Scary Affairs

A frightening array of the scariest parties on S.F.'s biggest holiday

21st Annual Womyn's Ritual and Spiritual Dance: Well, the fact that the oh-so-subversive word "Womyn" is in the title should tell you all you need to know. But in case you want more, this is a tribute to the Hallowmas, the Crones, and the Goddess, featuring crafts, drumming, and a high priestess. Leave your penis at the door, guys. (Just kidding. Sort of.). Fri., Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m., $23-$27, www.daughtersofthegoddess.com. Orinda Masonic Temple, 9 Altarinda Road, at Santa Maria Way, Orinda.

All Hallow's Eve: Gothic, industrial, and '80s dominate this Halloween soiree where Rosin Coven thrashes and DJs Miz Margo of ("Dark Sparkle" infamy) and Decay spin your dead souls alive on the dance floor. High-flying dance troupe Aerial Assault and vaudeville act Spectacular Spectacular also perform at this party that's sure to go into the wee hours of the morning. Sun., Oct. 31, 9 p.m., $13. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St. (at Folsom), 626-1409, www.dnalounge.com.

Bat Makumba, Nobody From Ipanema, and SambaDà: Come to this Carnaval-esque Halloween party, climaxing with a percussion jam onstage. Hot. Fri., Oct. 29, 9 p.m., $13-$15. The Independent, 628 Divisadero (at Hayes), 771-1421, www.independentsf.com.

Berkeley Farmers' Market Costume Making: While shopping for seasonal, organic produce with the kiddies in tow, head over to the East Bay Depot for Creative Re-use table for some craft and costume making tips, techniques, and thrills. Sat., Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free, 510-548-3333, www.ecologycenter.org. Berkeley Farmers' Market, Center St. & Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Berkeley.

Blake's Unplugged: Crypit Orchid, Omissa, Nonfiction, As She Burns, Red Horizon, Circle of 5th, Point-Three, Gratis, Hazerfan, Charlotte Summer, Sol Ascending, Faced, Savage Machine, Elicit, Roadside Attraction, Point Taken, Breakpoint, and LoNero perform at this metal-heavy Halloween bash. Sun., Oct. 31, 6 p.m., $6. Blake's on Telegraph, 2367 Telegraph (at Durant), Berkeley, 510-848-0886.

Boo at the Zoo: Take your costumed tykes to the zoo for Halloween, where they can go trick-or-treating, visit the animals, and as if nature isn't scary enough in and of itself, travel down a haunted nature trail. Creepy stuff, folks. Sun., Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. San Francisco Zoo, 1 Zoo (at Skyline), 753-7080, www.sfzoo.org.

Boogie's Halloween: Boogie down with your shoes off at this Halloween party. This is a scent-free event. Sun., Oct. 31, 7:30-11:30 p.m. Rhythm & Motion Studios, 1133 Mission, at Seventh St..

Brazilian Halloween Party: Female vocalist Lisa Silva belts out Brazilian tunes at this Latin American-flavored Halloween party. Sat., Oct. 30, 9 p.m., $10. The Purple Onion, 140 Columbus (at Pacific), 217-8400.

Carol Doda & Dick Winn: Jazz duo headlines this North Beach Halloween party. Sat., Oct. 30, 8 p.m. Enrico's Supper Club, 504 Broadway (at Kearny), 982-6223.

Chinatown Ghost Tour: Take a lamp-lit tour of Chinatown where you can visit its old gambling parlors, intoxicating back-alley opium dens, naughty brothels, and perhaps encounter one of the many spirits wandering the streets. Oct. 29-30, 7:30 p.m., $10-$20, 793-1183, www.sfchinatownghosttours.com. 736 Washington St., 736 Washington (at Kearny).

The Country's Most Unusual Pumpkin Patch: Big, beautiful, bulbous pumpkins are made of glass rather than vegetable. Visit this Richmond art studio to see these gourd-eous (heh) lovelies. Sat., Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 7, 12-4 p.m. Cohn Stone Studios, 560 South 31st St., at Erlandson St., Richmond, 510-234-9690.

The Cramps: The Cramps along with Eagles of Death Metal, Davie Allan & the Arrows, and Gore Gore Girls arise from the dead for their annual Halloween show. Sun., Oct. 31, 8 p.m., $25. Warfield, 982 Market (at Sixth St.), 775-7722, www.cc.com.

Da Freaks Come Out at City Nights: 18-and-over night featuring candy giveaways and DJ Slick Dee pumping out hip hop, R&B, Latin house, and reggae. Sat., Oct. 30, 9:30 p.m., $20. 715 Harrison, 715 Harrison (at Third St.), 339-8686.

