The Barbecue Murders: John Fisher"s interpretation of Marin County"s 1975 barbecue murders, 8:30 p.m., through Saturday, Nov. 1, $5-$15. Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St. (at South Van Ness), 861-5079.
Ghost Walk: City Hall: 6:30 p.m., free. City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl. (at Fulton), 554-5184.
Magic and Mayhem: Stage Effects of the Grand Guignol: A lecture and presentation to France"s legendary Le Théâtre du Grand Guignol, "Theater of Horrors," 7 p.m., $5-$10. SF Performing Arts Library & Museum, War Memorial Bldg., 401 Van Ness (at McAllister), Fourth Fl., 255-4800.
Thursday, Oct. 30
The Barbecue Murders: See Wednesday.
The Cubby Creatures, Space Vacuum (from Outer Space), and Slow Poisoners: Halloween costume party and rockin" music. Visit www.cubby.net for more fun and information, 8:30 p.m., $6. Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St. (at Mission), 647-2888.
"Disko Bloodbath -- An Hellektrodiskohiphopvoodooshockrock Costume Ball!": Music from DJs Neel N Sukmeov, Deadly China Girl, plus the Crystal Lake Go-Go Dancers, toilet apple bobbings, and more, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., $5. 26 Mix, 3024 Mission (at 26th St.), 826-7378.
Halloween at the YMCA: Carnival games, costumes, and haunted house, 7-8:30 p.m., $5-$6, 447-9611 (Information). Letterman Gym, 1152 Gorgas (at Sternberg).
Meat: Devil's Night: With DJs Mitch, Ritter Gluck, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $5-$7. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St. (at Folsom), 626-1409.
Motherfunker Presents: Merkin -- A Halloween Pre-party: A night-before Halloween party to test out your costumes and fun, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., $5. 26 Mix, 3024 Mission (at 26th St.), 826-7378.
Pirate's Cove: Featuring Halloween candy buffet and trick-or-treat grab bags. Costumes or upscale attire required. Music from Rich Laxamama, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Ruby Skye, 420 Mason (at Geary), 693-0777.
Friday, Oct. 31
1st Annual Noiserock Halloween: With Replicators and Hate Breeders as AC/DC and Misfit cover bands, respectively. Discount for coming in costume., 9 p.m., $6-$8. Edinburgh Castle, 950 Geary (at Larkin), 885-4074.
All Hallow's Eve: The Figure by Candlelight: Halloween night spent drawing by candlelight with artist Sydney Cohen, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $40, 510-594-3710 (Information). California College of the Arts/Oakland, 5212 Broadway (at College), Oliver Art Center, Oakland, 510-594-3650.
The All Hollows Eve Jam: A night of fun and fright for ages 14-20, 7:30 p.m., $5-$7. Oakland Box Theater, 1928 Telegraph (at 19th St.), Oakland, 510-451-1932.
Among the Dead and The Lady and the Monster: 6 and 9 p.m., $5-$7. Auctions by the Bay Theater, 2700 Saratoga (at West Red Line), Alameda, 510-740-0220.
The Barbecue Murders: See Wednesday.
Birdleg's Halloween Bash: 10 p.m., $10. Eli"s Mile High Club & Restaurant, 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way (at 37th St.), Oakland, 510-655-6161.
Boo 3: With Wonder Bread 5, 8 p.m., $13-$30. Red Devil Lounge, 1695 Polk (at Clay), 921-1695.
Corby Yates Halloween Bash: 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., $15. Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason (at Geary), 292-BLUE (2583).
CrawlSF Halloween Bash: With DJ Blaqwest spinning, plus contests and prizes, 8:30 p.m., $12. Broadway Studios, 435 Broadway (at Columbus), 291-0333.
Cuban Salsa Halloween Party: With the rhythmic Tito y su Son de Cuba, 9:30 p.m., $10. Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore (at Geary), 673-8000.
Diamondhead Halloween Weekend: Featuring Super Diamond and Notorious singing selections of Neil Diamond, 9 p.m., $20. Slim"s, 333 11th St. (at Folsom), 522-0333.
eXtreme Halloween 18+ Event: Featuring DJs Nick G, Don Lynch, Slim Havoc, plus costume prizes, and more, 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., $15. Club X, 715 Harrison (at Fourth St.), 339-8686.
The Fly: The original 1958 cautionary tale of science, man, and fly gone awry, 7:30 p.m., $4-$8. Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, 510-642-5249.
Garaj Mahal: Halloween party featuring Kai Eckhardt, Fareed Haque, Alan Hertz, Eric Levy, and more, 9 p.m., $20. Avalon Ballroom, 1268 Sutter (at Van Ness), 673-5716.
