Haunted Happenings

Rouge Halloween 2005: Harry Denton's other nightclub celebrates All Hallow's Eve with dancing and drinking. Sat., Oct. 29, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $10. Rouge, 1500 Broadway (at Polk), 346-7683, www.rougesf.com.

RuPaul: Whatever happened to that early '90s glamorous drag queen superstar RuPaul, you ask? Well, find out in the not-so-glamorous Bayview-Hunters Point District at Space 550's Hallow's Eve fete. Tranny den mother Heklina will also judge a costume contest, so consider yourselves warned; if your outfit isn't spot-on, you could receive the tongue lashing of your life. Sat., Oct. 29, 10 p.m., $30-$40. Space 550, 550 Barneveld (between Industrial & Oakdale), 550-8286, www.space550.com.

San Francisco Ghost Hunt: A guided nighttime walk that covers a mile of historic Pacific Heights, where, we understand, many ghosts still haunt rickety Victorians. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays, 7 p.m., $10-$20, www.sfghosthunt.com. Queen Anne Hotel, 1590 Sutter (at Octavia), 441-2828.

Bus Station John spins at the Disco Circus.
Bus Station John spins at the Disco Circus.
Elsa Lanchester stars as the Bride of Frankenstein, in 
a Frankenstein double feature.
Elsa Lanchester stars as the Bride of Frankenstein, in a Frankenstein double feature.

Shock It to Me: Revenge of the Creature Features: Grab your honey and head over to the Castro Theatre for a festival of amusing and brilliant classic horror films featuring monsters, ogres, beasts, and such. Call or visit the theater's Web site for a detailed film schedule. Fri., Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Sat., Oct. 29, 12:30 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sun., Oct. 30, 12:45-11 p.m. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com.

Sin-Factory Halloween: Northern California's largest nightclub turns into an even bigger den of sin than it already is. DJs Leslie Perez and Oscar O add hip hop, house, and R&B to the dance floor. Sat., Oct. 29, 10 p.m.-3:30 a.m., $10. The Factory, 525 Harrison (at First St.), 339-8686.

Lavay Smith: Instead of ghouls and crowds giving you prickly goose bumps, let Lavay Smith do it for you. Come hear how frighteningly good this local chanteuse belts out classic and moderns jazz standards. Mon., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Enrico's, 504 Broadway (at Kearny), 982-6223, www.enricossidewalkcafe.com.

Spirits & Boos 4: Maybe due to a festive feeling, Suede gives us yet another Halloween party. DJs Mei-Lwun, Ean Golden, Jason Edwards, Casey B show off their hip hop and house skills. However, you need to show off your costume-making skills as they are required for admittance. Buying tickets in advance is advised. Sat., Oct. 29, 10 p.m., $15-$35. Suede, 383 Bay (at Mason), 399-9555, www.suedesf.com.

Spooky: Local writers and literary enfant terribles Stephen Beachy, Dodie Bellamy, Justin Chin, Jennifer Natalya Fink, Thea Hillman, Kevin Killian, Mattilda a.k.a. Matt Bernstein Sycamore, and the shockingly brilliant Kevin Killian read their favorite scary stories. Sun., Oct. 30, 4-6 p.m., free. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia (at 20th St.), 282-9246, www.mtbs.com.

Strangelove: Thrash around like the dark, brooding, black-hair-dying Goth you secretly are at this dreary night. DJs Tomas Diablo and Vera Blue pull out dark electro, industrial, new wave, and Goth beats. Thu., Oct. 27, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., $3-$5. Underground SF, 424 Haight (at Webster), 864-7386, www.undergroundsf.com.

Sunn O))): Sure, experimental music is creepy, but you'll be having so much fun drinking to excess and showing off your cool costume, so you'll hardly care what message the headlining soundscape artist, as well as opening acts Boris and Thrones, are trying to convey. Mon., Oct. 31, 8 p.m., $13-$15. Slim's, 333 11th St. (at Folsom), 522-0333, www.slims-sf.com.

Suspiria: Screening of Dario Argento's wicked masterpiece. Fri., Oct. 28, 8 p.m., free with two-drink minimum. The Canvas Cafe and Gallery, 1200 Ninth Ave. (at Lincoln), 504-0060, www.thecanvasgallery.com.

Tales of Terror: Tales of Gothic horror read aloud at a spooky house. Perfect for all you brainy literary types. Sat., Oct. 29, 8 p.m., $10, 846-4695. Haas-Lilienthal House, 2007 Franklin, 441-3000.

Taos Hum: Although Alice Cooper is about as scary as a dandelion these days, Taos Hum will still perform his songs for a most rocking Halloween night. Mon., Oct. 31, 9 p.m. Red Devil Lounge, 1695 Polk (at Clay), 921-1695, www.reddevillounge.com.

Tramps and Beat Freaks: There's sure to be extra dancing, extra drinking, and extra costumes at this party. Local DJs Laird, Syd Gris, Tung, Goldilox, El Papachango, Majitope, Deep Eddy, Laron, J Boogie, and Jive hit the decks. Fri., Oct. 28, 10 p.m., $13. SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan (at Eighth St.), 863-1414, www.somarts.org.

Vampire Tours of San Francisco: This Halloween, let's take a look at the dark side of Nob Hill. No, not Dede Wilsey. But a good guess. Instead go on a Gothic tour of the neighborhood's old buildings while pondering our city's vampirish and hemoglobin-sucking past. Fri., Oct. 28, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 29, 8 p.m., $25, 866-4-BITTEN, www.sfvampiretour.com. California & Taylor Sts.

Viva Las Vegas: If you have the cash, then the pricey Ruby Skye might be perfect for you. Las Vegas is the theme, so think lounge-lizard suits, tacky senior citizens who gamble pensions away, Elvis impersonators, and Elizabeth Berkley a la Showgirls. DJs Michael Anthony, Cannus, and Rascue perform. Sat., Oct. 29, 10 p.m., $20-$25. Ruby Skye, 420 Mason (at Geary), 693-0777, www.rubyskye.com.

Wicked: A Women's Halloween Soiree: This night is geared toward the darker women, dykes, bisexual femmes, and other queers missing a Y chromosome. Electro, rock, industrial, and retro sounds hit the dance floor. Discounts for those who dress in costume. Sat., Oct. 29, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $7-$10. The Canvas Cafe and Gallery, 1200 Ninth Ave. (at Lincoln), 504-0060, www.thecanvasgallery.com.

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