Day of the Dead Celebration: Voodoo Cabaret and Spirit Gum perform at this rockin' celebration for the dead. Mon., Nov. 1, 9 p.m., $5. Hush Hush, 496 14th St. (at Guerrero), 241-9944.

Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend: Girly Halloween cabaret show featuring The Amazing Indra, Mia More, The Debaucherous Dolls, Alotta Boutte of Harlem, Shake, Lily Le Rouge, The Chainsaw Chubbettes, Miss Peppermint, Cyndi Irresistible, Whyte Choklite, RJ the Clown, plus MCs Faux Queen Stiletto Pump, and Kingsize. Thu., Oct. 28, 10 p.m., $10. Oakland Metro, 201 Broadway (at Second St.), Oakland, 510-763-1146.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Parade: Beautiful nighttime celebration honoring the dead, ending in Garfield Park at the Festival of Altars. Tue., Nov. 2, 7 p.m., free, 864-1450, www.dayofthedeadsf.org. Bryant & 24th Sts.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration: Entre Nous and DJs Mauricio Aviles and Alain del Corazon mix it up (Latin house style) during this Dead of the Dead party. Sat., Oct. 30, 10 p.m., $6. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia (at 18th St.), 552-7788.

DJ Sasquatch Borracho: Satanic metal, punk, and horror soundtracks will be heard at this Mission soiree. Sat., Oct. 30, 9:30 p.m., free.

DJs Sander Kleinenberg & Paul Oakenfold: If you've tired of the chaotic Castro scene, head downtown to dance to the beats of two well-known DJs. Sun., Oct. 31, $20-$30. Ruby Skye, 420 Mason (at Geary), 693-0777.

Electro Techno Disco Popsicle: Well, the name says it all, minus the popsicles. Pier 48 transforms into a gargantuan techno, funk, trance, and drum 'n' bass dance party featuring the DJ genius of Dyloot, Tom Silk, Gianni, Dan, Irene, Charles Feelgood, Lian Shy, and many more. Sat., Oct. 30, 7 p.m., $30-$40, www.skillsdjworkshop.com. Pier 48, at Terry Francois Blvd..

Fall Fair Benefit & Carnival: This autumnal, family-friendly fair features with not only four live bands, fun games, a Beanie Baby toss, and a spooky haunted house, plus a doughnut-eating contest. Life doesn't get much better than that, folks. Sat., Oct. 30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free. Creative Arts Charter School, 1802 19th St., at Arkansas, 695-5480.

Fallout Halloween Party: Richshaw Stop throws a bash featuring punk and indie rock bands Fallout and Houndstooth and the Wolfhounds. Sat., Oct. 30, 9 p.m., $5. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell (at Van Ness), 861-2011.

Family Halloween Day: At this family-friendly festival runs the gamut from the creepy (live bat presentation!) to the, well, not so creepy (Jackie Jones plays the saw for her "adorable" dancing cat!) Creepy and cute. Sat., Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Randall Museum, 199 Museum (at Roosevelt), 554-9600.

Flametal: Flamenco dancing and metal music have -- at last! -- come together at this unusual Halloween event, which should prove to be both sensual and head-banging. Sat., Oct. 30, 8:30 p.m., $15-$17. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-849-2568.

Funk-loween Freakfest: Catch funk rhythms from Mission Players. Sun., Oct. 31, 9:30 p.m., $5. Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore (at Geary), 673-8000, www.boomboomblues.com.

Gardens Ghoullery Walk: This event -- for kids under ten and their families, making it candy-stealing, smashing-pumpkin teenager-free - will have a costume parade, rounds of musical chairs, an egg hunt (why not?), and prizes. Sun., Oct. 31, 12-4 p.m., free. Yerba Buena Gardens, Fourth St. & Mission, 978-2787, www.yerbabuenaarts.org.

Gaskells Halloween Dance: Waltz to this fancy Halloween ball posthaste. Brassworks will play tunes to sway to such dances as the Victorian waltz, the polka, schottisches, mazurkas, and more. Be sure to don your most festive formal attire. (Think ballroom scene in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion ride.) Sat., Oct. 30, 8 p.m., $15, www.gaskellball.com. Scottish Rite Theater, 1547 Lakeside (at 17th St.), Oakland, 925-798-1300.

