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.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Samhain-ish Events for 2013

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!

Frankenstein re-broadcast from National Theatre Live
directed by Danny Boyle
starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller
various dates and locations; see website for detailed schedule
and ticket information

“National Theatre Live’s 2011 broadcast of Frankenstein returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatre's 50th anniversary celebrations.

Frankenstein enjoyed a sell-out run at the National Theatre, and went on to win awards including the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.

Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) directs a sensational production with Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness, BBC’s Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, CBS’s Elementary) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.”

Halloween on the Farm
September 1-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!

Shocktoberfest 14: Jack The Ripper
presented by the Thrillpeddlers
September 26-November 23, see website for detailed schedule
The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco

“Thrillpeddlers are pleased to announce our annual Halloween Extravaganza, Shocktoberfest 14: Jack the Ripper - An Evening of Horror, Madness, Spanking and Song commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Jack The Ripper Murders in London.

This 14th Annual Extravaganza of Terror and Titillation includes:

A Classic 1934 Grand Guignol Thriller: Jack the Ripper by Andre de Lorde and Pierre Chaine (Premiere English adaptation by Carl Grose)
The Wrong Ripper: a World-Premiere One-Act play by Rob Keefe
A Visit to Mrs. Birch and the Young Ladies of the Academy:
The opening scene from the Victorian Spanking drama, a Thrillpeddlers’ favorite also celebrating its 125th year
Salome by Scrumbly Koldewyn: a new musical spin on Oscar Wilde’s classic
…and a Lights-Out Spook-Show Finale.”

"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!

Arata Pumpkin Farm
October 1-31
see website for schedule, list of attractions and prices
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 1-31
G&M Farms, 487 E Airway Boulevard, Livermore
see website for detailed schedule and prices

“It twists, it turns, it dead-ends - it’s six green acres of good old-fashioned family fun!

It’s the G&M Farms Cornfield Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Livermore, the farm that is so fun it has been featured TWICE on the David Letterman Show! Bring the whole family - there’s harvest fun for all ages at G&M Farms, and it’s easy to find, right off I-580 at Isabel Avenue in Livermore.

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 and corn box. Weekends feature Pony Rides, Pedal Carts, and our new attraction The Barnyard Blasters! plus don’t forget to ride G&M Farms’ famous Cow Train!

G&M Farms Cornfield Maze and Pumpkin Patch was voted Best Seasonal Attraction in the East Bay by Diablo Magazine, and when you see it, you’ll believe it!”

most days, October 1-31, 1:30PM - see website for detailed schedule
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

“Get spooked by our compilation of classic Disney shorts.

Daily through October, except Tuesdays and October 19.”

Fright Nights at  the Winchester Mystery House
featuring Sarah Winchester Mystery Maze and Flashlight Tours
various dates, October 1-November 10
see website for schedule and ticket details
Winchester Mystery House, 525 South Winchester Boulevard, San Jose

“Sarah Winchester’s Mystery Maze

The Winchester Mystery House is happy to announce the opening of Sarah Winchester’s Mystery Maze! This half-acre straw sculpture, constructed with nearly 5,000 bales of straw, was designed by Chris Gounalakis, the creator of the famed Arata’s Pumpkin Farm strawmazes in Half Moon Bay. The Mystery Maze is a family-friendly, seasonal event. Join us for a fun-filled day of exploration!

Since her death, millions of people have visited her home and many report the sightings of ghosts. Was the house built solely as a monument to the dead or do the phantoms Sarah communed with in life, or perhaps Sarah herself, still lurk nightly in the maze-like corridors of the Winchester Mystery House?
The tradition of Sarah Winchester’s bizarre legacy continues...

Tickets for special events are available in advance online.
Special 65 minute Flashlight Tours of the Winchester Mansion are given every Friday the 13th and on select evenings in October. You'll tour the rambling, mysterious mansion at night with only the moonlight, a souvenir flashlight, and your imagination to provide illumination through the bewildering maze of rooms and stairways. But watch your back, Sarah could be waiting around any turn. This is one open house you’ll never forget.

With admission, also enjoy extra entertainment on the estate from awe-inspiring magicians, to balloon artists, to caricature illustrators! Entertainment varies per evening, all entertainment is included in the cost of your ticket - limited availability, first come, first served on items such as caricature art.

Buy your tickets early!
Due to the popularity of the Flashlight Tours, we highly recommend you purchase your tickets ahead of time. Friday the 13th tickets go on sale approximately 2-3 months in advance of the event. This event WILL sell out and when it does, tickets will not be available at Box Office on the night of the event.”

Shrouded Tales
presented by the Hayward Area Historical Society
various dates and location, October 3-19 - see website for detailed schedule
San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery, corner of Hesperian Boulevard and College Street, Hayward
Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Please call 510-581-2516 for reservations.

“Join the Undertaker throughout the month of October for fascinating tours of suspense, tragedy and death at three of our historic locations -San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery, Meek Mansion, and McConaghy House.

Learn about true tales of tragic ends, Victorian death traditions and superstitions all sprinkled with a touch of the paranormal.  Tours are site-specific.  Advance registration is required.”

Pirates of Emerson Haunted Adventure
various dates October 4-November 2
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
Fear Beneath the Pier
Hotel Hell
Bumpkin Patch

In addition to our 6 Haunted attractions, other events include:
Frightmare Slideshow
Bone Ball
Misfortune Teller
Emerson’s Oddities
Nightly Entertainment
...and more!”

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

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

“Little vampires, werewolves and zombies will have the times of their lives enjoying a safe, fun practice 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)

Witch's Rosette Class
Sunday, October 6, 11:00AM–5:00PM
Castle in the Air 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley
$95 includes materials

“Are you a good witch or a bad witch? You decide in this class for stylish and ghoulish witches alike. Toy will teach techniques for constructing the rosette using autumn-colored ribbons, then show you how to sew them together and secure them to fasteners. You’ll finish your rosette with medallions of Dresden trim, buttons, or charms of your choice from Toy’s supply or from those you’ve brought. Imagine a wee skull or little devil peeking out from beautiful silk ribbons. This craft technique can be applied to myriads of projects, from hats to vests to purses.

Feel free to bring ‘bits and pieces’ of ribbon.
Instructor: Toy Jalanugraha - Limit: 10 students”

Playland After Dark
Tuesday, October 8, 6:00-10:00PM
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito

“Playland After Dark had such a blast hosting our Grown-up Game Nights (last Thursday of every month) that we had to open up the Museum of Fun to adult-only-admission another evening. Join us for the second Tuesday each month - same time (6:00-10:00PM), same low price ($10 for all the FREE PLAY pinball, arcade and carnival games), same fun (board games with friends old and new).

