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October 19th, 2017

The SCH Guide to Halloween in SF

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Whether you come to SF for business, leisure or to visit family, there’s no shortage of Halloween events for all ages and interests. Here’s a roundup of (mostly) free events across the Bay Area to put you in the Halloween Spirit.

Ghost Hunt Walking Tour

Did you know that SF has a pretty spooky past? From Alcatraz to City Hall, back alleys in Chinatown to the Presidio, ghosts are said roam the city year-round. For a great history lesson about the city, we suggest you reserve a spot for a ghost hunt walking tour.

Critical Mass 2017 Halloween Bike Ride

We do have complimentary bicycles here at Stanford Court, but unless you’ve partaken in Critical Mass, we suggest you proceed with caution. Sometimes being a spectator may be more desirable. Anyway, the monthly SF critical mass gets dressed up every Halloween for a proper bike ride, which begins @ Justin Herman Plaza on Friday, Oct. 27 @ 5:30. This event draws a lot of participants; costumed bike parade ensues. Check out more here

Horror Movie Trivia + Comedy Night

If you’re a horror movie buff and enjoy a drink, this is the spot for you. Teams will battle it out on themes of horror and Halloween at Milk Bar on Haight Street. Between rounds, enjoy laughs from local comedians performing stand-up. Event is Friday, Oct. 27, doors open @ 6. For more info, check out Milk Bar’s website

Third Annual Chinatown Halloween Neighborhood Festival

This is a great daytime event for families and it’s right in SCH’s backyard. The event starts at 11 a.m. at the Willy Woo Woo Wong Playground in Chinatown. Games, costumes and other fun treats are planned for the festival. Info here.

Glow in the Dark Black Light Art Show

If you happen to cross over to the other side of the Bay, check out this black light art show on Alameda Island. Host Studio 34 knows how to put on a good show that astounds the senses. The show’s set for Oct. 28 from 7-10 p.m. Free, but donations appreciated. For more info and to book your spot, check out their event page here.

Halloween in the Castro

This Halloween block party draws quite the crowd. To witness Halloween revelry in its purest form and outlandish costumes, look no further. Everyone knows the best parties are in the Castro. Starts Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. Bring a costume!

Day of the Dead

Halloween rings in Día de Muertos, celebrating those who are no longer with us. The Mission is famous for their celebration of Día de Muertos and host an annual procession as well as a collection of altars in Garfield Park. The holiday is celebrated from Oct. 31-Nov. 2, and the event takes place in the Mission the evening of Nov. 2. Check out more info here.

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