Wednesday, Oct. 30
Chiller-Thriller Double Features: Two programs for horror-seekers: "The Undead and the Living Dead, Gothic-Style" features Nosferatu and White Zombie (Oct. 30); "John Carpenter's Awesome Chillers" features Halloween and The Thing (Oct. 31-Nov. 6), $4-$8, call for showtimes. Fine Arts Cinema, 2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-848-1143.
Count Astro's Haunted Heavens: Halloween-themed show highlighting creepy critters in the skies, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 31. Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline, Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, 510-336-7300.
Creatures of the Deep: Trick-or-treat at the Aquarium's first annual weeklong event featuring a mad scientist's lab, freaky experiments, and ghoulish crafts, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, through Thursday, Oct. 31, 623-5301 (information). Aquarium of the Bay, Embarcadero (at Beach), 623-5300.
Devil's Night Halloween Party: An evening of goth, death rock, and punk, featuring headliners Empire Hideous, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., $10. Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market (at Sanchez), 861-5016.
DJ King Coffin's Monster Chiller Horror Theatre: 9 p.m. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk (at Hemlock), 923-0923. Magic & Masquerade Ball: Complimentary Aliza "Passion & 'Pagne" cocktails 6-8 p.m., hors d'oeuvres, masks, and costumes with DJ Ian Golden, 6 p.m., call for reservations. Bubble Lounge, 714 Montgomery (at Jackson), 434-4204.
Nosferatu: Screening of F.W. Murnau's vampire classic with live music by Jill Tracy and the Malcontent Orchestra, no music at the 2 p.m. show, 2, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., $4.50-$10. Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight (at Clayton), 668-3994.
Trash Film Orgy: Screening of Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead, followed by a secret bonus feature, costume contests, live stage shows, and more, 8 p.m., through Thursday, Oct. 31, $8.50-$10, 442-7378 (information). Werepad, 2430 Third St. (at 22nd St.), 824-7334.
Thursday, Oct. 31
3rd Annual Beatdown Halloween Jammy-Jam: With special musical guests, a costume contest, CD giveaways, and more final "Beatdown Thursday" of the year, 8 p.m. Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck (at Center), Berkeley, 510-THE-ROCK. All Hallow's Eve: Featuring live performances by Rosin Coven, Collapsing Silence, and Puppets & Pie, DJs spinning goth and industrial, and costume contests, 9 p.m., $13. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St. (at Folsom), 626-1409.
The Damned: With the Dwarves, Throwrag, 9 p.m., $25. Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell (at Polk), 885-0750.
Demonics: With Ghosts CD release, The Undertaker & His Pals, 9 p.m. The Parkside, 1600 17th St. (at Wisconsin), 550-0393.
An Ecstatic Gypsy Halloween: Moroccan- and West Africaninspired ensemble Hamsa Lila, plus special guest Stephen Kent, present a special concert featuring sword swallowers, belly dancers, tarot readers, and more, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $10-$15, 510-867-7199 (information). Justice League, 628 Divisadero (at Hayes), 440-0409.
Fear: BATS Improv presents an improvised horror show, 8 p.m., $8. Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason, Bldg. B, Marina & Buchanan, 474-8935.
The Fire Garden: Halloween: Showcase of fire art and illuminated sculptures, live music, fetish fashion shows, and more, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, through Saturday, Nov. 2, free-$20, 510-601-6269 (information), www.thefiregarden.org. Golden Pacific Brewery, 1404 Fourth St. (at Camelia), Berkeley, 510-558-1919.
The Ghosts: 6 p.m., free. Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight (at Stanyan), 831-1200.
Halloween Bash at the Lamp: With Wil Blades & the Horn Dogs, 9:30 p.m., $5. Blue Lamp, 561 Geary (at Taylor), 885-1464.
Halloween Blood Drive: Bay Areawide blood drive and adult costume contest, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., free, 772-0754 (information), contest takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Old Federal Reserve Building, 301 Battery (at Sacramento).
Halloween Boo Bash: With Charles Unger Expressions. Rasselas Jazz Club, 2801 California (at Divisadero), 567-5010.
Halloween in the Castro: A local tradition for hard-core trick-or-treaters, 9 p.m., free. Castro Street (at Market).
Halloween Party: With the Cheeseballs, 9 p.m., $10. Red Devil Lounge, 1695 Polk (at Clay), 921-1695.
Halloween Party & Costume Contest: With live shows by Tom Jonesing, Starvin' Like Marvin, and Chub, 8 p.m., $10. Club Galia, 2565 Mission (at 22nd St.), 970-9777.
Halloween Show: With Sun Masons, the Len Paterson Trio, and Chemystery Set, 9:30 p.m., $5. Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-841-2082.
Halloween Showcase: Stand-up comedy, 9 p.m., $10. The Punch Line, 444 Battery (at Clay), 397-4337.
Halloween With Project: Pimento: Two sets, 10 p.m., $5. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk (at Hemlock), 923-0923.
Haunted House: Trick-or-treat with house and hip hop DJs, 9 p.m.-4 a.m., $10-$15. Kelly's Mission Rock, 817 China Basin (at Mariposa), 626-5355.
Howl-o-ween Strip Show: Annual erotic women-only event benefiting Luna Sea Women's Performance Project, 8 p.m., $10-$15. Luna Sea Women's Performance Project, 2940 16th St. (at Capp), 863-2989.