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)

Rhythmix Zombie Bingo
Thursday, October 10, 6:30PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
$25 for 10 games

“Looking for a seriously spooky Halloween bash? Come get your ghoulish groove on with 10 rounds of performance art spectacle, unearthly entertainment and outrageous costumed revelry at Rhythmix Zombie Bingo. The haunting evening will feature eerie sounds and dancing debauchery from Mr. Entertainment and the Yay girls, plus devilish delights, fiendish drinks and zombie snacks will be available.

Only $25 for 10 games, and the chance to win valuable prizes, including the grand prize: $200 sponsored by Trans Pacific National Bank. A special prize will go out to the best dressed ghoul or monster! Ages 18 and up.

Imagine Rocky Horror meets Diana Ross, tumbling numbers and a full cast of outrageous characters for special effect.  

You've never played like this!”

The Exorcist
Thursday, October 10, 7:00PM
The Cerrito Theater, 10070 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito

“Novelist William Peter Blatty based his best-seller on the last known Catholic-sanctioned exorcism in the United States. Blatty transformed the little boy in the 1949 incident into a little girl named Regan, played by 14-year-old Linda Blair. Suddenly prone to fits and bizarre behavior, Regan proves quite a handful for her actress-mother, Chris MacNeil (played by Ellen Burstyn, although Blatty reportedly based the character on his next-door neighbor Shirley MacLaine). When Regan gets completely out of hand, Chris calls in young priest Father Karras (Jason Miller), who becomes convinced that the girl is possessed by the Devil and that they must call in an exorcist: namely, Father Merrin (Max von Sydow). His foe proves to be no run-of-the-mill demon, and both the priest and the girl suffer numerous horrors during their struggles.

The movie shows once only, on Thursday, October 10 at 7:00PM. Cerrito Classics are popular: it’s always a good idea to buy your tickets in advance, at the box office or online. Plan to arrive early, to select your seats and to order beer or wine and delicious, freshly-made food.”

The Art Beat: Day of the Dead Diorama Workshop
Friday, October 11, 6:30-8:30PM
and Friday, October 25, 6:30-8:30PM
The Art Beat, 68 E. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, 408-370-5002
$58 includes materials

“The Art Beat in Downtown Campbell presents a Day of the Dead Diorama Workshop for ages 16 and up. The 2-session workshop will be held October 11 and 25, 6:30-8:30PM.

Join us for this fun-filled workshop honoring those who have gone before us. Design your own nicho or create a playful scene incorporating this style of bright colors and skeletal figures. This two-part workshop allows you to design and build your figures out of clay in the first part and paint and assemble in the second part. We provide all the materials and gentle guidance to allow you to express yourself in this one-of-a-kind mixed media sculpture.“

Thirteen for Halloween
Friday, October 11, 7:00-9:00PM
Alexandra von Burg Studio, 2525 8th Street, #13C, Berkeley
Free admission

“Thirteen for Halloween is an annual group show that celebrates Craft, Textiles and above all The most hallowed of holidays, Halloween! Organized by Alexandra Von Burg and located at the new Textile Dream Studios on 7th Street in Berkeley, you are sure to find the coolest, creepiest and most awesome items that will never appear in the local Halloween superstore.”

Ghost Tours of Old Sacramento
Fridays and Saturdays, October 11-26
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.

“Our Old Sacramento Living History Program will once again present a series of the ever-popular Ghost Tours in October 2013. 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 victims and other colorful characters from Sacramento history's spookier side.”

Fall Fun at the Hollow
October 11-27, 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
Two inflatable Fun Houses
Kiddie Carnival area (October 10-27)
Special face painting
Fall fun crafts
Story Time at 11:30AM
Special animal meet and greets
Special entertainment at 1:00-3:00PM
The Halloween Spooktacular show by Liberty Dance Company (October 27th)”

Pumpkins in the Park
Saturday, October 12, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Guadalupe River Park / Discovery Meadow, 180 Woz Way, San Jose

"Pumpkins in the Park is a harvest fair for families with a strong environmental education component. It is designed to promote awareness of the Guadalupe River Park and celebrate the fall season. Pumpkins in the Park is held to raise funds and enlist supporters for Guadalupe River Park Conservancy. But, just as importantly, its purpose is to create awareness of the park and gardens and to bring families into the park for a day of learning and fun.
Giant Pumpkin Patch
Costume Swap with Children’s Discovery Museum
Costume Parade
Carnival Games
Kid-Sized Straw Bale Maze
Scarecrow Row
Fresh Apple Cider
Guadalupe River Education
Lots of Free Kid’s Activities
Children’s Concert
Donation Drawing
Scarecrow Making Contest”

Skeleton Shrine Class
Saturday, October 12, 10:30AM-4:30PM
Castle in the Air 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley
$115 includes materials

Traditional Mexican nichos are humble household altars, usually depicting religious figures. Ulla has used a miniature skeleton model, decorated with Dresden trim and found objects, to create a Day of the Dead version. The skeleton rests within a cigar box cabinet that looks like an antique armoire lined with faded wallpaper. As part of the class, you’ll learn how to create the waxed paper flowers that add a poignant touch of beauty to the skeleton’s final resting place.

Fee: $115, includes materials, but feel free to bring your own found objects and ephemera as well
Instructor: Ulla Milbrath  Limit: 10 students”

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich and Takes the Cake
a book signing with author Adam Rex
presented by Hicklebee’s Books
and Peninsula Youth Theatre
Saturday, October 12, 11:30AM and 1:30PM
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View

“Take all of your favorite classic movie monsters.  Throw in some silly situations and outrageous rhymes and you've got Adam Rex's brilliant poetry books Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich and Frankenstein Takes the Cake.  We've had our own ‘monster mash’ and put some of our favorite poems into a play that will be a perfect way for your family to get ready for Halloween.  And even better, you'll get to meet author/illustrator Adam Rex, who will be on hand at the Saturday shows to answer questions and sign books!”

Sugar Skulls Workshop
Saturday, October 12,
Session 1: 1:00-2:30PM
Session 2: 3:00-4:30PM
Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz
Space is limited, please register at the website below

“Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a workshop of festive fun here at the MAH! Create sugary sweet tokens with family and friends in remembrance of those who have passed. In this traditional Mexican Folk Art workshop, participants will have the opportunity to make and decorate sugar skulls to bring home or leave on display upon our community altar. Bring your friends and family to craft this traditional Mexican folk art that sweetly honors the lives of those who have deceased.”

