Chasms of Spasms Macabaret An evening of the supernatural, occult, and torture acts with members of Cyclecides Bike Rodeo, Circus Ridiculous, and more hosted by Maxwell Coldpepper. Thursday, Oct. 25, 9:30 p.m. at Edinburgh Castle, 950 Geary, 885-4074; discount available with password Beelzebub. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 26-27, 10 p.m. at the Haunted Barn, 110 Evans, 647-2449. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 10 p.m. at the Odeon, 3223 Mission, 550-6994. Admission to all events is $13.
The Creamerys Festival of the Deranged Multimedia exhibition of extreme arts and films with music by John Arns. Friday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m.; $5-$666TKsix hundred?TK sliding scale (discounts for costumes). 2517 San Pablo (between Mead and Athens), Oakland, 510-663-3553. Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Fruitvale Festival Celebrate the Mexican national holiday with local artists who create altars for exhibition and family festivities. Sunday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; free. International from Fruitvale to 40th Ave., Oakland, 510-535-6904 or www.unitycouncil.org/html/diamuertos.html.
Dusk Til Dawn Ghost Stories All-night ghost stories, with refreshments and trivia contest. Saturday, Oct. 27, from sunup to sundown; free. Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia (between 19th and 20th sts.), 824-8203. Fencesitters Costume Ball Bisexual dance party with DJs and Liquid Latex fashion show. Friday, Oct. 26, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.; $10, threesome special $2 off for each of the three. The Manhattan Lounge, 699 Market (at Third St.), 820-3907.
The Ghastly Gorey Gala Live performances by the Nguyens, the Neglected Murderesses, and the Severed Hand, with storytelling by Morbid Curiosity, games, and dancing. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 9 p.m.; $7 with costume, $15 without. Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market (at Sanchez), 861-5016.
Halloween 2001 Costume Ball Take home cash prizes for the best costumes at this annual party. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m.; $25-$40. Golden Gate Sport & Social Club, 1766 Union (at Octavia), 921-3235.
Halloween in the Castro Debauchery and extravagant costumes are in ample supply at the Castros annual parade. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m.; free. Castro Street, between TK and TK, TKkphoneTK.
Halloween Masquerade Extravaganza Four separate music rooms, two costume contests, and fabulous prizes, presented by Giovanni the Margarita King and Alf & Alf. Part of the proceeds benefits Our Heros Firemens Fund. Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.; $20-$25. Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason (at California), 885-1535. Halloween San Francisco The citys official trick-or-treat party features a drag show, costume contest, laser show, and four music stages. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 8:30 p.m.; $5. Civic Center, Polk & McAllister, 826-1401 or www.latinbayarea.com.
Hip-Hop Halloween American Cancer Society benefit with performers from the New Pickle Circus and hip hop DJs. Saturday, Oct. 27, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; $30-$35. Bimbos 365 Club, 1025 Columbus (at Chestnut), 866-468-3399 or 474-0365.
Mad Scientists Halloween Second annual party with Destroy Ape Technology, Eastbaynian junkyard cabaret band, chainsaw pumpkin carving, and more. Wednesday, Oct. 31. 8 p.m.; $5-$10. 21 Grand, 21 Grand (at Broadway), Oakland, 510-444-7263.
Mystery Ball V Costume ball with installations, food, and music by West African Highlife Band. Premonition pre-party with performances and a culinary feast 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; $150 includes admission to the ball. The ball takes place from 8:30 p.m.-midnight; $75. Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito, 331-2787 ext. 22.
Other Cinemas Halloween Horror Show Cultural critic Erik Techgnosis Davis discusses author H.P. Lovecraft. Costumes encouraged. Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m.; $5. Artists Television Access, 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890. Particle on the Bay: Halloween Bewitched Boat Bash Floating nightclub and cruise with live performances by Particle and DJs, presented by the Boom Boom Room. Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 p.m. departure or 3:15 a.m. departure for late-night After-Bars passengers; $40 (all-night ticket), $25 (late-night ticket). Red and White Fleet, Pier 43 1/2 at Fishermans Wharf, 866-666-8932 or www.particleonthebay.com.
Russian River Massacre Weekend Halloween extravaganza featuring Midnight Mass screening of Sleepaway Camp, parties, pumpkin carving, Guerneville Queer Bar Crawl, and the Russian River Massacre Spectacular, a multimedia horror extravaganza and performance with hosts Peaches Christ, Putanesca, and Vinsantos. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 26-27. The official resort is Fifes Resort, 16467 Highway 116, Guerneville; call 800-734-3371 or go to www.fifes.com. Prices for events are $5-$10; more info at www.peacheschrist.com and www.guerrillaqueerbar.com.
Spiral Dance 2001: Witches New Year Honor the dead with invocations, stilt walkers, and rope dancers. Saturday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.; $16-$50 sliding scale. Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina & Buchanan, 339-8150 or www.reclaiming.org.
