7:00PM!

Only $15 for a full days entertainment! Special rate of $12 after 6pm!
THIS is where San Leandro celebrates Halloween! It's the BAL-O-WEEN Ballyhoo!”

Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies Weekend at Playland
Saturday-Sunday, October 6-7, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
see website for admission details

“As the next eclipse is almost upon us, all the little vampires, werewolves and zombies will have the times of their lives. Bring your kids and enjoy a safe, fun practice session for Halloween. Dress as a Vampire, Werewolf, or Zombie and win 50 free tickets for the carnival prizes!

Over 30+ pinball machines spanning seven decades, video games, Penny Arcade machines, challenging carnival games of skill, interactive displays and exhibits, miniature circuses, sideshow exhibits, baffling magic shows - they are all here waiting to entertain and amuse you!
Revisit Whitney's Playland and the Sutro Baths as well as the 1939 World's Fair on Treasure Island.  There is always fun at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach! “

Playland at the Beach is a fun part of San Francisco history, now being kept alive by people in El Cerrito who are obsessed with fun and history! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playland_(San_Francisco)

The Bride of Frankenstein
Thursday, October 11, 7:00PM
Cerrito Theater, 10070 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito

“This greatest of all Frankenstein movies begins during a raging thunderstorm. Warm and cozy inside their palatial villa, Lord Byron (Gavin Gordon), Percy Shelley (Douglas Walton), and Shelley's wife Mary (Elsa Lanchester) engage in morbidly sparkling conversation. The wicked Byron mockingly chastises Mary for frightening the literary world with her recent novel Frankenstein, but Mary insists that her horror tale preached a valuable moral, that man was not meant to dabble in the works of God. Moreover, Mary adds that her story did not end with the death of Frankenstein's monster, whereupon she tells the enthralled Byron and Shelley what happened next. Surviving the windmill fire that brought the original 1931 Frankenstein to a close, the Monster (Boris Karloff) quickly revives and goes on another rampage of death and destruction. Meanwhile, his ailing creator Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) discovers that his former mentor, the demented Doctor Praetorius (Ernst Thesiger), plans to create another life-sized monster - this time a woman! After a wild and wooly creation sequence, the bandages are unwrapped, and the Bride of the Monster (Elsa Lanchester again) emerges. Alas, the Monster's tender efforts to connect with his new Mate are rewarded only by her revulsion and hoarse screams. ‘She hate me,’ he growls, ‘Just like others!’ Wonderfully acted and directed, The Bride of Frankenstein is further enhanced by the vivid Franz Waxman musical score.”

Shrouded Tales
Ghostly tours of Meek Mansion
Thursday-Saturday, October 11-13, 7:00PM-9:00PM
Meek Mansion, 17365 Boston Road, Hayward
Adults $10, students and seniors $5
Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Please call 510-581-2516 for reservations.

“The ‘Undertaker’ moves into Meek Mansion, built in 1869, and guides you to encounters with members of the Meek family. Learn of the family’s history, Victorian death traditions and superstitions, and what paranormal glimpses have been detected.”

Zombie Vixens From Hell
by Virago Theatre
Thursday-Saturday, October 11-13, 8:00PM
playing Thursdays-Saturdays through November 3
The Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason Street, San Francisco
See ticket website for prices

“In the not so distant future, a biochemist will unlock a noxious contagion that frees the minds of women from the corset bonds of society! And on that bright day, the color of the world will be Armageddon, dripping with sex and romance and passion and one perfect little black dress! We are the Zombie Vixens From Hell!!

‘Zombies’ introduces us to Agnes, a mousy yet strikingly intelligent biochemist who is destined to unleash a contagion upon the world, causing men to open their hearts and delicious brains to their ladies who for God's sake just want a tasty snack (best enjoyed with a crazy straw). The dashing but conceited Professor wants to claim Agnes' work as his own, and you won't believe what lengths he'll go to just to make THAT happen! A campy, hilarious pop/rock musical reminiscent of Rocky Horror Picture Show and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, ‘Zombies’ will definitely give you a great time and leave you wanting more!

Special Events!
Friday, October 12  Opening Night Zombie Cocktails
Friday, October 19 - Talk-Back with Playwright, Director and Cast after the show
Thursday, October 25  Dress like a Zombie Night; Prize for best costume
Saturday, November 3  Closing Night Brain Eating!
Thursdays  Half-Price tickets, plus zombies get free libation”

Ghost Tours of Old Sacramento
Fridays and Saturdays, October 12-27
see website for schedule details
Sacramento History Museum, 101 I Street, Old Sacramento
$15 adults, $10 youth ages 6-17. Children under 6 years old not permitted.
Advanced ticket reservation is required.

“Old Sacramento Living History and the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation are proud to present another season of the ever-popular Ghost Tours. Walk the streets of Old Sacramento 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 our fair city. Visit with murder victim colorful characters from Sacramento history's spookier side. These guided walking tours are one hour in length.”

Halloween at the McConaghy House
Saturday, October 13, 10:00AM-4:00PM
McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward
Adults $3, $2 Children

“Boo - it’s Halloween!

Join us for a fun Halloween party!  Color your own pumpkin, investigate mystery objects, and listen to spooky stories in the attic.  If you come in costume, you will win a prize!”

Pumpkins in the Park
Saturday, October 13, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Guadalupe River Park / Discovery Meadow, 180 Woz Way, San Jose

"Celebrate the harvest at San Jose’s premier autumn extravaganza, Pumpkins in the Park. It’s spooky to see how much your family will learn about conservation, the environment, and their park while they think they are just having a blast carving pumpkins, building scarecrows and sipping cider.

Giant Pumpkin Patch, Costume Parade, Scarecrow Row, Fresh Apple Cider, Guadalupe River Education, Lots of Free Kid’s Activities, Children’s Concert

No cans, bottles, alcohol, or dogs.”

Baloween Spooktacular at the Bal Theatre - Week 2
Saturday October 13, 6:30-11:00PM
The Historic Bal Theatre, 14808 East 14th Street, San Leandro

“Join The Historic BAL Theatre for an evening with the Lord Blood Rah as he Hosts the Annual BAL-O-WEEN Spooktacular.

Get down to the Historic BAL Theatre to experience BAL-O-WEEN.

We will have prizes, rare treats, It's a celebration of everything Halloween

BAL-O-WEEN continues at the Historic Bal Theatre with an evening of psychotic terror! Lord Blood-Rah's Nerve Wrackin' Theatre presents Psychotic Saturday!