Dia De Los Muertos: Art, Music, and Culture
Art Reception
Saturday, October 12, 6:00-10:00PM
Simply Smashing!, 241-B E. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, 408-379-1925

“Simply Smashing Boutique and DIVE Studios present Dia De Los Muertos: Art, Music, and Culture in Campbell, featuring 16 amazing artists, live music by Deborah Barba, refreshments by DIVE Studios, and desserts by Jeanette. All are welcome!

Featured artists: Michael Foley, Tulio Flores, Mike 3.5, Anthony Palomo, Christine Benjamin, Miguel Machuca, Jesse Cupp, Greg Carrillo, Carlos Rodriguez, John Cloud, Renee Berglund, Matt Lopez, Bob 81, Carlos Villez, Claudia Lepulu, and Maggie So.

The reception will take place October 12, 6:00-10:00PM; the art show will run through November 15.  For more information, please phone Simply Smashing at 408-379-1925.”

Tolay Fall Festival
Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13 and October 19-20,  11:00AM-5:00PM
Tolay Lake Regional Park, 5869 Cannon Lane, Petaluma
Adults $4, Children 12 and under $1, parking $7 per car

“The 2013 Tolay Fall Festival offers two weekends of seasonal family fun at beautiful Tolay Lake Regional Park east of Petaluma. The Fall Festival runs October 12-13 and October 19-20. Take a hay ride to a giant pumpkin patch and pick out the perfect pumpkins. Explore the spooky ‘creatures’ barn full of live snakes, spiders, birds of prey, and tide pool animals. Find your way through a straw maze. Meet farm animals and visit a replica of a Native American village. Try farm crafts like candle making and wool carding. Enter a pumpkin seed spitting contest and old-time sack races. Enjoy local foods.”

Candle Lighters' Ghost House
October 12- 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!

Halloween Concert with Octopretzel
Sunday, October 13, 3:00PM
Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley
Adults $6, Children $4

“We are five Bay Area musicians who all have extensive experience working with children.  Four of us have kids of our own, and all of us are educators in an array of environments including schools, after school programs, private lessons, and group music classes.  What we teach ranges from instrument instruction to children’s theater, from puppet making to pre-natal bellydance, from drum classes to Jewish education, and more!  We have been together since 2007, and have played extensively around the Bay Area.   Our intention with Octopretzel is to create music that is truly enjoyable for families… not just kids.  

Our music, comprised of original songs as well as tried and true traditional favorites, is whimsical and fun, and has an underlying sensitivity for nature, feelings and story.   Best described as folk music, it crosses generations and genres, weaving together styles such as bluegrass, rock and roll, lullabies and even nursery rhymes.  Our shows integrate elements of many cultures such as African drumming, klezmer fiddling, middle-eastern percussion and singing styles, and songs with words in Spanish, Hebrew and even Quechua.  We perform regularly for Jewish organizations, events, and holidays, and have also done shows comprised entirely of Christmas carols.  Our priority is to make our music accessible to all of our listeners.”

An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe
part of Butterfield 8’s Third Thursday series
Thursday, October 17, 8:00PM
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord
Free, donations graciously accepted

“On the third Thursday of every month (other events permitting), Cue Productions Live plays host to a reading of selected short stories. Join us as we explore some great writing in an informal setting. This event is open to the public on a pay-what-you-can basis.

October 17: Edgar Allan Poe”

All Hallows Fantasy Faire
Friday-Sunday, October 18-20,
Friday 7:00PM-Midnight, Saturday 12:00AM-11:00PM, Sunday 12:00AM-6:00PM
Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora
Adults $15, Children 6-12 $5, Under 6 Free
$12 adult tickets and $30 Three-Day passes available in advance online

“The Original 5th Annual All Hallows Fantasy Faire is a two-day, all-inclusive costume play event! Keeping the All Hallows tradition this year, the dead will be celebrated like never before! Starting off with our Kick Off Party Zombie Bash!! Friday 18, 7:00PM-Midnight. Hundreds of visiting creatures and characters from your favorite fairy tales and Hollywood movies will come to life over this fun-filled family weekend! The faire offers many exciting venues to hear live music, enjoy themed food and drink, buy unique items, and marvel at jugglers and magicians. Wear your new or old costume and get into the fun and thrills of the faire!”

Halloween Train
at the Ardenwood Railroad Museum
Fridays-Sundays, October 18-27, 7:00-9:00PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
$6, Children 3-12 $4

“Climb aboard the narrow gauge railroad for a frightfully fun ride through the dark forests of Ardenwood Historic Farm.  The entire family will enjoy the ghoulishly grand ride to nowhere and back on the haunted rails of the Ghost Train.”

Haunted Depot
Saturdays-Sundays, October 18-27 and Thursday, October 31
see website for detailed schedule
The Historic Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, 90 First Street, Benicia,
Adults $6; Children under 6, $4.
With donation of canned good: Adults $3; Children under 6, $2.

“The normally mild-mannered Southern Pacific Railroad Depot has been mysteriously transformed into a frightful depository of ghosts, goblins and spirits daring you and your family to pay a visit.”

Mask Making Class
Saturday, October 19, 10:00AM-4:30PM
Castle in the Air 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley
$120 includes materials

“NEARLY FULL Call for availability - 510-204-9801
Transform yourself into the character of your dreams as you create a unique mask from luscious brocade and silk fabrics. Ulla will show you how to stiffen the fabric and layer it, and will provide an intoxicating selection of trims, feathers, glitz, and beads for you to work with as you decorate your mask. Become a swan, a deer, a rabbit, a horned owl on the hunt, a red devil, or an icy Jack Frost. You can even make a Marie Antoinette mask with stacked blond curls and a ship on top! Ulla has over 20 different designs to choose from. Each mask has hidden wires for easy manipulation and play.

Fee: $120; includes materials
Instructor: Ulla Milbrath - Limit: 8 students”

CAYA Sprouts at Pastorino Farms
Saturday, October 19, 12:00-3:00PM
Pastorino Farms, 2391 San Mateo Road (Hwy 92), Half Moon Bay
Free admission

“Come As You Are To......

Join CAYA Sprouts for a fun filled afternoon at Pastorino Farms in Half Moon Bay as we celebrate the bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a trip to the pumpkin patch. Pastorino Farms offers hay rides, train rides, ponies, a pet and feed the animals zoo, giant slides and jumpers. In addition, on the weekends they also offer a haunted house and face painting. And, of course, a field of pumpkins from which to pick!

CAYA Sprouts Family Outings are meant as fun activities that can be enjoyed together. Our gatherings center around a few hours of coordination by a member of our clergy, but you are always welcome to (mindfully) enjoy the day however and for however long you see fit.

