That’s right, these awesome holidays get their own listings. We know what you like. Please note that some of these events span multiple dates and times.
Healthy Halloween Carnival
Thursday, October 24, 4 – 6 p.m.
Eastlake YMCA, 1612 45th Avenue
Come celebrate Halloween, and make art for Dia De Los Muertos! Bring kids, friends, and neighbors to the Y fall celebration. With active games, healthy snacks, and laughs for the whole family, this Y Halloween is sure to be a hit! All minors must be accompanied by an adult or guardian at all times — come as a family and play together. For more information call (510) 534-7441 or visit http://us.ymcaeastbay.org.
Friday Nights at OMCA: Michael Jackson and Zombies!
Friday, October 25, 5 – 9 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street
Join the party every Friday night with OMCA and Off the Grid! This Friday, join us for a wicked good time as we celebrate Halloween through the music and dance of pop king Michael Jackson and “Thriller!” With a zombie costume contest, dance lessons, and more, there are many ways to join in the spooky fun. Galleries are open late, with popular food trucks out on 10th Street, and family-friendly activities inside. Savor California beer and wine around the Koi Pond while enjoying live music, dancing, art activities, and more! Bring the whole family to OMCA for a sampling of the best in Bay Area curbside cuisine — and all that OMCA has to offer! For more details, click here.
Live 105’s Subsonic Halloween Spookfest
Friday, October 25, 6 p.m.
Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way
Musical guests include Sebastian Ingrosso, Empire of the Sun, A-Trak, Nervo, and Mord Fustang. For more information, click here.
“Go Ahead, Scare Me: Ghost Stories for Adults” Performance
Friday, October 25, 7 p.m.
Sanctuary at First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison Street
Enjoy a little pre-Halloween spookiness featuring some of Stagebridge‘s favorite story tellers! Admission is $10 at the door, treats included.
Howl-o-ween Pet Parade and Costume Contest
Saturday, October 26, 2 p.m.
Paws & Claws, 3436 Dimond Avenue
Meet in front of Paws & Claws to parade through the Dimond business district collecting treats. Pets, kids and adults are welcome to participate in the parade. Then return to Paws & Claws for a chance to win some fun prizes as folks compete for the best human and pet costumes. This annual celebration includes some of the best-dressed costumes you’ll ever see. For more information, visit http://www.pawsnclawsoakland.com.
Boo at the Zoo
Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road
Visit Oakland Zoo for its annual Zoo-wide Halloween event, Boo at the Zoo! Stroll the Zoo in costume and collect yummy treats. Ride the spooky boo train and join the costume parade. Plus, get your face painted, make treats for the animals, and see how the animals at Oakland Zoo celebrate Halloween. Kids in costumes receive a free ride ticket. For more information, visit http://www.oaklandzoo.org/Calendar_Item.php?i=539.
19th Annual Days of the Dead Community Celebration
Sunday, October 27, 12 – 4:30 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street
Join us as OMCA comes alive for the 19th Annual Community Celebration for the Days of the Dead. Craft activities, tasty food, dance and music groups, colorful ofrendas, and ceremonia bring the community together for this healing tradition. Watch demonstrations of traditional Mesoamerican arts and cooking, and buy Days of the Dead merchandise by local artisans for your home altar from our mercado. Visit the special exhibition, The Tree of Life and Death: Días de los Muertos 2013, on view in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences. Included with Museum admission. Free to OMCA members.
Spooky Stories for Kids: Sean’s Shadow Puppets
Oakland Public Library, times and branches below
Sean Powers is bringing his art of shadow puppetry to Oakland Public Libraries during the week before Halloween. He will perform “Fool Me Once,” a scary Chinese tale about deception and its folly. Afterwards, he will spend time showing his puppets and answering questions about how he does his art. Sean will appear at five library locations:
Piedmont Avenue Branch, Monday, October 28, 7 p.m.
Lakeview Branch, Tuesday, October 29, 6:30 p.m.
Golden Gate Branch, Wednesday, October 30, 10:30 a.m.
Elmhurst Branch, Wednesday, October 30, 3:30 p.m.
Cesar Chavez Branch, Thursday, October 31, 4 p.m.
Frightful Family Fun
Thursday, October 31, 4 – 8 p.m.
M. Robinson Baker YMCA, 3265 Market Street
Join us for an evening of fun. Bring friends and family to the Y for a treat on Halloween day for activities for everyone to enjoy: carnival games, cooking demonstrations, dancing, face painting, healthy food, jump house, prizes, and more! For more information, call (510) 654-9622 or visit http://us.ymcaeastbay.org.
Chipotle Boorito Fundraiser
Thursday, October 31, 4 p.m. to close
Participating Chipotle restaurants
Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced the return of its long-standing tradition and popular Halloween fundraiser, “Boorito.” Chipotle will treat customers dressed in costume to a burrito, bowl, salad, or order of tacos for only $3 from 4 p.m. to closing. Proceeds from the fundraiser of $1 million will benefit the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation. For more details, click here.
Thursday, October 31, 5 – 7 p.m.
Peralta House Museum of History and Community, 2465 34th Avenue
Are the ghosts of the East Bay’s first settlers still lingering around? Did Spanish conquerors leave their booty behind? Come to the Peralta Hacienda Historical House and find out — if you dare! Hacienda Halloween is the perfect opportunity to bring the entire family in for some good scary fun. Walk down the halls of this old, creaky house, peek into its rooms and see who pops up to enliven the story of California’s past. Get a treat or two, and provided you’re brave enough to make it to the kitchen, learn how people migrated west from all over the globe, bringing with them their native foods, and transformed California’s landscape. Enjoy delicious autumn vegetables from the on-site community gardens. As the sun sets on another day, meet the spirits who come out to play! For more information, visit http://www.peraltahacienda.org.
Bocanova’s First Annual Costume Party
Thursday, October 31, 7 p.m.
Bocanova Restaurant, 55 Webster Street, Jack London Square
Celebrate Halloween with Bocanova. A four-course dinner will be served, highlighting the holiday’s staple fruit, the pumpkin. Each dish will incorporate a pumpkin component, such as pumpkin soup with duck liver crostini, pumpkin risotto, scallops a la plancha with pumpkin sauce, and a pumpkin-inspired dessert. Prizes — including a magnum bottle from Louis Roederer, dining gift cards, and more — will be awarded to guests who come dressed to impress in the best and most innovative costumes. Tickets are $28 per person. Please visit http://www.bocanova.com to make reservations.
North Oakland Day of the Dead Celebration
Friday, November 1, 4 p.m.
Dover Street Park, 5701 Dover Street
The Day of the Dead is an important spiritual holiday, a time to honor our ancestors and those who have gone before us, our Beloved Dead. In traditions and cultures around the world, this is the time when “the veil between the worlds draws thin.” This celebration marks the end of harvest, when nature itself goes into dormancy. Tradition holds that at this time, the dead can cross over to the land of the living to partake of worldly pleasures and visit their loved ones. This year, The Institute of Urban Homesteading is offering community workshops leading up to the event where people can make paper mache skulls and puppets to carry in the procession. Check their website for details.