Halloween Events - A Guide to all the Spooky Things to Do 

Haunted houses, pumpkin patches, and more.

click to enlarge IMAGE COURTESY DUNSMUIR HELLMAN HISTORIC ESTATE
  • Image Courtesy Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate


Terrifying Halloween Tour

Halloween is just around the corner, and if you’re looking for a scary adventure, look no further than the haunted tour at Oakland’s Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate. For three terrifying nights beginning on Thursday, visitors will have the opportunity to be escorted through the “haunted” mansion, which was the backdrop of the 1976 horror movie Burnt Offerings. If you’re lucky, you might catch the ghost of Alexander Dunsmuir, who built the estate back in 1878. Or maybe you’ll run into his beloved wife, Josephine, in the hallway. Be careful when you go up the stairs! I.W. Hellman Jr., who owned the mansion after the Dunsmuirs, might also attend the frightening festivities. This event isn’t appropriate for kids under 7, but for those brave enough, get ready to mingle with the spirits. — Azucena Rasilla

Thursday Oct. 26, through Saturday Oct. 28, 6:30-9 p.m., $7-$10, Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Ct., Oakland, Dunsmuir-Hellman.com

Art
BlackLight Art Show 2017 & Installation The Blacklight Art Show is an experience best suited to the time of year when the veils grow thin between worlds, other dimensions seep through in deceptively cheery colors to blind you beyond science. This year, the back room is transformed as well into a Grimm fairy tale based on “The Three Little Men in the Wood.” Sat., Oct. 28, 7-10 p.m., free/donation. Studio 23, 2309 Encinal Ave., Alameda, Studio23Gallery.com.

Concealed - Ghouls Night Out Masks and photography by Bart D. Frescura Thu., Oct. 26, 7 p.m. free. Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, 1223 Park St., Alameda, JuliesTea.com.

Creepy Art by Raul D’Mauries Sat., Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m.; Tue., Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m. RSVP. www.facebook.com/events/1493446320748914. 3Dot Art Gallery, 2309A Encinal Ave, Alameda.


Attractions
Annual Teen Haunted House Fri., Oct. 27, 5 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 28, 3 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 29, 3 p.m. Alameda South Shore Center, 523 South Shore Center West, Alameda, AlamedaSouthShoreCenter.com.

Community Altar for Day of the Dead All library patrons are invited to view and contribute to the community altar for the Day of the Dead. Photos and mementos of loved ones are especially welcome. Oct. 30-Nov. 10, free. Oakland Public Library, Eastmont Branch, Eastmont Town Center, Suite 211, Oakland, OaklandLibrary.org.

Ghosts of Dublin Brace yourself for an evening of spooky fun. Take a flashlight tour through the Dublin Historic Cemetery, where Dublin’s buried past comes alive. Hear haunting stories of ghosts thought to be lurking in Dublin, including news of recent sightings. See ghostly images of long-dead pioneers in Old St. Raymond Church, and peek inside the parlor of the Kolb House. Event is recommended for ages 8 and up. *Cemetery tours departing at 9 p.m. and later are reserved for older teens. Oct. 27-28, 7-10 p.m., $7, dublin.ca.gov/1872/Ghosts-of-Dublin. Dublin Heritage Center, 6600 Donlon Way, Dublin.

‘House of Screams’ Haunted House Get ready to scream as you enter the biggest and scariest haunted house in Berkeley. Come join in the fun as we have a ghastly and ghoulish good time. Get your best Halloween outfit ready for an evening of music, cotton candy, photo booth, fright and jumpers for the little goblins. Tue., Oct. 31, 6 p.m., free, www.eventbrite.com/e/house-of-screams-tickets-38026918537?aff=es2. MLK Jr. Youth Services Center, 1730 Oregon St., Berkeley.

Piedmont Avenue Pumpkin Patch and Haunted House We have been on Piedmont Avenue since 1996. Walk through our Halloween store at 4414 Piedmont into a Pumpkin Wonderland. The Haunted House has two options. Thu., Oct. 26, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 28, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 30, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tue., Oct. 31, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., no cover. Piedmont Avenue Pumpkin Patch, 4414 Piedmont Ave, Oakland.

Ship of Spirits A paranormal tour and dinner with paranormal author Jeff Dwyer & Loyd Auerbach. Fri., Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m.-midnight, $65. USS Hornet Museum, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Alameda, USS-Hornet.org.

