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

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Crimson Ghost by ChaChaa. - PHOTO COURTESY JOSIE CELESTE
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  • Crimson Ghost by ChaChaa.

Dark Creature Halloween Party
Berkeley’s tiny but mighty freeform art space Somewhere Else is known for its eclectic bi-monthly installations that highlight artists of color and mostly book female artists. The October exhibit, titled Dark Creature, is no exception. Being that it is the scariest month of the year, and with many folks celebrating Halloween, the exhibit showcases a lineup of all-female artists whose artwork reflects the haunting and macabre creatures of the unknown. The closing reception, on Halloween night, will be your last chance to visit the exhibit. The night promises a night of terror with sounds by La Kiwi Baby and Hellabreezy, who is also one of the brains behind the space. Make sure to wear your best costume, and let your inner ghoul roam the walls of this spooky exhibit. — Azucena Rasilla

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m., free, Somewhere Else, 1212 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, Instagram.com/SomewhereElseToGo


Memento Mori
: The art of memento mori reminds us to have fun in life, because death is right around the corner. Celebrate the season by admiring beauty in the art of death. Sat., Oct. 27, 7-11 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m., free. 3Dot Art Gallery, 2309A Encinal Ave., Alameda.

Afro-Dancehall Halloween Party: Lit Afrobeat and dancehall party bringing Africa and the Caribbean together. Sat., Oct. 27, 9 p.m., free. 310 Gallery, 310 14th St., Oakland, 310Oakland.com.

Babes, Boos, and Bingo!: Bingo, games, costume contest, performances, and prizes. Come in your Halloween best and slide into the photo booth. Thu., Oct. 25, 7-10 p.m., $15, The Lodge on Piedmont, 3758 Piedmont Ave., Oakland.

Bay Street Boo Bash: A day of spooktacular fun including a costume parade for kids and doggies, pumpkin decorating, face painting, treats, mystical magic shows, a festive photo booth, and a free pumpkin patch. Sat., Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free, Bay Street Emeryville, 5616 Bay St., Emeryville, BayStreetEmeryville.com

Elmwood Trick or Treating: Wear a costume then pick up your treat bag and map at Your Basic Bird. Turn in your stamped map and be entered in a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate. Treats available at over 30 businesses. Sat., Oct. 27, 1-5 p.m., free, Elmwood District, Dwight Way to Alcatraz Avenue along Telegraph and College avenues, Berkeley.

Family Sundown Spookfari: An overnight experience for families with children ages 4 and up. Take a trick-or-treat night tour through the zoo, make Halloween enrichment for the animals, and meet creepy, crawly animals up close. Stay for our Boo at the Zoo festivities the following morning. Pre-registration is required. Sat., Oct. 27, 5 p.m., $75-$90, Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, OaklandZoo.org.

Frank & Stein Halloween Party: Come in your best dressed costume and enjoy Frank & Stein Festbier. Sat., Oct. 27, 12-10 p.m., $5 for Frank & Stein OPBC branded glass. Original Pattern Brewing Company, 292 4th St., Oakland.

"Halloween": The classic horrifying tale of Michael Myers returns. Sat., Oct. 27, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., $8-$10. The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St., Oakland, TheNewParkway.com.

Halloween Blacklight Art Show: 'Shannon Cooks' will bake decadent treats for this year's Halloween show. Sat., Oct. 27, 6-10 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 31, 7:30-9:30 p.m. free, Studio 23, 2309 Encinal Ave., Alameda, Studio23Gallery.com.

Halloween Costume Party: Drink specials, costume contest, and Halloween tunes. Sat., Oct. 27, 7 p.m.-midnight, free. Seawolf, 350 4th St., Oakland.

Halloween Festival: An annual festival featuring a pumpkin walk and haunted house. Oct. 26-28, general entry free; Haunted House $5-7. Alameda South Shore Center (Center Court), 523 South Shore Center West, Alameda.

Halloween Hullabaloo Comedy Showcase: A frightfully fun night of comics in costume making you laugh, plus a $50 cash prize costume contest. Wed., Oct. 31, 8-10 p.m., $10, The Sound Room, 2147 Broadway, Oakland, SoundRoom.org.

Halloween Pumpkin Giveaway and Photo Contest: Come dressed in costume to the Friday Old Oakland Farmers Market and pick up a free mini-pumpkin. Fri., Oct. 26, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., free, UVFM.org. Old Oakland Farmers' Market, 9th St. between Broadway and Clay St., Oakland.

Haunted Farmers' Market: Meet the most adorable and friendly farm animals from Ho Dad Ranch and enter to win a very special prize. A mini pumpkin giveaway for all "kids" in costume at the UVFM Info booth, and enter to win a $100 value Farmers Market Basket. Sun., Oct. 28, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., free, UVFM.org. Temescal Farmers' Market, 5300 Claremont Ave., Oakland.

Haunted Hills 5k, 10k: Adventure through the wickedly decorated neighborhoods of the Oakland Hills and Piedmont. The start occurs just as darkness is settling in, so flashlights will be most helpful. Costumes are encouraged. Sat., Oct. 27, 5:30-9 p.m., $10-$35, Go-Terraloco.blogspot.com. Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont, KehillaSynagogue.org.

