Bay Area Halloween happenings 

click to enlarge Kids fun: Randall Museum’s annual Family Halloween Day on Saturday features crafts, costumes and Jackie Jones playing the saw with her delightful dancing cat. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Kids fun: Randall Museum’s annual Family Halloween Day on Saturday features crafts, costumes and Jackie Jones playing the saw with her delightful dancing cat.

No time is too soon to get ready for Halloween! Here’s a short, by no means complete, list for revelers — young and old — who enjoy the year’s spookiest, wildest holiday.

Rasputin & his Amazing Marionetttes
The “spooktacular” vaudeville variety musical with large-scale puppets — in which visitors will encounter Jack the Ripper, Dr. Frankenstein and his Monster, and others — is presented by veteran puppeteer Rasputin (Matt Scott). 7 and 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. $15. Finn’s Funhouse, 814 Grove St., S.F., (800) 838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com

HALLOWEEN!: The Ballad of Michele Myers
Raya Light portrays tranny-psychopath Michele Myers in a fun mashup parody of American slasher films.
8 p.m. Friday-Sunday and Oct. 31. $15-$25. CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F., (877) 297-6805, www.counterpulse.org

Zombie Prom: The Circus of Horrors
Slim Jenkins plays bluesy swing for the dance floor at the fourth annual party, which features a circus theme, zombie go-go dancers, DJs, a prom king and queen costume contest, and more.
8 p.m. Friday. $17-$20. Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., S.F., www.zombiepromsf.com

In Heaven Everything is Fine
Bay Area artists open a David Lynch-inspired, one-off exhibit, including an installation replica of The Black Lodge from “Twin Peaks” and a prize for the best Lynch-ian costume; the show runs through Nov. 7. 
6 p.m. Friday. Free. Roll Up Gallery, Public Works, 161 Erie St., S.F., (415) 932-0955, www.publicsf.com

SuperNatural Halloween Part
Costumed kids get a trick-or-treat bag at the family-oriented party. The bill includes a haunted planetarium, live animal demos, music, arts and crafts, and more.
5 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. $35 (children) to $50 (general). California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F., (415) 379-8000, www.calacademy.org/halloween

Art of Darkness Scavenger Hunt
Watson Adventures hosts a Halloween hunt in which participants search for ghouls and ghosts hidden in the de Young’s collection.
2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $20. De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F., (877) 946-4868, www.watsonadventures.com

Andy Z
Mixing hip-hop, swing and storytelling, the popular kids’ entertainer performs songs from his new Halloween CD, “The Grand Scream of Things.”
11 a.m. Saturday. $14. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, (415) 339-3900, http://baykidsmuseum.org

Family Halloween Day
Sweet Can Circus, Jackie Jones and The Honey Tones perform at the costume party; kids’ games and creepy crafts also are on the program.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. $3 suggested donation. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F., (415) 554-9600, www.randallmuseum.org

Charity & the JAMBand
The kid-friendly band performs with San Diego’s Hullabaloo at a Halloween-themed “mini-Woodstock for families” with music and dancing outdoors. Costumes welcome.
3 p.m. Sunday. Free. Beach Chalet, 1000 Great Highway, S.F., (415) 425-0732, www.jamjamjam.com

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
The San Francisco Symphony presents organist Cameron Carpenter, providing improvised accompaniment to the Weimar-era silent horror flick, a striking example of German expressionism directed by Robert Wiene.
7 p.m. Tuesday. $20-$60. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org

Planet Booty Halloween Dance Party

The Bay Area band inspired by Jazzercise, Michael Jackson and Motown gets audiences bumping and grinding in the Halloween night spooky sweat-a-thon. Costumes are encouraged.
9 p.m. Wednesday. $15. Café Du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F., (415) 861-5016, www.cafedunord.com

lgallagher@sfexaminer.com

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