Fairs, Festivals, & Fiestas
12th Annual Pumpkin Festival Celebrate Halloween with free pumpkins, activities, and treats for the kids immediately following the Piedmont Avenue Merchants Association’s annual Halloween parade. Sat., Oct. 28, 12-3 p.m., free. Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, MountainviewCemetery.org.

Alameda South Shore Center Halloween Festival Alameda South Shore Center will host its annual free Halloween Festival on Saturday, October 28, featuring family-friendly trick-or-treating at participating merchants, frightening face painting, and a silly selfie booth. South Shore Center totes will also be available. Costumes are encouraged. From Friday, Oct. 27 to Sunday, Oct. 29 the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department will host a haunted house at Alameda South Shore Center. Proceeds will benefit the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department teen programs. Fri., Oct. 27, 5-7 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 28, 3-8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 29, 3-7 p.m., Admission to the haunted house is $5 for youth under 17, $7 for ages 17+, and the Halloween festival is free. Alameda South Shore Center, 523 South Shore Center West, Alameda, AlamedaSouthShorecCenter.com.

Boo at the Zoo Stroll the zoo in costume and collect yummy treats. Ride the spooky boo train and join the dance party. Get your face painted, make treats for the animals. Kids in costumes receive a free ride ticket. Sat., Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free w/ zoo admission. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, OaklandZoo.org.

Halloween Psychic Fair Come join us for a ghoulish day of fun, refreshments, and readings Enter our free drawing to win a cauldron filled with spell candles, bewitching oils, and magical stones. Dress in an alluring costume to win an amethyst/agate pendant. Taste our tantalizing hors d’ oeuvres, Halloween cookies, and apple cider. Treat yourself to a psychic reading with our gifted readers for $20 (15 min.). Sun., Oct. 29, 1-4 p.m., $20, Angel Light Books, 3347 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, AngelLightBooks.com.

Piedmont Avenue Merchants Association 31st Annual Halloween Celebration trick-or-treat at local businesses. Costume parade at 11 a.m. Sat., Oct. 28, 12-3 p.m., free. Piedmont Avenue, Corner of 41st St. & Piedmont Ave., Oakland.


Culinary & Wine
Halloween Bash Beginning at 8pm Halloween night, we’ll be offering some tasty Halloween drink specials for your booze holes, a spooky-themed playlist for your ear balls, and a marathon of gory horror movies. Come in costume or not - we don’t care! Just drink! Tue., Oct. 31, 8 p.m., free. Heart and Dagger Saloon, 504 Lake Park Ave., Oakland, HeartAndDaggerSaloon.com.

Hallowine 2017: Bay Area legend DJ Alex Mejia will keep the party moving while you sip amazing wines, commemorate your evening in our haunted photo booth, get creeped out by our spooky sensory bar and play halloween games! Come in costume for a chance to win some awesome prizes. Fri., Oct. 27, 8 p.m., $15-$20. Rock Wall Wine Company, 2301 Monarch St., Ste. 300, Alameda, 510-522-5700, RockWallWines.com.

Film
Dracula Screening of the 1931 Tod Browning film with live film score performed by Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet. Tue., Oct. 31, 8 p.m., $50-$125. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, ParamountTheatre.com.

Halloween Night at The New Parkway Screening of episodes 3 & 4 of Stranger Things (6:30 p.m.), Demon City Shinjuku (7 p.m.), The Exorcist (9 p.m.), and Tales from the Hood (9:30 p.m.) Tue., Oct. 31. The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St., Oakland, TheNewParkway.com.


Kids
Halloween Costume Weekend at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach What could be spookier, safer, or more fun than Halloween all weekend at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach? Our Halloween Costume Party weekend gives trick-or-treaters chances to play carnival games, play free pinball, win prizes, and more! Prizes for everyone who comes in costume. 20+ interactive exhibits celebrate the magic and history of America’s bygone amusements — circuses, carnivals, magic, side shows, penny arcades, amusement devices, pinball arcades. Our goal is to educate newer generations about the bygone days and allow those who remember Whitney’s Playland and the Sutro Baths the opportunity to recapture the glorious sights and sounds of that glorious era. Sat., Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $10 - $15, www.Playland-Not-at-the-Beach.org. Playland Not-at-the-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, Playland-Not-at-the-Beach.org.