EVENT TIME: 12:00-3:00PM. CAYA Sprouts will meet at at 12 noon at 2391 San Mateo Road (Hwy 92) Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 in the front entrance parking lot.

If you'd like to join us but need a ride, be sure to ring out and see if anyone may have room, but please be mindful not to take such sharing for granted. Helping with gas and willingness to meet at BART make it easier for all.

TICKET PRICES: Admission to the farm is free on the weekends for everyone. The assortment of rides and petting zoo cost tickets. Ticket costs $1 each. Ticket prices for rides and attractions include:
6 tickets = Pony Ride
3 tickets = Train Ride or Petting Zoo
2 tickets = Jumper House or Slide or Hay Ride

Pumpkins range from $1-$12 depending on size.


ADDRESS: 2391 San Mateo Road (Hwy 92) Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

GO TO THIS LINK FOR DIRECTIONS: http://tinyurl.com/pxfsfzj

WHAT TO BRING: Bring sturdy walking shoes, dress in layers, sunscreen, and water. This is an outdoor event in an area that flux between warm and cold. Please plan accordingly.

FYI - BONUS EVENT OF THE DAY: Perhaps you are looking for more of an extended smashing good time.

Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival
Celebrate the Great Gourd
October 19
The World Pumpkin Capital celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a spectacular lineup including a special display of weigh-off champion pumpkins, three stages of smashing entertainment, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling Haunted House, harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods, expert pumpkin carvers, photos with the grand champion gourd, pie-eating and costume contests, The Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, festival-label wine and Mavericks Pumpkin Harvest Ale.”

The Monster Squad 25th Anniversary screening
Saturday, October 19, 1:00PM
The Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco

“It’s the 25th Anniversary of The Monster Squad, the film that taught us that, yes, the wolfman’s got nards! Dracula has returned and is trying to take over the world with the help of a bevy of cinema’s greatest creatures. It’s up to a ragtag team of kids with serious monster knowledge to defeat them! Co-written by Shane Black (Iron Man 3) and director Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps), it’s a super fun homage to the B-movies of yesterday. After the screening, the squad assembles with director Fred Dekker to chat and take your questions, including leader Sean (Andre Gower), cool kid Rudy (Ryan Lambert) and ‘lil sis Phoebe (Ashley Banks).”

Lighten Up About Death: A Playful and Mindful Opportunity to Dance with Death
with Annie Goglia and Amos Lans
presented by LifeFire Workshops and Coaching
Saturday, October 19, 1:30-5:00 PM
InterPlayce, 2273 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
Early Bird Registration - Pay by October 14, 2013: $45-$75
Starting October 15, 2013: $55-$85
For more information or to register, please contact Annie Goglia at 510-282-1279

“Join us for this workshop where we will explore our own and other's deaths with a sense of compassion, adventure and humor!

We will learn useful tools to help gain perspective about death through:
Laughter Yoga
Deep breathing/meditation  
InterPlay/self-healing movement
And more!

Come have fun, connect with other good people, and leave with useful tools to face the issues around death and dying with humor, courage and perspective.

Accessible space, all levels of mobility welcome.”

Zombie Brew Crawl!
Saturday, October 19, 2:30-5:30PM
Downtown Martinez
$25 in advance, $35 on the day

“The undead are coming to Downtown Martinez and they are thirsty for craft beer!

The 2nd annual Zombie Beer Crawl on the streets of Martinez and everyone is encouraged to join the crowd. Zombies will be walking around the downtown corridor of Martinez, sampling beers from over 25 great craft breweries stationed at various small businesses along Main Street.   

Zombie costumes are optional, however there will be prizes awarded for the best individual costume as well as the best group costume.  After the Beer Crawl, visit one of the downtown restaurants for dinner!

Free Shuttles to and from the North Concord BART station will be available.”

Gaskell Halloween Ball
Saturday, October 19, 7:30PM-Midnight
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.

Now is the time for cosplay, historical costumes, future costumes, steampunk, and an array of other costumes.

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.
Admission may be refused for those inappropriately dressed.

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

Witches and Wizards Weekend at Playland
Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20, 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)

Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival
Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20, 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, smashing entertainment with three stages of stellar live music, the Great Pumpkin Parade with six-time Gold Glove winner and all-time San Francisco Giants fan favorite J.T. Snow as Grand Marshal, 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, Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands, the Comcast Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, ultra-thrilling zip-line and bungee jump, tasty wines and microbrews, pumpkin-infused ales and margaritas, and the Sunday-only ‘Made on the Coast’ local artists’ block with music, authors, book signings and a haiku contest. Festival admission is free. Pets are not allowed.”

Goblin Jamboree
Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20, 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.”

Buried In The Body
Ragged Wing Ensemble’s Fourth Annual Fall Festival
October 19-November 2
various dates, times, and locations, see website for detailed schedule

“Ragged Wing Ensemble presents
Buried In The Body
Written by Anthony Clarvoe
Directed by Adam L. Sussman

Our 4th annual fall festival show featuring an original play and immersive installations

Do you hear that? Do you feel that? All in the same park and all at the same time a former couple has come to spread the ashes of a dead parent; a woman busks for spare change while her baby sleeps in a stroller; spirits in borrowed bodies try to remember their past lives over a picnic of leftovers. Yet nothing is as it seems to be: songs appear from mysterious places, memories come and fade away again, and relationships between those in the park grow both more familiar and much much stranger. Just remember, everything always happens at once. Ragged Wing Ensemble is proud to present this world premiere play by award-winning writer Anthony Clarvoe, followed immediately by a series of interactive installations for the audience to experience and participate in.”

Mask Making Class
Sunday, October 20, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Castle in the Air 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley
$195 includes materials

“Ichabod Crane, the unlikely hero of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, would certainly feel braver on his moonless walks through the forest if he wore one of these glowing paper pumpkin hats. And think how magical your autumn will be with them arranged as a centerpiece on your harvest table. You’ll learn to create gourd shapes from imported gradated crepe, then light them from within with an LED ‘candle.’ Stretch, pull, and ‘wodge’ the moldable paper into shapes you desire, then decorate with Dresden trim, spun-cotton mushrooms, and whatever strikes your fancy. John has taught basic party hat classes, but this one has always been a favorite. Take away three or four hats and gourds for your autumn decor.

Fee: $95; includes all materials
Instructor: John B. McRae - Limit: 8 students”

Dia de los Muertos Community Ofrenda
October 22-November 3, 8:00AM-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 and 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.”

History Mystery Tour
aboard the USS Hornet
Thursday, October 24 and Thursday, 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.”

