Wednesday, October 27
"Behind the Mask" Juried group show of works on paper with Halloween theme (through 10/30). SF Women Artists, 370 Hayes, 552-SFWA.
Casa de Espantos (House of Ghosts) Haunted art house based on multiple cultural traditions: Includes "The Funhouse of the Dead," a collection of scary images and mechanical devices; "Dwellings of the Dead," interactive installations, and "Temple of the Dead," a series of shrines, altars, and tableaus (through Nov. 2). Performances are held in the evenings. Tues-Thurs 6pm, Fri-Sun 8pm, also Tues 11/2 6pm; $2-8. SOMARTS Gallery, 934 Brannan, 552-1770.
The Duboce Triangle Halloween Show Gay soap opera set in San Francisco is haunted by poltergeists, exorcists, and a rich plastic surgeon. Eek! Plays Thurs-Fri 8pm, Sat 8 & 10pm, Sun 7pm (through 10/31); $12. Josie's Cabaret and Juice Joint, 3583 16th St., 861-7933.
Shocktoberfest! Thrillpeddlers stage three horror classics involving madness and spanking: The Celibate, A Visit to Mrs. Birch and the Young Ladies of the Academy, and A Crime in the Madhouse. Plays Wed-Sat 8pm (through 10/30); $15. EXIT Theater, 156 Eddy, 820-1432.
Thursday, October 28
Borderlands Books Halloween Celebration Brian Froud reads Good Fairies, Bad Fairies: 2 Books in 1. 3pm; free. Borderlands Books, 534 Laguna, 558-8978.
Cabaret for the Living and the Dead Cara Vida's one-woman show of songs and spoken word mixes Tom Waits, Marlene Dietrich, and Nina Simone. 8:30pm (also Friday); 410. Studio at Theater Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St., 861-6419.
"Grimm Guignol" Unattended Children present three cautionary tales based on the Brothers Grimm. 7pm (also Friday and Saturday); $15. Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market, 861-5016.
Day of the Beast Spanish horror flick in which a priest, a heavy metal fan, and a TV psychic try to save the world from the Antichrist. 7:15 & 9:30pm; $4.50-$6.60. Red Vic, 1727 Haight, 668-3994.
Dead/Alive Thrillville Theater screens the zombie flick; costume contest and theremin music from Robert Silverman included. 9pm; $4. Parkway Theater, 1834 Park, Oakland, (510) 814-2400.
Metreon Halloween With haunted house, pumpkin patch, costume parade, and more. 5pm (through Sunday); $10-12. Metreon, Fourth St & Mission, 369-6128.
Vampires in Cyberspace Screening of horror film involving pharmaceuticals and "blood clubs." 8pm; $5. Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia, 824-3890.
"Monster" Books Sale Benefit for the Seafarers Club, with titles at .25-$1. 8am (also Friday); free. Justin Herman Plaza, Market & Steuart, (510) 839-2226.
Friday, October 29
Alice Cooper's Brutal Planet Haunted house spooks guests with hard-rock horror, demonic dancers, bone-chilling scenes, and Blood Sports Bar. 5pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun (through 10/31); free-$39. Six Flags Marine World, 2001 Marine World Pkwy, Vallejo, (707) 644-4000.
Borderlands Books Halloween Celebration Howard Hendrix reads Better Angels.7pm; free. Borderlands Books, 534 Laguna, 558-8978.
Feast of Flesh Free zombie makeovers! Mexican horror movies! Barbecued animal parts! Bobbing for chicken necks! Hard rock heavy monster cover bands! 9pm; $7. Club Cocodrie, 1024 Kearny, 986-6678.
Groovy Funkaween Ball With live performances by The Funkanauts, Stymie, Jethro Jerimiah(TK) Band, and special guest Big Brutha Soul. 9pm; $10 with costume, $12 without. Café Cocomo, 650 Indian (at Mariposa), 824-6910.
Halloween Hellbilly Bands Pearl Harbor and The Graveyard Farmers kick off the weekend's frightful festivities. 10pm; $5. Café du Nord, 2170 Market (at Sanchez), 861-5016.
Halloween Hoe-Down With rock bands David Quinby and the Jackrollers, Giblet Dribblers, Smoke Jumpers, and Suicide Doors. 9pm, $3. Come early for a costume party and BBQ pig-roast. 5pm. The Port Lite, 229 Brush St, Oakland, (510) 451-0600.
Halloween Super Party Various DJs spin trance, house, club classics, and Euro and SF's Premier Dance Team performs live; come in costume for the "King & Queen of Halloween" Contest. 9pm; $15. Bahia Cabana, 1600 Market (at Franklin), 626-3306.
Haunted Pre-Halloween Show A cozy, spooky show with music by ing(TK), Spinning Jennies, and The Frosties. Bands will dress up, so should you. Edinburgh Castle, 950 Geary (at Larkin), 885-4074.
