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Spooktacular! Halloween Events around the Bay Area

by David-Elijah Nahmod

Glow in the Streets, Sat. 16. Photo: Dot
Glow in the Streets, Sat. 16. Photo: Dot  

Halloween-themed happenings take place in theaters, nightclubs, parks and even at the Old Mint. Enjoy costumed and casual parties for families with kids, and those for adults-only.

Oct 24-Nov 9
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Live @ Oasis

D'Arcy Drollinger presents Michael Phillis and a talented crew of drag queens/kings who perform a wacky version of a script from the hit TV vampire show. $27-$50. Thu-Sat 7pm. Thru Nov 9. 298 11th St. www.sfoasis.com

Oct 24-Nov 2
The Rocky Horror Show @ Victoria Theater

Let's do the time warp again as Ray of Light's smash Halloween event returns for it's fifth and final year. Starring drag icon D'Arcy Drollinger as the mad Dr. Frank N. Furter, and featuring those wild and crazy Transsexual Transylvanians. $30-$40, 2961 16th St. Show times vary. www.rayoflighttheatre.com

Oct 24-Nov 3
Terror Vault @ SF Mint

Join Peaches Christ, Mama Celeste, Raya Light and others for San Francisco's premiere haunted attraction. A bigger and all new immersive experience. Take a tour of the San Francisco Mint where you'll come face to face with the despicable horrors that plague this secret prison. Tour lasts 45 minutes. 21+ on Friday and Saturday nights, 18+ other nights. $62, 88 5th St. Times vary. www.showclix.com/event/terrorvault


HustlaBall SF @ Club Six Fri 25  

Friday 25
HustlaBall SF @ Club Six

Brian Kent Productions brings another 'Funhouse' wild and sexy dance party with plenty of sexy play space, plus porn stud stage performances; DJs Casey Alva, Aason Elvis. $45-$55. 10pm-4am. 60 6th St. www.hustlaball.com/san-fran

Speakeasy: All Hallow's Eve @ Palace Theater
The 'secret' 1920s-themed interactive entertainment & cocktails night gets spooky with haunted tales and ghosts. $90-$125. Oct. 25, 26, 31; Nov 1 & 2. 644 Broadway. www.boxcartheatre.org


Saturday 26
Freaks & Fetish Fright Ball @ SF Eagle

Rogue and Tribe kink groups cohost a Halloween costume and kink party. $5-$10. 9pm-2am. 398 12th St. www.sf-eagle.com

Glow in the Streets @ Market & Noe
Join Comfort and Joy on Halloween/Samhain weekend for their most dazzling Castro Block Party yet at the third annual Glow in the Streets, with fabulous music from DJs DJ Denise, Val G, Hil Huerta, and Aili Chu; stage acts co-hosted by the fabulous Mama Dora and SirJoQ. Performers include drag and burlesque star Otter Chaos, and a triage of cosmic talent from Liam Ocean, Vertel Jackson, and Llano River Blue, plus a special performance from GayGlo Guerrilla Theater. Noe Street between Market and Beaver, $10-$25, 2298 Market Street. 4pm-9:30pm. www.playajoy.org

Horror Story: Dark Matter @ Space 500
Mystopia and Polyglamorous' space and scifi-themed Halloween dance party; space/scifi costumes suggested. DJs Chicago superstar Colette, Bottom Forty's Sappho and Nark, and local SF legend Rolo, with support from Chuck Gunn, JMxJM (Josette Melchor & John Major), DJ Brian, Bradley P, and Ed Aten. $15-$60. 9:30pm-3am. 550 Barneveld Ave. www.space550sf.com

Pre-Code Horror @ Cartoon Art Museum
EC Comics reception and Halloween party, with exhibits of naughty adult terror comic art, cash bar, caricatures for sale and a comic-themed costume contest. $5. 6:30pm-8:30pm. 781 Beach St. www.cartoonart.org

Rocky Horror Halloween Party @ Dirty Habit
Dress up as your favorite Rocky Horror (Picture) Show character; live entertainment, light bites, and themed cocktails. $25 includes one drink. 7pm-11pm. Hotel Zelos fifth floor, 12 4th St. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rocky-horror-themed-halloween-party-tickets-75244158303

Saints and Spinners @ Spin SF
Spin With The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence; hosted and by drag icon and DJ Juanita MORE! Play unlimited ping-pong all night long and dance your ass off to Juanita's electrifying tunes. Enjoy Sister themed cocktail specials, compete in the costume contest to win big prizes, and see pop-up drag numbers from San Francisco's most iconic queens. $20-$50, 690 Folsom #100, 8pm-2am. www.thesisters.org

Madhouse SF: Queer Halloween Party @ Penthouse Club & Restaurant
The 'gentleman's club' hosts their second annual bash at Penthouse, the #1 strip club in the Bay Area. We're not sure what they mean by 'queer,' though, since it features topless female dancers, sexy gogos, and celebrity guest Raven-Symone. Music by Cristy Lawrence and San Francisco native DJ China G., with a costume contest. $13, 412 Broadway, 10pm-2am. www.penthousesf.com

