Last-Minute Party Ideas for Halloween

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The Bay Area goes hard for Halloween. Whether it's ornate door decorations or insane block parties, the end of October welcomes all forms of fun and games. Here are the Bay Area's top events, sure to please both thrill-seekers and those looking to lay low this year. 


If you're looking to get scared sh*tless:

The San Francisco Dungeon

Once again, the San Francisco Dungeon is bringing together actors, special effects, multiple stages, and more, in order to scare the hell out of you. Located in Fisherman's Wharf, this event includes nine live shows and a spooky boat ride to tell tales of San Francisco's haunted history. Don't be surprised if you run into a few escaped Alcatraz prisoners. // Oct. 1st - Oct. 31st; 145 Jefferson Street, San Francisco

Oakland School for the Arts Haunted House

OSA's School of Production Design is bringing their sixth annual haunted house to Greene's Blackbox Theatre. This event will be offered at various times during its three night run, so you might want to go more than once. // Oct. 28th- Oct. 30th; 530 18th St, Oakland

If you're looking for some good ol' fashioned fun: 

Rocky Horror Picture Show at the San Francisco Symphony 

In celebration of both Halloween and the 40th anniversary of much-loved cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show, the San Francisco Symphony is holding a Halloween night screening of Rocky Horror along with a pre-show classical music interlude of horror film classics. Music from classic films such as BeetlejuiceThe Witches of EastwickPoltergeistBasic InstinctPsycho, and more will be included in the program. // Saturday, Oct. 31st, 7:30pm; 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

If you're just looking to party:

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Haunted Halloween Outdoor Dance Party

SoMa StrEat Food's fourth annual Halloween bash will transform the space into a horror film scene, with lights, visuals, and tons of smoke. This extravaganza is bringing live DJs, Halloween-themed food trucks, and drink specials to guests ready to let loose. // Oct. 31st - Nov. 1st 7pm-12am; 428 11th St, San Francisco

Haunted Side of the Moon

The Chabot Space and Science center will become a one night only horrific destination for guests. This 21+ event will be surrounded by 13 eerie acres of Oakland Hills' Redwoods. The first 50 guests will receive a complimentary cocktail while classic horror movies will be playing on the huge dome screen. // Saturday, Oct. 31st - Nov. 1st 12pm - 12pm; 10000 Skyline Rd, Oakland

The San Francisco Halloween Pub Crawl

The San Francisco Pub Crawl is one of the biggest pub crawls in the city. Get ready to visit some of SF's top bars while sipping on special Halloween drink specials. Come dressed in costume and walk around the Marina District in true Halloween style. // Friday, Oct. 30th or Sat. Oct. 31st 5pm-2am; Register at Bar None (1980 Union Street, San Francisco)

Phantasm: A Karnival of Mischief 

The Armory plans on throwing the ultimate 21+ Halloween party. You're in for a true carnival experience with avant garde decorations, haunted hallways, and two large performance stages. This isn't your average day at the circus. // Saturday, Oct. 31st 9pm-4am; 1800 Mission St, San Francisco

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