Ghost Festival 4: Mermaid Meat and Other Japanese Ghost Stories: Brenda Wong Aoki's ghost tales are hauntingly told with jazz music and drums. Oct. 29-30, 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 31, 2 p.m., $25. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-ARTS, www.yerbabuenaarts.org.

Ghost Walk at City Hall: Assassinations, earthquake devastation, and harrowing legislation -- San Francisco City Hall has seen its fair share of the macabre over past hundred years. So why not take a tour of the famous hall to learn interesting and ghostly trivia that's a part of our city's history? Arrive early. Wed., Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m., free. City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl. (at Fulton), 554-5184.

Ghost Walk at the Palace: President Warren G. Harding died at this famous hotel. What's more, David Fincher's The Game was filmed here, showcasing the leathery Michael Douglas. What could be scarier? Take a tour of this lovely, historic hotel while hearing tales of its haunted past. Tour starts in the main lobby. Fri., Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m., free. The Palace, 2 New Montgomery (at Market), 512-1111.

Gruesome Tales of Death and Destruction & Random Acts of Violence: The Odeon (where almost every night seems like Halloween) presents a unique Halloween experience with experimental mime troupe Kinetic Theory, plus circus acts such as hand-balancing pirates, zombie contortionists, accordion music, and more. Not to be missed. Sun., Oct. 31, 8 p.m., $5-$10. Odeon, 3223 Mission (at Valencia), 550-6994.

Gyro's 3-D Fear Factory: Pier 17 turns into two 3-D haunted houses: Clown Alley and the Curse of the Pirates Tomb. Every 4 days, 7-11 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., $17.95, 800-939-GRYRO, www.3dfearfactory.com. Pier 17, Embarcadero & Green Sts.

Hallowed Ground: It's like a very special Halloween episode of The Love Boat, minus the big boat and B-list celebrities, starring well-known local DJs Gabriel & Dresden, Dragn'fly, Garth, Ellen Ferrato, Hoj, Tafner, and Sunder. Sat., Oct. 30, 9 p.m., $15. Paradise Lounge, 1501 Folsom (at 11th St.), 621-1911.

Halloween Blues Bash: Spend this usually wild night chilling out, listening to The Andre DeVito Band throw the funk and the blues. Sun., Oct. 31, 8 p.m.-midnight, $5. Lou's Pier 47, 300 Jefferson, at Jones, 771-5687.

Halloween Costume Party for Dogs: What could very well be the cutest thing to ever hit San Francisco asks you to dress up your beloved pooch in the most creative and darling outfit. Professional photographers will be on hand to snap a picture of your best friend, and the profits go to Rocket Dog Rescue. Aw. Sun., Oct. 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free. Noe Valley Pet Company, 1451 Church, at Cesar Chavez, 282-7385.

Halloween Festival at the YMCA: At this family-friendly event you will find a haunted house, face painting, crafts, refreshments, a live magician, and more. The best part, though, is that it's free. Sat., Oct. 30, 5-8 p.m., free. Stonestown YMCA, 333 Eucalyptus Dr., at 20th Ave., 242-7100.

Halloween in the Castro: This (in)famous party in the Castro is a sight to behold if you've never seen it or if you're a virgin to the the Bay Area. Be sure to dress up and play nicely with the other kids, folks, as this street party is loads of fun and quite the experience. Although it's a little more controlled than it has been over the past few years, it's still one of the city's most rowdy and wild events. Also, they now ask you to bring "no booze, no drugs, no bashing." Bwa-ha-ha! That's really rich, organizers. Sun., Oct. 31, 7 p.m., $3, www.halloweensf.com. Castro (at Market).

Halloween Magic: Michael Stroud, author of The Klutz Book of Magic, performs magic at UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science's annual Halloween party. In addition to the sinful witchcraft show, there will be face painting, fortune telling, bats, snakes, and spiders. Ew. Sat., Oct. 30, 6:30-9 p.m., $10-$12. Lawrence Hall of Science, Centennial & Grizzly Peak, Berkeley, 510-642-5132.

Halloween Masquerade Ball: Classy, exclusive, sophisticated, God-I-hope-my-picture-makes-it-in-Paper City kind of gala featuring DJs Donovan and Sunwoo. Sat., Oct. 30, 9 p.m., $20-$450. Top of the Mark, 1 Nob Hill, 999 California (at Mason), InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, 616-6916.

Halloween Party at Club Lamia: A truly scary Halloween party where women get in for free before 11 p.m. if they're sporting a mini skirt. Plus there's a Girls Gone Wild contest to boot. The horror! The horror! Sat., Oct. 30, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $10-$20. Club Lamia, 3910 Geary (at Third Ave.), 876-4080.

