Haunted Happenings

22nd Annual Womyn's Spiral Dance: Dance your hippie ass off at this tribute to the Crones, the Goddess, and the grandmothers. (Say what?) In addition to the estrogen-fest, partake in live drumming, crafting, and more. The womyn dressed in the sexiest outfit drinks for free all night. (Just kidding). Fri., Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m., $23-$27, www.daughtersofthegoddess.com. Orinda Masonic Temple, 9 Altarinda Road (at Santa Maria Way), Orinda.

Alternative Tentacles Bat-Fest 2005: Punk rock ledgends Jello Biafra & the Melvins thrash about for your Halloween merriment. Munly & the Lee Lewis Harlots and Turn Me On Dead Man open. Mon., Oct. 31, 8 p.m., $!6. Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell (at Polk), 885-0750, www.musichallsf.com.

BATS: Sunday Players Halloween Show: BATS Improv School grads performing at their spookiest. Sun., Oct. 30, 8 p.m., $8, www.improv.org. Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason, Bldg. B (Marina & Buchanan), 474-8935.

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.

Bionic's Hallow's Eve: Even though the place is awash in pink, you're still bound to have a spook-tacular (heh) good time at this French house and electro filled fete. The neighborhood is dicey, but it's still one of the better (and more expensive) places to go get smashed in the inner Mission. You should also dress to impress. Sun., Oct. 30, 9 p.m., $7. Pink, 2925 16th St. (at South Van Ness), 431-8889, www.pinksf.com.

Boo at the Zoo: Dress up the wee ones in their cutest little outfits, and then haul them over to the San Francisco Zoo for a safe trick-or-treat route, surprises, and see amazing creatures both large and small! Sat., Oct. 29, noon, $4.50-$7.50. San Francisco Zoo, 1 Zoo (at Skyline), 753-7080, www.sfzoo.org.

Boo at the Zoo Too: East Bay version of the aforementioned Boo at the Zoo. Sat., Oct. 29, 12-4 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 30, 12-4 p.m., $4.50-$7.50. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road (at Hwy. 580), Oakland, 510-632-9525, www.oaklandzoo.org.

Boy George: Fresh off of a cocaine bust, Boy George now gets you high on the dance floor when he spins at this popular nightclub. Also, he will judge the costume contest, so look your best or he might turn to the flake again. Sat., Oct. 29, 10 p.m., $25. Ten 15 Folsom, 1015 Folsom (at Seventh St.), 431-1200, www.1015.com.

Brazilian Halloween Costume Party: The Elbo Room eschews the live DJ format that most Halloween parties are doing, and instead brings you Brazilian beats with Bat Makumba and DJ Felina. A great alternative to the numerous DJ-based events going on. Fri., Oct. 28, 9 p.m., $8-$0. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia (at 18th St.), 552-7788, www.elbo.com.

Bumpkin Pumpkin: This two-day dance party that goes deep into the night is perfect for those looking to groove in a nice downtown venue, minus the pretentiousness. DJs Kyau, Albert, Pulser, Robert Nickson, Seep Voices, Mars, Weired psyants, Angel, Rohan, & more hit the decks. Fri., Oct. 28, 9 p.m.-4 a.m., $30-$60. Terra, 511 Harrison (at First St.), 864-8833, www.terrasf.com.

The Castro's Halloween Party: For years the Castro has been the epicenter of Halloween. All things out-of-this-world, strange, and spectacular happen here on Halloween night. Although over the past few years the climate has changed to that of slack-jawed gawkers and a surprisingly homophobic taint, it still remains a must-see event for new arrivals to the city. Mon., Oct. 31, 7 p.m., free, www.halloweeninthecastro.com. Castro, (at Market).

Club ID's Midnight Cabaret Halloween Ball: The Holy Kiss & Madelia perform at this bi-monthly club night's Halloween party where the avant-garde and tres chic 18-and-over set gather. LA's The Pindown Dolls will perform their signature style of burlesque, while DJ Fletcher helps you bop your head to '80s rock, Britpop, and electro beats. Costumes and a hipper-than-thou attitude are a must. Fri., Oct. 28, 10 p.m., $7-$8. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell (at Van Ness), 861-2011, www.rickshawstop.com.