Two chilling stories of minds gone mad! First, it's the original Alfred Hitchcock epic Psycho! Then a vintage chiller of axe wielding fright! From Francis Ford Coppola, it's Dementia 13!  Plus trailers, madness and MORE!

THIS is where San Leandro celebrates Halloween! It's the BAL-O-WEEN Ballyhoo!”

Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival
Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14, 9:00AM-5:00PM
see website for detailed schedule of events, entertainers and vendors
Historic Main Street, Half Moon Bay

"The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of gigantically enormous, heavyweight champion pumpkins, three stages of smashing entertainment, non-stop live music, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling Haunted House, harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods, expert pumpkin carver Farmer Mike sculpting a monster 1,200+ pound pumpkin into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, photos with the grand champion mega-gourd, pie-eating and costume contests, pumpkin carving for fun (not a contest), “Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands”, the Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, festival-label wine and Mavericks Pumpkin Harvest Ale. Admission is free.”

Goblin Jamboree
Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14, 10:00AM-4:00PM
see website for detailed schedule
Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito

“Children and their families are invited to come in costume and explore the Bay Area Discovery Museum, transformed into a haunted wonderland complete with games, attractions and live entertainment. Ride a train or real ponies, visit the spooky-but-not-scary Haunted Pier, make potions in the witches’ and wizard’s school, visit the petting zoo and enjoy a full brew of games, activities and live entertainment.

Tickets are also available at the door. All activities are included. Event takes place rain or shine.”

Candle Lighters' Ghost House
October 13 - October 30
see website for detailed schedule
Chadbourne Carriage House,  39169 Fremont Boulevard, Fremont

It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.  I don't know who said that first; I learned it from Linus van Pelt*.
But it's even better to have fun with the spooky darkness, so the Candle Lighters organization raises money for several Bay Area charities with their annual Ghost House.

"Candle Lighters is a non-profit organization of nearly 130 women volunteers dedicated to raising funds for non-profit groups and community-based projects in the Tri-City Community. (Fremont, Newark and Union City). We consider ourselves a service and a social organization.
Candle Lighters raises donatable dollars solely through our annual Ghost House. Open during the last two weeks of October and based in a historical 19th century Carriage House, the Ghost House is an evolving family-oriented event.
Using a different theme each year, Candle Lighter members, families, sponsors and friends transform the site into an arena of goblins, ghosts, witches and warlocks, providing fun for the community.
In addition to the Ghost House itself, a midway of games, caramel apples, a country store and delightful food treats is created, again geared to entertainment for the entire family."

*My sweet baboo, of course.  He has the sincerest pumpkin patch!

Fall Fun at the Hollow
Saturday, October 13 - Wednesday, October 31, 11:30AM-4:30PM
see website for detailed schedule
included with regular admission: $12.95
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose

Fall fun is back! Be sure not to miss out on the full fun activities and additions.
Corn Maze
Jump House
Special face and pumpkin painting
Fall fun crafts
Special animal shows (October 17, 20, 21, 27, 31)
The Halloween Spooktacular"show by Liberty Dance Company (October 14th)
Kiddie Carnival area

Wear a costume and receive a special $2 off promotion (does not include Haunt the Hollow, October 28)
Also, be sure to stop by to pick out a pumpkin in our pumpkin patch! Pumpkins are only $3 each.”

History Mystery Tour
aboard the USS Hornet
Thursday, October 18, 7:00-10:00PM
and Wednesday, October 31, 7:00-10:00PM
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448
$35, please call 510-521-8448 xt224 for reservations

“Is the USS Hornet really haunted? Come and see for yourself! Do you dare explore Hornet after hours?

Beat the crowds and receive a special tour of areas onboard Hornet that have not yet been opened to the public or have been reported to host unseen visitors:

Combat Information Center (CIC)
Message Center (Radio Central)
Mess Deck
Sidewinder Missile Assembly Room
Catapult Machinery Room
Sick Bay
Captain and Admiral’s In Port State Rooms
Flight Deck and Island
Focsle and Secondary Con

The three-hour guided tour is 7:00-10:00PM.
Everybody must bring their own flashlight. HORNET does not supply individual lights.
Cameras are welcome, but must have a neck strap.
Tour participants must wear comfortable shoes. Heels and open-toed shoes are not allowed.
Tour participants must be in good physical health as there will be lots of walking and climbing.
Due to safety reasons, children 12 and under are not allowed on History Mystery Tours.
The USS Hornet reserves the right to cancel a tour if less than 8 people sign up. Tours may be rescheduled or a refund will be issued.”

Shrouded Tales
Ghostly tours of McConaghy House
Thursday-Saturday, October 18-20, 7:00PM-9:00PM
McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Boulevard, San Lorenzo
Adults $10, students and seniors $5
Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Please call 510-581-2516 for reservations.

“Follow the ‘Undertaker’ through McConaghy House, built in 1886, and witness stories of the McConaghy family. Learn of the family’s history, Victorian death traditions and superstitions, and what paranormal activity has been recorded.”

Within The Wheel
an immersive performance inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead
Ragged Wing Ensemble’s Third Annual Fall Festival
Thursdays-Saturdays, October 18-November 3, plus Wednesday, October 31
and preview on Wednesday, October 17
all shows 6:00-8:00PM, last entrance at 7:30PM
Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

"When did you last encounter death? How did it look, smell, taste, feel? What is it like on the other side of the wheel, just beyond where we can see? Will we let ourselves go there?

Within the Wheel is an original, immersive performance event inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead and interviews with hospice patients and workers that provides an encounter with death in a thoughtful, artful and meaningful way. The show will be an interactive journey through the great between and a reflection on the cycle of life, featuring original live music, theatrical performances and striking visual design.

Six interactive art and performance installations run continuously from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Audience members travel at their own pace, but we recommend at least an hour to experience the entire show.  Come early to see it in the light or later to see it with darkness and illumination.

Ragged Wing Ensemble’s Mission is to catalyze a deep cultural shift where artistic action is at the center of vital social change. We aim to connect artists and audiences through the ritual of live performance, exploring universal questions that span the ancient and contemporary.  We engage in the study and practice of Ensemble, collaboratively creating new, interdisciplinary works and activating the next generation of artistically engaged citizens.

We are the do-ers. The shape-shifters, the great adapters, mythic storytellers and visionaries. We make the rules and break the rules. We roll up our sleeves. Take on big questions.  Design the world we want to live in and then build it. We walk into the mouth of fear. We cultivate a discipline of courage.”

