Berkeley Farmer’s Market Pumpkin Carving & Costume Making Child-safe carving implements will be available but you must buy your own pumpkins. Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; free. Berkeley Farmer’s Market, Center & Martin Luther King Jr., 510-548-3333 or www.ecologycenter.org. California Historical Society Lecture on San Francisco’s Lost Cemeteries Slide presentation about the history of local cemeteries. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 5:30-7 p.m.; free-$3. California Historical Society, 678 Mission (at Third St.), 357-1848.
Chasms of Spasms Macabaret An evening of the supernatural, occult, and torture acts with members of Cyclecide’s Bike Rodeo, Circus Ridiculous, and more hosted by Maxwell Coldpepper. Thursday, Oct. 25, 9:30 p.m. at Edinburgh Castle, 950 Geary, 885-4074; discount available with password “Beelzebub.” Friday-Saturday, Oct. 26-27, 10 p.m. at the Haunted Barn, 110 Evans, 647-2449. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 10 p.m. at the Odeon, 3223 Mission, 550-6994. Admission to all events is $13.
The Creamery’s Festival of the Deranged Multimedia exhibition of extreme arts and films with music by John Arns. Friday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m.; $5-$666TKsix hundred?TK sliding scale (discounts for costumes). 2517 San Pablo (between Mead and Athens), Oakland, 510-663-3553. D√≠a de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Fruitvale Festival Celebrate the Mexican national holiday with local artists who create altars for exhibition and family festivities. Sunday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; free. International from Fruitvale to 40th Ave., Oakland, 510-535-6904 or www.unitycouncil.org/html/diamuertos.html.
Dusk ’Til Dawn Ghost Stories All-night ghost stories, with refreshments and trivia contest. Saturday, Oct. 27, from sunup to sundown; free. Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia (between 19th and 20th sts.), 824-8203. Fencesitters Costume Ball Bisexual dance party with DJs and Liquid Latex fashion show. Friday, Oct. 26, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.; $10, threesome special — $2 off for each of the three. The Manhattan Lounge, 699 Market (at Third St.), 820-3907.
The Ghastly Gorey Gala Live performances by the Nguyens, the Neglected Murderesses, and the Severed Hand, with storytelling by Morbid Curiosity, games, and dancing. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 9 p.m.; $7 with costume, $15 without. Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market (at Sanchez), 861-5016.
Halloween 2001 Costume Ball Take home cash prizes for the best costumes at this annual party. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m.; $25-$40. Golden Gate Sport & Social Club, 1766 Union (at Octavia), 921-3235.
Halloween in the Castro Debauchery and extravagant costumes are in ample supply at the Castro’s annual parade. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m.; free. Castro Street, between TK and TK, TKkphoneTK.
Halloween Masquerade Extravaganza Four separate music rooms, two costume contests, and fabulous prizes, presented by Giovanni the Margarita King and Alf & Alf. Part of the proceeds benefits Our Hero’s Firemen’s Fund. Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.; $20-$25. Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason (at California), 885-1535. Halloween San Francisco The city’s official trick-or-treat party features a drag show, costume contest, laser show, and four music stages. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 8:30 p.m.; $5. Civic Center, Polk & McAllister, 826-1401 or www.latinbayarea.com.
Hip-Hop Halloween American Cancer Society benefit with performers from the New Pickle Circus and hip hop DJs. Saturday, Oct. 27, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; $30-$35. Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus (at Chestnut), 866-468-3399 or 474-0365.
Mad Scientist’s Halloween Second annual party with Destroy Ape Technology, Eastbaynian junkyard cabaret band, chainsaw pumpkin carving, and more. Wednesday, Oct. 31. 8 p.m.; $5-$10. 21 Grand, 21 Grand (at Broadway), Oakland, 510-444-7263.
Mystery Ball V Costume ball with installations, food, and music by West African Highlife Band. “Premonition” pre-party with performances and a culinary feast 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; $150 includes admission to the ball. The ball takes place from 8:30 p.m.-midnight; $75. Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito, 331-2787 ext. 22.
Other Cinema’s Halloween Horror Show Cultural critic Erik “Techgnosis” Davis discusses author H.P. Lovecraft. Costumes encouraged. Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m.; $5. Artists’ Television Access, 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890. Particle on the Bay: Halloween Bewitched Boat Bash Floating nightclub and cruise with live performances by Particle and DJs, presented by the Boom Boom Room. Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 p.m. departure or 3:15 a.m. departure for late-night “After-Bars” passengers; $40 (all-night ticket), $25 (late-night ticket). Red and White Fleet, Pier 43 1/2 at Fisherman’s Wharf, 866-666-8932 or www.particleonthebay.com.
Russian River Massacre Weekend Halloween extravaganza featuring “Midnight Mass” screening of Sleepaway Camp, parties, pumpkin carving, Guerneville Queer Bar Crawl, and the “Russian River Massacre Spectacular,” a multimedia horror extravaganza and performance with hosts Peaches Christ, Putanesca, and Vinsantos. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 26-27. The official resort is Fifes Resort, 16467 Highway 116, Guerneville; call 800-734-3371 or go to www.fifes.com. Prices for events are $5-$10; more info at www.peacheschrist.com and www.guerrillaqueerbar.com.
Spiral Dance 2001: Witches New Year Honor the dead with invocations, stilt walkers, and rope dancers. Saturday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.; $16-$50 sliding scale. Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina & Buchanan, 339-8150 or www.reclaiming.org.
Spiritdance Halloween ritual with costumes, DJs, and performances, presented by Anon Salon and Psychofunkodelic. Friday, Oct. 26, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.; $10-$15. Cafe Cocomo, 650 Indiana (at Mariposa), 978-2345 or www.anonsalon.com. Victorian Gothic Halloween Reading Bring Poe, Bronte, Baudelaire, Dickens, and other literature to read. Costumes and Victorian attire welcome. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m.; $3-$5. Mechanics’ Institute Library, 57 Post (at Kearny), 393-0100. West Berkeley Market Spirit Day Community building of Day of the Dead altar, plus eco-art projects and live performances. Sunday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; free. University, between Third and Fourth sts., Berkeley, 510-654-6346 or www.westberkeley.com