GayGlo Halloween Show: Spectacular and unique glowing musical revue at the Castro"s main stage, 8:45 p.m., free. Castro Street, (at Market).
Ghost Walk: Palace Hotel: 6:30 p.m., free. Palace Hotel, Market & New Montgomery, 392-8600.
Hallofest!: Huge indoor/outdoor party featuring performance artists, dancers, costume contests, and DJs spinning hip hop, trance, deep house, rock, and more, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $30-$75. Kelly"s Mission Rock, 817 China Basin (at Mariposa), 626-5355.
Halloween 2003 at the Hotel Utah Saloon: Featuring the Bootcuts, Boxcar Saints, Extra Action Marching Band, Multiply, and more. Costumes strongly encouraged, 8 p.m., $7. Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St. (at Bryant), 546-6300.
Halloween Ball: With Stug, Zoo Station, and costume contest, 9 p.m., $9. Last Day Saloon, 406 Clement (at Sixth Ave.), 387-6343.
Halloween Bash: Rotating DJs, costumes encouraged, 9 p.m., free. Bubble Lounge, 714 Montgomery (at Jackson), 434-4204.
Halloween Costume Night: 9 p.m. The Velvet Lounge, 443 Broadway (at Kearny), 788-0228.
Halloween in the Castro: A Halloween mecca of revelry, outrageousness, and hard-core trick-or-treaters. Castro Street, (at Market).
Halloween Masquerade Ball: A Latin and Brazilian dance party and fundraiser for Samba do Coração, 7:30 p.m., $15-$20. Metronome Ballroom, 1830 17th St. (at De Haro), 252-9000.
Halloween Night 2003: Featuring DJs Garth, Sen-Sei, David Coleman, and more, 10 p.m.-4 a.m., $10, free with costume. Whisper, 535 Florida (at Mariposa), 356-9800.
Halloween Party: With DJs Mei Lwun and Johnny Knight, 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m., $25. Suite one8one, 181 Eddy (at Mason), 345-9900.
Halloween Show: Featuring Metric, On the Speakers, and the Sleaves, 10 p.m., $7. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St. (at Missouri), 621-4455.
Halloween With the Cockettes: Live fashion show with the Cockettes and friends, special guests, audience participation, and rare Cockettes films including Elevator Girls in Bondage and The Palace, documenting the Cockettes" Halloween show Les Ghouls, 6 p.m., free. LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market (at McCoppin), 865-5555.
Hallowqueen: First annual Halloween drag king and queen contest, 6 p.m., $25. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120.
Kiss the Vampire: With DJs Slick D., Salomon, Oscar Orellana, 10 p.m.-3:30 a.m., $15. Club NV, 525 Howard (at First St.), 339-8686.
Kreep: Featuring DJs Ivan, Mauricio, and Fuze, with costume contests and more, 9 p.m. Jillian"s, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6100.
Lingba Witch Trials Halloween Party: Lingba transforms into a haunted jungle, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., free. Lingba Lounge, 1498 18th St. (at Connecticut), 355-0001.
Mad Scientist Halloween Blast: With Van Boven, Cheap Ass Robots, Tri-Cornered Tent Show, Helium Karaoke, Pengo, and the Autumn Project, 9 p.m., $5-$15. 21 Grand, 449B 23rd St. (between Broadway and Telegraph), Oakland, 510-444-7263.
The Mansions: Nifty Tom Fifty, One Light Out, Betaville come dressed as your favorite rock star, 9 p.m., $5. Tongue & Groove, 2513 Van Ness (at Union), 928-0404.
The Meatball: Costume jamboree with hostess Heklina, Kennedy, Michael Soldier, Pepperspray, Dirty Sanchez, Felix Da Housecat, contests, and more, 10 p.m.-6 a.m., $10. Space 550, 550 Barneveld (between Industrial & Oakdale), 550-8286.
Nate Denver's Neck & Casiotone for the Painfully Alone Skary-oke: 10 p.m., $6. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk (at Post), 923-0923.
Night of the Living: Costume party featuring DJs Spesh, Ellen Ferrato, Dragn"fly, Laird, and more. Bring item for Day of the Dead altar, too, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $15. Gingerbread Warehouse, 1275 Connecticut (at Cesar Chavez), 640-1798.
A Noh-Distilled Frankenstein: Theater of Yugen members perform a Japanese interpretation of Mary Shelley"s classic tale, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, beginning Friday, Oct. 31, through Nov. 22, $13-$20. Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa (at Florida), 621-7978.
Pumpkin Bash: Have the kids trick-or-treat from store to store, 4-6 p.m. Stonestown Galleria, 3251 20th Ave. (at Winston), 759-2626.