History Mystery Overnight Investigation
aboard the USS Hornet
Friday, October 19, 6:00PM-9:00AM
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448
$100, please call 510-521-8448 xt224 for reservations
No one under 18 allowed
Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.

“Are the late night stories about the USS Hornet really true? Come spend the night on the Hornet and find out!

The Hornet would like to invite you to join us in an evening of after hours investigations onboard the ship. During this event you will learn about the history of Hornet while investigating the ship with a Hornet crew member during the midnight hour.
This is your chance to tour the ship after hours exclusively in small groups while investigating our well known paranormal hot-spots.

Highlights include:
Combat Information Center (CIC)
Mess Deck
Sidewinder Missile Assembly Room
Catapult Machinery Room
Sick Bay
Captain and Admiral’s In Port State Rooms
Focsle and Secondary Con

Your Experience includes:
Sleep in original crew bunks!
Berth in the ship’s hospital or Torpedo compartment!
Dinner in Crew’s mess
Special Activities
Personalized Tour Groups”

Zombie Brew Crawl!
Saturday, October 20, 2:30-5:30PM
Downtown Martinez
$25 in advance, $35 on the day

“Sample 20+ local craft beer tasting inside local businesses. FREE shuttle from North Concord BART station. After party at Creek Monkey Tap House with drink and food specials and DJ Dancing, 6:00PM to close. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door.” ______________________________________

Baloween Spooktacular at the Bal Theatre - Week 3
Saturday October 20, 6:30P-11:00PM
The Historic Bal Theatre, 14808 East 14th Street, San Leandro

“Join The Historic BAL Theatre for an evening with the Lord Blood Rah as he Hosts the Annual BAL-O-WEEN Spooktacular.

Get down to the Historic BAL Theatre to experience BAL-O-WEEN.

We will have prizes, rare treats, It's a celebration of everything Halloween

BAL-O-WEEN keeps going strong at the Historic BAL Theatre with a full evening dedicated to the reason for the Halloween Season... The Monsters!

First, a true treat for Creature Features fans! Our favorite horror host Bob Wilkins on the big screen once again in Bob Wilkins meets The Monsters! See Bob's best moments as he hosts classic trailers of horror cinema! Then it's the Universal monster rally that brings all your favorites together in one thrilling film! It's House of Frankenstein! Plus trailers, madness and MORE!

THIS is where San Leandro celebrates Halloween! It's the BAL-O-WEEN Ballyhoo!”

East Bay Waltz Halloween Dance
Saturday, October 20, Lessons: 7:00-9:00PM, Dancing: 9:00PM-Midnight
Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley
$12 for lesson and dancing, $8 for dancing only

“East Bay Waltz is a monthly casual social dance featuring mostly waltz and cross-step waltz, with polka, swing, schottische, and latin dances thrown in to mix things up.

Every month, there is a class for beginners and a class for more experienced dancers, from 7:00-9:00PM. Then, there's DJ'd social dancing and fun times from 9-midnight. $12 gets you the lesson and dance, or $8 for just the dance.

Come by yourself, or with a friend, or a crowd. People of all ages are welcome. Dress in jeans and a t-shirt, or dress up all fancy-like if you'd like.

Come in costume to participate in our third annual costume contest for fabulous prizes!

Introductory class: rotary waltz. No experience or partner necessary!
Our DJ from 9-midnight will be Sam Simmons.”

Witches and Wizards Weekend at Playland
Saturday-Sunday, October 20-21, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
see website for admission details

“As the bewitching time of the year approaches, Playland-Not-at-the-Beach becomes a bit more haunted. All Harry Potters and friends can explore our magic potions, mysterious spells and enchantments. Bring your magic wands and broomsticks, come in costume for special prizes!

Over 30+ pinball machines spanning seven decades, video games, Penny Arcade machines, challenging carnival games of skill, interactive displays and exhibits, miniature circuses, sideshow exhibits, baffling magic shows - they are all here waiting to entertain and amuse you!
Revisit Whitney's Playland and the Sutro Baths as well as the 1939 World's Fair on Treasure Island.  There is always fun at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach! “

Playland at the Beach is a fun part of San Francisco history, now being kept alive by people in El Cerrito who are obsessed with fun and history! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playland_(San_Francisco)

All Hallows Fantasy Faire
Saturday-Sunday, October 20-21, Saturday 11:00AM-11:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM-6:00PM
Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora
Adults $15, Children 6-12 $5, Under 6 Free
$12 adult tickets and $20 Two-Day passes available in advance online

“All Hallows is a two day all-inclusive costume play event.  In keeping with the All Hallows tradition this year, the dead will be celebrated like never before! The Faire is deeply rooted in the beliefs of the Celtic people, but combined with all the fun and excitement of a costume play in the spirit of modern Halloween. So get ready to walk through some imaginative mythical-Sci-Fi, time and space like you never have before.”

Community Celebration for the Days of the Dead
Sunday, October 21, 12:00-4:30PM
Museum Gardens, Oak Street Plaza, Gallery of California Art
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

“Join us as the whole Museum comes alive for the 18th annual Community Celebration for the Days of the Dead. Craft activities, food, dance and music performances and ceremonia bring the community together for this sacred tradition with the purposes of honoring the dead.  Watch demonstrations of traditional Meso-American arts and foods, and buy local Days of the Dead merchandise for your home altar from our mercado. Featured performance by Los Cenzontles. Included with Museum admission.

Forgotten Stories, Remarkable Lives: Días de los Muertos 2012
October 10 - December 9

Every year during Days of the Dead we honor loved ones that have passed away and we pay tribute to their lives. In 2012, OMCA celebrates the 18th annual Días de los Muertos exhibition, honoring the lives and stories of extraordinary people. The exhibition celebrates local heroes and heroines that may not have made it into history books, but have contributed to the betterment of their communities and have made an impact on our lives. Through altars and installations, the exhibition pays tribute to Californians in recent and the more distant past, and unveils how their remarkable experiences compose the narrative of change and in the ever-evolving story of California.

The exhibition is guest curated by Eduardo Pineda, an active participant in the United States Community Mural Movement since 1978. Pineda has held positions in museum education at both the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and has artwork in the collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco's Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts and public art collection of the Alameda County Arts Commission.”