Halloween Performance + Party East Bay Dance Center hosts “ALIEN INVASION”, 13th annual Halloween show/party for all ages. Features performances, a costume contest, “the haunted dance studio,” refreshments and party favors. Guests are encouraged to bring wrapped candy, toys, and other items to donate to homeless children. Admission: $1 for children in costume; $2 for children not in costume and adults in costume; $5 for adults not in costume. Sat., Oct. 28, 7-9 p.m., $5. East Bay Dance Center, 1318 Glenfield Ave., Oakland.

Halloween Town: Kids Hallo Eve Kids-themed Halloween fair, including a creepy bounce house, free food, and games and prizes. Sat., Oct. 28, 3-8 p.m., free-$5. 2313 San Pablo Ave., 2313 San Pablo Ave., Oakland.
Redwood Symphony - Halloween Family Concert: Children learn about the instruments, get a chance to conduct and hear the Redwood Symphony perform, Sat., Oct. 28, 3-5 p.m., $15-$35, 650-366-6872, www.redwoodsymphony.org/concerts/2017-18/concert2_2017.html. Cal State East Bay University Theatre, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, 510-885-3118,
www20.CUSEastBay.edu/Class/Departments/Theatre.


Lectures
GHOST with Disney/Pixar artists, signing, reading, and Q&A. A collection of 13 original poems and tales written by Blaise Hemingway and Jesse Reffsin and illustrated by Chris Sasaki and Jeff Turley. Sat., Oct. 28, 7-8 p.m., free. East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Ave., Oakland, ebbooksellers.com.


Literary Events
Erika Mailman Reads from The Murderer’s Maid Bram Stoker Award finalist Erika Mailman brings the true story of the brutal murder of Lizzie Borden’s father and stepmother into new focus by adding a riveting contemporary narrative. The Murderer’s Maid interweaves the stories of two women: one, the servant of infamous Lizzie Borden, and the other a modern-day barista fleeing from an attempt on her life. Sun., Oct. 29, 7-8 p.m., free. East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Ave., Oakland, ebbooksellers.com.


Music
10th Annual Demons and Angels Halloween Bash: An EDM, hip-hop, and Latin Halloween event with three dance floors., Tue., Oct. 31, 9 p.m. Club 21, 2111 Franklin St., Oakland, 510-268-9425, Club21Oakland.com.
16th Annual Murder Ballads Bash: Now in it’s sixteenth year, the Annual Starry Plough Murder Ballads Bash is a tradition in itself. Ten or so gruesome acts of murder, misery, death, and despair will be musically executed for your listening pleasure, featuring Maurice Tani, Roy Loney and the Phantom Murderers, Mama Mia D’Bruzzi, Paul Griffiths, Kneel, Macerator, the Happy Clams, Ira Marlowe, the Vultures, and Z-Trane Electric Band., Sat., Oct. 28, 8:30 p.m., $10, 510-841-0188, www.thehappyclams.com/murderballads. Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-841-0188, TheStarryPlough.com.

Blackheart Bash 4th Annual Halloween Show: The Memphis Murder Men as The Mifits, The Beat-Offs as The Cramps, and Burlesque, a Halloween costume contest, and more! Fri., Oct. 27, 8 p.m., $13-$15. The Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.

Club BNB’s Hip Hop vs House Halloween Bash $1K in Cash & Prizes: Join us for a one-of-a-kind Hip Hop vs House Halloween Bash, with $1,000 in cash and prizes, go go dancers, hip-hop & R&B on the main floor, house on the second floor with DJ DeMarco Holmes. First 100 people get a VIP pass for our next event. Everyone is a VIP this night, with full access to the main floor and our VIP area. $2 Well Drinks before 10:30 pm, Text the word letsparty to the number 46786. Sat., Oct. 28, 9 p.m.-3 a.m., 510-444-2266. Club BnB, 2120 Broadway, Oakland, 510-444-2266, Club-Bnb.com.

Consider The Source, Cure for Gravity & Vigilis: A Halloween evening of progressive music featuring Consider the Source (sci-fi Middle Eastern fusion), Cure for Gravity (atmospheric synth/alt rock), and Vigilis (ethereal heavy prog). Game of Thrones costume contest with prizes. Tue., Oct. 31, 8-11:45 p.m., $10, $12, 510-214-8600, . Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.

