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Best Halloween Parties In The Bay Area In 2015
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Best Halloween Parties In The Bay Area In 2015

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Updated: 30 December 2016
It’s every city’s favorite holiday: Halloween, the one holiday a year where everyone goes a little wild. Every year, San Francisco throws some of the most extravagant parties, from yacht soirées to top exotic carnivals, and since Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, who knows what could happen? Be sure to get your tickets early and plan your best costume.

Freaker’s Ball

For those who want to dance the night away to something besides Top 40, head over to the Freaker’s Ball. The date may be a week early, but it will put you in the spirit and provide you with excellent endurance for the following weekend. With over 20 DJs, you’re bound to find beats to dance to. The Freaker’s Ball is known for its Halloween surprises, so this is one party you don’t want to miss. But just in case that you do, the ball will happen again in Santa Cruz on October 31st.

525 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA, USA (October 24)

1011 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, USA (October 31)

Masquerotica Ball

If you’re looking to celebrate the naughtier side of Halloween this year, then you must go to the Masquerotica Ball. It’s an only-in-San Francisco, sex positive affair where you can celebrate and enjoy the exotic with like minds. Among the theatrical burlesque shows, you can shake your booty at amazing DJs and explore vending and pleasure-filled merchandise. Of course, costumes are a must. If you’re open, this might be the best party you haven’t been to. So check expectations at the door and have fun.

525 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA, USA (October 17)

© Orin Zebest/Flickr
© Orin Zebest/Flickr

Haunted Hotel @ the W

This time of year we are all going to haunted houses to be frightened. Head over to the Haunted Hotel at the W San Francisco for a night of sinister chic. The W is hosting a spine tingling three levels of house and open format music with some of the world’s best DJs. With nearly the entire hotel joining in on the fun, there is plenty of space to find the right ambiance for your night. So why not encourage your alter ego to make an appearance? This event typically sells out every year, so be sure to get your tickets soon and prepare for a wicked evening.

181 3rd St, San Francisco, CA, USA (October 31)

SF Halloween Pub Crawl

The marathon partier should check out the SF Halloween Pub crawl. The Halloween crawl is one of the largest crawls all year, and Pub Crawls, the party’s sponsor, is hoping it will break records. This crawl happens among some of the most popular bars on Union St in the Marina district. The crawl starts at Bar None, and the rest of the route is up to you. Make sure to dress warm, if you can. The Marina is awfully chilly at night, but with the crawl’s low-priced drinks you might not feel it. You can buy one-day passes online (and also two-day passes for the crazed and daring).

1980 Union Street, San Francisco, CA, USA (October 31)

© Merri/Flickr
© Merri/Flickr

Nightmare on Van Ness

Coming back for its seventh year, Nightmare on Van Ness is one of San Francisco’s most popular Halloween parties. It’s held in the grandiose Regency ball room and will go mad with Halloween spirit this year. The entire grand ballroom is furnished with spooky and twisted décor. Inside, the party has three rooms, giving you the ultimate mix of Top 40 remixes, EDM, and local DJs. Among the festivities you’ll find some of the city’s most beautiful go-go dancers and a $500 costume contest. The sponsors, SF Nightlife and Events to the T, boast a few surprises to make this event a must.

1300 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA (October 31)