Annual Office Of The Dead Concert
with San Francisco Renaissance Voices

Sunday, October 21, 4:00PM
All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto

Saturday, October 27, 7:30PM
Seventh Avenue Performances, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco

Sunday, October 28, 7:30PM
Garden Gate Creativity Center, 2911 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley

“Our annual Office of the Dead Concert this year commemorates All Saints Day with a performance of Tomas Luis de Victoria’s (1548-1611) Missa O Quam Gloriosum (O How Glorious is the Kingdom Mass) including his motet of the same name upon which the mass is
based.  The mass will be performed alternatim style with hauntingly beautiful heavenly flights of solo chant between the mass movements.  Unlike his more prolific contemporaries Victoria focused on composing music that was liturgical and devotional.  This parody mass, written in
the mixolydian mode, perfectly illustrates this and is considered one of his best being described by the British musicologist Donald Tovey as ‘one of the most perfect ever written.’  We are delighted to be joined by guest conductor Don Scott Carpenter (pictured) of American Bach Soloists.”

Dia de los Muertos Community Ofrenda
Tuesday, October 23 - Sunday, November 4, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz
Museum admission $5, $3 Students, Teens and Seniors (62 and older)
Children under 12 Free
Free admission days are the first Friday of each month

“Visit the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History’s Annual Community Ofrenda in the Museum Atrium. Each year community members are asked to remember and honor loved ones who have passed on by bringing a photograph, memento or special object to place on the altar. This year features a collaborative mini-ofrenda created by Gateway and Gault Elementary schools in addition to a 4-panel Dia de los Muertos artwork by students from Ann Soldo Elementary School.”

Playland After Dark
Thursday, October 25, 6:00-10:00PM
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
adults only

“Join us for a date night like no other - Playland After Dark's Grown-up Game Night featuring board games galore (or you can bring your favorite!) and all the unique exhibits, classic carnival games and free-play pinball always available at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, without the kids.

Over 30+ pinball machines spanning seven decades, video games, Penny Arcade machines, challenging carnival games of skill, interactive displays and exhibits, miniature circuses, sideshow exhibits, baffling magic shows - they are all here waiting to entertain and amuse you!
Revisit Whitney's Playland and the Sutro Baths as well as the 1939 World's Fair on Treasure Island.  There is always fun at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach! “

Playland at the Beach is a fun part of San Francisco history, now being kept alive by people in El Cerrito who is obsessed with fun and history! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playland_(San_Francisco)

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown at Snoopy’s Home Ice
Friday, October 26
Redwood Empire Ice Arena, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa, 707-546-7147

“Join us for all the fall fun and watch the family favorite animated special on our big outdoor movie screen. Activities, crafts and the trick or treat trail are all free.”

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Friday, October 26, 11:00AM, 1:30PM and 4:00PM
and every day through October 31, except for Tuesday, October 30
The Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio, San Francisco
Free with Museum admission - Adults $20, Seniors and Students $15, Children 6-17 $12

“In celebration of our special exhibition Between Frames: The Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation, the Museum will be screening the 1993 Disney stop motion musical fantasy film by producer and co-writer Tim Burton.

Annual Spooky Night at Campbell Historical Museum
Friday, October 26, 2:00-6:00PM
Campbell Historical Museum, 51 N Central Avenue, Campbell, 408-866-2119

“Calling all ghosts and goblins!  Don't miss the 10th Annual Spooky Night at the Campbell Historical Museum.  Come enjoy a not-so-spooky afternoon filled with fun family Halloween crafts and activities.  This event is held in conjunction with the Downtown Campbell Trick-or-Treat Night; costumes are encouraged.

Bring the kids and make ghoulish masks, participate in a scavenger hunt, enjoy sweet goodies galore, and enjoy having a safe place to let your witches and mummies explore.”

Celebrate Hallowmas
with Daughters of the Goddess
Friday, October 26, Marketplace opens at 6:30PM, Ritual begins at 7:30PM
Orinda Masonic Temple, 9 Altarinda Road, Orinda
This Event is for Cisgender Women
Adults $29, Teens 14-19 $5, Girls 13 and under Free

“Crafts womyn, Drumming, Chanting
Dancing in Community and Sisterhood
Bring your drums, rattles, and a picture of an Ancestor for the Ancestor Altar
For more information call 925-787-9739 or 925-787-9247 or
Email Leilani at Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com

Ship of Spirits
aboard the USS Hornet
Friday, October 26, 7:00PM-Midnight
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448 xt282
pre-registration required, space is limited
ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult

“Can’t wait for Monster Bash? Are you dying to hear more tales about Hornet’s legendary haunts? Start your Halloween celebration off early by joining us for a special guest lecture followed by a paranormal tour. This special event is 7:00PM-12:00AM and is $45 per person. Space is limited so book early!”

Friday, October 26, 7:30PM
Brava Theater Center , 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
Fun for ages 6 and up!

“Start your Halloween 2012 celebrations with the Kinda Boo! Halloween Revue

Magical. Musical. Funny. Surprising.

The Kinda Boo! Halloween Revue is a live mashup of original rock and show tunes, comedy, magic, and the unexpected.

A Magical Experience for Spirits of All Ages.

Fifteen percent of each admission ticket sold for this event will be donated this year to the Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center, a community development nonprofit serving children and families in the Sunset District of San Francisco.”\

Haunted or Blessed?  Angels & Demons & Ghosts...OH MY!
with Susan Diamond
Friday, October 26, 7:30-9:00PM
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477
please pre-register from the website

“Are you being haunted by a Poltergeist or visited by a beloved Ancestor Spirit?

We share our space with ‘Unseen Company’ on a daily basis. Learn to recognize if they are Companion and Co-creator, or Ill Intentioned, Irritating, and harmful.

We will identify various types of spirits and entities, understand how to tell them apart, as well as explore the various techniques and tools to invite them in or be rid of them.”

Voices from the Past:
Paranormal Investigations at Meek Mansion and McConaghy House

Friday, October 26, 6:30PM-3:30AM
Meek Mansion, 17365 Boston Road, Hayward

Saturday, October 27, 6:30PM-3:30AM
McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Boulevard

$75 per night, $100 for both nights
Tickets must be purchased in advance.  
For more information or to make reservations, please call Heather at 510-581-2516

“Paranormal investigations at the Meek Mansion and McConaghy House. Two houses, two nights...twice the fun. Includes a tour of the house, a presentation by APRA and time to investigate on your own.

Refreshments and snacks will be included on both nights. Dinner is provided on Friday night.”