Eve’s Waterfront Halloween Party: The music will be by Wu-Tang Clan’s DJ Symphony, costumes will be mandatory, and there will be prizes for best costume., Tue., Oct. 31, 8 p.m., $15. Eve’s Waterfront, 15 Embarcadero West, Oakland, 510 817 4477, EvesWaterfront.com.
Freakfest: Sounds by Daghe + Digital, DJ Yazzy Yaz, and DJ ShellHeart. Cash prize for best costume., Fri., Oct. 27, 10 p.m. Level 13, 341 13th St., Oakland, www.ripstar.cfsites.org.

Freight Open Mic: The longest running open stage in the Bay Area is shaking things up for Halloween. Admission will be free and we’ll have treats on hand if you show up in costume. Also, for this evening’s open mic, performance spots will be assigned via a lottery system, not “first-come, first-served.” Join our Facebook event for updates. Tue., Oct. 31, 7 p.m. Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-548-1761, TheFreight.org.

Fresh Jamz Halloween Edition: Fresh Jamz is back for Halloween! We’re super excited to pop up at Old Kan for a family-friendly affair. So get your costumes ready and enjoy delicious food, drinks and, of course, fresh jamz. After the tragic fires up north, we will be donating proceeds to UndocuFund to support undocumented families displaced by the fires in Sonoma County. Be sure to eat and drink up for a good cause! Fri., Oct. 27, 5 p.m. Old Kan Beer and Co., 95 Linden St., Ste 11, Oakland.

Golden Bull Halloween Costume Party: New York Dicks, Oinga Boinga, Tru’Nembra, Crimson Ghostsbusters, Fri., Oct. 27, 8 p.m., $10. The Golden Bull, 412 14th St., Oakland, 510-452-2855, TheGoldenBullBar.com.

Halloween All Month: It’s our ten-year anniversary and we always go big on Halloween. The party on Halloween night is literally standing room only. We have a costume party with cash prizes and people go all out., Thu., Oct. 26, 9 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 27, 9 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 28, 9 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 29, 9 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 30, 9 p.m.; Tue., Oct. 31, 9 p.m., free. The Avenue, 4822 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-654-1423.

Halloween Ball with Extra Action Marching Band: w/ Whiskman, Tue., Oct. 31, 8 p.m., $10, $15. Starline Social Club, 2236 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland, 510-593-2109, StarlineSocialClub.com.

Halloween Bash: New Zombies & El Duo, Fri., Oct. 27, 9 p.m., $10. Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-841-0188, TheStarryPlough.com.

Halloween Costume Party: w/ the Pathogens, Oinga Boinga, Fri., Oct. 27, 8:30 p.m., $10. The Golden Bull, 412 14th St., Oakland, 510-452-2855, TheGoldenBullBar.com.

Halloween Get Down: A night of local music, art, and handmade goods., Sat., Oct. 28, 7 p.m., $5. Revolution Cafe, 1610 7th St., Oakland, 510-625-0149.

Halloween Masquerade Salsa Dance Party: Attention, aspiring salsa dancers! Come brush up on your salsa dancing skills at Orquesta La Peña’s Monthly Salsa Party and Dance Class the last Monday of every month! Beginners encouraged! All levels welcome! Mon., Oct. 30, 8 p.m., $5 cash only. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-849-2568, LaPena.org.

Halloween New Years: Kool and the Gang (Quinn Devaeux), Marilyn Manson (Golden Drugs), and more., Sat., Oct. 28, 7 p.m., $10-$20. Starline Social Club, 2236 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland, 510-593-2109, StarlineSocialClub.com.

Hyphy Halloween The Scraper Bike Team would like to extend an invitation to the whole community to a "Hyphy Halloween” charity concert. DJ Ken will be in the mix playing all the classic hyphy jams with a special performance by Baybe Champ - Da Scraper Bike King, Mistah FAB, Tha Trunk Boiz and many more. Free food and glow-in-the-dark “Oaklandish” T-shirts. Tue., Oct. 31, 3:30-7:30 p.m., $10 donation. Oakland Public Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch, 6833 International Blvd., Oakland, OaklandLibrary.org.

La Misa Negra Halloween Party: Tue., Oct. 31, 9 p.m., $15-$20. The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland, 510-444-7474, TheNewParish.com.
The Love Dealers Present: Heaven & Hella: with DJs Storm, Mind Motion, and Sean G, Sat., Oct. 28, 9 p.m. Parliament, 811 Washington St., Oakland.