RiffTrax Live!
riffing Night of the Living Dead
Thursday, October 24, 8:00PM
various Bay Area theaters, see website for details

“The stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 are back in select cinemas nationwide on Thursday, October 24 for only one night in a hilarious never-before-seen take on the zombie movie that started it all: Night of the Living Dead.

Join Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett of RiffTrax.com on Thursday, October 24 LIVE at 8:00PM ET/7:00PM CT and taped-delayed to 7:00PM MT/8:00PM PT for a hilarious riff on this masterpiece of flesh-eating mayhem! This one-night event will be your only chance to see the guys fire their wisecracking commentary at Night of the Living Dead on the big screen.

Don’t miss this one night comedy event!”

Pumpkin Carving for Teens
Friday, October 25, 4:00-5:30PM
Campbell Library, 77 Harrison Avenue, Campbell, 408-866-1991
Ages 13-18, sign up at the children's information desk

“We'll have pumpkins, carving supplies, and candy ready for teens ages 13 to 18 who sign up for this event at the children's information desk. One carving will win a $10 gift card.”

Annual Spooky Night at Campbell Historical Museum
Friday, October 25, 2:00-6:00PM
Campbell Historical Museum, 51 N Central Avenue, Campbell, 408-866-2119

“Calling all ghosts and goblins!  Don't miss the 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.”

Gamble Mansion Haunted House
Saturday, October 25, 6:30-8:00PM
Gamble Mansion at Elizabeth Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto
$15, reservations required

“Wear your costumes and join us on the Carriage House Patio for crafts and nibbles, then ‘parade’ into the Carriage House at 7:15PM for the Puppet Show…The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. This 30 minute show is suitable for all ages.

Based on the music of the famous classical piece by Paul Dukas, the Puppet Company brings the magic, mystery, and music of this enchanting tale. Harold wishes to become the apprentice of the local Sorcerer. He wants to learn the ancient arts so that he too can become famous.

Best enjoyed by children 4-10 years old, accompanied by an adult.”

Women’s Spiral Dance
Honoring the Ancestors and the Crones
with Daughters of the Goddess
Friday, October 25, 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

“Craftswomen, 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

Samhain Concert with Four Shillings Short

Friday, October 25, 8:00-9:30PM
Julie’s Tea and Coffee Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
suggested donation $10

Saturday, November 2, 8:00-10:00PM
Mighty Fine Guitars, 85 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette, 925-268-8226
suggested donation $15-$20

“Celebrating the Celtic New Year with music, stories and poetry

Four Shillings Short have a repertoire of music that ranges from the Celtic lands to the Americas and from Medieval and Renaissance Europe to India. They are performers and educators who perform on a fantastic array of instruments (over 30) including Hammered Dulcimer, Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, Tinwhistles, Recorders, Medieval and Renaissance Woodwinds, North Indian Sitar, Charango, Bowed Psaltery, Banjo, Bodhran, Guitar, Percussion, vocals and even a Krumhorn. Celebrating their 18th year together, the husband/wife duo, of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California, tour in the US and perform at Celtic and Folk festivals, theatres and performing arts centers, coffeehouses, folk societies, libraries, schools, yoga and retreat centers, historical societies and churches.”

Halloween at Rengstorff House
The Rengstorff House, 3070 N. Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View
for more information, call 650-903-6392 or e-mail friends@r-house.org

A Family Celebration
Friday- Saturday, October 25-26, 12:00-4:00PM
“This will be a Halloween celebration for the whole family, even the littlest trick-or-treater. The Rengstorff House will have been transformed into a haunted mansion, made child friendly, for the afternoon.

Come in costume and take part in the Costume Parade, at 2:00PM.
Enjoy autumn inspired crafts and games. Light refreshments will be served.”

Where History Meets Haunting - Tours
Friday- Saturday, October 25-26, 7:30-10:00PM
Tours leave every 20 minutes
$10 in advance

“Come join us for a night of history and haunting at the historic Rengstorff House. For two nights only, the Friends of Rengstorff House will transform the House into a haunted mansion. As in previous years a group of talented and educated living historians will guide your tour through the house and the garden while imparting their knowledge of Victorian oddities to those brave enough to find themselves wandering the halls alongside a resident ghost.”

Voices from the Past:
Paranormal Investigations at Meek Mansion and McConaghy House
Friday-Saturday, October 25-26, 6:30PM-3:30AM
Meek Mansion, 17365 Boston Road, Hayward
and 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

“Each night includes a house tour, a presentation of previous findings by the American Paranormal Research Association and the chance to investigate for yourself.  Refreshments and snacks will be included both nights.  Dinner is provided on Friday night.”

Halloween Costume Contest and Sidewalk Stroll
Saturday, October 26, 10:00AM
City Park, 1st St and Military W, Benicia

“Benicia Main Street offers a great time for kids of all ages during the popular Halloween costume contest and sidewalk stroll. The local merchants on First Street get into the spirit of the holiday for all to shop and enjoy. At noon there will be a Canine and Critter Costume Contest on the First Street Green with awards and treats.”

Voodoo Pincushion
Saturday, October 26, 10:30AM-4:30PM
Castle in the Air 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley
$110 includes materials

“Ulla invokes the spirit of New Orleans’ voodoo legend Marie Leveau in this new spin on her popular pincushion class. Whether you plan to tickle a lover or tame a rival (all in good fun, of course), this voodoo doll will be a keepsake worthy of a sacred place in your home. Working from several examples, Ulla has created a pattern and collected special materials and embellishments for you to make your very own doll.

Fee: $110; includes materials. Bring fabric scissors, and feel free to bring favorite scraps of fabric, lace, trim, sequins, and other ephemera to use.
Instructor: Ulla Milbrath - Limit: 10 students”

Halloween at Howarth Park
Saturday, October 26,
11:30AM-1:00PM or 1:30-3:00PM
Howarth Park, 630 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa
$6 Pass: includes trick-or-treating, train and carousel ride.
$10 Pass: includes same as above plus pony ride and ice cream treat

Join us for the 8th annual Halloween at Howarth! Dress in your best costume and come trick-or-treat throughout one of Santa Rosa's most popular parks! Plus, hop on Howarth Park's train and carousel with your costumed friends and catch a pony ride too!

All tickets to the event MUST be purchased in advance at Finley Community Center beginning Monday, October 7th. It is highly anticipated that this event will sell out - so don't delay on purchasing your ticket!

Children ages 12 and under will trick-or-treat through the park at treat stations hosted by local Santa Rosa businesses and organizations and can then enjoy Howarth Park's many other attractions. The event is held rain or shine!

$6 Pass: includes trick-or-treating, train and carousel ride.
$10 Pass: includes same as above plus pony ride and ice cream treat
Passes include one adult rider to accompany child on the train and carousel. Additional adult riders will need to purchase a ticket ($2) per ride.

