Handing out candy is fun, but this Halloween why not have the candy (and food and cocktails) handed to you for a change? Here's a list of what some Bay Area bars and restaurants are doing for Halloween. We'll update it as more fun things emerge.
Creatures of the NightLife
What: Sip on cocktails at the Academy of Science's annual Halloween bash that includes a haunted house full of scientific curiosities, a hands-on squid dissection, a drag show, and costume contest. Get tickets here.
Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco
When: Thursday, October 29 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Anchor Brewing's Firkin Fridays at The Yard
What: Every Friday when the Giants are out of town, Anchor taps a firkin of a limited edition beer. But this Friday it's a very freaky Firkin Friday. Expect Halloween decorations, squash bowling, free candy, and you'd better show up in your costume ‘cause there's gonna be a contest. Grab full details here.
Where: The Yard at Mission Rock, 3rd Street & Terry A Francois Blvd, San Francisco
When: Friday, October 30 from 3 to 9 p.m. Quantities are limited so arrive early!
Cosmic Arcade Night at Brewcade
What: Put on your black light-friendly costume and get ready to glow under Brewcade's new ultraviolet light system. Florescent costumes aren't required, but if you want to win the costume contest, you might want to head in that direction. First place takes home a $300 Brewcade gift certificate. Get event details here.
Where: Brewcade, 2200 B Market Street, San Francisco
When: Saturday, October 31, starting at 8 p.m. Costume contest is at 11 p.m.
Booritos at Chipotle
What: Score a $3 "boorito" (or a bowl, salad, or taco) just by showing up to Chipotle wearing an unnecessary addition to your Halloween costume. (Get it? ‘Cause Chiptole doesn't like unnecessary additives.)
Where: Every Chipotle
When: Saturday, October 31 from 5 p.m. to closing.
Roka Bar's Halloween Costume Party
What: Roka Bar will be serving $5 drink specials until midnight and there's a costume contest where you can win a decadent Omakase feast for two at Roka Akor or a gift card.
Where: Roka Bar, 801 Montgomery Street, San Francisco
When: Saturday, October 31 from 9 p.m. until close. Winners of the costume contest will be announced at midnight.
An Evening of Espionage at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse
What: Break out your best Bond (or Bond girl) costume for this 007-themed dinner event. The dinner includes passed hors d'oeuvres and a four-course seated dinner with cocktail pairings for $95. Get all the details here.
Where: Fleming's Prime Steakhouse's Bay Area locations
When: 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 31
An Art Deco Halloween at Flora
What: Don your best art deco costume (think "Gatsby") and enjoy happy hour all night at Flora where they'll be serving snacks inspired by the era.
Where: Flora, 1900 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
When: Saturday, October 31 from 5:30 p.m. to close.
A Haunted Dinner at the Payne Mansion Hotel
What: Indulge in a four-course Halloween-themed dinner served by, who else?, the walking dead. Buy tickets here.
Where: The Payne Mansion Hotel, 1409 Sutter Street, San Francisco
When: Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31. Seatings are at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Trader Vic's "Hulaween Cocktail Workshop"
What: Spend an evening learning "Spooky Mixology" while nibbling on snacks and trying your creations. Includes appetizers, dinners, and a surprise treat.
Get tickets here.
Where: Trader Vic's, 9 Anchor Drive, Emeryville,
When: Friday, October 30 from 7 to 10 p.m.