Your weekend: Halloween!
Halloween’s coming, folks. And Alameda is celebrating with two weekends’ worth of events that begin this Friday. Looking for some things to do around the pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating? Then check out the list below.
Alameda’s firefighters kick things off with their ninth annual Pumpkin Patch, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the West Lawn of Franklin Park, San Antonio Avenue and Morton Street. They’ll have free pumpkins (one per customer while supplies last) for Alameda residents between the ages of 3 and 10, plus crafts, goodies and costumed fun.
Alameda’s teens bring you a Haunted House from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, October 23 through Sunday, October 25 at the Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Avenue. Admission is $4 for kids 17 and under, $7 for adults 18 and up, and the proceeds will benefit the Alameda Recreation and Park Department’s teen program. For more information (or to volunteer), call 747-7552.
First Presbyterian Church of Alameda is hosting its annual “Pipe Screams! Halloween Music and Spook-tacular Party” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, October 24. Admission is free but donations are welcomed. The costume party will feature church talent of all ages singing and playing Halloween favorites, tours through a Haunted Parlor, games, food and more. First Presbyterian is at 2001 Santa Clara Avenue, and their phone number is 522-1477.
Alameda Wine Company is hosting a Halloween Party, starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, October 31. The over-21 party will feature a costume contest (with a prize for best costume) and half off your first glass of wine if you show up in costume. Alameda Wine Company is at 2315 Central Avenue, and their phone number is 523-WINE.
The Alameda Free Library will celebrate Halloween with a return of those goofy witches for their annual Spooky Night. The visit takes place on Thursday, October 29, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. School-age children and accompanying adults are invited to watch as the Alameda Free Library witches pull out their cookbooks and get ready for the Ultimate Wicked Witches Cook-Off. The program will begin with a screening of the classic film, “Teeny-Tiny and the Witch Woman.” The haunting will take place in the Main Library’s Stafford Community Room. The library is also offering a free screening of the movie “Coraline” at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 31 at the main library, which is at 1550 Oak Street. The film is rated PG. For more information on these events, call 747-7705.
Rhythmix Cultural Works is hosting a Fright Night Fundraiser from 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, October 24. Admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The event will include live music and dancing, a costume contest, cocktails, games and more. Rhythmix is at 2513 Blanding Avenue, and their phone number is 865-5060.
Ploughshares Nursery is hosting a Trick-or-Treat event from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, October 31. Adults and kids who come in costume will receive a free plant (offer good while supplies last), and they’ll have additional treats for the kids. Ploughshares is at 2701 Main Street, and their phone number is 898-7811.
Local author Ying Compestine will do a special Halloween storytime at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 31 at Books Inc. The Lafayette-based author of “Boy Dumplings” will offer spooky tales for the younger set, with a food tasting to boot. Admission to the event is free. Books Inc. is at 1344 Park Street, and their phone number is 522-2226.
The West Alameda Business Association will host its annual Halloween on Webster Street festivities from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 31. The event is free and open to the public. Merchants on Webster will have treats for costumed kiddies up to age 12. They’ll also have a Halloween carnival in the parking lot at the corner of Webster Street and Taylor Avenue with a pumpkin giveaway and costume contest.
Autobody Fine Art is hosting “La Isla De Los Muertos,” a Day of the Dead exhibition and festival, from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, October 31. Auotbody is at 1517 Park Street, and their phone number is 865-2608.
Rhythmix is celebrating Halloween in style with a Halloween Dress Up Party from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 31. They’ll have have a dress up area with mirrors, face painters, costume contest, decorate-your-own treat bag and more. Admission is $5 for kids, free for adults.
The USS Hornet will hold its annual Monster Bash from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, October 31. Admission to the event, which includes live music by The Cocktail Monkeys, a costume contest, children’s area and Haunted Hospital, is $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $10 for kids, with a $5 per-ticket discount for museum members. The Hornet is at 707 W. Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, and their phone number is 521-8448.