Witch house to-dos, Samhain celebrations, zombie flicks, scary clowns, more: Your master list of Halloween 2012 tricks and treats
Some Thing: There's a Monster in My Costume! The Stud, 399 Ninth St., SF; wwwthestudsf.com. 9pm-late, $8. Weekly party Some Thing always presents a freakish host of dramatic drag queens getting wild — this time there will be a costume contest!
"To Bury a Cat: Clown Show" Shotwell Studios, 3252-A 19th St, SF; www.facebook.com/clownsonastick, 8pm. Also Sat and through Nov 3. $12-20. Comedy troupe Clowns on a Stick perform a lighthearted (but macabre!) Halloween show.
Total Trash Halloween Bash New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakl.; www.thenewparish.com. 7pm, $12. Total Trash usually throws a messy-spirited party. It's got three Halloween shows this year, this one is not yet sold out: Nobunny, Shannon and the Clams, Audacity, Uzi Rash, and more.
Trannyshack Halloween: A Party! DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., SF; www.trannyshack.com. 9:30pm-3am, $15. Every year the drag ghouls known as Heklina and Peaches Christ join forces to birth something something so awful, so hideous, so wonderfully faaascinating, you simply have to be there to believe it. With performances by dozens of horrifying queens and electrically eclectic music from DJ MC2.
Von Goat, Dispirit, Atriach, Altar de Fey Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF; www.elbo.com. 9pm, $10. A hard rocking, long-hair night billed as "metalween."
Zombie Prom: Circus of Horrors Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa, SF; www.verdiclub.net. 8pm, $20. A swinging rock'n'roll dead can dance party with live music by Slim Jenkins, a haunted ballroom, and costume contests.
120 Minutes Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF; www.elbo.com. 10pm, $15. The witch house-based goth night nabbed a Salem DJ set and Brooke Candy, along with resident DJs S4NtA_MU3rTE and CHAUNCEY_CC.
Berkeley Community Media Horror Film Festival Berkeley Community Media, 2239 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berk; www.betv.org. 7pm. $5-10. Sixth annual fest featuring spooky films by local independent filmmakers.
Boo at the Zoo San Francisco Zoo Sloat and Great Highway, SF. www.sfzoo.org. 10am-4pm, $9-15. The zoo bewitches all comers with its Halloween family day. The animals will be munching holiday-themed treats, and you will too at the candy stations located throughout the park. Make spooky crafts, sing along with a witch at the event stage, and see the new "Masters of the Night" bat exhibit in the elephant building. OoOoOoOo....
Club 1994 Halloween Bash Vessel, 85 Campton, SF; www.club1994.com. 10pm, $18. Halloween, the '90s TRL way, with a costume contest, DJ battles, Vin Sol and Jeffrey Paradise on decks, a themed photobooth, and more.
Dark Room First Annual Dark Cadavaret Hot Spot, 1414 Market, SF. 9:30pm, $5–$7. One of the city's best dark and scary electronic dance music monthly parties outdoes itself with a blast of deathly entertainment guaranteed to unravel your goth socks. With outrageous drag performers Phatima, Lady Bear, Dia Dear, VivvyAnne ForeverMORE, Elijah Minnelli, and Vain Hein and a live set by San Cha.