How to Purchase Event Passes
Event passes must be purchased in advance of the event at Finley Community Center (2060 West College Avenue) beginning Monday, October 7. It is highly anticipated that this event will sell out, so don't delay on securing your pass!

Additional Questions
Email howarthpark@srcity.org or call 707-0543-3737.”

Evergreen Cemetery Tour: Spooky Tales
Saturday, October 26, 1:00-2:00PM
Evergreen Cemetery, Evergreen Street near Harvey West Park, Santa Cruz
Free, donations welcome

“Break out your costume a little early and get into the Halloween spirit at this festively fall Evergreen event! Journey through the grounds with friends and family on a spooktacular scavenger hunt. Listen to spooky stories told by Evergreen docents and the Santa Cruz Ghost Hunters as you make tombstone rubbings to remember some of the most buried stories of Santa Cruz. More scary stories can be read in a ghostly hearse hosting a haunted book nook. Psychic readings will also be made available by Harvey Althaus.

Be sure to wear your costume!”

Pumpkins on Pikes
Saturday, October 26, 2:00-10:00PM
Tara Firma Farms, 3796 I St, Petaluma, 707-765-1202

“Pumpkins on Pikes is one of those very special events where magic is created and experienced by all who attend.

The festivities start in the afternoon with great food, music and pumpkin carving. Everyone will get the chance to display their Jack-O-Lantern on a pike in the corn field. When the sun goes down the pumpkins are lit. It is a truly heart warming feeling looking over the glowing corn field to see the individual creations of all who attended.

FREE pumpkin included with admission.

$10 BBQ plate will be available for dinner.

Bring your favorite plate of food if you would like to take part in the potluck.

Special carving tools
Blanket (if staying after dark)
Favorite plate of food (If participating in potluck)”

Reclaiming's Spiral Dance
A ritual to honor our beloved dead and dance the spiral of rebirth
Saturday, October 26, 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)
see website for admission details

“2013 Intention: With our ancestors, we weave the web of connection to protect and regenerate Life's resilience!

A ritual to honor our beloved dead and dance the spiral of rebirth
The holiday popularly known as Halloween is the time of year known to witches as Samhain, when the veil is thin between the worlds of the living and the dead. We gather to remember and honor our ancestors, our Beloved Dead, and all those who have crossed over. As we mourn for those we love who have died this year, we also mourn the losses and pain suffered by the Earth, our Mother. Yet even as we grieve we also remember and honor the sacred cycle of life, death, rebirth and regeneration, celebrating the births of our children born this year, and our own vital connections to the Earth and each other, in which we ground our hope.

The first Spiral Dance ritual was held in 1979 to celebrate the publication of Starhawk’s book, The Spiral Dance (Harper and Row) Starhawk, a founding member of the Reclaiming Collective, wrote the original script which remains the heart of the ritual, though it has been altered and embellished over the years by her and many other people. Traditionally, the Spiral Dance calls upon the energy and talents of musicians, artists, poets, dancers, craftspeople, singers, technicians, priests and priestesses from the Reclaiming Community and beyond, and we are grateful to everyone who helps to create this magical experience we all share.

This is a participatory ritual and pageant which has become a central event in the Wheel of the Year for many in the Reclaiming Community and beyond. Over 1,200 people join in this observance of the Witches’ New year, and the event raises funds which support the work of Reclaiming throughout the year.

When we dance the Spiral, young and old together, we remember and honor our own past at that same time that we renew our vision and embrace the future. Let it begin now!

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:

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.“

South Bay Circles Samhain
Saturday, October 26, 7:00PM
Fireside Room, Palo Alto Unitarian-Universalist Church, 505 E Charleston Road, Palo Alto
$5-$10 suggested donation

“I am happy to announce that this year's Samhain ritual will be taking place on Saturday October 26 at the Palo Alto Unitarian Universalist Church. Gather time is 7:00PM with a ritual start time of 7:30PM. Please bring a dish to pass and a donation of $5-$10 per person to help cover room costs (f$15-$20 dollars per family).
Bring: Something substantial to share for the potluck, a beverage for yourself, a donation to help cover the costs of the room.”


Bal-ow-een Spooktacular at the Bal Theatre
Saturday October 26, 7:00PM
The Historic Bal Theatre, 14808 East 14th Street, San Leandro

“Bal-o-ween Spooktacular

Double Creature Feature of Films:
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
and the cult classic Tales From The Crypt Demon Knight.

Come in Costume and enter to win our Costume Contest, Raffle of Prizes and so much more.

This year we're not just celebrating Halloween, we're celebrating Bal-ow-een!”

Boo at the Zoo
Saturday-Sunday, October 26-27, 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 26-27, 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 26-27, 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.

Please Note: On Sunday, October 27, Playland-Not-at-the-Beach will host a large party until 2:00PM. If required by city capacity constraints, admissions may be restricted until 2:00PM. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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)

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Spooktacular
Sunday, October 27, 10:00AM-2:00PM
along Main Street,  Martinez

“We’re teaming up with local businesses to provide a safe place for you to enjoy Halloween festivities. Instead of walking house to house, visit creatively themed and decorated car trunks and shops lining downtown Martinez to collect candy and treats.

The Trunk-or-Treat and Store-to-Store event will happen on a Sunday in conjunction with the Farmer’s Market. The Market will be on the 600 and 700 blocks of Main Street and the 500, 800, and 900 blocks will be filled with Trunk-or-Treat cars.”

Community Celebration for the Days of the Dead
Sunday, October 27, 12:00-4:30PM
Museum Gardens, Oak Street Plaza, Gallery of California Art
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

“OMCA comes alive for the 19th annual Community Celebration for the Days of the Dead on Sunday, October 27, 2013. Craft activities, tasty food, dance and music groups, colorful ofrendas, and ceremonia bring the community together for this healing tradition. Visitors can watch demonstrations of traditional Mesoamerican arts and cooking, buy Days of the Dead merchandise by local artisans from OMCA's mercado, and visit the special exhibition, The Tree of Life and Death: Días de los Muertos 2013, on view in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences, all with their Museum Admission.

The Tree of Life and Death: Dias de los Muertos 2013
October 9 - December 8

The Mesoamerican tradition of Dias de los Muertos, celebrated between October 31 and November 2, is associated with iconic elements - sugar skulls, marigolds, colorful ofrendas - arranged or created to honor deceased loved ones. This fall, OMCA presents its 19th annual Dias de los Muertos exhibition, The Tree of Life and Death: Dias de los Muertos 2013. Housed in the transformed Gallery of California Natural Sciences, installations by guest artists will fuse the themes of life, death, and mourning with ecology, focusing on topics including indigenous knowledge, empathy, habitat and species loss, and accountability for preventing such losses through conservation and action. The Tree of Life and Death: Dias de los Muertos 2013 is on view October 9 through December 8, 2013.