The Connecticut Yankee's Annual Halloween Party: The Connecticut Yankee shakes up its usual offering of Americana and jam rock by showcasing live DJs pumping out rock, soul, jazz, and reggae for this dance party. And the best part of it all? It's free. Sat., Oct. 29, 10 p.m., free. The Connecticut Yankee, 100 Connecticut (at 17th St.), 552-4440, www.theyankee.com.

Creep: Have a spookily awesome Halloween at the not-so-spooky and sterile Metreon megaplex. Jillian's hosts a dance party near downtown. Expect a costume contest and DJ Fuze spinning club hits, hip hop, and R&B beats. Sat., Oct. 29, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $5 in costume. Jillian's, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6100, www.jillians.com.

Dark & Misunderstood: Not nearly as depressing as the name might suggest, this festive fete features live painters, "cat juggling" (oh dear, we hope not), costume contests, dancers, and more. DJs Mike Nice, Omar, Lady Lovely & the Bastard Prince, and Kozmo spin rare grooves, break beats, trip-hop, electro, and new wave all night long. Sat., Oct. 29, 9 p.m., $5. Madrone Lounge, 500 Divisadero (at Fell), 241-0202, www.madronelounge.com.

Dark Sparkle's Halloween Party: Spend Halloween in a gorgeous former speak-easy transformed into a haunted house, while you dance to dark Gothic beats. Michael Sparkle and MM host a night of debauchery, costume contests, treats, and more -- a perfect place to escape the Castro melee happening just outside. Mon., Oct. 31, 9 p.m., $15-$20. Café Du Nord, 2170 Market (at Sanchez), 861-5016, www.cafedunord.com.

Deep-Ocean Halloween Play Party: Drink, dance, and play truth or dare while you learn more about your own erotic desires at this didactic and sexually charged party. To stave off gawkers, costumes will be mandatory. Fri., Oct. 28, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $10-$40. Center for Sex & Culture, 398 11th St. (at Harrison), 255-1155, www.pervercity.org.

Disco Circus: Ruben Mancias, Franky Boissy, Craig C., and Bus Station John (one of the city's finest DJs and best-kept secrets) spin unique sets of modern, '70s, and '80s disco at this ghoulishly good party. Obviously, '70s attire is strongly encouraged. Sun., Oct. 30, 8 p.m.-4 a.m., $10-$15. Mighty, 119 Utah (at 15th St.), 626-7001, www.mighty119.com.

DJs Brett Henrichsen and Frank Wild: 1015 opens its doors on Sunday, allowing you to get one last dance in before you have to go trick-or-treating with the kiddies and make sure little Sammy's Spiderman outfit fits perfectly. Sun., Oct. 30, 6 p.m.-midnight, $15-$20. Ten 15 Folsom, 1015 Folsom (at Seventh St.), 431-1200, www.1015.com.

DNA Lounge Halloween Extravaganza: Cabaret comes together with rock, Gothic, industrial, and '80s sounds at this party. Vaudeville troupe Spectacular! Spectacular! joins Rosin Coven and a slew of DJs for a night of debauchery in SOMA. A costume contest for loads of cash should also provoke you to sport the most inspired outfit. Sat., Oct. 29, 9 p.m., $!3. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St. (at Folsom), 626-1409, www.dnalounge.com.

Dolores Park Cafe's Annual Halloween Party: This charming cafe at the corner of Dolores Park throws a party that will be fun for ghouls both big and small. Treats, food, pumpkin carving, folk music, and more round out a night of festiveness for the entire family. How do you like them apples, Tartine? Fri., Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m., free. Dolores Park Cafe, 501 Dolores (at 18th St.), 621-2936, www.doloresparkcafe.org.

