We love Halloween in San Francisco -- you could say it's our favorite holiday. It's like the naughty stepchild of Christmas and the slutty roommate of New Year's Eve hook up once a year and throw a party tailor-made to the whims of San Francisco's crazy class. This year Halloween did us a favor and fell mid-week, so the party will start early and end late. We know you're probably too busy sewing sequins and glamming up to keep up with the who's who and what's what, so we've rounded up the 10 best Halloween events in the city.
10. Zombie Nightlife
Peaches Christ has been a fixture of S.F.'s drag scene for years, and she's really making the rounds this Halloween. In addition to Trannyshack Halloween, and the Quickies Erotic Film Fest, Peaches is also hosting Zombie Nightlife at the Cal Academy Thursday. Authors Kevin Dutton, Steve Schlozman, and Bradley Voytek will host talks about zombies and psychopaths, the Human Organ Lab will let you see and touch brains, zombie makeup artists are on hand to make you undead, and of course, there will be a Zombie Drag Show. Dark and creepy music provided by DJs S4NtA_MU3rTE and Chauncey CC.
Zombie Nightlife starts Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse (in Golden Gate Park), S.F. Admission is $10-$12.
For those who prefer to pee their pants from laughing rather than fright, you'd do well to check out The Romane Event Comedy Show Halloween night, put on by Paco Romane, who tied for "Best Comedian" in our reader poll this year. Expect to hear an earful of political jokes (we are facing a potentially scary election, after all), and all the wit and verve you can muster from crowd favorites Caitlin Gill, Will Durst, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, and Samson Kolektar.
The Romane Event starts Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. at The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St. (at Mission), S.F. Admission is $7-$10.
8. Horror double feature at the Roxie
There's no better way to make sure your date will snuggle up to you than a scary movie, and there's no better time than Halloween for scary movies. So if you've been waiting for your chance to sneak that arm around him or her, head out to the Mission on Halloween for the Roxie's double feature of Near Dark/From Dusk Till Dawn. As a bonus, after you finish the film tales of grindhouse gore and blood-sucking vampires, you'll be well placed to party on the Valencia St. corridor.
Near Dark/From Dusk Till Dawn starts at 6 and 8 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), S.F. Admission is $11.