[San Francisco :: 10/22
] The best local variety show around is back! Head to Fun Stuff: Automaton-O-Phobia
at Raining Chainsaws for “magic, puppets, shadows, and activities for the adventurous” 7:30 p.m. Bring cash donation.
BAY AREA, CA+
[San Francisco :: now through 10/31] Nothing rings in the spooky season quite like Christian Cagigal’s San Francisco Ghost Hunt walking tour. This year, you can upgrade the standard tour–Halloween weekend only–with a VIP experience that includes close-up magic and a cocktail.
[Point San Pablo, Richmond :: ongoing] Go get hot at good hot!
[San Francisco :: ongoing] Artists Television Access’ calendar
[San Francisco :: now] Catch the Doggie Diner Heads in Golden Gate Park!
[Oakland :: 10/13-10/15] Autumn Lights Festival
[San Francisco :: 10/15] Bikes to Books Nine-Year Anniversary Ride: a free “7.1 mile bicycle tour of literary San Francisco combines San Francisco history, art, literature, cycling, and urban exploration” 12:45 to 4 p.m.
[San Francisco :: 10/15] ¡Viva Precita Eyes 45th Anniversary Gala: 6 to 10 p.m. at Gray Area Thanks, Jennifer!
[Alameda :: 10/16] Alameda Rock And Roll Flea Market [Facebook event link] offers “live music, food vendors, local wine, and more than 70 vendors selling records, jewelry, vintage items, musical gear & memorabilia.” Free admission. Dashe Cellars/Urban Legend Cellars 1951 Monarch Street, Hangar 25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
[San Francisco :: starts 10/18] Clown + Mime 10-week class
[Richmond :: 10/18] “Doors Open” Go Behind–the-Scenes at the Physical (Internet) Archive, 6 to 8 p.m. :: $10
[Walnut Creek :: 10/20] Improv event: Spontaneous Hitchcock: An Improvised Thriller in the Style of the Master of Suspense
[San Francisco :: 10/20 and 10/27] Candlelight: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics at St.Ignatius Church
[San Francisco::10/21] MUSE: A Queer Fashion Show: an immersive evening of music, circus, fashion, drag, and design, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
[Oakland :: 10/21] Cat Man Bingo for Driveway Follies [Facebook event link] at Two Pitchers Brewing Company, 7 to 10 p.m.
[Alameda :: 10/22] Alameda Zombie (pub) Crawl [Facebook event link]
[Oakland :: 10/22] Faultline Artspace is playing a live game of Exquisite Corpse at their grand reopening, 6 to 9 p.m. :: Costumes encouraged.
[Alameda :: 10/29] BlackLight Art Show at Studio 23, 2309 Encinal Ave: “Expect lights out, UV reactive art, special blacklight installations & LED sculptures” —ok!
[Oakland :: 10/30 +10/31] Driveway Follies: magical marionette shows from dusk to 10 p.m. Head to 3854 Greenwood Ave in Oakland. Bring cash donation. Go peep this year’s trippy art by Michael Wertz!
[San Francisco :: 11/2] Day of the Dead
[San Francisco :: 12/3] Krampus Pageant at El Rio [Facebook event link]: San Francisco Krampus and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence “pay homage to the sinister and scary side of Christmas” 3 to 6 p.m. :: $10 to $20 donation
[Alameda :: 12/8] Krampus Naught at Magpie & Thorn: get family photos with Krampus
LOS ANGELES, CA+
[Los Angeles :: 10/30] Hollywood Punk Rock Graveyard Tour with El Vez
[San Luis Obispo :: 4/7-4/8] John Waters Easter & Pink Flamingos 50th Anniversary at Madonna Inn
[California] Haunted House list
[Joshua Tree :: Oct. weekends] Bunnie Reiss and over 190 other artists are hosting Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours
[NYC :: Now through 11/5] Jill Sobule’s F*CK7THGRADE
[Starts 10/8] Dreams and Death: A Three-Week Online Class and Workshop with Dreamworker Tristy Taylor (Don’t miss all the Morbid Academy offerings!)
[Portland :: 11/5] All Souls River Procession
 Attaboy’s Up Cycled Garden installation is going on tour