Haunted Horse Halloween Parties @ White Horse Inn, Oakland
Live DJs, drink specials, dancing and a costume contest with prizes at the oldest gay bar in the USA. Also Oct. 31. 6551 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, 8pm-2am. www.whitehorsebar.com

Drippy Wet Halloween @ Club BNB, Oakland
Costume contest, sexiest, scariest and most unique, plus other categories. Twerk contest, prizes. Drink specials, table service available. Male and female Go-Go dancers. $15-$20, 2120 Broadway, Oakland. 9pm-4am. www.club-bnb.com

Monster Mash Halloween Bash For LGBTQ Families @ Embarcadero YMCA
Join Our Family Coalition for swampy swimming, spooky dancing, creepy crafts, and tasty treats at the. Fun activities for all ages. 169 Steuart St., 1pm-4pm. www.ourfamily.org

Sunday 27
Spellbound @ The Stud

Witchy gothy raunchy night with DJs Infinite Jess and Siobhan Aluvalot. 9pm-2am. 299 9th St. at Harrison www.studsf.com

Monday 28
Vamp Halloween Mixer @ Beaux
Beaux's cocktail soiree for queer and trans folks celebrates Halloween. With DJs Saint-Hills and Olga T, dancers RedBone and Sass, bartenders Taylor Whitehouse and Lauren Raquel, and your host Niko Storment. 2344 Market St, 9pm-2am. www.beauxsf.com

Wednesday 30
Halloween Party with the LGBT Hotline @ StrEAT Food Park

The LGBT National Help Center is throwing a Halloween Bash at SoMa StrEAT Food Park in the Magic Bus with pumpkin decorations, fortune telling, costumes, scary story telling and more. Learn about the work the hotline does, meet the organization, and learn about volunteer opportunities. 428 11th St. 6-9pm. www.glbthotline.org


Juanita MORE! hosts Drag Me to Hell @ Virgin Hotel and a Halloween Block Party @ Fern Alley, Thu 31  

Thursday 31
After Dark @ Exploratorium

Enjoy cocktails and science demos at the hands-on museum. Oct. 31 is a costume night with Nerd Nite, Awesome Orchestra, and Odd Salon. 6pm-10pm. $20. Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green St. www.exploratorium.edu/

Club Papi @ Club 21, Oakland
Huge Halloween and Latin music dance party with Kimora Blac, gogo studs in and out of costumes, costume contest with cash prizes. $15. 9:30pm-2:30am. 2111 Franklin St. www.clubpapi.com

Creatures of the Nightlife @ California Academy of Sciences
The creatures come out at night as the Academy transforms into a spine-tingling and outrageous celebration of supernatural science on the spookiest night of the year. Heklina hosts the Academy's annual Halloween drag show and costume contest outside on the West Garden stage. Performances by Loma Prietta, Landa Lakes and Elsa Touche. Plus spooky movie clips in African Hall hosted by Lord Blood-Rah, a costume contest, and creepy ghost stories. Plus monster mash dancing from DJ Omar Perez. 21+ only. 55 Music Concourse Drive in GG Park, 6pm-10pm. www.calacademy.org

Drag Me to Hell @ Virgin Hotel
Juanita MORE! hosts a new Halloween multi-area party at a new stylish venue, with party fun all through the hotel! Enjoy 'all you can eat drink' food, drinks and entertainment. Costumed attire, please. Book a room! $120-$175. 8pm-2am. 250 4th St. https://virginhotels.com/san-francisco/offers/halloween/

Juanita MORE! Halloween Block Party @ Fern Alley
Drag icon MORE! teams up with the Lower Polk Community Benefit District to host a Halloween party that will pay homage to Polk Street's past as an LGBT community destination; featuring live music by IndiviDuo, courtesy of Music City. Enjoy dancing, food, drink, a costume contest, prizes and a photo booth. Fern Alley, 99 Fern St, 7-10pm. www.juanitamore.com

Nightmare on 9th Street @ The Stud
Halloween party with DJs Keenan Orr and Eich King, plus a drag show. $5-$10. 9pm-2am. 299 9th St. at Harrison www.studsf.com

PopScream @ Rickshaw Stop
'80s Halloween party features live music by The Cure and Erasure cover bands Bloodflowers and Erasure-esque. $10 (in costume) $15 (not). 8pm-2am. 155 Fell St. www.rickshawstop.com


Thursday 31-November 3
Sundance Stompede @ 3 Venues

For a change of pace and a hootin' good time, San Francisco's Country Western Dance weekend for the LGBT community and friends draw 100s of participants, with dance workshops, four dance events, social events, exhibitions, entertainment and more. Events take place at Holiday Inn (1500 Van Ness Ave), Regency Ballroom (1300 Van Ness Ave) and Sundance Saloon (550 Barneveld Ave). Proceeds to benefit PRC, Larkin Street Youth Services, and the Sundance Association for Country Western Dancing. www.sundancesaloon.org


Friday November 1
Ror-Shok @ SF Eagle

The day after Halloween, the dead rise again and ramble onto the stage of the SF Eagle. Hosted by Johnny Rockitt and Rita Dambook. Performances by Kat Robichaud, Loma Prietta and Sabrina Slayer, plus go-go dancers. 21+. $10. 398 12th St, 8pm. www.sf-eagle.com

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