Evergreen Cemetery Tour: Spooky Tales
Saturday, October 27, 11:00AM-1:00PM
Evergreen Cemetery, Evergreen Street near Harvey West Park, Santa Cruz
Free, donations welcome

“Get ready for Halloween with this spook-tacular journey through the cemetery. Docents will tell ghost stories from those buried at Evergreen (don’t worry it’s nothing too scary), teach you how to make a tombstone rubbing, send you on a spooky tour through the cemetery and much more. Be sure to wear your costume!”

Sugar Skulls Workshop
Saturday, October 27, 2:00-4:00PM
Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz
Space is limited. Call 831-429-1964 xt7024 or email education@santacruzmah.org to register.

“Come craft this traditional Mexican folk art in celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) that sweetly honors the lives of those who have deceased.”

Haunted Hallows
at the Chabot Space and Science Center
Saturday, October 27, 6:00PM
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, 510-336-7300
Activities included with General Admission,
Adults $15.95, Ages 3-12 $11.95, Ages 13-18 $12.95, Students and Seniors $12.95

“Explore the dark side of Chabot Space and Science Center with a night of spooky, ghoulish fun.  Visit the Potions Lab, Electric Zone, The Laser Maze and The Haunted House.”

Gaskell Halloween Ball
Saturday, October 27, 7:30PM
Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

"Ye Gaskell Occasional Dance Society has been sponsoring Victorian Ballroom dances for over 20 years. We currently sponsor 6 balls a year at the Scottish Rite Temple in Oakland.
We have live music played by the Brassworks of San Francisco, a group of 5 brass horns and a
drummer led by Frank Davis. The dances feature Victorian Waltzes, Polkas, Schottisches, Mazurkas, and set dances such as the Sir Roger de Coverley and the Congress of Vienna.

The general format of the dance is three 40 minute and one 30 minute sessions of live music, with three 20 minute breaks. We also occasionally have other entertainment during the breaks such as Morris dancing. The first set starts at 8:30 PM, with the last set ending at Midnight. Starting at 7:45 PM is a dance workshop where members of the Society quickly cover the basics of waltzing, polkas and the schottische.

Our next ball is our Halloween ball, our largest and most spectacular event of the year. While you can come in semi-formal attire, Halloween is a chance to shine, so start finding/making your costume now. And bring your camera, as there we be all sorts of interesting costumes to be seen.

Of course, do bear in mind that the goal is to dance in the costumes, so make sure you can move and turn without tripping! And no sharp, pointy parts that might damage the other dancers will be allowed!

Of course, the usual 19th, 20th and 21st century formal wear is always welcome.

Dress is 19th, 20th, or 21st Century Formalwear
Admission may be refused for those inappropriately dressed.

Refreshments are potluck finger food with the Society providing both fruit punch and ice water.

Upcoming dates:
December 15, 2012"

Reclaiming's Spiral Dance
A ritual to honor our beloved dead and dance the spiral of rebirth
Saturday, October 27, doors open at 6:00PM, Ritual begins at 7:30PM
Come early to view the altars, for pre-ritual music, and to hear the names of the Beloved Dead
Kezar Pavilion, 755 Stanyan Street, San Francisco (in Golden Gate Park)
General Admission is sliding scale $20-$100+, Elders (60 & over) and Youth (15 & under): $10+

“As the darkness closes in, come dance the spiral that renews the world.

Join us when the veil is thin between the worlds of the living and the dead. We gather to remember our ancestors, our beloved dead, and all those who have crossed over.

The Spiral Dance is San Francisco Reclaiming's public Halloween ritual. For Witches, this is a sacred season, when we honor our ancestors and our Beloved Dead, and our New Year, affirming the renewal of life.

The Spiral Dance is also Reclaiming's largest, most spectacular public ritual, bringing together art, music, poetry, and dance in Sacred Space. Not just a performance - everyone participates in dancing the Spiral.

Join us as we celebrate 33 years of magic, ritual, and activism in San Francisco and beyond. This family-oriented ritual is also drug and alcohol free. All are welcome.

Beloved babies and beloved dead
Honor the cycle of death and rebirth by sending us the names of those born and those who have died during the past year:
Beloved dead: email to www.reclaimingspiraldance.org/beloveddead  
Babies: email to www.reclaimingspiraldance.org/beloved-babies

Children are welcome - childcare not provided. Wheelchair Accessible. This is a drug- and alcohol-free, family-oriented ritual. Please honor us and the sacred by keeping it so.“

Night Hike: Frightening Forest
on the Nature Trail at the Chabot Space and Science Center
Saturday, October 27, 7:00PM and 8:30PM
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, 510-336-7300
$10 (does not include admission to the Center)
RSVP recommended, space is limited!  Register online or call 510-336-7373

“Things go bump in the forest! In celebration of Halloween, we’ll lend a little freight to our normal Moonlight Hike. The redwoods are aged, majestic and full of wonder. Walk with us and see what pops up… if you dare.

All activities are meant for fun, but this spooky hike may not be for everyone. Please use discretion when deciding to join us. Recommended for ages 7+”.

Monster Bash
aboard the USS Hornet
Saturday, October 27, 7:30PM-Midnight
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448 xt282
$20 in advance, $25 at the door, children 5-17 $10

“Have fun at the annual Monster Bash! Is the USS Hornet Haunted? Bring the whole family and find out. At this annual fundraiser onboard the ‘Grey Ghost,’ visitors will get a good fright throughout the evening with haunted tours, costume contests, and other treats. Dance favorites by The Cocktail Monkeys.”

Saturday, October 27, 8:00PM-2:00AM
Oakland Metro Opera House, 630 3rd Street, Oakland

is a darkly intense, heart-pounding journey into the silhouette of night, featuring some of the best performance artists, musicians and DJs from the Bay Area and around the globe.

The Show:
Saturday October 27, 8:00PM
Dark Art begins at 9:00PM
Stay and dance with us afterwards so bring your dancing shoes and dark hearts...til 2:00AM.

After five continuous years of sold out shows, ShadowDance is vamping up to bring you an even darker weekend filled with dance and performance art. Produced by Ariellah and Darker Still Productions, this year’s ShadowDance features a full night of performance art and music. The Saturday night show will feature two bands, and one full set of performance art filled with a feast of performers, including throat singing, industrial performance art, belly dancers, puppet shows, circus arts, angle grinding, suspension and much more! Throughout the evening dark music will be broadcast by 2 of the Bay Area’s leading ‘dark and alternative’ DJs for those who desire to move on the dance floor.  Please stay and dance with us in the darkness...”

