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7 Spooky Ways to Celebrate Halloween in the Bay

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There’s no shortage of ways and places to celebrate Halloween and to show off your Honey Boo Boo costume this year. Below, we’ve collected the best of all the offerings to bring you these seven awesome options for Halloween.

HALLOWEEN CRITICAL MASS
Fri October 26, 5:30pm at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco
What’s better than San Francisco’s biggest bike party in costume? Answer: nothing. Bring a helmet and your bike lights and join the masses riding through the streets to celebrate safe biking and of course, Halloween!

SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL OPEN MIC/KARAOKE PARTY
Sat October 27, 7pm at Nick’s Lounge in Berkeley
Feeling less like a jock and more like an art kid this Halloween? Dress as Emily Dickinson and bring your poetry to this crazy fun open mic. Come for the literature and stay for the karaoke afterwards.

GAULT HALLOWEEN/DIA DE LOS MUERTOS PARADE AND CARNIVAL
Sat October 27, 9am in Santa Cruz

There’s nothing like a good Halloween parade filled with adorable children. This Santa Cruz tradition has been going on 63 years, which says something! Participate in the parade yourself and end up at the most Halloween-y of Halloween events: a school carnival! Good luck at the cake walk!

GREENSKY BLUEGRASS
Wed October 31, 9pm at The Independent in San Francisco
Bluegrass and Halloween go together like caramel apples and trips to the orthodontist, which is to say THEY GO TOGETHER. Make sure your costume allows for dancing because you will really want to dance at this party.

GHOST WALK
Wed October 31, 6pm at San Francisco City Hall

Do you like ghosts but maybe don’t want them literally trying to kill you? Want to mix your Halloween chills with a little civic pride? Then why not take the Ghost Walk through City Hall and learn about all the creepy stuff that happens when the lights go off.

JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE NIGHT
Sat November 10, 6pm at Dolores Park

This is a perennial Halloween favorite and though it falls about a week after actual Halloween this year, I still highly, highly recommend this zombie-filled, citywide scavenger hunt for adults. Bonus: it starts in the Mission this year, which means a least a few less hills!

WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE FRIGHT NIGHTS
Throughout October and November at the Winchester Mystery House, San Jose
If you like being scared or even better, watching your kids get scared, stop wasting time and head to the Winchester Mystery House. What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than screams of terror coming from your loved ones as they’re chased by a masked man with a chainsaw?

-By Lizzy Acker

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=538191813 Chris Charman

    Hey everyone! Just FYI, the Gault Parade and Carnival is on SATURDAY, 10/27, not on Monday! See you all there!