A bewitching batch of Halloween events -- parties, especially -- to spook you real good
Halloween listings below were compiled by Guardian staff. Submit items for the listings to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roller Disco Costume Party Women's Building Auditorium, 3543 18th St, SF; www.brownpapertickets.com. 8pm-midnight, $10. Costumes + roller skates (rentals available) + groovy tunes by Black Rock Roller Disco + a full bar, and SF IndieFest reaps the benefits? Winning!
Ruth Asawa Dia de los Muertos Altar Installation Ruth's Table, 580 Capp, SF; www.ruthstable.org. 6:30-8:30pm, $7-15. Artist-in-residence Monica Lee hosts an altar-making workshop for both individual artists and those who'd like to contribute to the Ruth Asawa alter, to be displayed Nov. 2 at the Marigold Project's Dia de los Muertos Festival of Altars in Garfield Park (more info: dayofthedeadsf.org/marigold-project.html).
Some Thing Spooky The Stud, 399 Ninth St, SF; www.thestudsf.com. 10pm-4am, $8. Everybody's favorite artsy-weirdo Friday night drag party ladles a little fright into your pants with performances by a dozen gender clowns and a special so-corny-it's-terrifying DJ set by Hoku Mama Swamp.
Trannyshack Halloween: A Party DNA Lounge, 375 11th St, SF; www.trannyshack.com. 9:30pm-2am, $20. Trannyshack's wild and kooky drag queens (led by the most unholy Heklina) join the cinematic mistress of camp gore, Peaches Christ, for this night of terror and hilarity. Performances by Raya Light, Exhibit Q, Fou Fou Ha, Elijah Minelli, many more.
"Boo at the Zoo" Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd, Oakl; www.oaklandzoo.org. 10am-3pm, $11.75-15.75. Through Sun/27. Halloween, science, and zoo animals create the theme for this annual event, highlighted by a costume parade (11am and 1pm), a Wildlife Theater presentation focusing on creepy-crawly animals, face painting, a craft station to make Halloween creations for zoo-dwellers, and more.
The Devil Made Me Do It El Rio, 3158 Mission, SF; www.devilmademe.com. 10pm-late, $5 with costume, $10 without. A devilishly sexy holiday's in store when burlesque favorites Red Hots Burlesque with old-time soul DJs Brown Amy and Jackie Sugarlumps (and drag hostess Lil Miss Hot Mess) for a horn-sporting good time.
"Halloween International Ball" Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason, SF; halloweenpartysanfrancisco-full.eventbrite.com. 9pm, $65-75. Three separate dance floors and seven DJs spin a variety of music styles, plus a live salsa band and more.
Juanita More! Halloween Runway Massacre Jones, 620 Jones, SF; www.juanitamore.com. 9pm-2am, $25. Fierce drag mother of the nightlife scene Juanita More injects some glamour and fashion into the usual Halloween party proceedings. Get your looks together for a $3000 cash prize costume contest, a red carpet rollout, disco tunes from Robert Jeffrey and the Go Bang! DJs, a fabulous crowd, and special scary-lovely surprises.
"Monster Movie Salon presents Creature Comforts and Sublime Mysteries" Community Miracles Center, 2269 Market, SF; www.monstermoviesalon.com. 1-7pm, $75. Screenwriter and psychotherapist Doug Ronning leads this multi-dimensional workshop, featuring lectures illustrated by classic horror film clips, dynamic writing exercises, and more.