Drag Rock 'n' Roll Cover Show and Costume Party: The Ramones, The Runaways, and Devo magically appear again -- or so The Pinheads, The Queens of Noise, and Mongoloid would want you to believe -- at this cover-band night. Also featured is a heated and highly anticipated costume contest. Sat., Oct. 29, 8:30 p.m., $5-$7. Thee Parkside, 1600 17th St. (at Wisconsin), 503-0393, www.theeparkside.com.

Fallout's Halloween Costume Ball: Electro, indie, new wave, and rock 'n' roll beats take a stab at being the hottest party in the Mission this Halloween. DJs Ratz and TS will work on the decks, while you work that costume, which if stunning enough, might win you a prize. Lucky you. Sat., Oct. 29, 9 p.m., $7. 12 Galaxies, 2565 Mission (at 22nd St.), 970-9777, www.12galaxies.com.

Family Halloween Day at Randall Museum: Treats, games, pumpkin carving, little kids dressed up at their most adorable, smiles -- it's so much fun and so super sweet, you'll want to rip your teeth out one by one. Sat., Oct. 29, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., free. Randall Museum, 199 Museum (at Roosevelt), 554-9600, www.randallmuseum.org.

Family YMCA Halloween Festival: You and your family will have to undergo triple bypass surgeries after witnessing the YMCA's horrifying haunted house. Games, crafts, sweets, magic, and more are also on hand for loads of chilling holiday fun. Sat., Oct. 29, 5-7:30 p.m., free. Stonestown YMCA, 333 Eucalyptus Dr. (at 20th Ave.), 242-7100, www.ymcasf.org/Stonestown.

Festival of Fear: You get triple the fright with three visually stunning and actually quite chilling makeshift haunted houses. Yikes! Nightmare Alley, Cut-Throat Cafe, and Evil Jack's Arcade will gleefully scare you, but do leave the toddlers at home with a babysitter. Sat., Oct. 29, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sun., Oct. 30, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.; Mon., Oct. 31, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., $24.95, 861-901-3327, www.gyrofestivaloffear.com. Pier 48, at Terry Francois Blvd..

Frankenstein & Bride of Frankenstein: Double feature of James Whales' classic films from 1931 and 1935, respectively. Wed., Oct. 26, 1, 4 & 7 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 27, 1, 4 & 7 p.m. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com.

Gardens Ghoullery Walk: Kids and families are invited to don their finest costumes and join the Halloween festivities in the gardens! Sun., Oct. 30, noon. Zeum, 221 Fourth St. (at Howard), 777-2800.

"Gross, Gruesome, and Gothic": Take a look at the darker side of cartoons as over 60 ghastly and creepy works will be on display. Come to the opening reception in costume and win a prize. Woo hoo! Thu., Oct. 27, 7-9 p.m., $2-$6. Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission (at New Montgomery), 227-8666, www.cartoonart.org.

Halloween at Amnesia: Get a good dose of Klezmer, Balkan, gypsy, punk, and rock music from Golem, Knees & Elbows, and DJ Tracheotomy. A perfect party for you and other Missionites who choose to skip the Castro bedlam. Sun., Oct. 30, 9 p.m., $10. Amnesia, 853 Valencia (at 20th St.), 970-0012, www.amnesiathebar.com.

Halloween at Pound-SF: Too young to get (legally) drunk at a club on Halloween? Too old to terrorize the drag queens in the Castro? Instead, head over to Pound SF where the 18-and-over sect will have a merry time listening to hard rock bands Sleepy Time Gorilla Museum, The Kehoe Nation, RU36, and Shinichi Momo Koga. Mon., Oct. 31, 8 p.m., $15-$17. Pound-SF, 100 Cargo (at Pier 96), 826-5009, www.poundsf.com.

Halloween Bash at Roe: DJs Sebastien, Tony Kutulas, Chris Marcovici, and Steve Walker mix a safe blend of hip hop, Top 40, and house for the masses at this downtown club. Sat., Oct. 29, 9 p.m.-3 a.m., $15. Roe / Prive, 651 Howard (Third St.), www.roerestaurant.com.

