Womyn’s Spiral Dance Annual women’s ritual commemorating Hallowmas and Amazon ancestors, presented by Daughters of the Goddess Temple. Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.; $10-$27. Orinda Masonic Temple, 9 Altarinda Rd. (at Santa Maria), Orinda, 925-787-9739.
Boo at the Zoo Fourth annual daytime celebration with Spooky Safari ConservationsTKsingular?TK games, haunted nature trails, a Creepy Crawler Critter event, and special pumpkin presentations to the animals. Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; free-$10. San Francisco Zoo, 1 Zoo (at Skyline), 753-7080 or www.sfzoo.org. Trick-or-treaters should not wear masks because they may disturb the animals.
The Cannery’s Annual Halloween Festival MC Gary Lapow hosts the costume contest and pumpkin parade (for kids 12 and under). Sunday, Oct. 28, noon-4 p.m.; free.
The Cannery, 2801 Leavenworth (at Columbus), 771-3112. Family Halloween Festival The theme is “Stormy Halloween” at this annual science/art fest with face painting, pumpkin carving, and ghoulish games. Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; free. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way (off Roosevelt), 554-9600.
Gardens Ghoullery Walk Children under 10 and their families parade around the gardens. Sunday, Oct. 28, noon-4 p.m.; free. The Children’s Center Rooftop
Gardens at Yerba Buena Gardens, Fourth St. & Howard, 543-1718. Halloween Party This year’s event focuses on the scientific aspects of the Harry Potter stories. Saturday, Oct. 27, 6:30-9 p.m.; free-$7. Lawrence Hall of Science, Centennial & Grizzly Peak, UC Berkeley campus, 510-642-5134.
Jack O’Lantern Jamboree Little monsters can choose from several events, including Merlin’s Magical Caverns, Monster Mash celebrations, and being certified as a Wizard’s Assistant, Clown Cadet, or Ghastly Ghost at the Halloween Academy. Costumes encouraged. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 27-28, TKtimesTK; free-$7. Children’s Fairyland, Lakeside Park, Grand & Bellevue, Oakland, 510-452-2259.
Pumpkin Carving Festival Bring your own pumpkin and gather to hear ghost stories. Sunday, Oct. 28, 1-4 p.m.; free. Sunnyside Conservatory, 236 Monterey (between Baden and Congo), 621-3260. Spooky Tales With Scary Mary Storytelling for kids ages 6 and up. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m.; free. Main Library, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4277.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Come dressed as the vampire-slaying teen and get a free bowl of popcorn. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2, 7:15, & 9:15 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 1, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.; $6.50. Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight (at Clayton), 668-3994.
Halloween Night Thriller Special video screening; movie TBA. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m.; TKpriceTK. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4277.
Late Nite Catechism Come dressed as your favorite nun to a special Halloween performance of Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan’s comic catechism “class.” Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m.; $10-$39. Union Square Playhouse, 340 Mason (at Geary), 866-FUNNY-NUN.
Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horrors Jill Tracy & the Malcontent Orchestra perform the original score to F.W. Murnau’s silent vampire classic. Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 29-30, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; $10. Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight (at Clayton), 668-3994. Special Halloween performance on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; $10. Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St. (at A St.), San Rafael, 454-1222.
The Residents Present Icky Flix The group of four anonymous figures performing with eyeballs on their heads show off a selection of their work, including some of the band’s hard-to-find short films. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 25-28, 8 p.m.; $35-$50. Special Halloween show with one-night-only tricks and treats on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m.; $45-$60. Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th St. (between York and Hampshire), 478-2277.
Seventy Scenes of Halloween Ghosts, goblins, beasts, and witches populate Jeffrey M. Jones’ tale, presented by Encore Theater Company. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 25-28, 8 p.m.; $15, pay what you can Thursday. Thick House, 1695 18th St. (between Arkansas and California), 401-8081.
Shocktoberfest! Third annual Thrillpeddlers festival features new translations of horror plays from the Grand Guignol Theater of Paris. Plays Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., through Nov. 10; $18. Exit Theater, 156 Eddy (between Taylor and Mason), 820-1400.
Spawn of the WidowTales of the black widow and her accursed children, presented by Teatro Sabor. Opens Friday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m.; plays Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m., through TK; special Halloween performance Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m.; $12. El Teatro de la Esperanza, 2940 16th St. (at Capp), Second Fl., 255-2320.
ThrillvilleCreature Double Features John Stanley and Bob Wilkins, the hosts of the popular KTVU horror movie showcase Creature Features, host the Bay Area big-screen premiere of Toho’s Godzilla vs. Supermechagodzilla plus screenings of Hammer’s The Satanic Rites of Dracula and Chapter 6 of The Shadow. Thursday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.; $12. Parkway Theater, 1834 Park, Lake Merritt, Oakland, 510-814-2400 or www.picturepubpizza.com.