Halloween 2015 will have some new thrills for any age, from the Dog Halloween at Jack London Square to the Alameda Point Pumpkin Patch at the naval station and the Haunted Hornet’s Monster Bash. Across the bay in the City it’s the 40th Anniversary screening of the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ with the San Francisco Symphony performing live beforehand, playing music from Beetlejuice, Poltergeist, Basic Instinct, Psycho and more at the baton of Sean O’Loughlin. Here’s a brief list with some new family destinations for Saturday, October 31st on both sides of the bay.
Haunted Hornet Monter Bash
The USS Hornet, a World War II aircraft carrier that picked up the astronauts from the first landing on the moon, hosts a Monster Bash on Halloween night with live music by the Cocktail Monkeys. The party features a no host bar and goes to 1 a.m.. The gigantic war ship has been hosting the Haunted Hornet for adults all month, an intense tour of the dark caverns including the kitchen and mess hall; bunk room; bathroom; operating room and hospital. ScareCo brought in 60 local actors with professional make-up, costumes and eery lighting. VIP tickets to the Monster Bash include the Haunted Hornet. That’s $60 for both or $30 for the Monster Bash alone, for on line tickets. Day-of tickets at the door cost $70 or $35. Free parking. It’s at the naval yard on Hornet Way in Alameda. For ticket info and more: Haunted Hornet. Additional pictures and video here, Haunted Hornet two; Haunted Hornet three.
Speer Family Farms Pumpkin Patch at Alameda Point
The Speer Family Farms Pumpkin Patch makes a spectacular spot for family photos and playtime all month but on Halloween the patch gives out candy from a food truck. The patch hosts amusement park attractions for toddlers and babies each day through Halloween and the attractions change. The four story ship slide and rainbow slide will use up that sugar energy; the bouncy houses are a castle and a Disney ‘Frozen’ inspiration; the Zorb or hamster balls roll along a maze with a child inside the transparent plastic. Children climb on the jungle gym of hay bales or on the tiny plastic slide. A face painter offers many designs. There’s a modest snack bar and many, many pumpkins and gourds including the new swan gourds. Tickets for unlimited rides for the day cost $20 pus a $2 fee and are available on line or on site at the kiosk. Single rides may be enjoyed with individual tickets. For ticket information and more: Pumpkin Patch.
Jack London Square Dog Halloween
Jack London Square hosts Halloween for dogs with a lot of attractions and amusements the dog will enjoy, such as bobbing for bones and pet pampering and special treats. It’s sure to be a great photo op with paw painting for pups, a pet psychic, dog photo booths, people & pooch crafts, pumpkin decorating, along with pet tricks. Get it–pet tricks during trick or treat . . . It’s from 11 am – 4 pm. on Saturday, October 31, Halloween Day. Jack London Square is at the end of Broadway in Oakland. For more information call (510) 645-9292. Pictured, Bistro & Beverly, Frenchies of Rockridge. Mr. Kelly Porter & Travis Rew, owners.
Rocky Horror with SF Symphony
The 40th Anniversary of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ means a Halloween screening by the San Francisco Symphony on Halloween night at 7:30 pm with conductor Sean O’Loughlin’s special live performance of horror theme music from Basic Instinct, Beetlejuice, Poltergeist, Psycho and more. Peaches Christ will host along with Latrice Royale. Dorit Chrysler will play the theremin. Enough said. Except that tickets cost from $15 to $70. The San Francisco Symphony performs at Davies Symphony Hall. Easy access from Civic Center BART. For more information: Rocky Horror