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Bay Area Halloween For all the Ghouls and Goblins

Posted by novoscene on October 30, 2008

The spooky season is upon us and ghouls and goblins of all stripes will be roaming the streets all weekend. Here’s a list of some of our favorite events, from freaky all night bashes to haunted houses to scraper bikes to vampire lesbians, there’s something here for everyone. Grab a costume and go get scary!


Haunted House at Redwood Heights

Redwood Heights Recreation Center
3883 Aliso Ave., Oakland

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

One of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom tells the saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses whose paths first collide in ancient Sodom. Their bitter rivalry as bloodsuckers but more importantly, as actresses, endures for two thousand years with stops along the way in 1920s silent movie Hollywood and contemporary Las Vegas.
10/30 -11/1
$25/$35 Halloween midnight show
Stage Werx Theatre
533 Sutter St. San Francisco


3rd Annual Lobot Halloween Party

It’s time again for the annual Lobot Halloween Party and all the craziness, costumes and candy filled pumpkins this art space has become known for-even when it’s not all Hallow’s Eve! Come check a rotating cast of local musical rabble rousers including members of Rogue Wave, the Heavenly States, Golden Gram, The Tea Set, Somehow At Sea, The San Antonio Kid, Moot, and The Jen Weisberg Experience as they pay tribute to The Velvet Underground, Johnny Cash & June Carter, and Neutral Milk Hotel, (including a full performance of the Hotel’s “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” album. DJs Golden and Don’t Tell Yr Mom will be rockin’ the grey leather jamz and of course there’ll be plenty of games prizes and spooks to last the whole night long.

3rd Annual Lobot Halloween Party
8pm til late
Lobot Gallery
1800 Campbell st. Oakland

Orquesta La Moderna Tradición

Orquesta La Moderna Tradición transports you to an era of sensual danzones and swinging cha-chas – the music of the Havana social clubs of the 1950s. Featuring an open dance floor all night long.
8 and 10pm shows
Yoshi’s Oakland
510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

2nd Annual Scraper Bike Halloween Bike Ride

Bring your scraper bike or trick your two wheeler out for the night in it’s own Halloween costume, pack up a bag of goodies and meet up at the Mac Dre Mural on High St. to join the Scraper Bike Movement for a night of trick or treating Oaktown style. Free Sraper Bike/Oaklandish T-Shirts for the 2st 80 riders.
Ride starts at Fremont High School
High Street and Foothill at the Mac Dre Mural


The All Hallow’s Eve fright fest will feature indie, new wave, and rock bands Maldroid, Mystic Nights of the Cobra, and The Reptile House (a Sisters of Mercy tribute band). The evening’s costume contest winner will take home a cash prize.
1928 Telegraph Ave. Oakland

We Love The Town Halloween

Halloween Party featuring Golden Soundscapes by DJ’s DJ Zita & Dmadness along with special guest Pam the Funkstress spinning classic Hip-Hop, Funk & Oaktown Love. Costume contest with prizes and giveaways by Oaklandish, Oakbook & Scion.
Luka’s Oakland
2221 Broadway

NIMBY Halloween Fund Raiser

Fire performance by Issac & Tyler and KT. Spooky sounds provided by DJ’s Prophet, One Night Eva Destruction, Antithesis and also featuring a special Zombie make-up photo booth for those without costumes. Raffle for a chance to win 2 tickets to The Crucible’s 10th Anniversary Fire Ballet and other prizes.
$10 w/ costume
$15 w/o costume
$30 VIP bracelet which will get you: a bar pass for the night, 10 raffle tickets and your choice of the zombie make-up photo booth or a single serving of absinthe.
9 pm
ACME Warehouse
1281 30th St.
Emeryville, CA 94608

Halloween Monster Mash: Rebirth of Ghoul

Stop by early for the Creepy Happy Hour featuring Saswa Jazz Combo from 7-9pm then stay for the Monster Mash featuring Oakland’s Finest DJ’s DJ Manny Black featuring DJs K-Styles and True Justice spinning Soul, Hip Hop and Classic Vibe. Cash prizes for the “Most GHOUL Costume.”
Free before 9pm, $15 after
The Silk Road Restaurant and Lounge
101 Broadway, Oakland

Voodoo Lounge

Magi Milkcrates Resident DJ fflood spins the spooky mix of electro, house, breaks hip hop and soul at Oakland’s newest night sensation.
2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Dance with the Spirits

A celebration of Halloween and the Day of the Dead featuring Jose Roberto y Sus Amigos, a popular local ensemble exploring Latin America’s musical wealth from Cuban son to Peruvian festejos, Mexican huapangos to trans-cultural fusions. This Halloween Latin dance party should be your first stop before you hit the town!
$18, $15 Seniors, $12 Students
Pro Arts Gallery
550 Second Street, Oakland

Workingman’s Ed Halloween Bash

An unusual Halloween with psychedelic light shows and swirling electric jams Workingman plays Grateful Dead-associated songs along with homages to rock legends Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young.
$13/$10 students
Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

Halloween Murder Ballads Bash

Come get serenaded by some of the finest musicians and songwriters that the Bay area has to offer, as they share their musical offerings of Murder, Misery and Despair, for the 7th year in a row. This year’s musical feast features the seductive, silken sounds of Conception, Vessel One, Scott Simon, Fuzzy Cousins, High Diving Horses, Joe Rut, Salane and Friends, the Monkey Shiners and Ultralash.
Starry Plough
3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
510 841-2082

Sweet Sweetback’s Baaadassss Halloween Party

Embrace your inner Shaft, Foxy Brown, Dolemite and Blackula at this Blaxploitation themed costume party. Featuring DJ Sake one rockin’ alongside J-Boogie, Shawn Dub and Damon Bell.
Farmer Brown
25 Mason Street

Bewitched, Bedazzled, and Be Pleasured

See sexy clowns and circus sideshow entertainers, fiery vixens and the City’s best burlesque. Dance to the DJ! Spin the spooky wheel! Enjoy tricks and treats!
Good Vibrations
603 Valencia St, San Franciso

New Grooves: Downtown Halloween Party

A Halloween party with a downtown NYC twist, featuring drinks, dancing, and the rhythms of DJ Spooky and Forro in the Dark. DJ Spooky (Paul D Miller) is a composer, multimedia artist, writer, and DJ who has remixed artists from Wu-Tang Clan to Metallica and Steve Reich, and has rocked parties, clubs, festivals, and opera houses around the world.
$20 General, $15 Members
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission St., San Francisco


The Thirteenth Annual Festival of the Bones

The Festival of the Bones honors the contributions of our collective ancestry and celebrates the beauty of life. Representatives from African, Native American, Hawaiian, and Middle Eastern traditions will share their stories, songs, and dances. This Festival is interactive village theatre. Participants will experience transformative acts such as invoking the spirits of their ancestors, telling their stories, and placing them on the Tree of Life. There will be food for sale as well as a vendors’ market.
$27-$9, sliding scale
7:00-9:30 p.m
Oakland Center for Spiritual Living
5000 Clarewood Dr. Oakland

And for more kid friendly events check out what’s going on over at Mama Lounge.

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