Hubba Hubba Revue's Halloween Bash: Bewitching burlesque beauties, live music and gorgeous ghouls galore. With cash-prize costume contest and musical guests, Sinister Twist. Sat., Oct. 27, 9 p.m., $15- $25, HubbaRevue.com. The Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.

Monsters Bash 2018: Featuring the Haunted Hornet Crawl and Haunted Fo'c'sle Tour, plus live music. Sat., Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m., $35-$60, Go.Evvnt.com/261495-0?pid=5417. USS Hornet Museum, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Alameda, USS-Hornet.org.

My Favorite Murder: Live show for the hit true crime comedy podcast hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. Sat., Oct. 27, 8 p.m., $39.50-$169.50. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, ParamountTheatre.com.

NT Live 2018 Fall Season: Frankenstein Encore: Captured live in 2011 from the National Theatre stage in London. Wed., Oct. 31, 7 p.m., $18-$26, Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, 10070 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, RialtoCinemas.com/Cerrito.

Reclaiming Spiral Dance Ritual: Honor the cycles of life and death while you dance in a spiral to renew your dreams and create the future during "The Witches' New Year." Sat., Oct. 27, 6-10 p.m., $30-$130, ReclaimingSpiralDance.org. Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond.

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show": Burlesque show and costume contest included. Wed., Oct. 31, 8 p.m., $16.50-$26.50, Bit.ly/RockyHorror103118. The UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley.

Starlight After Party: Benefit science education with a dance party, magic shows, a magical mystery, and open bar. Sat., Oct. 27, 9 p.m.-midnight, $55. Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, ChabotSpace.org.

Trunk or Treat: Bounce houses, a petting zoo, hale bay rides, pumpkin decorating, and a costume contest. Sat., Oct. 27, 4-8 p.m., free. Sequoyah Community Church, 4292 Keller Ave., Oakland.

Music

17th Annual Murder Ballads Bash: Sat., Oct. 27, 8:30 p.m., Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, TheStarryPlough.com.

A Big Hippie Halloween Costume Dance Party: Three live bands, and a costume party, Sat., Oct. 27, 6 p.m., $15-$25, 510-472-3170. The Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.

Demboween: Latinx Halloween party with DJs Radical One, Rayreck, and Namaste Shawty. Sat., Oct. 27, 9 p.m., $20. The Legionnaire Saloon, 2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, LegionnaireSaloon.com.

Extra Action 20th Anniversary Halloween Ball: Gamelan X, Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries, Tig Bitty, Finger Blast Burlesque, Fri., Oct. 26, 9 p.m., $15-$20. The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland, TheNewParish.com.

Freakfest 2018: Cash prize for best costume. Sounds by: DAGHE, DJ Red Corvette, JAYNEAL, MELES WAVE, Sat., Oct. 27, 9 p.m., $15-$20. Level 13 Ultra Lounge, 341 13th St., Oakland.

Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun: the aquadolls, The Grinns, Small crush, Carpool Tunnel, Weeny Witch, Kilroi, Unpopular Opinion, Preschool, Fri., Oct. 26, 7 p.m., $13-$15. 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St., Berkeley, 924Gilman.org.

Halloween at Eli's: Prizes for best dog and human costume. Killer tunes brought to you by DJs Rat Rabies and Harry Potes, Wed., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Eli's Mile High Club, 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland, ElisMileHigh.com.

Hella Bae - Halloween Edition: sounds by DJ Jay Neal, Fri., Oct. 26, 10 p.m., Free with RSVP, HellaBae.Eventbrite.com. Parliament, 811 Washington St., Oakland.

Hieroween: Live performances by Hieroglypics plus DJ Toure and DJ Sperad with the Knuckle Neck Tribe B-boys. Sat., Oct. 27, 7 p.m.-midnight, $10. Hieroglyphics HQ, 1200 50th Ave., Oakland.

Night Draws Near: A musical exploration of life, death, and mysticism inspired by Halloween, All Souls' Day, and El Dia de los Muertos, Sun., Oct. 28, 4 p.m., $5-30, Clerestory.org. Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland.

Nightmare on 14th Street: Sat., Oct. 27, 9 p.m., $15-$400. Complex Oakland, 420 14th st., Oakland, ComplexOakland.com.

The Purple Ones Halloween Crystal Ball: Dress up as your favorite Prince and Batman characters with DJ Spooky Calavera. Fri., Oct. 26, 9 p.m., $20. The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.

Toasted Life x Halloween Day Party: Sun., Oct. 28, 3-8 p.m., $10-$30. The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland, TheNewParish.com.

Total Trash Halloween: Lucifudge as DANZIG, Ikea as ABBA, TT & the Stabbers as GG & THE JABBERS, Eli's Mile High Club as BAD BRAINS, The Order of Death as PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED, Sat., Oct. 27, 8 p.m., $5-$10. Eli's Mile High Club, 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland, ElisMileHigh.com.

Uncool Halloween III: SWMRS, Bleached, Mt. Eddy, Beach Goons, Destroy Boys, and Small Crush, Sat., Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m., $25. The UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley. 

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