"Behind the Mask" Juried group show of works on paper with Halloween theme (through 10/30). SF Women Artists, 370 Hayes, 552-SFWA.
Casa de Espantos (House of Ghosts) Haunted art house based on multiple cultural traditions: Includes "The Funhouse of the Dead," a collection of scary images and mechanical devices; "Dwellings of the Dead," interactive installations, and "Temple of the Dead," a series of shrines, altars, and tableaus (through Nov. 2). Performances are held in the evenings. Tues-Thurs 6pm, Fri-Sun 8pm, also Tues 11/2 6pm; $2-8. SOMARTS Gallery, 934 Brannan, 552-1770.
The Duboce Triangle Halloween Show Gay soap opera set in San Francisco is haunted by poltergeists, exorcists, and a rich plastic surgeon. Eek! Plays Thurs-Fri 8pm, Sat 8 & 10pm, Sun 7pm (through 10/31); $12. Josie's Cabaret and Juice Joint, 3583 16th St., 861-7933.
Monsters of Comedy Arj Barker, Greg Behrendt, and Harmon Leon perform. Wed-Sat 9pm; $8. The Punchline, 444 Battery, 397-4337.
Shocktoberfest! Thrillpeddlers stage three horror classics involving madness and spanking: The Celibate, A Visit to Mrs. Birch and the Young Ladies of the Academy, and A Crime in the Madhouse. Plays Wed-Sat 8pm (through 10/30); $15. EXIT Theater, 156 Eddy, 820-1432.
Thursday, October 28
Borderlands Books Halloween Celebration Brian Froud reads Good Fairies, Bad Fairies: 2 Books in 1. 3pm; free. Borderlands Books, 534 Laguna, 558-8978.
Cabaret for the Living and the Dead Cara Vida's one-woman show of songs and spoken word mixes Tom Waits, Marlene Dietrich, and Nina Simone. 8:30pm (also Friday); 410. Studio at Theater Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St., 861-6419.
"Grimm Guignol" Unattended Children present three cautionary tales based on the Brothers Grimm. 7pm (also Friday and Saturday); $15. Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market, 861-5016.
Day of the Beast Spanish horror flick in which a priest, a heavy metal fan, and a TV psychic try to save the world from the Antichrist. 7:15 & 9:30pm; $4.50-$6.60. Red Vic, 1727 Haight, 668-3994.
Dead/Alive Thrillville Theater screens the zombie flick; costume contest and theremin music from Robert Silverman included. 9pm; $4. Parkway Theater, 1834 Park, Oakland, (510) 814-2400.
Metreon Halloween With haunted house, pumpkin patch, costume parade, and more. 5pm (through Sunday); $10-12. Metreon, Fourth St & Mission, 369-6128.
Vampires in Cyberspace Screening of horror film involving pharmaceuticals and "blood clubs." 8pm; $5. Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia, 824-3890.
"Monster" Books Sale Benefit for the Seafarers Club, with titles at .25-$1. 8am (also Friday); free. Justin Herman Plaza, Market & Steuart, (510) 839-2226.
Friday, October 29
Alice Cooper's Brutal Planet Haunted house spooks guests with hard-rock horror, demonic dancers, bone-chilling scenes, and Blood Sports Bar. 5pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun (through 10/31); free-$39. Six Flags Marine World, 2001 Marine World Pkwy, Vallejo, (707) 644-4000.
Borderlands Books Halloween Celebration Howard Hendrix reads Better Angels.7pm; free. Borderlands Books, 534 Laguna, 558-8978.
Dark Wave Horror film festival features Dario Argento's Phantom of the Opera at 7:30pm and Jake West's Razor Blade Smile at 9:40pm; $6-7. The Victoria Theater, 2621 16th St., 931-FILM.
Feast of Flesh Free zombie makeovers! Mexican horror movies! Barbecued animal parts! Bobbing for chicken necks! Hard rock heavy monster cover bands! 9pm; $7. Club Cocodrie, 1024 Kearny, 986-6678.
Groovy Funkaween Ball With live performances by The Funkanauts, Stymie, Jethro Jerimiah(TK) Band, and special guest Big Brutha Soul. 9pm; $10 with costume, $12 without. Café Cocomo, 650 Indian (at Mariposa), 824-6910.
Halloween Costume Party Jazz/funk/soul flavors with Wise Monkey Orchestra and Animal Liberation Orchestra. 10pm; $10. Mick's Lounge, 2513 Van Ness (at Lombard), 928-0404.
Halloween Hellbilly Bands Pearl Harbor and The Graveyard Farmers kick off the weekend's frightful festivities. 10pm; $5. Café du Nord, 2170 Market (at Sanchez), 861-5016.
Halloween Hoe-Down With rock bands David Quinby and the Jackrollers, Giblet Dribblers, Smoke Jumpers, and Suicide Doors. 9pm, $3. Come early for a costume party and BBQ pig-roast. 5pm. The Port Lite, 229 Brush St, Oakland, (510) 451-0600.
Halloween Super Party Various DJs spin trance, house, club classics, and Euro and SF's Premier Dance Team performs live; come in costume for the "King & Queen of Halloween" Contest. 9pm; $15. Bahia Cabana, 1600 Market (at Franklin), 626-3306.
Haunted Pre-Halloween Show A cozy, spooky show with music by ing(TK), Spinning Jennies, and The Frosties. Bands will dress up, so should you. Edinburgh Castle, 950 Geary (at Larkin), 885-4074.
"Have Yourself a Scary Little Improv" True Fiction Magazine performs. 8pm (also Saturday); $15. Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason, Marina & Buchanan, 824-1559.
The Horror Show Group art exhibit, various media; reception and costume party 7pm; free. 381g, 381 Guerrero, 255-1821.
Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree The Baby Dragon leads the Monster Mash and Witch School teaches the art of spells; refreshments included and costumes encouraged. Noon; $6. Children's Fairyland, Lakeside Park, Grand & Bellevue, Oakland, (510) 452-2259.
Mechanogrub Bewitchening People Hater hosts a robotic spook house. 8pm (also Saturday, 6pm, Sunday); $5. Blasthaus, Crucial Media Center, 41 Freelon, 356-0141.
Nosferatu Screening of the vampire movie with live musical accompaniment by Jill Tracy and her Malcontent Orchestra. Midnight (also Saturday-Sunday); free with meal. Foreign Cinema, 2534 Mission, 648-7600.
Rosemary's Baby Roman Polanski's horror classic about newlyweds and their creepy neighbors. 7 & 9:45pm; $4.50-$6.60. Red Vic, 1727 Haight, 668-3994.
San Francisco Jazz Festival Dracula: The Music and Film Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet perform at a screening. Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 465-6400.
Terror From Texas Halloween film screening from Texas Tomboy and Robert Chehoski. 8pm; $5. Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia, 824-3890.
Saturday, October 30
Boo at the Zoo Costumed kids (sans masks) can visit trick-or-treat stations, stake out the haunted nature trail, and ride the Little Puffer steam train through a haunted tunnel. 10am; free with zoo admission. SF Zoo, 1 Zoo, 705-0761.
Borderlands Books Halloween Celebration Laurence A. Rickels reads The Vampire Lectures. 4pm; free. Borderlands Books, 534 Laguna, 558-8978.
Cloyne Court Haunted Hotel Monster-wrestling, a carnival of freaks, and an "audio-torture chamber" with rock bands (one of which has vomit-fetish) are among the many gory attractions. 9pm; $5. Cloyne Court Co-op, 2600 Ridge Rd, Berkeley, (510) 849-2480.