|Harvests and Halloween|
Published: Thursday, 16 October 2008 22:27
The Island is teeming with scary-fun events. Bring the kids or get set for a grown-up night on the town, with witches and ghosts, candy and brew.
Otis School is holding its annual carnival Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain or shine). All proceeds will benefit Otis students. Activities include barbecue, cake walk, face painting, arts and crafts, costume contest, fun games for everyone and one of the best haunted houses in the area.
The Lincoln Middle School Band will open the carnival by starting on-site at 10 a.m. A costume parade and contest follows immediately after. The Post Street Players will play live throughout the day. Otis Elementary is located at 3010 Fillmore St.
Silly witches return to the Alameda Free Library for their annual Spooky Night visit on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. School-age children and their favorite adults are invited to watch as these gals and ghouls tell stories and jokes, sing songs, and show the classic film, Teeny-Tiny and the Witch Woman. The haunting will take place in the Stafford Community Room of the Main Library, 1550 Oak St.
Witches and Devils
First Presbyterian Church of Alameda presents spooky classical music; Ghosts, devils, witches and wizards perform terrifying scenes from opera and Broadway, spooky art songs and music from Disney movies and TV, music by Verdi, Handel, Schubert, Saint-Saens, and more. The concert takes place Friday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. Suggested donation $15/$12; children 13 and under free. Childcare provided. First Pres. is located at 2001 Santa Clara Ave. Call 522-1477 or visit www.alamedachurch.com.
Fright Night at Rhythmix Cultural Works features a haunted art warehouse with interactive monsters, witches, mad scientists, Japanese ghosts and the Pumpkin King. The fiesta takes place Saturday, Oct. 25, with Freaky Family Fun from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., including the haunted warehouse and a costume contest. Entry for kids is $5 and $10 for adults. Following the fun for kids is more grown-up fun — a haunted cabaret from 8 p.m. to midnight. The latter portion of the evening includes a costume ball and contest. Dance to live music from Lee Presson and the Nails. Tickets are $35; $50 includes costume contest entry fee. Fright Night is a benefit for Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. For tickets and more information, visit www.rhythmix.org or call 865-5060.
Oct. 25, 1 to 4 p.m. Petting zoo, pumpkin patch, bobbing for apples, face painting, food court; children's performer at 2:30. Tickets: $10, adults; $5, children. Benefit for Bright Horizons Foundation for Children. Bright Horizons at Garner Learning Center, 2275 North Loop Road.
The USS Hornet Museum will hold its annual Monster Bash from 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 707 W Hornet Ave, Pier 3 at Alameda Point. The event will feature live dance music, prizes for best costumes, children's area and haunted tours. Cash bars and food concessions are available. Happy hour, tours and children's activities start at 7:30 p.m. with the band performing from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $20 for adults ($25 at the door) and $10 for kids. For more information, visit www.hornetevents.com.
The Alameda Elks Lodge presents "Halloween Mania" Oct. 25, with a 6 p.m. dinner and 8 p.m. dancing with DJ and karaoke. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, call 522-1015.The Elks Lodge is located at 2255 Santa Clara Ave.
A Halloween music spook-tacular and party takes place Saturday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Choirs, soloists and instrumentalists perform favorites from Little Shop of Horrors, The Addams Family, The Nightmare Before Christmas and audience sing-alongs, all under the largest spider web you've ever seen. Come in costume. After, enjoy games for little goblins, tours through the Haunted Parlor and frightening food. Saturday's show and party are free, but voluntary donations are welcomed. First Presbyterian Church is located at 2001 Santa Clara Ave. Call 522-1477 or visit www.alameda church.com.
The First Congregational Church presents a Hometown Halloween Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m. A fellowship gathering and silent auction is followed by dinner, a haunted house, a costume parade and a talent show at First Congregational Church, 1912 Central Ave.
St. Barnabas presents its Harvest Festival Oct. 26, from noon to 6 p.m. The event features a pumpkin patch, food, games and Bingo for prizes. It's free to the public at the St. Barnabas School playground, 1400 Sixth St.
Halloween Tricks and Treats
* Oct. 31, 1 to 5 p.m. Trick or Treat on Webster Street: Candy for costumed kids from participating stores; pumpkin giveaway, costume contest, Halloween carnival, all on Webster Street.
* Oct. 31, 3 to 5 p.m. Trick or Treat Party: Candy and prizes for costumed children 12 and younger from participating stores. Face painting, kids musical and magic performances. Alameda Towne Centre, Otis Drive and Park Street.
* Oct. 31, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. "Under the Big Top": Entertainment by illusionist Toby Travis, juggler, acrobats, unicyclists and more. Food and fun for all. Tickets: $5 at the door. Bay Farm Community Church, 3189 Mecartney Road. (Info: 769-2002)