Just in time for Halloween, “sonic archaeologist” Jill Tracy conducts her Musical Séance (with Paul Mercer) at the Presidio Officers Club and Lost Church. (Courtesy Audrey Penven)

Just in time for Halloween, “sonic archaeologist” Jill Tracy conducts her Musical Séance (with Paul Mercer) at the Presidio Officers Club and Lost Church. (Courtesy Audrey Penven)

Halloween’s not just for kids anymore

Here’s a short list of parties in The City and beyond:


The Musical Séance: Presidio Dialogues hosts pianist and sonic archaeologist Jill Tracy and violinist-composer Paul Mercer in a ghostly duet; patrons are asked to bring a small object of special significance, such as a photo, talisman or jewelry. 6 p.m., free, registration required. Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave., S.F. www.presidio.gov/events

Scare on the Square: Redwood City and partners present the Dia de los Muertos event, featuring a costume parade, cash prize carved pumpkin contest (bring your own pumpkin already carved), a 3D light show and classic trick-or-treating. 5 to 8 p.m., free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, www.visitRWC.org

Spooked at the Strand: American Conservatory Theater’s Halloween costume party, a benefit for the theater’s education programs, includes performances by master of fine arts students, cocktails, dessert and dancing. 6 to 10 p.m., $50 and up. Strand Theater, 1127 Market St., S.F., act-sf.org/spooked

Thrillpeddlers: The wildly fun and inventive troupe known for staging Grand Guignol continues its six-week run of its annual fall horror show, “Shocktoberfest 17: Pyramid of Freaks.” 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, plus Oct. 30-31, through Nov. 19. $30-$35. Hypnodrome, 575 10th St., S.F., www.hypnodrome.org


All Hallows Eve
: The 15th party hosted by the Hubba Hubba Revue features four rooms of merrymaking, all kinds of music, burlesque, terror, acrobats and a costume contest with cash prizes. 9 p.m., $20-$30. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., S.F., www.dnalounge.com

Alien Con: The inaugural event, a three-day affair for pop culture enthusiasts, kicks off with a Halloween-themed opening night party with costume competition and celebrity guest judges. 5 p.m., $35-$50. Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, www.thealiencon.com

Art Night SF: The season’s grand finale and special Halloween edition includes a karaoke battle series, costume contest, activities for all ages and the Lightmobile, Eric Staller’s Volkswagen covered with 1,659 lamps. 5 to 9 p.m., free. UN Plaza, Market and Seventh streets, S.F, www.artnightsf.com

Broofest: More than 80 craft beers and devilish dishes are offered, as well pumpkin decorating, a hunt for hidden treats and bobbing for apples. 8 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, $50 and up. Municipal Stadium, 588 E. Alma Ave., San Jose, www.sjbroofest.com

Dance Brigade: The troupe’s “The Great Liberation Upon Hearing” is a multi-media dance/drama that explores death and dying based on the Bardo Experience as depicted in the Tibetan Book of the Dead, directed by Krissy Keefer. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m. Oct. 30, $15-$50. Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F., www.brownpapertickets.com

Eric Lindell’s Creature Feature Freak Show Halloween Ball: The roots musician has been winning fans his 1996 debut album,”Bring It Back.” 9 p.m., $25-$30. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F., www.slimspresents.com

Halloween at The Midway: The party includes the debut local performance of Tiga, Totally Extinct Enormous Dinosaurs and tech house experts Martin Buttrich and Guti in a setting reminiscent of “The Shining’s” Overlook Hotel. 9 p.m., $35-$40. 900 Marin St., S.F., www,ticketfly.com

Halloween International Ball: The bash, in three rooms, features DJs Kblo, Aykut, Youssef, Dr. T, Nitro and Kevin Armstrong along with samba dancers, drummers and a costume contest. 9 p.m., $40-$150. W Hotel, 151 Third St., S.F., www.wsanfrancisco.com/halloween

Halloween 2016 Fun House: Canadian producer Shaun Frank appears on “The Getaway Tour” with Delaney Jane. 9 p.m., $20. Ruby Skye, 420 Mason St., S.F., www.eventbrite.com/o/ruby-skye-3151253436

Jill Tracy: Working with violinist Paul Mercer, the “sonic archaeologist” presents a Musical Séance, in which music is channeled instantaneously from cherished treasures brought in by the audience. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, $15-$20. Lost Church, 65 Capp St., S.F., www.ticketfly.com

Mayhem Mansion: Not recommended for children under 8, the scary haunted house, with “Spookeasy” refreshments, is a fund-raiser for the historic 19th century Haas-Lilienthal House. 7 to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, $15-$20. 2007 Franklin St., S.F. www.sfheritage.org


