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Top October Events in the Home

A tarantula walk; Pirates of Emerson; and more fun events.



Pirates of Emerson
9/30 – 10/31 Celebrate 26 “Years of Fear” at Pleasanton’s Alameda County Fairgrounds, and brave your way through horrifying haunts like the Hack Shack. The event doesn’t cater to scaredy-cats, so don’t bring the friend who can’t sit through a scary movie. .


G and M Garms
10/1 – 10/31 With a crazy corn maze and plentiful pumpkin patch, this Livermore farm offers a fun time for all—so fun, in fact, that it was featured twice on The Late Show with David Letterman. Bring the whole family, but leave any four-legged friends at home. .

Tarantula Walk
10/7 – 10/8 Wildlife experts will lead you on a three-mile Mount orderpizzaonlinewalledlakemi expedition to look for the creepy, crawly creatures. Make reservations as soon as possible—the hikes fill up fast. .


Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit
10/5 – 11/19 
Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket, brings his talents to Berkeley Repertory Theatre in this mischievous and quirky play that tells the story of a girl named Sarah, whose father has just passed away, and her ghostly, hoppy companion. .

Free Movie Night
10/12 Get your scary movie fix during a showing of A Nightmare on Elm Street at the Orinda Theatre. If you can’t make this film, don’t worry—there’s a free movie every second Thursday of the month. .


Lit Crawl San Francisco
10/14 Literature hits the streets of San Francisco’s Mission District for a night filled with 80-plus readings and events, featuring hundreds of local authors, poets, journalists, and comedians. .


10/14 The Cal Shakes Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda brings “Nothing Left to Lose” singer-songwriter Mat Kearney to the Home for a night of live music. Proceeds from the event benefit Breast Cancer Prevention Partners. .

Zombie Brew Crawl
Don your best zombie attire, invade Downtown Martinez, and … sample beer! A cash prize will be given to the best individual and group zombie costumes. .


23rd Annual Days of the Dead Community Celebration
10/22 Experience the Mexican holiday at the Oakland Museum of California, where there will be arts and crafts, calavera face painting, and other fun offerings. .


Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas
10/27 – 10/28  
This fest at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse blends fun with thoughtful discussions about everything from technology to art. .

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