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.