A Nightmare on 14th Street | Halloween Extravaganza at Complex Oakland: Complex Oakland presents Bay Area’s #1 Halloween weekend destination, A Nightmare on 14th Street, a Bay Area Halloween extravaganza. Party with Bay Area top tastemakers & DJs. Experience 20,000 square ft., three spooktacular rooms of music and decor, and outdoor lounge! Capacity guaranteed! Get your $5 off your ticket w/ promo code or purchase GA ticket to ensure admission. Sat., Oct. 28, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $15-$30, 510-379-9954, Complex Oakland, 420 14th St., Oakland, www.complexoakland.com.

Noon Concert: University Gospel Chorus: D. Mark Wilson, director, “Singing with the Saints: An Interpretation of Dia De Los Muertos in Gospel Songs.” With this week’s recognition of the Day of the Dead and Halloween, the UCB Gospel Chorus shares a concert of gospel music recognizing saints, ancestors, and divine beings like angels whose memories and music bring strength to everyday life. You are invited not only to sing with those you call saints, but also to walk the “Second Line” in the New Orleans tradition of singing “O When the Saints Go Marching In.”, Wed., Nov. 1, 12-1 p.m., free, events.berkeley.edu. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Oakhella+Beat Haus Presents: Sweat Haus Hellaween Edition: Join us for Sweat Haus — a party for people who like to dance and not be on their phones!, Fri., Oct. 27, 9 p.m., free. The Legionnaire Saloon, 2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-891-8660, LegionnaireSaloon.com.
A Scary Halloween Punk Show: w/ covers by local bands Provoke, Skemata, Drugcharge, and more, Tue., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St., Oakland, (510) 388-1043.

Thriller Flash Mob: We encourage you to dress up in your favorite Michael Jackson or spooky-inspired costume. Projecting on the big screen will be old black-and-white films of Nosferatu, Dracula, and Frankenstein. Drink specials all night long!, Fri., Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m., $10-$13. Ivy Room, 860 San Pablo Ave., Albany, 510-526-5888, IvyRoom.com.

Total Trash Halloween Bash: If you survived this year's assault on humanity, then you’ve earned your rite of passage to the Total Trash Halloween Bash. And who better to lead the troups than “Cumstain” as G.G. Allin? Fri., Oct. 27, 8 p.m., $5. Eli’s Mile High Club, 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland, ElisMileHigh.com.

The Zydeco Flames: 23rd Annual Eagles Halloween costume contest and Zydeco dance party., Fri., Oct. 27, 8:30 p.m., $18. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave., Alameda, 510-522-7626.


Live Variety
Brad Barton, Reality Thief, I Fear the Ghost Treat yourself and your crew to a multi-layered mysterious experience this Halloween season. Join Brad Barton, Reality Thief, for an evening of magic, mentalism, and amazing farm-to-table food, wine and cocktails at the historic Berkeley hotel. Performing magic professionally for over 20 years, Brad Barton, Reality Thief, combines magic, psychology, comedy, mentalism and audience participation to create astonishing effects in both his close-up and stage work. He is a master at manipulating your imagination. Dinner Attire is encouraged for this uniquely immersive magic experience. Thu., Oct. 26, 6:30-11 p.m., $120, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley.

Hubba Hubba Revue’s Halloween Burlesque Bash 2017 Join our glamorous ghouls and bewitching beauties for a wild night of haunted happenings in fabulous Oakland! Plus, shimmy and shake to the untamed, Las Vegas grind of musical guests Sinister Twist! Sat., Oct. 28, 9 p.m., $15-$20. The Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.

One-Night Stand at Mz. Pat’s House Mz. Pat’s House is a fictional story based on real life characters. Set in a high-class 1930s brothel in a Midwestern city during the Great Depression, when money was funny, jobs was mo’ fragile than tissue paper, and housing became an adult game of hide and seek. Mz. Pat’s house was a safe haven and political asylum for anyone who was disenfranchised: women fleeing domestic violence, gay and queer folks, and well-known gangsters on the run. Jovelyn Richards portrays distinctive, colorful characters that sparkle and jump to life on stage, accompanied with live jazz and Southern blues music. Sat., Oct. 28, 7:30-11 p.m., $15-$30. La Pena, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, LaPena.org.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Relive this cult classic on screen, complete with the Bay Area’s premier live cast, Barely Legal! Burlesque show included, plus prizes for best costumes. Tue., Oct. 31, 8 p.m.-midnight, $16.50-$26.50, www.theuctheatre.org/event/1556513-rocky-horror-picture-show-berkeley/. The UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave, Berkeley.


