Borderlands Books Halloween Celebration Laurence A. Rickels reads The Vampire Lectures. 4pm; free. Borderlands Books, 534 Laguna, 558-8978.
Cloyne Court Haunted Hotel Monster-wrestling, a carnival of freaks, and an "audio-torture chamber" with rock bands (one of which has vomit-fetish) are among the many gory attractions. 9pm; $5. Cloyne Court Co-op, 2600 Ridge Rd, Berkeley, (510) 849-2480.
Costume Cruise Vinyl plays live as groovy ghouls enjoy Cajun cuisine and a bay cruise. 9pm; $35. Blue & Gold Fleet, Pier 39, (530) 876-9024.
The Cramps The psychobilly cult-rockers return with more sleaze; Fabulous Monsters opens. Bring your earplugs and your angst. 8pm; $22.50. Fillmore, 1805 Geary (at Fillmore), 346-6000.
Dark Wave Horror film festival features The Eternal at 7:30pm and The Evil Dead at 9:20pm; $6-7. The Victoria Theater, 2621 16th St., 931-FILM.
Dead/Alive Gory zombie flick. 2, 4:15, 7:15 & 9:25pm; $4.50-$6.60. Red Vic, 1727 Haight, 668-3994.
Devil's Night Transmission gushes "Halloween juice" with collective improvisations and original compositions; post-performance costume party with alleged appearances by Satan, Andrew Jackson, and Jerry Springer. Scare wear suggested. 8pm; $6-10. Venue 9, 252 9th St (at Howard), 626-2169.
Garden Halloween Make masks out of plant parts, decorate gourds and pumpkins, or learn about creepy plants. 11am; free. Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Ninth Ave & Lincoln Way, 661-1316.
Halloween at the Square Family event features kids' costume contest, carnival games, scarecrow stuffing, and more. 10am; free-$5. Jack London Square, Embarcadero & Broadway, Oakland, (510) 814-6000.
Halloween Benefit Show Featuring bands, Geisha dancers, fire-eaters, sword swallowers, live witch rituals, and other tricks. 8pm-4am; your $10 treat goes toward rebuilding a daycare center playground. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St (at Harrison), 626-1409.
Halloween Boat Party Escape the scary city with DJs Keith O'Reilly, Carlos, and others aboard this bay-bound raver vessel. Boat departs Pier 41 at 7pm; $30. For more information call 339-8784.
Halloween Extravaganza With catchy local glam-rockers The Slow Poisoners and The Nerve Meter; also, live on stage, a straight-jacket escape! Costumes encouraged but optional. 9pm; $4. (The Haunted) Hotel Utah, 500 4th St (at Bryant), 421-8308.
Halloween Masquerade Fashion Ball Indoor/outdoor block party with catwalk and DJ dancing. 9pm; $12-15. 19 Maiden Lane, www.sebasteinpresents.com
Halloween Mystery Book Sale Sale of donated mystery novels. 9am; free. Main Library, 100 Larkin, 557-4257.
Halloween Party at the Baltic With the Rick Kellogg Band; costume party with prizes. 9pm; $5. The Baltic, 135 Park Place, Point Richmond, (510) 235-2532.
Halloween Party With MindSpring Computer software party with costume contests, food, and live music. 1pm; free. New Wings of Flight Museum, Pier 45, 614-2581.
Halloween Trick-or-Treat Aquatherium live and DJs Jeno, Garth, and more provide some techno/trance candy and other surprises. 9pm; $25-30. Oakland International Rave Center, 569 Hegenberger, Oakland, 263-0483.
Halloween Volunteer Work Party Tell ghost stories, carve pumpkins, and help get the park ship-shape. 9am (also Sunday); free. SF Maritime National Historical Park, Hyde Street Pier at Fisherman's Wharf, 556-1613.
The Haunted Barn Be very afraid of the Oddity Museum, the Spider Room, and the Siamese Twin Bitches. 10pm (also Sunday); $10. Third St & Evans, 285-8103.
The HellBall Masquerade gala, with costume contest and DJ dancing with David Knapp and Phil B, benefits local AIDS service agencies. 9pm; $55-150. San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center West, Eighth St. & Brannan, 522-1182.
Mystery Book Sale Spooky fundraiser with mysteries priced at .50-$1. 9am; free. Main Library, 100 Larkin, 557-4257.
Necropolis Devil's Night Halloween Ball DJs Raglan and Alaric spin a unique array of ghoulish industrial, electronica, and darkwave; performances by Azure and COLLAPSINGsilence go-go dancers, along with a contest for most diabolical costume. 10pm; $10. Transmission Theatre, 314 11th St (at Folsom), 861-6906.
"Not Very Scary" Halloween Celebration Story and song for children presented by Plum City Players; kids are invited to come in costume. 10:30am; $4 for adults, $3 for kids. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, (510) 849-2568.
New Wave City Halloween Vintage Goth Gala DJs spin Siouxsie, Joy Division, Sisters of Mercy, and other spooky delights. 9pm; $15-20. 550 Barnveld, 675-LOVE.
Phase 4 Halloween Party Vampire film projectionss spinning orchestral go go. Costumes encouraged. 10pm; $3-5. Hush Hush, 496 Guerrero (at 14th St), 241-9944.
Rock & Roll Halloween I Seen Elvis and Petrol play your favorite '60s and '70s rock tunes; come in costume and take home a prize. 9pm; $10. 330 Ritch (at Townsend), 541-9574.
Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Screening Ages 17 and over welcome to throw toast at Susan Sarandon. Midnight (also Sunday); $5. Parkway Theater, 1834 Park, Oakland, (510) 814-2400.
Spiral Dance Samhain ritual with music and trance honors the dead. 7pm; $15-50. Herbst Pavilion, 339-8150.
Stephanie Wells' Rock Star Halloween Bash Dress up as your favorite rock star and party it up with bands JoJo, The Snowmen, and more. Costumes, karaoke, and prizes! 9pm; $8. Paradise Lounge, 11th St and Folsom, 861-6906.
Temple Ta-Boo: Forbidden Island of Temptation Anon Salon party features tribal-trance and psychedelic-ambient-obscure soundtrack DJ rooms, a flaming 12-foot talking head, sideshow midway Mondo Carny, and schlock film in the Vampyre Lesbis Sinema room. 9pm; $15-25. 50 Oak, 626-6422.
Sunday, October 31
Aftershock Don't stop boogyin' - check out this event after The HellBall (see Saturday) and dance through the wee hours. 5am-noon; $30-35. 550 Barneveld, 552-5900.