Witch house to-dos, Samhain celebrations, zombie flicks, scary clowns, more: Your master list of Halloween 2012 tricks and treats
As You Like It Freaky Friday Costume Party Beatbox, 314 11th St., SF; www.ayli-sf.com. 10pm-late, $10–$25. The frightfully good monthly quality techno party plays dress up, with special guests Morgan Geist (his name means ghost!) from NYC, Safeword from SF, Conore, Rich Korach, and MossMoss.
Audiopharmacy's 4th Annual Halloween Prescription hOMevolution, 1255 26th St., Oakl. (415) 728-7149, www.brownpapertickets.com. 10pm-6am, $40-60. Satisfies your ghoulish desires at this huge party with a fashion show featuring 13 macabre models, live music, photobooth, open bar, and aerial silk performance. And if you manage to survive the night, join what's left of the affair for a sunrise tea ceremony.
Flashback Fridays Mezzanine, 444 Jessie, SF; www.mezzaninesf.com. 9pm, $30. 1980s-style Halloween party with Wonder Bread 5, and DJs Omar of Popscene, Damon Boyle of 1984, and "video mashups master" Billy Vidal.
Freakers' Ball Two-Day Halloween Costume Bash Party Public Works, 161 Erie, SF; www.publicsf.com. Also Sat/27, 9pm-5am. $24 single day, $45 two-day pass. This is the 18th annual Freakers Ball, with performances by underground dance music superstars Addison Groove, Benoit and Sergio (they killed it last time they were here), and Eprom on Friday, and Claude Vonstroke, Otto Von Schirach, and Justin Martin on Saturday. Too much!
Halloween! The Ballad of Michele Myers CounterPulse 1310 Mission, SF; michelemyers2012.eventbrite.com. 8pm, $20–$25, Thru Wed/31. What do you get when you cross all your favorite retro teen slasher flicks with TV's "Thw Facts of Life"? This hilarious, horrifically entertaining musical from twisted drag queen Raya Light and a cast of loony club luminaries.
"In Heaven, Everything is Fine" Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com. Through Nov. 7. Opening reception: Fri/26 5-9pm, free. A group exhibition of never-before-seen works inspired by the weird world of TV and movie director David Lynch. Gaze upon a replica of Twin Peaks' Black Lodge in superlative, becostumed form, and you might just win a prize — the exhibition is hosting its very own costume contest.
Lights Down Low Halloween Monarch, 101 Sixth St., SF; www.monarchsf.com. 9pm-3am, $12. The bonkers regular club night gets all the way low — TO DARKEST HELL. But with great upbeat, trippy UK bass music from L-Vis 1990, SFV Acid, Urulu, and many more.
Murder Ballads Bash Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck, Berk; www.starryploughpub.com. 9pm, $8–$10. This 11th annual murder ballads bash includes Orange Jews, Flaming Telepaths, Luther Monday and Karry Walker, Val Esway, Happy Clams, and more.
Roller Disco Costume Party Cellspace, 2050 Bryant, SF. www.sfindie.com. 8pm-2am, $10. Rollerskates plus costumes equal a match made in disco heaven, especially with burner-friendly Black Rock Roller Disco at the helm. All proceeds go to nonprofit SF IndieFest, whisch, we should stress, is not liable for any hilarious alcohol-related accidents.
Seance 222 Hyde, SF; www.222hyde.com. 10pm, $7 Excellent local electronic duo Pixel Memory guide you toward ethereal realms on the dancefloor.