Pets
4th Annual Haunted Howl-O-Ween Pawty You’re invited to our 4th annual spooky Haunted Howl-o-ween Party at Wag Hotels Oakland to benefit Friends of Oakland Animal Services! We’re turning Wag into a haunted hotel for the evening and inviting some mummies and zombies to join the pawty. Canine and human guests will enjoy a frighteningly good time while trick-or-treating in our hotel and mingling with other witches, ghouls, and goblins. Some other treats will include: Beer, wine and light snacks, costume contest with fun prizes, local vendors, silent auction, trick-or-treating goodies, photos with Cruella de Vil Thu., Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m., $10-$20, www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-haunted-howloween-party-at-wag-hotels-oakland-tickets-36867149637. Wag Hotels, 39 4th St., Oakland.

Bay Street Boo Bash Celebrate Halloween at the Bay Street Boo Bash with free festivities for the whole family, even the four-legged friends! From parents to children, everyone will enjoy a day of spooktacular fun including pumpkin decorating, face painting, Halloween treats, spooky haunted carriage rides, festive games, a costume parade for kids, mystical magic shows, doggy costume parade, festive photo booth and more. Also, the little ones will not want to miss the return of the free pumpkin patch! Sun., Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free. Bay Street Emeryville, 5616 Bay St., Emeryville, BayStreetEmeryville.com.


Religion & Spirituality
Reclaiming Spiral Dance Ritual Come join the Witches of Reclaiming for our 38th annual Spiral Dance ritual. We gather to remember and honor our ancestors, our Beloved Dead, and the pain suffered by the Earth, our Mother. Yet as we grieve, we remember and honor the sacred cycle of life, death, and rebirth. Doors open for altar viewing and the reading of the Names of The Beloved Dead at 6 p.m. Ritual begins promptly at 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 28, 6-10 p.m., $18 to $25, reclaimingspiraldance.org. Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond.


Sales & Fundraisers
Berkeley Flea Market’s Halloween Celebration! A fun-filled afternoon including a costume contest, candy give-away, face painting, jumpy house and a kid band SAME (Something And Maybe Everything) performing! Sun., Oct. 29, 1 p.m., free. Ashby Flea Market, 1937 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, BerkeleyFleaMarket.com.

Halloween Cover Fest Benefit It’s that time of year again! A bunch of us are getting together and raising some money for the Octopus while playing music that we didn’t write! Music by The Strokes, New Order, Crass, Jesus and Mary Chain, Pearl Jam, The Cars, Smashing Pumpkins, The Vaselines, and Nirvana. Thu., Oct. 26, 6 p.m., $10. The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St., Oakland, OaklandOctopus.org


Social Events
Playland After Dark Come play some Haunted House pinball in full costume at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach’s after dark Halloween party. Get ready for spooky magic, mystery, treats and games, with no kids allowed. Awoooo! Adults only (18 years and older), no children or babies please. 20+ interactive exhibits celebrate the magic and history of America’s bygone amusements — circuses, carnivals, magic, side shows, penny arcades, amusement devices, pinball arcades. Thu., Oct. 26, 6-10 p.m., $10. Playland Not-at-the-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, Playland-Not-at-the-Beach.org.

Silent Party Halloween Bash The Urban Fêtes Silent Party wave has been sweeping the hottest cities in the U.S., but the Halloween Bash is an extravaganza you won’t want to miss. Pick up a pair of headphones and jam out to our favorite records — ranging from old school and reggae, hip-hop and R&B, to pop, house and Top 40. 21 and up. Sat., Oct. 28, 9:30 p.m., $20. Level 13, 341 13th St., Oakland, www.ripstar.cfsites.org.

Thriller at OMCA Get into the Halloween spirit with this special Thriller-themed edition of Friday Nights @ OMCA—with a tribute to the King of Pop alongside World Music Night—while you enjoy the best and biggest street market in the Bay this autumn with OMCA and Off the Grid! Costumes welcome. Enjoy half-price admission, live music and dancing, local art market in the Redwood Burl area, and extended OMCA Store hours. Don’t miss the final night for summer hours and additional food truck offerings. Fri., Oct. 27, 5 p.m. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, MuseumCA.org.

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