How to Celebrate an East Bay Halloween

A Hulaween party, a Jack O' Lantern Jamboree, and much more scary stuff.


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Deathly merriment is in the air — bringing with it many options for East Bay Halloween fun.

It starts early — tonight! — with the Annual Teen Haunted House in Alameda's South Shore Center. And with face-painting, live music, and beer at the annual Halloween Hootenanny in Downtown Berkeley's BART Plaza.

Tomorrow — Oct. 26 — you can meet real specters during a Monsters Bash on Alameda's allegedy haunted USS Hornet. check out costume and twerk contests during the Drippy Wet Halloween party at Oakland's Club BNB, and a Haunted Horse party with live DJs at Oakland's historic White Horse Inn. In Jack London Square that night, Boo! Bark, Brews & Bites is a pet-friendly food-and-wine fest featuring a pet-costume contest. The fest raises funds to provide disabled people with service animals.

Also tomorrow, kids wearing costumes can ride for free on the Oakland Zoo's "Boo Train," and live it up during the Children's Fairyland Jack O'Lantern Jamboree.

With an altar, sugar-skull decorating, and live mariachi music, the South Berkeley Farmers' Market is hosting its annual Day of the Dead celebration at 63rd and Adeline streets from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 29.

Forty-plus merchants are participating in this year's Temescal Trick or Treat, set to feature apple-bobbing, family dancing, and handed-out treats.  

Local restaurants are getting into the spooky spirit too. Oakland's Calavera will be specially decorated and, between Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, will serve a special Día de los Muertos-themed menu created by chef Dario Puntoja. Eve's Waterfront is hosting a costume contest. Alameda's Forbidden Island is hosting its annual Hulaween Party with cocktail specials, a costume contest, and sinister-sounding live theremin tunes.

Learn about lots more Halloween happenings here and here. But if you'd rather just curl up with a good spooky book, hot off the presses is your perfect companion: The Last Séance: Tales of the Supernatural, a new anthology revealing Agatha Christie's mastery of more than mere mysteries. Transcending time, as irresistibly fresh as if they'd been written yesterday, these twenty deeply creepy tales (including one never previously published in America) by the beloved multibillion-selling author entail precognition, possession, poison, and pointy daggers that seem to have minds of their own. 

Pair those scares with some sweet conflict-free, organic-cacao, classic Halloween candies from Berkeley's Xocolate Bar. 

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