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
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</i>
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