Boo at the Zoo
Saturday-Sunday, October 27-28, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland
included with Zoo admission

“Visit the Oakland Zoo for our annual Halloween event, Boo at the Zoo! Stroll the Zoo in costume and collect yummy treats. Ride the spooky boo train and join the costume parade. Plus, get your face painted, make treats for the animals, and see how the animals at the Oakland Zoo celebrate Halloween. Kids in costumes receive a free ride ticket.”

Jack O'Lantern Jamboree
Saturday and Sunday, October 27-28, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Children's Fairyland, on the shore of Lake Merritt at Grand Avenue and Bellevue, Oakland

“Join us the weekend of Halloween as we celebrate the holiday with fun and games that are much more delightful than frightful!
Come in costume and enjoy a spooktacular extravaganza with:
Unlimited rides
Goody bags for kids*
Treat stations for kids*
Two jumpers, one for little kids and one for bigger kids
Arts and Crafts*
Pirate school
Balloon twisting
Costumed fairytale characters
Clowns and magicians

*While supplies last

And don’t miss our special presentations by our Children’s Theater Program and Storybook Puppet Theater!

Admission to Fairyland for the Jack O’Lantern Jamboree days is just $10 for everyone age 1 through 100. (Sorry, no passes or coupons accepted for this event.)”

Halloween Costume Party at Playland
Saturday-Sunday, October 27-28, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
see website for admission details

“Show off your outfits before you trick-or-treat and win special prizes at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach's Halloween Costume Party. While you're here, explore the Dark Mystery exhibition and check out our 5000-year-old mummy.

Over 30+ pinball machines spanning seven decades, video games, Penny Arcade machines, challenging carnival games of skill, interactive displays and exhibits, miniature circuses, sideshow exhibits, baffling magic shows - they are all here waiting to entertain and amuse you!
Revisit Whitney's Playland and the Sutro Baths as well as the 1939 World's Fair on Treasure Island.  There is always fun at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach! “

Playland at the Beach is a fun part of San Francisco history, now being kept alive by people in El Cerrito who are obsessed with fun and history! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playland_(San_Francisco)

Falkirk Halloween Pirate Fest
Saturday-Sunday, October 27-28, 12:00PM and 3:00PM
Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, 415-485-3328
Adults $20, Children under $16 $18

“Put on your best Pirate gear for this festive Halloween event for children of all ages October 27-28.

Br'n your crew an' come th' Falkirk for this one-of-a-kind Halloween event.
Eat an' be merry an' find your buried treasure wi' carbunculously real pirates. Thar ‘Fancy Scallywag!’ be Pirates in th' House. Set out on th'grounds fer private treasure.

The Halloween Pirate fest will be held on October 27-28.
with two events per day: 12:00PM and 3:00PM

Event includes a ‘pirate feast’ with real pirates, treasure hunt, and individual treasure and halloween tricks and treats!

Price is $18.00 per child under 16 and $20 for adults
Limited room for Pirates big and small so get your tickets soon.”

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Spooktacular
Sunday, Oct 28, 10:00AM-2:00PM
along Main Street,  Martinez

“A safe place for families to celebrate Halloween. Visit creatively themed and decorated car trunks that will kine downtown Martinez. Each trunk is sponsored by local businesses.

Face Painting sponsored by City of Martinez Parks and Recreation Department.”

Fruitvale Dia de los Muertos
Sunday, October 28, 10:00AM-5:00PM
along East 12th Street between 33rd Avenue and 37th Avenue
and in Fruitvale Village

“The Unity Council is pleased to present the 17th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival on Sunday, October 28, 2012 from 10:00AM-5:00PM. The festival will be held between 33rd Avenue and 37th Avenue on East 12th Street, as well as in the Fruitvale Village.”

Cemetery Ritual
presented by Ile Orunmila Oshun
Sunday, October 28, 2:00-3:30PM
Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland

“Each year, we visit the cemetery to honor our collective Ancestors and to perform rituals of remembrance with songs and prayers. Meet at the entrance of the Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. Dress festively for the ancestors. Bring 9 pennies, a small whisk broom and disposable bag for debris. This event is free and open to the public.”

Gamble Mansion Haunted House
Sunday, October 28, 6:30-8:00PM
puppet shows at 6:45PM and 7:30PM
Gamble Mansion at Elizabeth Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto
reservations required

“Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 28, when the witches and the goblins will appear live at Gamble Garden Mansion.  We dare you to show up in costume from 6:30-8:00PM and meet and greet the ghosts in person.

This daring event will be suitable for trick-or-treaters, ages 4-10, accompanied by an adult.
The friendly Gamble volunteer witches will be creating games, activities, and a safe
Halloween venue for all.  (Younger visitors may enjoy coming earlier when it is lighter both inside and out.)”

Night Hike: Moon Rising
on the Nature Trail at the Chabot Space and Science Center
Tuesday, October 30, 5:30PM
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, 510-336-7300
$10 (does not include admission to the Center)
RSVP recommended, space is limited!  Register online or call 510-336-7373

“Our regular night hikes get a special flare tonight courtesy of the Universe. We’ll head out a bit earlier hiking in the sunset and stop to watch the moon rise in the night sky. This moderately strenuous 4-5 mile trek features discussions about the natural environment, celestial events, and objects in the sky.

Suggested: Bring water and a flashlight. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots and dress in layers.”

The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari
accompanied live by Cameron Carpenter on the theatre pipe organ!
Tuesday, October 30, 7:00PM
Davies Symphony Hall, Van Ness Avenue between Grove and Hayes, San Francisco
see website for ticket prices

“Filmed in the 1920s, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is called one of the greatest horror movies of the silent era. Don’t miss the spectacular Cameron Carpenter as he accompanies this silent chiller on the thundering Ruffatti organ. Nothing says ‘Halloween’ like melodrama, murder, mayhem, and a wild plot twist at the film’s end! Costumes Welcome!”

All Hallows Read
Wednesday, October 31
wherever you please!

“All Hallow’s Read is a Hallowe’en tradition. It’s simply that in the week of Hallowe’en, or on the night itself, you give someone a scary book.
Scholars have traced its origins as far back as this blog post. http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2010/10/modest-proposal-that-doesnt-actually.html

Neil Gaiman says (well, said, in the aforementioned blog post):
“I propose that, on Hallowe'en or during the week of Hallowe'en, we give each other scary books. Give children scary books they'll like and can handle. Give adults scary books they'll enjoy.

