SF LIFE INSIDERS GUIDE: Halloween, Shows, Outdoor Fun

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Who’s ready to munch some baby candy bars this weekend?  Are you a Milky Way, Kit Kat or Reese’s fan? It’s time to indulge our sweet tooth as Halloween is upon us. You are never too old! Since we tomatoes are most likely not going on a Pub Crawl, we found a few other activities to help you have a howling good time. As usual, some great theatre is happening and we have the scoop. A secret Rooftop garden will be unveiled in a few weeks and there is a new outdoor community and entertainment destination right here in SF.

A Hip-Hop Halloween

If you are up for something a bit out of the box, The Peninsula Ballet Theatre presents a Hip Hop Halloween at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City. Think Salem witch trial vibes combined with dubstep beats and ominous red-and-black lighting. There will be no shortage of scary clowns breakdancing and we are told you will also be impressed by the most limber versions of Dr. Frankenstein and the Wolf-Man you’ll probably ever see.  $40 GA; $30 seniors, advance ticket sales only.

Winchester Mystery House


Ponder the paranormal and feel the spirit move you at the Winchester Mystery House. It’s back! Arguably the best part about Silicon Valley before it was Silicon Valley, the sprawling, winding estate crawling with rumored spirits is open again to give you goosebumps.

Its labyrinth of rooms is the product of Sarah Winchester’s personal superstition that constantly building would confuse and ward off ghosts. See for yourself if it worked with a special seasonal All Hallow’s Eve Deluxe Tour, which features an indoor theatrical paranormal investigative adventure and the Jack O’ Lantern Trail through the Victorian Gardens.  Cost: $41.99 – $69.99 GA for All Hallow’s Eve Deluxe Tour. Special tour through the 31st, regular tours resume on November 1st.

The Crossing at East Cut

Let’s get out and PLAY! The 3.5-acre block where the temporary Transbay Terminal was located has been transformed into a new outdoor community and entertainment destination called The Crossing at East Cut. It opened last month with the aim to bring people together with fun activities and to support neighborhood wellness.

The first phase opening of this project, located between Howard & Folsom, between Beale & Main Streets, features a family-friendly beer garden, a bar, soccer fields, a ground mural, plus food trucks on-site on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.The Crossing’s Community Zone features 5,000 square feet of indoor space, which can be reserved by local community groups at no cost. There’s also a dedicated community fitness area for both individuals and trainers. Sure do love outdoor living in the Bay Area! http://www.theeastcut.org

 Rooftop Playground

You’ll find a unique blend of activities which can be enjoyed in a cool, quirky venue with breathtaking views of the best city in the world. Lawn bowls, croquet, and shuffle boarding are just some of the other activities on offer. Yoga, comedy and cinema sessions will also be available on select dates.

There will be plenty of the best food trucks in town and deck chairs to chill, along with heaps of free games for all to enjoy.There will also be plenty of food options available, with local food vendors onsite dishing out the most scrumptious food the city has to offer! Tickets for this will be going on sale at the end of November and the location will be announced then. Each experience will be sold separately, and there is also the option just to visit some of the onsite bars.

 A Little Night Music at 42nd Street Moon

Calling all Sondheim lovers! The intimate gateway theatre welcomes us back with another fabulous production. This is truly Community theatre at its finest. The talent in the bay area continues to astound. According to the Executive Artistic Director “It is musically dense and clever yet features some of his greatest melodic writing and most lush accompaniments.”

 A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is a romantic farce par excellence. Based on the Ingmar Bergman film “Smiles of a Summer Night,” couples meet, part, reunite during a glorious “Weekend in the Country” – all under the watchful eyes of the wry family matriarch and a harmonizing Greek chorus. The beautiful Sondheim score contains his biggest hit in “Send in the Clowns.” November 4 – 21. http://www.42ndstmoon.org

The Revolutionists from Palo Alto Players

Leave it to the Palo Alto Players to produce a comedy made for us tomatoes! In THE REVOLUTIONISTS, four badass women try not to lose their heads in this irreverent, rebellious comedy set during the French Revolution.

Amidst the Reign of Terror, four renegades—an assassin, a spy, a writer, and, of course, Marie Antoinette—hang out, plot to murder Marat, find friendship, and try to beat back extremist insanity in Paris. With sharp knives and sharper wit, the quartet takes us on an exploration of art, terrorism, and how we actually go about changing the world. November 5 – 21. Women unite! Get details.

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  • Kim Selby

    Kim Selby, the SF life editor of The Three Tomatoes, is your gal for info on what’s hot and happening in the beautiful bay area. Having lived on the Left Coast for 27 years, after almost a decade in NYC, she has explored and continues to have adventures all over the San Francisco area. Passionate about fashion, formerly with GLAMOUR magazine and Fashion Director at Saks Fifth Avenue , Palo Alto, Kim produced fashion shows in the bay area for over 20 years. She now creates events to empower, delight and inspire women, aka “Tomatoes”. Learn more about Kim at www.kim-selby.com

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