Halloween Party at the Hotel Utah: Taste the garage-rock musical stylings of The Husbands, Don't Shock Me Lucifer (a Roky Erikson Tribute Band), and Harold Ray Live In Concert. And be sure to dress up in costume for this one, or run the risk of being collectively vibed out of the place for being a gigantic party-pooper. Sat., Oct. 30, 9 p.m., $7. Hotel Utah, 500 4th Street at Bryant, 546-6300, www.thehotelutahsaloon.com.

Halloween Party at the Powerhouse: Notorious SOMA club throws a Halloween bash that's sure to be delightfully perverted. Sun., Oct. 31, 9 p.m., free. Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom (at Ninth St.), 552-8689.

Halloween Show: Tripp, Katie Jay, and Suburban Slow Death perform during Tongue & Groove's annual Halloween show. Sat., Oct. 30, 8 p.m., $7.

Halloween's True Meaning: Want to know why you let your kids go up to strangers' homes to demand sweets? Curious as to why we gut and then carve up perfectly good squash? Have you always wondered why we celebrate Allhallows Eve? You do? Then this fun party is perfect for you and your family. Sun., Oct. 31, 1-3 p.m., $5-$15, www.ftloose.org. Shotwell Studios, 3252A 19th St. (at Folsom), 289-2000.

Happy Tree Friends: Come see the creators of this funny, violent, cult cartoon series. Fri., Oct. 29, 7 p.m. Tower Records, 3251 20th Ave. (at Winston), 681-2001.

Haunted Castle Halloween Roctoberama: The famous Edinburgh Castle turns into a macabre haunt for the night. Indie rock bands Pillow Pusher, The Slow Poisoners, PrOnstar, Pono, and The Floating Corpses are scheduled to perform. Sun., Oct. 31, 9 p.m., $5. Edinburgh Castle, 950 Geary (at Larkin), 885-4074, www.castlenews.com.

Haunted San Francisco: Ghost Stories From the City's Past: Author Rand Richards reads selections from his book about San Francisco's ghostly past. Wed., Oct. 27, 6 p.m., free. Main Library, Book Bay at the Main Bookstore, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4238.

Hemlock Halloween Bash: As if its poisonous name and Polk Street locale weren't frightening enough, they're throwing a Halloween bash with Boyjazz, Jesus Replicator, and DJ Coffin. Sat., Oct. 30, 9 p.m., $5.

Horror of Politics and Politics of Horror: A Halloween Double Feature: Instead of slasher Halloween-themed flicks, the Roxie presents Political Advertisement 2004 and The American Nightmare. The former film shows a series of campaign commercials from over the past 50 years, while the latter parallels horror films (ala George Romero, Tobe Hopper, Wes Craven, and David Cronenberg, to name a few) that invoked themes of social commentary along with knife wielding and brain munching. Scary ... and educational! Sun., Oct. 31, 8 p.m., $8. Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087.

Iron Science Competition, Halloween Edition: Let your inner nerd out at this event that puts a scientific twist on the popular Iron Chef: Science teachers are given 10 minutes to create science demonstrations. Fri., Oct. 29, noon, $8-$12. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673, www.exploratorium.edu.

Jack O'Lantern Jamboree: A costume parade, arts and crafts, fairytale characters, and loads of candy cut with lots of sugar promise to keep your tykes wired and giddy for hours of crazy Halloween fun. Oct. 30-31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $8. Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue, at Grand, Oakland, 510-452-2259, www.fairyland.org.

KISS FM Screamin' Halloween Cruise: The San Francisco Spirit boards at Pier 9 at 7:45 p.m. sharp for a Halloween evening spent cruising around the Bay. Sat., Oct. 30, 7:45 p.m.-midnight, $32.

Kunst-Stoff: Modern dance company performs a scary routine involving bloody hands and dying swans. Ew. Fri., Oct. 29, 8 p.m., $10-$15. Jon Sims Center for the Arts, 1519 Mission (at 11th St.), 554-0402.

Little Red Riding Hood vs. the Undead: All hell breaks loose as fabled heroine Little Red Riding Hood goes head to head against zombies in this humorous Halloween theatrical production. Oct. 28-30, 8 p.m., $12. Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 896-6477, www.offmarkettheater.com.

