Halloween falls on a Thursday this year, meaning the weekend afterwards is the closest to the holiday -- except Christmas season called dibs from November 1st on, because stores can't wait to get you buying things. That means the real Halloween parties are coming this weekend, and here's a list of opportunities for a seasonably festive night... of the living dead.
San Francisco Zombie Prom
The Verdi Club is holding their fifth annual zombie prom, with music, dancing and zombie go-go girls. Haunted Hollywood is the theme this year, so dress as undead versions of famous public figures from the '30s thru the '50s and you may win the $200 prize in the costume contest scheduled for midnight.
The Verdi Club
2424 Mariposa Street
Doors open 8pm
Friday the 25th
$16 in advance. $20 at the door.
18 and up. Full bar for 21+
"How to look like the Walking Dead" with Dani Spinks
If you really want to pull off an "aGOREable" look for the prom, reserve a seat in Dani's zombie makeup class earlier that night. She'll teach you to replicate the same flesh-rending effects she's come to master and share the secret of the fake blood recipe it took her years to perfect.
337 Shotwell Street
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Friday the 25th
$50 registration per person (includes a zombie makeup kit to take home)
The Dead - An Interactive Zombie Event
Attend the unveiling of a new miracle beauty product and watch as it goes wrong and starts turning people into the living dead. Part theater and part haunted house, this 30 minute experience has three shows scheduled back to back on Halloween night, or you can catch it the 24th, 26th and twice on November 1st.
3359 Cesar Chavez Street
Various dates and times
$20 on Eventbrite (cheaper on Goldstar)
Appropriate for audiences 13 years of age and older
Zombie Walks at Copperfield's Books
Zombie events have spread across the world, and the Copperfield chain of book stores brings them North of the Golden Gate. Meet in the appropriate store at the time designated, already dressed as a zombie, lumber through town, and return to the store for a zombie party.
Saturday the 26th, 10am
775 Village Court
Saturday the 26th, 2pm
140 Kentucky Street
Sunday the 27th, 11am
138 N Main St