Brazilian Halloween: The party with a South American twist features music with Dandara Odara and the Pragandaia Band and a floor show with samba dancers. 9 p.m,, $10. Casa de Cultura, 1901 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, www.brownpapertickets

Clift Horror Story Hotel
: The hotel’s famed bar is transformed into a netherworld with moving portraits in burnished walls and music by J Boogie & Deejay Theory. 9 p.m., $50-$300. Redwood Room, 495 Geary St., S.F., clifthorror.nightout.com

Goblins & Goblets: Wine purveyors at the Press Club host the spooky Halloween celebration with costumes, DJ music and “bloody reds and ghostly whites paired with delicious bites.” 9 p.m., $15. 20 Yerba Buena Lane, S.F., www.eventbrite.com

Hot Glass Cold Beer Halloween Edition: The fund-raiser for the public glass studio includes a glassblowing demonstrations, craft beer, music and a costume contest. 6 p.m., $35-$65. Public Glass, 1750 Armstrong Ave., S.F. www.publicglass.org

Mega Halloween Ball
: The party hosts three rooms, seven DJs, dancers, drummers, stilt walkers and costumes. 9 p.m., $65 and up. Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell St., S.F., www.eventbrite.com

Nightmare on Van Ness
: The eighth annual bash offers four rooms of music on three levels, seven DJs and a VIP bar. 9 p.m., $60 and up. Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfhalloween.com

Trick or Treat Silent Disco: The fifth annual costume bash, associated with one of The City’s biggest outdoor dance parties, includes DJs and Halloween food truck specials. 8 p.m. to midnight, $40-$70 (advance purchase only), SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St., S.F., www.eventbrite.com

Westlake Halloween Pop Up Party: Westlake Shopping Center hosts festivities along Main Street including a costumed kid-friendly DJ, a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt (at participating stores and restaurants), Instagrammable photo opportunities and branded trick-or-treat bags, while supplies last. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., free. 340 Westlake Center, Daly City. http://westlake.shopkimco.com/


Costume Dash 5K: The inaugural San Francisco run in Golden Gate Park — with participants in costume — includes awards for best outfits and top finishers, and an after-party pub crawl for runners 21 and over. 8:30 a.m., $45. Bandshell, Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F., http://costumedash.com/sanfran/#info

Drag Queen of the Opera: The San Francisco Opera pop up — an evening of opera, drag and debauchery hosted by drag artist Heklina — features performances by soprano Julie Adams, mezzo-soprano Renée Rapier, tenor Brenton Ryan, bass-baritone Brad Walker and pianist Jennifer Szeto; dancing follows the show. 8 p.m., $25. Oasis, 298 11th St., S.F. http://sfopera.com/sfoperalab/

Ghirardelli Square
: The West Plaza is the site of Halloween activities for kids such as face painting, balloon art, caricatures, a magician and trick-or-treating from participating stores. Noon to 4 p.m., free. 900 North Point St., S.F., www.ghirardellisq.com

SF Mad Dash: The fifth annual costume 5K — a run or walk for all ages and benefit for Sunset Cooperative Nursery School — includes an after party with prizes, a costume contest and kids activities. 9:30 a.m., $40. Golden Gate Park Polo Fields, 1232 John F. Kennedy Drive, S.F., www.sfmaddash.com


Clarion Music Center Halloween Haunted House grand opening
: Music, theater, poetry, dance, face painting and an animation of tombstones flying by local musicians, artists and scientists comprise the event, which transforms the (former) music shop into a Chinatown performing arts venue. 4 to 8 p.m,, free. 816 Sacramento St., (enter on Waverly Place), S.F., www.clarionmusic.com

Halloween Time Warp to the 70s & 80s
: Two rooms showcase two decades of music — DJs Shinding and Damon playing 1980s sounds, and DJs Porter and Andy T playing disco and funk. 9:30 p.m., $10. Cat Club SF, 1190 Folsom St., S.F., www.brownpapertickets.com

A Masquerade Ball with The Mystic Braves
: The psych-steeped band that sounds like it stepped straight out of the 1960s headlines a concert with the Turns, Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show and DJ sets by The Acid Test. 9 p.m., $18-$20., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F. www.chapelsf.com

Vixens, Villians & Wierdos
: Two rooms of music, DJ music and a costume contest with $1,000 in prizes are on the bill. 10 p.m., free (before 10:30 p.m. with RSVP) or $20. Roc Bar & Nightclub, 2801 Leavenworth St., S.F., http://therocsf.com/events/

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