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A frightening array of the scariest parties on S.F.'s biggest holiday

21st Annual Womyn's Ritual and Spiritual Dance: Well, the fact that the oh-so-subversive word "Womyn" is in the title should tell you all you need to know. But in case you want more, this is a tribute to the Hallowmas, the Crones, and the Goddess, featuring crafts, drumming, and a high priestess. Leave your penis at the door, guys. (Just kidding. Sort of.). Fri., Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m., $23-$27, Orinda Masonic Temple, 9 Altarinda Road, at Santa Maria Way, Orinda.

All Hallow's Eve: Gothic, industrial, and '80s dominate this Halloween soiree where Rosin Coven thrashes and DJs Miz Margo of ("Dark Sparkle" infamy) and Decay spin your dead souls alive on the dance floor. High-flying dance troupe Aerial Assault and vaudeville act Spectacular Spectacular also perform at this party that's sure to go into the wee hours of the morning. Sun., Oct. 31, 9 p.m., $13. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St. (at Folsom), 626-1409,

Bat Makumba, Nobody From Ipanema, and SambaDà: Come to this Carnaval-esque Halloween party, climaxing with a percussion jam onstage. Hot. Fri., Oct. 29, 9 p.m., $13-$15. The Independent, 628 Divisadero (at Hayes), 771-1421,

Berkeley Farmers' Market Costume Making: While shopping for seasonal, organic produce with the kiddies in tow, head over to the East Bay Depot for Creative Re-use table for some craft and costume making tips, techniques, and thrills. Sat., Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free, 510-548-3333, Berkeley Farmers' Market, Center St. & Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Berkeley.

Blake's Unplugged: Crypit Orchid, Omissa, Nonfiction, As She Burns, Red Horizon, Circle of 5th, Point-Three, Gratis, Hazerfan, Charlotte Summer, Sol Ascending, Faced, Savage Machine, Elicit, Roadside Attraction, Point Taken, Breakpoint, and LoNero perform at this metal-heavy Halloween bash. Sun., Oct. 31, 6 p.m., $6. Blake's on Telegraph, 2367 Telegraph (at Durant), Berkeley, 510-848-0886.

Boo at the Zoo: Take your costumed tykes to the zoo for Halloween, where they can go trick-or-treating, visit the animals, and as if nature isn't scary enough in and of itself, travel down a haunted nature trail. Creepy stuff, folks. Sun., Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. San Francisco Zoo, 1 Zoo (at Skyline), 753-7080,

Boogie's Halloween: Boogie down with your shoes off at this Halloween party. This is a scent-free event. Sun., Oct. 31, 7:30-11:30 p.m. Rhythm & Motion Studios, 1133 Mission, at Seventh St..

Brazilian Halloween Party: Female vocalist Lisa Silva belts out Brazilian tunes at this Latin American-flavored Halloween party. Sat., Oct. 30, 9 p.m., $10. The Purple Onion, 140 Columbus (at Pacific), 217-8400.

Carol Doda & Dick Winn: Jazz duo headlines this North Beach Halloween party. Sat., Oct. 30, 8 p.m. Enrico's Supper Club, 504 Broadway (at Kearny), 982-6223.

Chinatown Ghost Tour: Take a lamp-lit tour of Chinatown where you can visit its old gambling parlors, intoxicating back-alley opium dens, naughty brothels, and perhaps encounter one of the many spirits wandering the streets. Oct. 29-30, 7:30 p.m., $10-$20, 793-1183, 736 Washington St., 736 Washington (at Kearny).

The Country's Most Unusual Pumpkin Patch: Big, beautiful, bulbous pumpkins are made of glass rather than vegetable. Visit this Richmond art studio to see these gourd-eous (heh) lovelies. Sat., Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 7, 12-4 p.m. Cohn Stone Studios, 560 South 31st St., at Erlandson St., Richmond, 510-234-9690.

The Cramps: The Cramps along with Eagles of Death Metal, Davie Allan & the Arrows, and Gore Gore Girls arise from the dead for their annual Halloween show. Sun., Oct. 31, 8 p.m., $25. Warfield, 982 Market (at Sixth St.), 775-7722,

Da Freaks Come Out at City Nights: 18-and-over night featuring candy giveaways and DJ Slick Dee pumping out hip hop, R&B, Latin house, and reggae. Sat., Oct. 30, 9:30 p.m., $20. 715 Harrison, 715 Harrison (at Third St.), 339-8686.

Day of the Dead Celebration: Voodoo Cabaret and Spirit Gum perform at this rockin' celebration for the dead. Mon., Nov. 1, 9 p.m., $5. Hush Hush, 496 14th St. (at Guerrero), 241-9944.

Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend: Girly Halloween cabaret show featuring The Amazing Indra, Mia More, The Debaucherous Dolls, Alotta Boutte of Harlem, Shake, Lily Le Rouge, The Chainsaw Chubbettes, Miss Peppermint, Cyndi Irresistible, Whyte Choklite, RJ the Clown, plus MCs Faux Queen Stiletto Pump, and Kingsize. Thu., Oct. 28, 10 p.m., $10. Oakland Metro, 201 Broadway (at Second St.), Oakland, 510-763-1146.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Parade: Beautiful nighttime celebration honoring the dead, ending in Garfield Park at the Festival of Altars. Tue., Nov. 2, 7 p.m., free, 864-1450, Bryant & 24th Sts.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration: Entre Nous and DJs Mauricio Aviles and Alain del Corazon mix it up (Latin house style) during this Dead of the Dead party. Sat., Oct. 30, 10 p.m., $6. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia (at 18th St.), 552-7788.

DJ Sasquatch Borracho: Satanic metal, punk, and horror soundtracks will be heard at this Mission soiree. Sat., Oct. 30, 9:30 p.m., free.

DJs Sander Kleinenberg & Paul Oakenfold: If you've tired of the chaotic Castro scene, head downtown to dance to the beats of two well-known DJs. Sun., Oct. 31, $20-$30. Ruby Skye, 420 Mason (at Geary), 693-0777.

Electro Techno Disco Popsicle: Well, the name says it all, minus the popsicles. Pier 48 transforms into a gargantuan techno, funk, trance, and drum 'n' bass dance party featuring the DJ genius of Dyloot, Tom Silk, Gianni, Dan, Irene, Charles Feelgood, Lian Shy, and many more. Sat., Oct. 30, 7 p.m., $30-$40, Pier 48, at Terry Francois Blvd..

Fall Fair Benefit & Carnival: This autumnal, family-friendly fair features with not only four live bands, fun games, a Beanie Baby toss, and a spooky haunted house, plus a doughnut-eating contest. Life doesn't get much better than that, folks. Sat., Oct. 30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free. Creative Arts Charter School, 1802 19th St., at Arkansas, 695-5480.


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