Halloween Freak Fest: Strong cocktails, hot costumes, and funky jazz beats are what the Fillmore's historic Boom Boom Room is all about this Halloween season. Mission Players perform. Thu., Oct. 27, 9:30 p.m., $5. Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore (at Geary), 673-8000, www.boomboomblues.com.

Halloween Masquerade & Costume Ball: DJs Lando 1, Mixtek, Jazz-e, Jayvi Velasco, BlaQwest, & Allier pump out reggaeton, house, R&B, & hip hop beats for an upscale party at this pricey lounge. Fear not, though, as your nifty costume will get you a hefty discount at the door. Sat., Oct. 29, 7 p.m.-2 a.m., $15-$25. Bambuddha Lounge, 601 Eddy (at Polk), 885-5088, www.bambuddhalounge.com.

Halloween Masquerade Extravaganza: A rather ritzy masquerade DJ dance ball at the historic hotel in Union Square. Fri., Oct. 28, 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m., $25. St. Francis Hotel, 335 Powell (at Geary), 397-7000.

Halloween San Francisco: This official and family-friendly Halloween party features live entertainment, costume contests, candy, and good, clean fun. Mon., Oct. 31, 7 p.m.-2 a.m., $5. Civic Center Plaza, Polk & McAllister.

Halloween Soap Box Derby Pre-Party: Geeks and masochists rejoice! Before you go crashing head-first into a wall at the annual Halloween Soap-Box Derby on Bernal Hill, hit this pre-party where Demonics, Thee Merry Widows, and Felexx Bronco rock out. Sat., Oct. 29, 9 p.m., $7. El Rio, 3158 Mission (at Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, www.elriosf.com.

Halloween T-Dance: "Fresh" -- a monthly tea dance with the look and feel of a circuit party -- throws a Halloween event for all of the clean-shaven queer men. Expect dilated pupils and sexy men donning scantily clad angel and devil outfits. Sun., Oct. 30, 6 p.m.-midnight, $15-$20. Ruby Skye, 420 Mason (at Geary), 693-0777, www.rubyskye.com.

Halloween's True Meaning: In addition to face painting, costumes, improvisation, and a performance by Christina Lewis of The Clown School, parents and their kids will get the chance to hear about the origins of Halloween, why we trick-or-treat, and more facts about the eerie autumnal holiday. Sat., Oct. 29, 1-3 p.m., $5-$15. Shotwell Studios, 3252A 19th St. (at Folsom), 289-2000, www.venue9.com/shotwell.html.

Handsome Halloween: Handsome Boy Modeling School performs at what should promise to be a most awesome party. Dan the Automator and Prince Paul also give you something to dance about. Fri., Oct. 28, 9 p.m.-4 a.m., $15. Mighty, 119 Utah (at 15th St.), 626-7001, www.mighty119.com.

The Haunting: What better way to scare yourself senseless than by heading to this posh club stuck in the gritty Bayview district. Expect hip hop, Top 40, and the usual club beats that never fail to get a festive crowd on their feet. Costume contest around midnight. Fri., Oct. 28, 10 p.m., $15-$20. Suede, 383 Bay (at Mason), 399-9555, www.suedesf.com.

Hell-O-Ween: Although this SOMA staple hosts a hefty bridge-and-tunnel crowd -- not that it's a bad thing -- this fetish party will attract horny locals as well. With a performance by The Living Dead Girls, live DJs spinning, and a costume contest, how can it not? 18-and-over perverts welcome. Wed., Oct. 26, 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., $7-$10. Glas Kat, 520 Fourth St. (at Bryant), 495-6626, www.glaskat.com.

Hemlock Tavern's Halloween Bash: Lurking in the utterly horrifying Tenderloin, Hemlock Tavern goes all out for this rockin' Halloween shindig. Heroine Sheiks and Boyjazz perform while DJ Coffin dazzles at the decks in between sets. Sun., Oct. 30, 9:30 p.m., $9. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk (at Post), 923-0923, www.hemlocktavern.com.