LYRIC LGBTQQ Youth Masquerade Ball: Queer youth from throughout the Bay Area come out to this popular Halloween bash. Costume contest, celebrity judges, and guest DJs will highlight a wild night of dewy, youthful fun. (Ages 23 and younger only. So, chicken hawks? Stay home.). Fri., Oct. 29, 7 p.m.-midnight, free. Women's Building, 3543 18th St. (at Valencia), 431-1180.

Metal Tribute Night: Band your head in honor of Satan himself with these cover bands: Children of the Damned (Iron Maiden), Hangar 18 (Megadeth), Hail Satan (Mercyful Fate), Brewtallica (Metallica). Sat., Oct. 30, 7 p.m. Rooster's Roadhouse, 1700 Clement (at Grand), Alameda, 510-337-9190.

Metalween: Pre-Halloween bash celebrating heavy metal ditties, featuring Impaled, Kylesa, and Passive/Aggressive. Wed., Oct. 27, 9 p.m., $6. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia (at 18th St.), 552-7788.

Metropolis Halloween Party: DJs Deborah Cox and Tony Moran set the tone for the throngs of buff, hairless queer men at this popular Halloween circuit party. Sat., Oct. 30, 10 p.m., $30-$40, www.guspresents.com.

Midnight Mass: Re-Animator: Midnight screening of cult zombie film at awesome cult movie series. In addition to the movie fun, a sick and beautiful pre-show featuring Peaches Christ (AKA Joshua Granell), Jen Taher, Timmy Spence, and Vinsantos will help you get in the Halloween mood. Sat., Oct. 30, 11:30 p.m., $10, www.peacheschrist.com. Bridge, 3010 Geary, at Blake, 267-4893.

Mischief Nite: Folk-, blues-, and rock-infusion band the Bryan Harrison Band headlines a night of thrills at the Lost and Found Saloon. As always, wear a costume. Sat., Oct. 30, 9:30 p.m., $3.

Monster Ball: DJ Danny Brown spins hip hop and various club hits at this Halloween party, also featuring a costume contest, drink specials, and more. Sat., Oct. 30, 9 p.m., $10. Harry Denton's Rouge, 1500 Broadway, 346-7683, www.sfclubs.com.

Monster Bash: Spend a lovely evening dancing to a live entertainment and walking through Elvira's haunted house. Sat., Oct. 30, 7 p.m., $10-$20. USS Hornet Museum, Pier 3, Alameda Point, Alameda, 510-521-8448.

A Murder Mystery Masquerade Burlesque Ball: Someone is killed and everyone is a suspect, including you. Burlesque troupe Harlem Shake, who will perform, are at the top of the suspects' list, so be careful. Sat., Oct. 30, 8:30 p.m., $10. Eli's Mile High Club & Restaurant, 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. (at 37th St.), Oakland, 510-655-6161.

Mystery Ball Costume Gala to Benefit Headlands Center for the Arts: At the chic ball soprano Marin Lenhardt sings, Orchestra La Moderna Tradición performs Afro-Cuban beats, while DJs Vordo and Alibi spin more modern tunes. Your ticket also gains you entry to an open bar, delicious food, live and silent auctions, and much more. Sat., Oct. 30, 7 p.m.-midnight, www.headlands.org. Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Fort Barry, Marin Headlands, Sausalito, 331-2787 ext. 28.

Nightmare on Drumm Street: Madonna and Prince covers bands -- Mandonna and Princess, respectively -- throw a downtown Halloween bash. Fri., Oct. 29, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., $20-$30, 675-6230. Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 5 Embarcadero Center, at Sacramento St., 788-1234.

Pixelbiscuit Halloween: Local DJs Canyon, Kirsten, Nate Harrison, Johnny, David, Michael, and Crom spin house-heavy grooves at this free SOMA party. Sat., Oct. 30, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., free. Butter, 354 11th St. (at Folsom), 863-5964, www.smoothasbutter.com.

Pumpkin Carnival: Come test your creative skills at this pumpkin-carving contest. In addition to the crafting fun, there will be a nail-biting costume contest, fun games, and a creepy haunted house to explore. Sat., Oct. 30, 4-8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 31, 12-4 p.m., $2. Wah Mei School, 1400 Judah, at 19th Ave., 665-4212.

Pumpkin Pandemonium: Come with the kids to carve your pumpkins to artistic perfection at this delightful festival. Sat., Oct. 30, 1-3 p.m., free, 705-5500. Pier 39, Beach & Embarcadero, 705-5500, www.pier39.com.

