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2016 Halloween Guide: Parties, Drink Specials, Costume Contests and Haunted Houses

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The Drop Dead Sexy party at Charley’s LG has drink specials for everyone.

The Drop Dead Sexy party at Charley’s LG has drink specials for everyone.

All Hallows’ eve falls on a Monday this year, but that doesn’t mean the parties are packing it in. Check out this list of haunted houses, masquerade balls, costume contests and Dia de Los Muertos celebrations.

Rockin’ Halloween Parties at The Quarter Note
Oct 27-29
Three nights of wild costumes, live music, dancing and spooky drink specials. Costume Contest with $100 in cash and prizes.
1214 Apollo Way, Sunnyvale

Winchester Mystery House Candlelight Tours
Oct 28-31
New to the Winchester tours are the limited-edition candlelight voyages. These spooky journeys go through 110 rooms of the world-famous—and supposedly haunted—mansion. Nighttime tours are offered only on Friday the 13th and select nights in October. Tickets sell out fast, especially for Halloween.
525 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose

Broofest: A Nightmare on Alma Street
Oct. 28-29
Get freaky at Municipal Stadium this Halloween. Slurp 80-plus sudsy potions from regional breweries, feast on devilish dishes, show off your best scream at the photo booth, dress up for a costume contest, bob for apples, hunt for hidden treats, decorate pumpkins and more.
588 E Alma ave, San Jose

Scene! @ The Ritz featuring Rex Goliath
Oct 28
Show!Time Productions will host their second annual Scene! @ The Ritz Halloween Party. Four local indie bands perform: Containher, Mothers Worry, Silent Pictures, and the indomitable Rex Goliath. Enjoy $1 PBRs till 10pm.
400 S First St, San Jose

Hip Hop Halloween at Back Bar SoFA
Kicking it old school, Back Bar will have Yukmouth from the The Luniz performing the Saturday before Halloween, while the connected Club Miami will feature Fulanito.
418 South Market St, San Jose

Halloween party at The Oxford
Oct. 28, 29 & 31
Celebrate Halloween with live music Friday and Saturday. Specialty cocktails designed to thrill and shock the palate go along with an Instagram contest, where a special prize will be awarded to the most imaginative post using London walls as a backdrop. On Halloween night guests can get select cocktails for half off from 5-10pm.
195 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale

Halloween Parties AT Britannia Arms
Oct. 29 & 31
Britannia Arms has two San Jose locations, and they’re throwing multiple parties. On the Saturday before Halloween, Almaden Brit will have a live DJ, drink specials and a costume party with cash prizes. Two nights later, Downtown Brit’s bash will have DJ Raheem on the turntables, drink specials and $500 in costume prizes.
5027 Almaden Expy, San Jose
173 W Santa Clara St, San Jose

Halloween at Woodhams Lounge
Oct 29
Woodhams Sports Lounge gets a spooky makeover just in time for Halloween. There will be a potluck, karaoke, a cash prize costume contest and drink specials including $2 shots. 4475 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara

Halloween Dance Extravaganza at davids
Oct 29
Burn off those candy calories at David’s Restaurant Halloween Extravaganza. Complimentary appetizers will be served as partiers dance to today’s hits with DJ Rawk. Dress to impress because there will be prizes for the best costumes.
5151 Stars and Stripes Dr, Santa Clara

Halloween Party at Jack Rose
Oct 29
Take a step back in time, dress up and enjoy classic drinks at Jack Rose’s Halloween party. Best costume will win a $300 cash prize and DJ Dinero will spin live all night. $10 cover charge.
18840 Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd, Los Gatos

Halloween Dance Party at Steamer’s Grillhouse
Oct 29
Steamer’s Grillhouse in Los Gatos has held an annual Halloween party 25 years running. Once again the party will provide great drinks, live music and dancing.
31 University Ave, Los Gatos