"Have Yourself a Scary Little Improv" True Fiction Magazine performs. 8pm (also Saturday); $15. Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason, Marina & Buchanan, 824-1559.
The Horror Show Group art exhibit, various media; reception and costume party 7pm; free. 381g, 381 Guerrero, 255-1821.
Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree The Baby Dragon leads the Monster Mash and Witch School teaches the art of spells; refreshments included and costumes encouraged. Noon; $6. Children's Fairyland, Lakeside Park, Grand & Bellevue, Oakland, (510) 452-2259.
Mechanogrub Bewitchening People Hater hosts a robotic spook house. 8pm (also Saturday, 6pm, Sunday); $5. Blasthaus, Crucial Media Center, 41 Freelon, 356-0141.
Nosferatu Screening of the vampire movie with live musical accompaniment by Jill Tracy and her Malcontent Orchestra. Midnight (also Saturday-Sunday); free with meal. Foreign Cinema, 2534 Mission, 648-7600.
Rosemary's Baby Roman Polanski's horror classic about newlyweds and their creepy neighbors. 7 & 9:45pm; $4.50-$6.60. Red Vic, 1727 Haight, 668-3994.
San Francisco Jazz Festival Dracula: The Music and Film Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet perform at a screening. Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 465-6400.
Terror From Texas Halloween film screening from Texas Tomboy and Robert Chehoski. 8pm; $5. Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia, 824-3890.
Saturday, October 30
Boo at the Zoo Costumed kids (sans masks) can visit trick-or-treat stations, stake out the haunted nature trail, and ride the Little Puffer steam train through a haunted tunnel. 10am; free with zoo admission. SF Zoo, 1 Zoo, 705-0761.
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.
Borderlands Books Halloween Celebration Dusk 'til dawn party and campout with ghost stories, a costume contest, and scary movies. 7pm; free. Borderlands Books, 534 Laguna, 558-8978.
Chicago Blues Halloween Party A jam with blues bands. 9pm; $7. Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason (at Geary), 292-BLUE.
The Cramps The psychobilly cult-rockers return with more sleaze; Deadbolt opens. Bring your earplugs and your angst. 8pm; $22.50. Fillmore, 1805 Geary (at Fillmore), 346-6000.
The Creatures Performing with Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black and Switchblade Symphony in an evening of Halloween Madness. 9pm; $25. Maritime Hall, 450 Harrison (at 1st St), 974-6644.
Dark Wave Horror film festival features Black Sunday at 7:30pm and Return of the Living Dead at 9:15pm; $6-7. The Victoria Theater, 2621 16th St., 931-FILM.
Fantasy Halloween With live band Fantasy. 8:30pm; $5, 1/2 off with costume. Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St (at Mission), 647-2877.
Freakfest Texas Twister Band performs; costume wearers get 1/2 price admission. 9pm; $4. Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore (at Geary), 673-8000.
Girl 66 A haunted dance party for women. 9pm; $5. Café du Nord, 2170 Market (at Sanchez), 861-5016.
Halloween II Juanita More! hosts a cocktail party and costume contest. 8pm; $3. Pow! 101 6th St., 278-0940.
Halloween Festival Kids' event, with trick-or-treating, live music, pumpkin parade, and costume contest. Noon; free. The Cannery, 2801 Leavenworth, 771-3112.
Halloween Fun FestivalWith face painting, games, hair makeovers, and a haunted house. 1pm; $7-10. Center for African and African-American Art and Culture, 762 Fulton, 921-8234.
Halloween 1999 Dubmission presents Ben Wa live, The Preacher, DJ Sep, and violinist Pistl Pete. 9pm; $5. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia (at 17th St), 552-7788.
Halloween Party With DJs and drums. Costumes highly encouraged. 9pm; $5. Backflip, 601 Eddy (at Larkin), 771-3547.
Scary Sunday! Ghost stories, performances by Awele Makeba and Ballet Folklorico Ensembles, and some secret squishy surprises make for a festive Halloween/Day of the Dead. 11am; free-$5. Zeum, 221 Fourth, 777-2800.
Sunday Player's Halloween Show Bay Area Theatersports improv event. 8pm; $6. Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason, Bldg. B, 550-8560.
Trance-L-Vania A plethora of DJs spin at a party especially for trance-heads; water/glowstick privileges given to those in costume. 8pm-10am; $15-20. For more information call 267-3992.
"Tricks, Not Treats" Halloween Food Drive Drop off food for Mexican and Nicaraguan flood and earthquake victims. 2-6pm; free. S.F. Pathfinder Club Headquarters, 3024 24th St., 595-7715.
Tropical Vibrations Performs soca, calypso, and reggae at a not-so-scary Halloween Party. 8pm; $8. Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, (510) 525-5099.
The Vampire Lectures Lawrence Rickles discusses his book on the history of vampirism. Sun 10/31 5pm; free. City Lights Books, 261 Columbus, 362-8193.