I propose that stories by authors like John Bellairs and Stephen King and Arthur Machen and Ramsey Campbell and M R James and Lisa Tuttle and Peter Straub and Daphne Du Maurier and Clive Barker and a hundred hundred others change hands - new books or old or second-hand, beloved books or unknown. Give someone a scary book for Hallowe'en. Make their flesh creep...

Give a scary book.

If you don't know what kinds of books there are, or what would be appropriate for the person you're giving a book to, talk to a bookseller. They love to help, most of them. (The ones that don't tend not to be booksellers for long.) Talk to librarians. (Do not plan to give away their books though, unless they are having a library sale.)

That's it. That's my idea.

Scary book. Hallowe'en.

Who's with me?


Celebrate Samhain/Halloween/All Hallows Eve
at The Sacred Well
Wednesday, October 31, 6:00-8:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Free Event - open to all!

“Come in costume or street clothes for a mug of apple cider, some Halloween candy, and a free sample of incense to help you connect with those who have gone beyond the Veil.”

Halloween Sing-A-Long Fundraiser
with San Francisco Renaissance Voices
Wednesday, October 31, 7:30PM
Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco

“Ever wonder what it would be like to sing with San Francisco Renaissance Voices? Well, here’s your chance!!  Join us and our host as Artists-in-Residence, Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, on Halloween for a All Saints/All Souls Days Sing-a-Long of Tomas Luis de Victoria’s Missa O Quam Gloriosum and O Quam Gloriosum motet with readings of remembrance for the dead. A limited number of both scores will be available at the event for $20; however we recommend you print a free score of both the motet and mass here:

This is no trick!  Entrance to the event is free, however a free-will offering will be taken; and we hope you will treat us with a donation at the concert that benefits San Francisco Renaissance Voices and the music programs at Seventh Avenue.  All are invited to a post-event reception featuring Halloween treats.”

Wearable Art Halloween Ball
Wednesday, October 31, 8:00PM-Midnight
Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz

“Come join us at the MAH during the most creative Halloween costume party in Santa Cruz. Drape yourself in art and come down to the museum for a night of music, dancing, costume contest and unearthly delights.”

Dia de los Muertos Community Festival
part of the Free First Fridays series at Museum of Art and History
Friday, November 2, 4:00-9:00PM
Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz

“Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with an evening of festive fun at the MAH. Bring your friends and family to craft calaveras (skull) masks with artist Noelle Correia,  cut papeles picados (paper banners), groove to music by ZunZun, enjoy colorful dance performances by Grupo Los Mejicas, ‘It’s a Dead Man’s Party’ visual presentation by artist Gregory Scott, food by Tía Bere of the Farmer’s Market, crafting, face painting, and much more. Bring a photo or memento to place on the community ofrendas in the MAH Atrium. This year’s community ofrendas were created collaboratively by Gateway School, Gault Elementary and Ann Soldo Elementary. Perfect for all ages. This year’s festival falls Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on Free First Friday this year.”

Dia de los Muertos Berkeley
Friday, November 2, 5:00-9:00PM
1400 block of Shattuck Avenue, North Berkeley

“Community Altar 5:00-7:30PM
Candle Light Procession 7:45-9:00PM

Mariachis * Aztec Dancers * Fire Dancers * DIY Art Projects  
Free Face Painting * Food Trucks * Beer and Wine Garden”

Evening with Owls
Friday, November 2, 6:30-9:30PM
Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley
$75 in advance before October 19, $85 after October 19

“Evening with Owls benefitting the Hungry Owl Project

Live Owls - Many live owls, hawks and even bats will be on display
Paul Bannick - Award Winning Photographer and Author of the Owl and the Woodpecker
Joe Mueller - Biologist, College of Marin Professor and Notorious Comedian
Wine Tasting - Hosted by Marin Vineyards and other local vineyards.

Evening With Owls 2012 will be a night to remember! Meet many species of live owls, hawks and even live bats, enjoy highly entertaining speakers, wildlife artists, appetizers, savories and sweets, wine, beer and soft drinks, a silent auction, raffles and more! This event sells out every year so get your tickets early to secure your spot!”

Dia de los Muertos San Francisco
Friday, November 2, 7:00PM
Parade starts at 22nd Street and Bryant Street, San Francisco
and leads to 26th Street and Harrison Street
ending at the Festival of Altars in Garfield Park, 6:30-10:30PM

“As We Close The Sacred Ritual Cycle
We Welcome You, 2012
A New Era,
An Era Of Enlightenment,
And Blossoming,
As A Stronger Global Consciousness
And Collective Evolution

November 2, 7:00PM, meet with community members, artists and activists including Francisco X. Alacaron, Starhawk and traditional Aztec dancers following the traditional 13 Standards and the various creatures large and small.

Ritual assembles at 22nd and Bryant 6:00-7:00PM, on Friday November 2, 2012
STARTS at 22nd and Bryant at exactly 7:00PM, and moves along Bryant to 24th St.
CONTINUES along 24th St. to the corner of 24th St. and Mission
CONTINUES along Mission St. to 22nd St and turns on 22nd St.
CONTINUES along 22nd St. to Bryant St.
CONCLUDES at the corner of 22nd and Bryant St.

Help keep Day of the Dead Alive!
Let's ensure that Day of the Dead SF remains a true community supported event. Please consider making a donation via our chip-in page. Every dollar counts and no donation is too small. All proceeds go to securing park permits and artistic expression at Garfield Park.

About Day of the Dead:
Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to the ancestors; it honors both death and the cycle of life. In Mexico, neighbors gather in local cemeteries to share food, music, and fun with their extended community, both living and departed. The celebration acknowledges that we still have a relationship with our ancestors and loved ones that have passed away.

In San Francisco, Day of the Dead has been celebrated in the Mission district since the early 70s with art, music, performances and a walking procession, which help us contemplate our existence and mortality - a moment to remember deceased friends and family, and our connections beyond our immediate concerns.

Day of the Dead is an alcohol free event with no vendors or booths of any type. Please honor this tradition and do not attempt to sell goods on the premises of Garfield Park.”

Adam Ant's birthday
November 3
Wherever truth, beauty, art and sex are appreciated

Do something appropriately Plutonic/Scorpionic.
Gaze deeply into the darkest corners of your own soul.  Re-invent yourself and rise, Phoenix-like, from the ashes of your previous life.  Or perhaps take a bath in really good, really dark, molten chocolate.

Just don't you ever lower yourself, forgetting all your standards.