Drop Dead Sexy at Charley’s LG
Oct 29
Charley’s LG was awarded Best Place to Dance in Silicon Valley for four years running, and this Halloween should be no different. The weekend will be packed with amazing costumes, and a live performance by DJ Jose Melendez of Wild 94.9.
15 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos

Día de los Muertos at the San Jose Museum of Art
Oct 29
The San Jose Museum of Art celebrates Día de los Muertos with live folkloric dances, cultural arts and crafts and other family friendly activities. There will also be an altar-building demonstration to celebrate the lives of those who’ve passed away. Admission is free and the event runs 11am-5pm.
110 S Market St, San Jose

The Ritz 2nd Annual Halloween Costume Contest

The Ritz 2nd Annual Halloween Costume Contest
Oct 29
Throw on your best costume for a chance to win $1,000 in prize money. DJ Basura will be hand spinning ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and favorites from today.
400 S First St, San Jose

Scary-oke at Goosetown
Oct 29
Warm up those vocal cords and prepare to karaoke the night away at Goosetown Cocktail Lounge.
1071 Lincoln Ave, San Jose

Halloween Party at Saddle Rack
Oct 29
Live music will be performed by The County Cougars and Diablo Road, and there will be $2,500 offered in cash prizes, so come dressed to impress—scary or cute accepted. The night will also be hosted by KSFO DJ Katie Green.
42011 Boscell Rd, Fremont

Halloween Party at East Coast Alice
Oct 29
A truly spook-tacular Halloween Party features live music by Ric Hines of One Country. Enjoy tasty treats and creepy cocktail specials throughout the night. There will be door prizes and a costume contest. Winner of best costume gets two tickets to see YES perform at City National Civic.
14560 Big Basin Way, Saratoga

Lynda Mortensens Bay Area Tributes Halloween Party
Oct 29
Check out live music at Club Fox in Redwood City, featuring Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers, a ZZ Top tribute band and Joyride, a tribute to The Cars. An AC/DC tribute band will also play all the hits.
2209 Broadway St, Redwood City

Trick or Treat Costume Party at The GlassHouse
Oct 29
Spooky appetizers and specialty cocktails will be available at one of San Jose’s premiere event venues.
2 S Market St, San Jose

Halloween Rock n Blues Bash
Oct 29
Every year at Blinky’s Can’t Say, costumed partygoers let loose for a night of drinking, dancing and live music. The event includes a costume contest for cash and prizes.
1031 Monroe St, Santa Clara

Halloween Party/Costume Contest at Court’s Lounge
Oct 29 & 31
Two Halloween parties and costume contests will take place, with a $200 costume contest winner named each night at 10pm.
2425 Bascom Ave, Campbell

7th Annual Día de Los Muertos
Oct 29 & Nov 5
One of San Jose’s premier Day of the Dead events, Día de Los Muertos at Calvary Cemetery is a cultural and spiritual celebration that honors deceased ancestors.
2650 Madden Ave, San Jose

La Ultima Parada
Oct 30
La Ultima Parada returns this year with traditional dances and musical performances to honor the living and the dead. There will be a “camposanto,” where visitors can honor iconic Latino artists and entertainers.
1700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose

PGA-Haunt

Great America Halloween Haunt
California’s Great America transforms into the fright fest Halloween Haunt. In addition to the regular roller coasters and rides, Halloween Haunt features eight horror-filled mazes, three spooky live shows and three “scare zones” between the attractions. It’s a little intense, so Halloween Haunt is not recommended for children under 13 and and the faint of heart.
4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara

Jacobs Farm Pumpkin Patch
Martial Cottle Park will have a pumpkin patch, corn maze and family fun. Open seven days a week, 10am-7pm.
5283 Snell Ave, San Jose

Dead Time Dreams
The Dead Time Dreams haunted house returns with “Grimm Fairy Tales” and “Fear-o-Phobia,” where imagination and fear becomes reality. Open Thursday through Sunday.
2501 Tully Rd, San Jose

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