Holla Ween: Never one to close their doors just because it's a Monday, Elbo Room hosts a hip hop heavy night on Halloween, featuring Colt 75, DJ Sake-1, Wisdom, and The Vinyl Brothers. Sport a Halloween costume and get half-off your cover charge. Mon., Oct. 31, 9 p.m., $2.50-$5. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia (at 18th St.), 552-7788, www.elbo.com.

Hollywood Halloween: San Francisco finally allows Hollywood into its heart with this LA-themed party. Borders will breed creativity as you're forced to dress in costume as one of your favorite celebrities of the stage, screen, runway, and MP3. DJ Treat-U-Nice spins with flair. But be careful of the paparazzi they've got hiding around looking to snap that photo of you at your drunken worst. Fri., Oct. 28, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., $20-$25. Tongue & Groove, 2513 Van Ness (at Union), 928-0404, www.tongueandgroovesf.com.

Hustlers-a-No-No Halloween Party: What could be scarier or more exciting than getting caught at the lurid Powerhouse on a dark night? Not much, really. This Halloween party will feature live male dancers, a dildo toss, and loads of debauchery. Come dressed in your skankiest finery. Fri., Oct. 28, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., free. Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom (at Ninth St.), 552-8689, www.powerhouse-sf.com.

Improvised Music Set to Creepy Short Films: Three jazz bands improvise the score to several gory, horrific, and experimental films. Mon., Oct. 31, 8 p.m., $6-$10. 21 Grand, 416 25th St. (at Broadway), Oakland, 510-444-7263, www.21grand.org.

Infuse: Night of the Living: Live DJs and lively people will pack this place to capacity tonight, along with every other club along 11th Street in SOMA. Be sure to bring along a small token of affection to place on the Day of the Dead altar. Sat., Oct. 29, 10 p.m., $15. Paradise Lounge, 1501 Folsom (at 11th St.), 621-1911, www.paradiselounge.com.

Jack O'Lantern Jamboree: Have fun at this festival filled with parades, balloon animals, candy, face painting, pirate schooling, and of course, pumpkin carving. Who knows? You might even enjoy it as much as your kids. Sat., Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $8. Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue (at Grand), Oakland, 510-452-2259, www.fairyland.org.

KISS Screamin' Halloween Cruise: A boat party on the San Francisco Spirit yacht? Sounds alluring and kind of creepy. Just don't fall or get pushed overboard. Also, arrive no later than 7:30 p.m., or the ship will sail without you. Sat., Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., $32, www.981kissfm.com. Pier 9, Embarcadero & Broadway.

Levende Cabaret: Top-notch DJs mixing funky house, soul, and hip hop nicely compliment live cabaret and hip hop acts at this fancy and frightful affair. Sat., Oct. 29, 10:30 p.m., $10. Levende Lounge, 1710 Mission (at Duboce), 864-5585, www.levendesf.com.

Macknificent: Since clearly this costume trend will not die, Club Q presents to you yet another pimp-and-ho party. You know what to do. Sat., Oct. 29, 10 p.m., $5. Club Q, 61 Golden Gate (at Market), 255-1668, www.clubqsf.com.

Mad Hatter's Tea Party: Fabulous tea and dinner party where the best costume winner wins free high-quality tea for an entire year. Mon., Oct. 31, 3-10 p.m., $22. Samovar Tea Lounge, 498 Sanchez (at 18th St.), 626-4700, www.samovartea.com.

Masquerade: Hip hop, reggae, Hindi remixes, club hits, techno, and Bhangra beats will cover all your music tastes at this downtown night club's Halloween bash. An 18-and-over event. Sat., Oct. 29, 10 p.m., $10-$15. Blue Cube, 34 Mason (at Market), 259-8629, www.bluecubesf.com.

Monster Bash: Spend Halloween in Alameda at an evening of dancing and sweet-treat dining on the deck of the USS Hornet. All ages are welcome. Sat., Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.-midnight, $10-$20. USS Hornet Museum, Pier 3, Alameda Point, Alameda, 510-521-8448.

