SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 31: A pumpkin is seem out front a home as children trick or treat though streets on Halloween Day on October 31, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. Halloween, also known as Hallowe'en and shortened from its original form of All Hallows' Even, is internationally celebrated on October 31 and originates from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which was a celebration recognising the end of the harvest in Gaelic culture. (Photo by Sergio Dionisio/Getty Images)
Below is a list of events here in the Bay Area that have one thing in common: they all celebrate Halloween. You'll notice a walk through the Castro is not listed. That event is officially not happening.
Livermore- "Haunted Barn," Oct. 22 through Oct. 31, The rustic Barn becomes a house of thrills and chills. $7. 4444 East Ave., Livermore. (925) 373-5700,p://www.larpd.dst.ca.us/.
Fremont Teen Center- Mad Monster Halloween Party, Oct. 23, 4-6:30 p.m. Third and fourth graders are invited to a costume party that includes activities and contests, party games and more. $10.
Fremont Teen Center- "Twilight Zone Halloween Party," Oct. 23, 7-9:30 p.m. Fifth and sixth graders are invited to attend a costume party featuring snacks, activities, contests. $10-$12. 39770 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont.
St. Aidan's Episcopal Church- "Monsters and Saints," Oct. 23 through Oct. 24, 8 p.m. Join heralded storyteller Ron Jones for a performance that includes spoken word, poetry, new music and dance. $10-$15. 101 Gold Mine Drive, San Francisco.
Serramonte Mall- "Halloween Dog Costume Contest," Oct. 24, 10 a.m. Chance to win a $500 shopping spree. 3 Serramonte Center, Serramonte and Gellert Boulevard, Daly City. www.serramontecenter.com.
The New School of Berkeley- "Halloween Bazaar," Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Bazaar features face painting, children's games, a giant rummage sale, a book sale, lunch and much more. Free. 1606 Bonita St., Berkeley. (510) 548-9165
Fremont's Elks Lodge- "Halloween Quarter Auction," Oct. 25, 5 p.m. Take a chance at winning great prizes for as little as 25 cents. Event includes silent and live auctions and more. 38991 Farwell Drive, Fremont.
Books Inc.- San Francisco, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. Share stories of ghostly horror with author Compestine. Free. 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. (415) 776-1111, www.booksinc.net.
Books Inc.- Palo Alto, "Halloween Ball," Oct. 30. Join a Halloween Ball featuring P.C. and Kristin Cast, authors of the bestselling "House of Night" series. Free. 157 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto. (650) 321-0600, www.bookinc.net.
DNA Lounge- "All Hallows Eve," Oct. 30, 9 p.m. Featuring Decay, BaconMonkey, Joe Radio, Melting Girl, Netik, Billy Casazza, Cosmic Selector and Dex Stakker. $13. 375 11th St., San Francisco. (415) 626-1409, www.dnalounge.com.
Mezzanine- "Halloween Friday," Oct. 30, 9 p.m. Featuring Zach Moore, Syd Gris, Kramer, Adnan Sharif. $25. All shows at 9 p.m. unless other wise noted. 444 Jessie St., San Francisco. (415) 625-8880, www.mezzaninesf.com.
Davies Symphony Hall- "Nosferatu," Oct. 31, 8 p.m. San Francisco Symphony presents a Halloween screening of this horror classic with live organ accompaniment by Dennis James. $20-$30.
San Francisco Ghost Hunt- Walk to some of San Francisco's most notorious haunted places and meet the enchanting ghosts that call them home. Hear ghost stories based on serious documented research, see and touch eerie haunted artifacts, and learn how to catch a ghost. Along the way, learn the wild and romantic history of San Francisco's beautiful Pacific Heights district where these ghosts haunt today. $10-$20. Daily, 7 p.m. Queen Anne Hotel, 1590 Sutter St.(415) 922-5590,
Halloween International Ball- Oct. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. This Halloween celebration features DJs, a fashion show, samba dance and much more. $25. 181 3rd St., San Francisco. (415) 777-5300, www.whotels.com/sanfrancisco.
924 Gilman- Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Ceremony, Sabertooth Zombie, Never Healed, Skin Like Iron, Wolves and Thieves $8-$10. 924 Gilman St., Berkeley. (510) 525-9926, www.924gilman.org.