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.”

Liturgy of the Lady to Hecate
with Fellowship of the Spiral Path
Sunday, October 27, 5:00-7:00PM  
BFUU Main Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Donations gratefully accepted

“The Liturgy of the Lady is an open celebration of the Goddess in Her many forms. She is the Maiden of youth, the Mother of culture, the Crone of wisdom, and She is mirrored in all life, death and rebirth. We honor Her with reverent and joyful singing, ritual activities, and opportunities to learn. Now in our fourth decade of offering this sacred service, we invite you to join us.

The Greek Goddess Hecate is Goddess of magic, night, the moon, and dogs. She stands at the crossroads holding two torches and protects those crossing between realms. She is there on the journey to birth or death. The traditional witch seen at this time of year is one of the images of Her.

Objects may be charged on the altar during the rite. Wheel-chair accessible (let us know if you need someone to hold the door for you.) Family and child-friendly. Incense will be used in this ritual, unless requested in advance.”

Dia de los Muertos Berkeley
Tuesday, October 29, 5:00-9:00PM
1400 block of Shattuck Avenue, North Berkeley

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

Aztec Dancers - Fire Dancers - Day Of The Dead Window Displays - Diy Art Projects - Free Face Painting - Food Trucks - Beer and Wine Garden - Art and Craft Booths

Celebrate and remember those who have passed on at a time of year when the veil between the living and dead is thought to be at its most diaphanous. At the fifth annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration, gather on Shattuck Avenue between Rose and Vine Streets in Berkeley on Tuesday, October 29, 5:00-9:00PM. Food trucks, a wine and beer garden, free skeletal face painting, and DIY art projects for kids and adults, musicians and fire dancers enliven the night. Costumes and papier mache giant heads are encouraged.

Help create an altar, or ofrenda, by bringing photos or stories of loved ones, candles, breads, or flowers to add to the altar. Cuatli Mitotiana Mexica Aztec dancers will bless the altar with drums and dancing then lead a sidewalk candle light procession through the district for about an hour following along a path of strewn marigold petals. Several other ofrendas will be created by local artists and will be installed in front of several businesses in the district.”

Gone But Not Forgotten: Honoring the Beloved Dead Ritual
with Sarah Astarte
Wednesday, October 30, 5:00PM
Sofia University, 1069 East Meadow Circle, Palo Alto

“This is the time to remember and revere those people who have passed before us. This is a safe space to allow our grief to emerge and let it go. The ritual includes building an altar, and saying the names of our beloved dead, and offering prayers and blessings. It is open to public and is free.”

accompanied live by the San Francisco Symphony
Wednesday, October 30, 8:00PM
Davies Symphony Hall, Van Ness Avenue between Grove and Hayes, San Francisco
see website for ticket prices

“Lights! Camera! Join the San Francisco Symphony, with one of the most iconic film scores ever created. The partnership between filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and composer Bernard Herrmann resulted in some of cinema’s greatest musical moments - none more memorable than the famous shower scene in Psycho. Hitchcock himself acknowledged, ‘33% of the effect of Psycho was due to the music.’ Join the SFS and conductor Joshua Gersen for a chilling night at the movies, as the orchestra accompanies this classic thriller live.

Meet Tere Carrubba, Alfred Hitchcock’s granddaughter at a memorabilia and book signing in the Symphony Store following the concert.

Drink Special
In a week featuring the cinematic masterpieces of iconic filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, take a pre-concert breather or relax at intermission with a cocktail at the main lobby bar. Enjoy The Voyeur, a sparkling cocktail accented with VSOP cognac and a hint of Grand Marnier, specially crafted to honor Mr. Hitchcock's spine-tingling work. Order your specialty drink at the main bar, or call (415) 252-1937 to pre-order.

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?


The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
accompanied live by Todd Wilson on the theatre pipe organ!
Thursday, October 31, 7:30PM
Davies Symphony Hall, Van Ness Avenue between Grove and Hayes, San Francisco
see website for ticket prices

“Celebrate Halloween night with Hitchcock’s early silent film The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog. The Todd Wilson accompanies this little-known thriller in fittingly ghoulish tones for Halloween night, live with organ soloist. Ominous camera angles and lighting make for a perfectly creepy Halloween.

Drink Special
In a week featuring the cinematic masterpieces of iconic filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, take a pre-concert breather or relax at intermission with a cocktail at the main lobby bar. Enjoy The Voyeur, a sparkling cocktail accented with VSOP cognac and a hint of Grand Marnier, specially crafted to honor Mr. Hitchcock's spine-tingling work. Order your specialty drink at the main bar, or call (415) 252-1937 to pre-order.”

Hallowe’en Sing-a-Long Memorial Benefit
with San Francisco Renaissance Voices
Thursday, October 31, 7:30PM
Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco
Free, donations gratefully accepted

“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 Hallowe’en for an All Saints/All Souls Sing-a-Long of Faure's Requiem interposed with readings of remembrance for the dead.   San Francisco Renaissance Voice’s Assistant Music Director, Katherine McKee conducts.  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 this moving and uplifting event that benefits San Francisco Renaissance Voices and the music programs at Seventh Avenue.”

Print your own copy of the score here:

Dia de los Muertos Community Festival
part of the Free First Fridays series at Museum of Art and History
Friday, November 1, 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 this FREE evening of festive fun at the MAH from 4:00-9:00PM!

Bring your friends and family to create traditional Mexican crafts such as  papeles picados (paper banner), tissue paper flowers and calaveras (skull) masks. Enjoy colorful dance performances, music by ZunZun and face painting. Bring a photograph or memento to place on the community ofrendas and share memories of loved ones while eating a delicious Mexican dinner in our courtyard.”

North Oakland Day of the Dead
Friday, November 1, 4:00PM until dark
Dover Street Park, 5707 Dover Street, Oakland

“Procession, Altar Building and Candlelight Dinner
4:00PM Altar Building, 5:00PM Processions, 6:00PM Dinner

Rain or Shine - if it is raining put on your galoshes, get out your umbrella and laminate your photos - come down to the park and have tamales and hot chocolate on us!”

Witches Ball and Samhain Celebration
presented by the Sonoma County Pagan Network
Friday, November 1, 7:00PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa
$5-$10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Ceremony and Ritual

Dinner With The Dead
Samhain is not only a time to honor our dead, but we also mark the New Year and celebrate our abundant harvest. Let's enjoy a bountiful meal together in the midst of our dearly departed. Why not make one of Nonna's favorite recipes? We ask that you bring a potluck dish to share that serves 4-6 people and/or a non-alcoholic brew. Please bring your own place setting. There will be hot water available for tea.

