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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