Spiritdance Halloween ritual with costumes, DJs, and performances, presented by Anon Salon and Psychofunkodelic. Friday, Oct. 26, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.; $10-$15. Cafe Cocomo, 650 Indiana (at Mariposa), 978-2345 or www.anonsalon.com. Victorian Gothic Halloween Reading Bring Poe, Bronte, Baudelaire, Dickens, and other literature to read. Costumes and Victorian attire welcome. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m.; $3-$5. Mechanics Institute Library, 57 Post (at Kearny), 393-0100. West Berkeley Market Spirit Day Community building of Day of the Dead altar, plus eco-art projects and live performances. Sunday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; free. University, between Third and Fourth sts., Berkeley, 510-654-6346 or www.westberkeley.com
Womyns Spiral Dance Annual womens ritual commemorating Hallowmas and Amazon ancestors, presented by Daughters of the Goddess Temple. Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.; $10-$27. Orinda Masonic Temple, 9 Altarinda Rd. (at Santa Maria), Orinda, 925-787-9739.
Boo at the Zoo Fourth annual daytime celebration with Spooky Safari ConservationsTKsingular?TK games, haunted nature trails, a Creepy Crawler Critter event, and special pumpkin presentations to the animals. Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; free-$10. San Francisco Zoo, 1 Zoo (at Skyline), 753-7080 or www.sfzoo.org. Trick-or-treaters should not wear masks because they may disturb the animals.
The Cannerys Annual Halloween Festival MC Gary Lapow hosts the costume contest and pumpkin parade (for kids 12 and under). Sunday, Oct. 28, noon-4 p.m.; free.
The Cannery, 2801 Leavenworth (at Columbus), 771-3112. Family Halloween Festival The theme is Stormy Halloween at this annual science/art fest with face painting, pumpkin carving, and ghoulish games. Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; free. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way (off Roosevelt), 554-9600.
Gardens Ghoullery Walk Children under 10 and their families parade around the gardens. Sunday, Oct. 28, noon-4 p.m.; free. The Childrens Center Rooftop
Gardens at Yerba Buena Gardens, Fourth St. & Howard, 543-1718. Halloween Party This years event focuses on the scientific aspects of the Harry Potter stories. Saturday, Oct. 27, 6:30-9 p.m.; free-$7. Lawrence Hall of Science, Centennial & Grizzly Peak, UC Berkeley campus, 510-642-5134.
Jack OLantern Jamboree Little monsters can choose from several events, including Merlins Magical Caverns, Monster Mash celebrations, and being certified as a Wizards Assistant, Clown Cadet, or Ghastly Ghost at the Halloween Academy. Costumes encouraged. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 27-28, TKtimesTK; free-$7. Childrens Fairyland, Lakeside Park, Grand & Bellevue, Oakland, 510-452-2259.
Pumpkin Carving Festival Bring your own pumpkin and gather to hear ghost stories. Sunday, Oct. 28, 1-4 p.m.; free. Sunnyside Conservatory, 236 Monterey (between Baden and Congo), 621-3260. Spooky Tales With Scary Mary Storytelling for kids ages 6 and up. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m.; free. Main Library, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4277.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Come dressed as the vampire-slaying teen and get a free bowl of popcorn. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2, 7:15, & 9:15 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 1, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.; $6.50. Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight (at Clayton), 668-3994.
Halloween Night Thriller Special video screening; movie TBA. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m.; TKpriceTK. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4277.
Late Nite Catechism Come dressed as your favorite nun to a special Halloween performance of Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovans comic catechism class. Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m.; $10-$39. Union Square Playhouse, 340 Mason (at Geary), 866-FUNNY-NUN.
Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horrors Jill Tracy & the Malcontent Orchestra perform the original score to F.W. Murnaus silent vampire classic. Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 29-30, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; $10. Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight (at Clayton), 668-3994. Special Halloween performance on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; $10. Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St. (at A St.), San Rafael, 454-1222.
The Residents Present Icky Flix The group of four anonymous figures performing with eyeballs on their heads show off a selection of their work, including some of the bands hard-to-find short films. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 25-28, 8 p.m.; $35-$50. Special Halloween show with one-night-only tricks and treats on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m.; $45-$60. Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th St. (between York and Hampshire), 478-2277.
Seventy Scenes of Halloween Ghosts, goblins, beasts, and witches populate Jeffrey M. Jones tale, presented by Encore Theater Company. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 25-28, 8 p.m.; $15, pay what you can Thursday. Thick House, 1695 18th St. (between Arkansas and California), 401-8081.
Shocktoberfest! Third annual Thrillpeddlers festival features new translations of horror plays from the Grand Guignol Theater of Paris. Plays Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., through Nov. 10; $18. Exit Theater, 156 Eddy (between Taylor and Mason), 820-1400.
Spawn of the Widow Tales of the black widow and her accursed children, presented by Teatro Sabor. Opens Friday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m.; plays Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m., through TK; special Halloween performance Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m.; $12. El Teatro de la Esperanza, 2940 16th St. (at Capp), Second Fl., 255-2320.
Thrillville Creature Double Features John Stanley and Bob Wilkins, the hosts of the popular KTVU horror movie showcase Creature Features, host the Bay Area big-screen premiere of Tohos Godzilla vs. Supermechagodzilla plus screenings of Hammers The Satanic Rites of Dracula and Chapter 6 of The Shadow. Thursday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.; $12. Parkway Theater, 1834 Park, Lake Merritt, Oakland, 510-814-2400 or www.picturepubpizza.com.