A Lashing of Malice, A Slice of Humor ... the Adult Stories of Roald Dahl: Alchemy Works, a company of disabled and nondisabled theater artists, presents a workshop production of the author's macabre tales, 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, through Saturday, Nov. 2, $10-$25, 925-798-1399 (tickets). Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College (at Derby), Berkeley, 510-845-8542.
Mad Scientist's Halloween Party: Annual event featuring live performances, a ritual desecration of home appliances, and dastardly experiments, 8 p.m., $10-$20. 21 Grand, 449B 23rd St. (between Broadway and Telegraph), Oakland, 510-444-7263.
Mungo's Halloween Pageant: With the Woodyz, Hot Pink Feathers, Mungo the Clown, Zombie, Dissection, and more, 8 p.m., $7-$9. Voodoo Lounge, 2937 Mission (at 25th St.), 285-3369.
Once in a Boo Moon: Kid's Halloween party with a planetarium show, cartoons, science activities, and trick-or-treating, 6-9 p.m., $8-$10. Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline, Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, 510-336-7300.
The Residents: Demons Dance Alone, 8 p.m., $25-$35, all ages show, 421-TIXS. Warfield, 982 Market (at Sixth St.), 775-7722.
Shocktoberfest!!: Thrillpeddlers' annual festival of one-act horror plays and sex farces from the Grand Guignol Theatre in Paris, 9 p.m. and midnight Thursdays-Saturdays; $5. Odeon, 3223 Mission (at Valencia), 550-6994.
Shrine of Lilith Halloween Party: Goth, industrial, and death rock music, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $3-$5, 820-3907 (information). Jezebel's Joint, 510 Larkin (at Turk), 345-9832.
"Soundboutique" Halloween Party: With DJs Jacob, Sean, and guests, 10 p.m. Ivy Room, 858 San Pablo (at Solano), Albany, 510-524-9299.
Michelle Tea: The local writer signs copies of her latest work, Chelsea Whistle, 7:30 p.m., free, attendees are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. Books Inc./Castro, 2275 Market (at 16th St.), 864-6777.
"Thursday Night Live: Halloween Rocks!": With American Girls, Girls Got Rhythm, Sunday Girls, N-Judas, 9 p.m., $5. Eagle Tavern, 398 12th St. (at Harrison), 626-0880.
Twisted: Premiere of a locally made horror film, described by director Baayan Bakari as "an African-American Blair Witch Project," 6:30 p.m., $5. The Parkway Theater, 1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, 510-814-2400.
The Vampire Tour of San Francisco: Discover how the undead played a role in the history of seven famous attractions in this guided tour through the city, featuring a costume party with prizes, 8-10 p.m., $15-$20, 650-279-1840 (information), www.sfvampiretour.com. California & Taylor Sts.
Victorian Gothic Halloween Reading: Bring a spooky selection from Poe, Brontë, Hugo, Wilde, or others to read, 6-8 p.m., free, costumes encouraged. Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post (at Market), 393-0100.
Werepad Halloween: Screening of Mad Monster Party with live music by Teeze, 9:30 p.m., $5. Werepad, 2430 Third St. (at 22nd St.), 824-7334.
Young Zombies in Love: Emerald Rain Productions presents Damian Hess' pop/rock musical comedy about a twisted love affair between two teens from Tombtown, Halloween show includes a reception and costume contest (advance tickets only); no performances on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 28-30, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, through Dec. 7, $12-$15, 510-982-0433 (reservations). Venue 9, 252 Ninth St. (at Folsom), 289-2000.
Zoo Station: Best costume contest with cash prize, 9 p.m. Ireland's 32, 3920 Geary (at Third Ave.), 386-6173.
Friday, Nov. 1
Ghostlight: Postmodern ghost stories around a 60-watt campfire, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2, $10. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (between Taylor & Mason), 673-3847.
A Halloween Costume Ball: Marimba Pacifica presents a ritual invocation of ancestors in honor of the Day of the Dead with live music and art, 8 p.m., $10-$13. Black Box Theater, 1928 Telegraph (at 19th St.), Oakland, 510-595-5597.
The Halloween Mystery Sale: Book sale with all books $1 or less, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free, 437-4857 (information), Larkin Street steps. Main Library, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4277.
Hermanas Unidas Sorority Halloween Party: With guest DJs, 9 p.m., $10. Galia, 2565 Mission (at 22nd St.), 970-9777.
Saturday, Nov. 2
Experiments in Terror: Other Cinema's annual Halloween show, featuring video clips from horror film history, 8 p.m., $5, come dressed in costumes. Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890.
Halloween Party -- Mongolian Disco: With guest DJs, 8:30 p.m., $10-$15. Galia, 2565 Mission (at 22nd St.), 970-9777.
Le Bal des Vampires: The Period Events & Entertainment Recreation Society presents the ninth annual dance, featuring music by the Divertimento Dance Orchestra and a performance by Le Theatre des Vampires, 6:30 p.m.-midnight, $15-$20, 510-522-1731 (information), www.peers.org. Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol (at Mission), Pleasanton.
Find everything you're looking for in your city
Find the best happy hour deals in your city
Get today's exclusive deals at savings of anywhere from 50-90%
Check out the hottest list of places and things to do around your city