San Francisco Ghost Hunt: Visit haunted places and more during this two-hour walk around the city"s scariest haunts, 5-9 p.m., $10-$20. Queen Anne Hotel, 1590 Sutter (at Octavia), 441-2828.
A San Francisco Nightmare: Performances by the Pine Box Boys, Esmerelda Strange, the Chasm of Spasms, with costumes and more, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, through Sunday, Nov. 2, $13. The Haunted Barn, 702 Earl (at Jerrold), 285-8103.
Son of Drakula: See David Drake"s new play, plus a costume party before heading to the Castro, 7 p.m., $28. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972.
Stage Frights: Plays From Hell: Featuring Dolly Dolly, Pinchy Face Clone Virus, Superman, Pee-Wee"s Hell House, and Ghost Story, 8 p.m., $10-$20. Cell Space, 2050 Bryant (at 18th St.), 648-7562.
This House Is Haunted -- Legends of House 5.0: Featuring DJs Joe Smooth, Wayne Williams, Jesse Saunders, Sen-Sei, David Coleman, and Ernan, 9 p.m.-4 a.m., $10. Club Six, 60 Sixth St. (at Jessie), 863-1221.
Thundercrack: 11 p.m. Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087.
Treasure Island: Featuring a custom-built pirate ship and Miguel Migs spinning, 9 p.m.-4 a.m., $30. Ruby Skye, 420 Mason (at Geary), 693-0777.
Vampire Tour of San Francisco: Tours of Grace Cathedral, the Nob Hill Cafe, Huntington Park, the Pacific-Union Club, the Fairmont Hotel, the Mark Hopkins Hotel, the Nob Hill Inn, and the Marines" Memorial Club, with their vampiric histories explained, 8:15-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1, $15-$20. Vampire Tours of San Francisco, California & Taylor, 650-279-1840 (reservations).
Saturday, Nov. 1
The Barbecue Murders: See Wednesday.
Day of the Dead Skulls: Celebrate Día de los Muertos by designing a skull inspired by the Randall"s animal skull collection, 1-4 p.m., $3. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way (at Roosevelt), 554-9600.
Día de los Muertos: Celebrate the day with decoration of traditional ofrenda and music by Ernesto Hernández Olmos, 10-4 a.m., $5.50-$8.50. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Concourse (at JFK), Golden Gate Park, 750-7145.
Diamondhead Halloween Weekend: Featuring Super Diamond and Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine, 9 p.m., $20. Great American Music Hall, 859 O"Farrell (at Polk), 885-0750.
Fright Night: Presented by Midnight Mass Season of Horror and your hostess Peaches Christ. Spooky and silly pre-show included. Be sure to buy tickets early, as they sell out soon, $8. Bridge Theater, 3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213.
Halloween Haunts at Hidden Villa: Spooky fun for the kiddies, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $15-$18. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody (at Sherlock), Los Altos Hills, 650-949-8653.
Le Bal des Vampires: Ballroom dance with the Divertimento Dance Orchestra, 6:30 p.m., $15-$20. Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol (at Mission), Pleasanton, 510-522-1731.
Monsters Ball -- Afrodeziak Special Event: W/ DJs David Savior, Suavecito, and more, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $15. Harry Denton"s Rouge, 1500 Broadway (at Polk), 346-7683.
The Pirates Ball: Costume party with DJs Josh Wink, Michael Anthony, Dimitris Mykonos, John Early, 8 p.m.-3 a.m., $25. Ruby Skye, 420 Mason (at Geary), 693-0777.
Sugar, Skulls, & Diamonds: Day-after costume party with music by DJs Garth, Jeno, Felix the Dog, Dark Horse, Gray-V, Ben Viguerie, Filthy Rich, 10 p.m.-4 a.m., $10. Club Six, 60 Sixth St. (at Jessie), 863-1221.
Them! and The Thing: 2:30, 5:45 and 9:10 p.m., $5-$7. Auctions by the Bay Theater, 2700 Saratoga (at West Red Line), Alameda, 510-740-0220.
Vampire Tour of San Francisco: See Friday.
Sunday, Nov. 2
Death and Rebirth: Annual celebration of Día de los Muertos, 7-10 p.m., free. Precita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Center, 2981 24th St. (at Harrison), 285-2287.
Día de los Muertos Exhibition: Artists" exhibits of the dead, 6:30-11 p.m. Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission (at 25th St.), 821-1155.
King Kong: 7 and 9:15 p.m., $5-$7. Auctions by the Bay Theater, 2700 Saratoga (at West Red Line), Alameda, 510-740-0220.
Night of the Living Dead II: An 18+ Day of the Dead celebration, 9 p.m. Kelly"s Mission Rock, 817 China Basin (at Mariposa), 626-5355.