Community Seed Samhain: Through the Portal
Saturday, November 3, gather at 7:00PM, ritual at 8:00PM
Masonic Temple, 828 North Branciforte Avenue, Santa Cruz
Suggested donation $7-$13, no one turned away for lack of funds
for more information call 831-469-0336 or e-mail info@communityseed.org

“The Veil is very thin. Let’s go to it, shall we?

Santa Cruz Masonic Temple and Lodge: 828 Branciforte Avenue, Santa Cruz, 95060 This is on Branciforte, just on the Ocean side of the Branciforte and Water Street intersection.
The Masons website: http://www.sc-slv38.org/default.aspx

If you wish, bring a copy of a picture of a loved one (or some other reminder) who has passed on. We will be creating a portal through which the Spirits of the Dead may come across and visit for a time. Small offerings will be available for you to bless your photos and trinkets. PLEASE do not bring original photos or irreplaceable artifacts - this is a public ritual and we cannot guarantee the safety of your offerings. If possible, please label your offering with a name and phone number.

This one looks like it will be too intense for children. Sorry!

A dessert buffet will be provided by Community Seed.

No pets, please, and no photography during the ritual. Thank you!

All CS events are clean and sober.”

Barry and Maya Spector's Day of the Dead Ritual
Saturday, November 3, 9:00AM-6:00PM
Hillside Church, 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito
$30 if paid in advance, $50 if paid at the door.
Pre-registration required. No one refused.  Work scholarships available.
Contact Barry Spector at 650-329-1415 or shmoover@comcast.net for more information

"Whether or not we have recently lost loved ones, we all carry a heavy load of grief and stress simply by living in these times. When we can’t find ways to drop the weight of this emotional burden, we can become hopeless, bitter or numb. Letting it go makes room for a new kind of imagination to enter. The release of these emotions requires a safe space and a caring community.

We will take a full day to help each other remember our ancestors and our personal and collective losses. In some traditions, this is the time of year when the veil between our world and the unseen world is thin; it is an opportune time to complete any unfinished business that prevents us from fully participating in life.  This will be a day of mourning and remembrance, but also of great beauty and celebration. There will be poetry, storytelling, drumming, altar-building and chanting from African, Celtic, Mexican and other traditions."

PEERs presents
Le Bal des Vampires
Saturday, November 3, 6:30PM
Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda
Tickets must be purchased in advance - see website for details
$25 before October 20, $30 after
pictures from previous years’ events:

“Waltz the night away in a beautiful candlelit ballroom with the San Francisco Bay Area’s most glamorous Undead at the 19th Annual Le Bal des Vampires.

Suggested costume is evening dress of the century and country of your ‘rebirth.’  This may include dress uniform, period costume (authentic or fantasy), or vintage or modern evening dress. There is no dress code for the ball (We certainly don’t expect Spike to attend in black tie!), but you will see some of the most gorgeous and creative costumes of the social season at Le Bal des Vampires.

This year there will once again be simultaneous dancing on two separate floors:
Our band in the elegant upstairs ballroom is the stylish but always dashing chamber ensemble Bangers and Mash.  As usual, haunting waltzes dominate the program, but the evening will feature a variety of dance music from across the centuries - from 18th century Baroque contredanses to 19th century Victorian rotary and Viennese waltzes, polkas, and mazurkas; to elegant early 20th century tangos, blues, and fox trots and even some classic rock and roll Swing.  Please note that the band’s first dance set will start at 7:45PM sharp - 15 minutes earlier than usual.  The dance sets will be unusually long, even by Bangers and Mash’s high standards, so if you do plan to dance, please be certain to wear shoes or boots you can actually dance in.

For those preferring a more modern style of dance music and free-style dancing as well as partner dancing, join us downstairs at the Nightfall Club for a wonderfully varied repertoire of music to stir the blood and spirit from 6:30 p.m. to Midnight.  Hosted by our principal DJ Dark Moon and guest DJ Persephone, Nightfall also features a no-host (cash) bar.
Our half-time show in the ballroom is a performance by the celebrated Le Theatre des Vampires. Not recommended for the faint of heart but highly recommended for fans of the genre.   

You may also enjoy quiet conversation, Tarot readings, and photography opportunities in the Victorian Parlor.

As vampires do not eat ... food, there will be no food or snacks available at the bar, and the management does not allow any outside food or drink to be brought into the hall. We strongly suggest that you dine before the ball.  Fortunately, Alameda has a variety of excellent restaurants, especially on Park Street, which is within walking distance of the ball.”

Samhain Celebration: Letting Go Ritual - Ancestor Reverence
with Sarah Astarte
Sunday, November 4, 2:00PM
Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland

“Samhain is the time of letting go of grief that we are holding on to, and honoring our ancestors and loved ones that have crossed over. We will be releasing things into the cauldron of creation. Mementos of loved ones may be brought to be placed on the altar. Ritual prayers will be offered to ancestors.”

Fellowship of the Spiral Path’s Samhain
Gateway Circle
Tuesday, November 6, 7:30-9:00PM  
BFUU Main Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Donations gratefully accepted

Join the Fellowship of the Spiral Path for Samhain

“The ritual will start as close to 7:30 PM as possible. Please be prompt.

All are welcome to this open public outreach circle sponsored by the Fellowship of the Spiral Path.”

Festival of the Bones
presented by Ile Orunmila Oshun
Friday-Saturday, November 9-10, 6:30-9:00PM
Oakland Center for Spiritual Living, 5000 Clarewood Drive, Oakland
$27-$9, sliding scale. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

“The Festival of Bones
A Multicultural celebration of our Revered Ancestors

November 9 and 10, 2012, at the Oakland Center for Spiritual Living.
Friday and Saturday workshops with Luisah Teish and Ile Orunmila Oshun Elders, Saturday night Community Ritual.”

And because I don't want to exhaust myself, I'll end by referring you to this exhaustive list of spooky events in the Bay Area:

Have fun and revel in the spooky and the sacred during this, the height of the Pagan social season!  Just remember to look both ways before crossing the street, wear reflective tape on your Skeleton Ninja costume (unless you have a sufficiently shiny aura), and have a grown up Priestess check all your candy to make sure it's not possessed by evil spirits.  She may have to confiscate some of it - it's for your own good!

Honour the Ancestors!  Respect the Otherworld Deities!  And leave treats out for the Fey!

Molly, the Blue Horror of Dawn*

*Yes, it's a quote from Edward Gorey's The Unstrung Harp.  Anyone who recognized it gets a treat... let's see... how about some forced greengages?

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