Revolución: A celebration of the life of Che Guevara? Nope. It's a queer Latin Halloween extravaganza with DJ Alexander, drink specials, barely clothed go-go boys, CD gievaways, and so much more. Come in costume for a discount at the door. Sat., Oct. 30, 9 p.m., $10-$12. Rawhide, 280 Seventh St. (at Folsom), 621-1197.

Rock 'n' Roll Horror Show: They've got film, they've got music. First, glam/indie rock bands Plastination and The Paranoids perform, with metal, punk, rock DJ Bishop spinning in between sets. Second, the apocalyptic zombie musical comedy Gory Gory Hallelujah will be screened for your pleasure. What more do you need, really, in a horror show? Fri., Nov. 5, 8 p.m., $5. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell (at Van Ness), 861-2011.

The Saddle Cats: Unplugged Americana rounds out this Halloween night of folks fun. Sun., Oct. 31, 8 p.m., free. Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck (at Center), Berkeley, 510-THE-ROCK.

Septmember, Fire Wrecks the Forest, Champs De Mars perform at Halloween Benefit for www.Votewatch.us: Get one whole dollar off of your admission price if the lady at the door likes your costume. Sat., Oct. 30, 9 p.m., $5. Balazo Gallery, 2811 Mission at 24th St., 550-1108.

Sin Factory Halloween: Famous porn stars judge your Halloween outfit -- which seems odd considering they wear next to nothing on the job -- for a big cash prize. Woo hoo! Sat., Oct. 30, 10 p.m., $10. The Factory, 525 Harrison (at First St.), 339-8686.

Sol y Luna Resurrection: Normally a jazz venue, Club Jazz Nouveau turns to DJ Amir and his beats for a festive Halloween party. Sat., Oct. 30, 11 p.m.-2 a.m., $20. Club Jazz Nouveau, 2801 Leavenworth (at Beach), 921-2100.

Splash: Former Culture Club frontman and current DJ/pop icon Boy George performs for the masses as Ruby Skye transforms itself into an underwater fantasy for a stunning pre-Halloween celebration. Sat., Oct. 30, 8 p.m., $30. Ruby Skye, 420 Mason (at Geary), 693-0777.

Symphony Parnassus -- Haunted Halloween Concert: Symphony Parnassus performs Franz Waxman's Bride of Frankenstein suite, Bernard Herrmann's prelude to Psycho, and Hector Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique," and more. Sat., Oct. 30, 3 p.m., $15-$22. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), 392-4400.

Taos Hum & Hair Supply: Guns N' Roses and Air Supply cover bands, respectively, perform on Halloween Night dressed up like the rock stars of yesteryear. Why not dress up as your favorite aging rock idol, too? Sun., Oct. 31, 8 p.m., $8-$10. Red Devil Lounge, 1695 Polk (at Clay), 921-1695, www.reddevillounge.com.

Thursday Night Live Presents: The Eagle Tavern's popular Thursday night music series goes all Halloween on us with The Jack-O-Lantards, Binky, Haden, Vomica. Thu., Oct. 28, 9 p.m., $6. Eagle Tavern, 398 12th St. (at Harrison), 626-0880.

Tokyo Dark Castle: Get ready to mope, you broken, brooding soul. The creators of "House of Usher" being you a Gothic Halloween celebration with Secret Secret, Mute Angst Envy, Neither Neither World, Flatline Transmissions, Order of the Fly, plus DJs, a costume contest, a Gothic waltz, and so much more. Fri., Oct. 29, 9 p.m., $25, www.tokyodarkcastle.com. Pound-SF, 100 Cargo (at Pier 96), 826-9202, www.poundsf.com.

Unisexy's Pre-Halloween Party: Kick off the Halloween weekend at one of the Mission's best club nights around. Your host Johnny Kat emcees a midnight show starring the splendid Suppositori Spelling, Jordan L'Moore, and The Darleens. Plus DJs Chicken and Mr. Anthony throw down their signature brand of beats to satisfy all of your dance floor needs. Thu., Oct. 28, 10 p.m., $5. Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St. (at Mission), 647-2888, www.makeoutroom.com.

Vampire Tour of San Francisco: Mina Harker takes you on a Gothic tour of Nob Hill, expoloring San Francisco's vampirish, bloodsucking past. Oct. 29-30, 8 p.m., $15-$20, 650-279-1840. California & Taylor Sts., California & Taylor Sts..

White Trash Party: Dress up as your favorite low-income, of-Caucasian-descent stereotype at this pre-Halloween bash. Thu., Oct. 28, 9 p.m. Suite one8one, 181 Eddy (at Mason), 345-9900.

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