New Wave City's Halloween Dance Party: Break out your shoulder pads, big hair, and high-grade blow for this frightening '80s dance party that simply proves once again that the only good thing to come out of this era was the music. Be sure to participate in the Cure's Robert Smith Look-Alike Contest by wearing your saddest sulk. Sat., Oct. 29, 9 p.m.-3 a.m., $7-$12. Studio Z, 314 11th St. (at Folsom), 252-7666, www.studioz.tv.

Nightmare on Fulton Street: Fear not, USF students! No need to travel outside of your area and run the risk of mingling with public school students. 1751 Social, your local club, is throwing a DJ Halloween spectacle with Browntempo, Sparks, and xlr8. Mon., Oct. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $10. 1751 Social Club, 1751 Fulton (at Masonic), 441-1751, www.1751socialclub.com.

The Only Pre-Vegoose Halloween Costume Ball: Win a hotel stay and two tickets to Las Vegas if your costume rocks the hardest. Don't worry if you don't win, because you'll have the pleasure of listening to Zero-Two, Melvin Seals, and Futoshi Morioka perform. Almost the same thing, right? Thu., Oct. 27, 9 p.m., $12. 12 Galaxies, 2565 Mission (at 22nd St.), 970-9777, www.12galaxies.com.

Peaches Christ's Hell House: It's not Halloween without Peaches Christ, period. Let her and her gaggle of scary-ass drag queens delight and make you keel over with laughter at this brilliant cabaret show smack dab in the heart of the Castro. Sat., Oct. 29, 11 p.m., $6, www.peacheschrist.com. Harvey's, 500 Castro (at 18th St.), 431-4278.

The Pimps Who Stole Christmas and Called It Halloween: Jillian's hosts a party at the Metreon with the worn-out Halloween costume theme of pimps and hos: Men dress like big studs, women dress like little sluts. Expect a costume contest with a celebrity judge panel, fancy bottle service, food, fun, flirting, and more. Fri., Oct. 28, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $15. Jillian's, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6100, www.jillians.com.

Pre-Halloween Flashback Party: Classic hip hop and dancehall sounds by DJs Pam the Funkstress, Zeph, Motion Potion, Coop D'ville, Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist make this night worth remembering. That, or the madcap antics going on just outside on Market and Sixth Streets. Fri., Oct. 28, 10 p.m.-3 a.m., $10. Club Six, 60 Sixth St. (at Jessie), 863-1221, www.clubsix1.com.

Pumpkin Pandemonium: Arts & crafts, a costume contest, live entertainment for the little ones, pumpkin decorating, and a solid round of trick-or-treating will delight and overexcite your kids. Sun., Oct. 30, 5 p.m., free, 705.5500. Pier 39, Beach & Embarcadero, 705-5500, www.pier39.com.

Queer Open Mike Halloween Show: Hostesses Cindy M. Emch and Sherilyn Connelly will make sure things run smoothly at this queer open-mike night that focuses on Halloween and themes of fright. Fri., Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m., $1-$5. Three Dollar Bill Cafe, 1800 Market (at McCoppin), 503-1532, www.threedollarbill.com.

The Rhythm Method's Halloween Bash 2005: Not only will there be a costume contest here, but Cause 4 Concern has come over from merry ol' England to blast us all with a boss drum 'n' bass set. Fri., Oct. 28, 9 p.m.-3 a.m., $10. Shadow Lounge, 299 Ninth St. (at Folsom), 302-4684, www.shadowloungesf.com.

Rockin' Jake's New Orleans Halloween: Spend this Halloween feeling smooth, cool, and easy by taking in some downtown jazz at one of SF's foremost jazz venues. Mon., Oct. 31, 8:30 p.m., $10. Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason (at Geary), 292-BLUE (2583), www.biscuitsandblues.com.

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.

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.

Zoo Station and Chronic Town: These U2 and REM tribute bands (respectively) don't need Halloween in order to mimic their rock star idols. They do it all year long and draw large and eager crowds because of it. Sat., Oct. 29, 9 p.m., $10. Last Day Saloon, 406 Clement (at Sixth Ave.), 387-6343, www.lastdaysaloon.com.

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