Halloween in San Francisco

October 16, 2012 by

Festivals & Events, Things To Do

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

With October comes the change of seasons, the fall harvest, and of course, Halloween. This spectacular of celebrations is celebrated with verve and San Francisco’s traditional signature style—that is to say, young, interesting, original.

For the club-goer, the partier, and the regular nightclub attendant, there is more to do than list here. Suffice it to say, that there’s ocean’s of attractions to dance, scare, and stimulate. From Masquerotica “A Sinfully Sensual Soiree” to True Blood 2, Vaudeville “Dead Madame’s Ball”, Nightmare on Treasure Island, and many many more, there is definitely the party or ball to excite any nightlife interest.

For a more family-friendly approach, there’s still so much to choose from. The Scary, Silly and Spooky Halloween at the Walt Disney Family Museum is where you can catch the slightly spooky and always silly classic Disney Cartoons as they’re played in their original black and white on the HalloweenScreen! Or consider attending one of the many haunted San Francisco tours available; or attend the free Ghost Walk at City Hall on October 29th, which features little known facts about assassinations, exhumed graves, and other macabre facts regarding San Francisco’s sordid history.

Additional San Francisco Halloween options include Hauntology (October 29th from 7:30 to 9:00pm) where local artists and musicians create fantastic effects for the ongoing projection of films, slides, and video from Pacific Films Archive’s collection; Paxton Gate’s Halloween Party where you can make shrunken heads (from apples); and Journey To The End Of The Night where costumed participants play tag across the whole bay using only their feet and chase others to various checkpoints across the city.

As usual, there’s plenty of fun for the whole family this Halloween in San Francisco.


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