Hat Contest
Once again this year we will be holding a contest for the best Witch's or Wizard's hat. Whether it's something you make yourself or purchase and embellish; bring it, wear it, have it judged and maybe win a prize.

Carved Pumpkin Contest
Do you have a talent for carving pumpkins? Be creative and bring your already carved creation to show it off. Maybe even win a prize.”

Barry and Maya Spector's Day of the Dead Ritual
Saturday, November 2, 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."

Fruitvale Dia de los Muertos
Saturday, November 2, 10:00AM-5:00PM
along East 12th Street between 33rd Avenue and 37th Avenue
and in Fruitvale Village

“Join us as we celebrate our 18th year of  Día de los Muertos, put on each year by The Unity Council in partnership with our many fantastic sponsors.

Professional and aspiring artists, families and community groups come together to create the altars that are the heart and soul of the event! The altars will be featured at 12th Street and Avenida De La Fuente. We invite you to be a part of the celebration! As a student, artists or community member, you may have a special someone or group of people or cause that you would like to commemorate in this traditional festival with an altar. More than 20 altars will be created on the day of the event.”

Feast of the Mighty
hosted by Coru Cathubodua - A Morrigan Priesthood
Saturday, November 2, 6:00-11:00PM
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar, Berkeley
see below for ticket details


Get your tickets now for FEAST OF THE MIGHTY!

Celebrate Samhain with a CELEBRATORY WAKE. Let ritual reintroduce you to the POWER OF THE DEAD. Nosh on a CELTIC-STYLE FEAST AND ANCESTRAL POTLUCK.* Dance again with your Beloved and Mighty Dead. LEARN TO CEILIDH DANCE to the tune of a proper Irish fiddle. Remember the THRILL OF BEING ALIVE. Seating is limited. Don't delay: last year we sold out early!

*Our ancestral foods tell the stories of how our Ancestors lived. We honor them when we eat them. We build community when we share them and the stories behind them. These foods and stories transcend individual families. We are all made kin through the bonds of hospitality and the sharing of food. We urge you to share your ancestor's favorite dishes with the community in their honor.

Doors open - 6:00PM
Doors close - 6:45PM
Ritual start  - 7:00PM

MENU DETAILS Appetizer: Oat cakes with fresh apples and honey Main Course: Celtic pork and apple stew with fresh barley bread **All tickets include a complimentary glass of ale or cider. Non-alcoholic cider will be available for purchase. Additional ale is available for a suggested donation of $5. Menu is subject to change based on ingredient availability. Check Facebook event page for menu updates.

WHAT YOU BRING Ancestor Dishes - Bring a favorite ancestor dish and story for our communal share.

Ancestor mementos - Bring your favorite mementos to place upon our ancestor shrine, heartfelt stories for sharing, and boasts of their epic conquests (or epic oops).

Monies raised go to helping Coru Cathubodua, a Morrigan-focused priesthood, get its non-profit status.”

Community Seed Samhain
Saturday, November 2, gather at 6:00PM, ritual at 7:00PM
Masonic Temple, 828 North Branciforte Avenue, Santa Cruz
Suggested donation $7-$15, no one turned away for lack of funds
for more information call 831-469-0336 or e-mail info@communityseed.org

“Experience the peace and redemption of Sacrifice, as we relinquish what no longer serves us to the Lord who will take our burdens to rest in the underworld. Come and find what beauty is revealed with the release of our sorrows. What do you need to Release?”

PEERs presents
Le Bal des Vampires
Saturday, November 2, 6:30PM-Midnight
Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda
Tickets must be purchased in advance - see website for details
$25 before October 13, $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 20th 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.  For costume tips, you may want to visit the PEERS photograph gallery for the 2011 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 at the Nightfall Club for a wonderfully varied repertoire of dark music to stir the blood and spirit from 6:30PM-Midnight.  Hosted by our principal DJ Dark Moon and guest DJ Persephone, Nightfall also features a no-host (cash) bar and light refreshments for our mortal guests. This year the Nightfall Club will have its own building - the vintage 1922 Elks' gymnasium, located about 40 yards from the Lodge Mansion itself. Ball guests may wander to and fro between buildings as they please.

Our half-time show in the ballroom is a performance by the celebrated Theater of the Vampires. Not recommended for the faint of heart or for those who take the genre too seriously! .   

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

Our 20th Le Bal des Vampires will be a night to remember. We suggest ordering your tickets early! ”

Dia de los Muertos San Francisco
Saturday, 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, 2014
A New Era,
An Era Of Enlightenment,
And Blossoming,
As A Stronger Global Consciousness
And Collective Evolution

Festival of Altars organized by Marigold Project
Festival of Altars, 6:00-11:00PM, Garfield Park, 26th and Harrison Streets

We welcome you to make an altar for a loved one that has passed away. Making a Day of the Dead altar is a way for us to honor the life of someone who is no longer with us and to remember our ancestors. Each year, hundreds of personal altars line the perimeter of Garfield Park.

All candles must be in GLASS containers, no open flame candles are allowed at the park.

Procession organized and led by Rescue Culture Collective
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 6:00-7:00 pm, on Friday, November 2, 2012
STARTS at 22nd and Bryant at exactly 7:00PM, and moves along Bryant to 24th Street
CONTINUES along 24th Street to the corner of 24th Street and Mission
CONTINUES along Mission Street to 22nd Street and turns on 22nd Street
CONTINUES along 22nd Street to Bryant Street
CONCLUDES at the corner of 22nd and Bryant Street

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.”

Saturday, November 2, 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.

After six continuous years of sold out shows, ShadowDance is vamping up to bring you another voluminous evening 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 circus arts, performance art, belly dancers, puppet shows, angle grinding, aerial performance, fire performances and much more!”

Adam Ant's birthday
Sunday, 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.

Dance of the Low-Lying Rainbow
A Ceremony in Honor of Our Ancestors
with Iya Mahea of The Sacred Forest
Friday, November 9, 6:30 -9:00PM
San Francisco Buddhist Center, 37 Bartlett Street, San Francisco

“The appearance of the rainbow is a physical manifestation of a pathway to the world of Spirit. Join us in ritual as we explore the renewing essence of the rainbow and other water spirits, build a communal altar, and commemorate our ancestors through song, rhythm and healing movement. Please bring a photo of an ancestor and/or item for the altar that represents your healing, and a drum or other percussion instrument.”

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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