"This year Halloween fell on the weekend. Me and Geto Boys went trick or treatin,'" famously rapped Bushwick Bill in his verse on the Geto Boys classic 1991 rap hit "Mind Playing Tricks On Me." Whenever Halloween falls on a weekend night, especially a Friday -- providing the whole weekend to recover (and don't forget to change your clocks Saturday night/Sunday morning) -- there tend to be tons of parties jumping off and fun Halloween themed things to do including, of course, lots of costume contests.
And remember: there is no law against entering and winning as many different Halloween costume contests as you can physically get yourself and your costume to in one Halloween. So I suggest (especially in these hard economic times) that you try and win as many cash prizes as possible and further suggest if you hope to win that prize(s) that you avoid donning Sarah Palin, Joe The Plumber, Joe-Six-Pack, McCain, or Obama costumes (you will be up against too much competition) unless you can come up with some very original twist on such a topical (IE: obvious) choice.
Following below is a guide to some of the hip-hop flavored Halloween happenings around the Bay Area (most with costume contests), including of course the two Bay Area Amoeba Music Halloween events which note are both early (2PM) events since each store will close early tonight at 6PM. All others, unless specified, are nightclub events that start at 9PM and go til closing (2AM or later).
2:00PM - 6:00PM Amoeba Halloween Madness at both the Berkeley and San Francisco Amoeba stores this afternoon with the Horrific Halloween Costume Contests and DJ Sets at each location. At the Berkeley store there will be the spooktacular sounds of DJs Ralphus Fuad & I am Bloody Baby Tooth and a costume contest hosted by Jo-Nasty for a chance to win "an Amoeba Gift Certificate to DIE for!" Free, all ages. SF Amoeba's costume contest will be hosted by Mike Bee with the ghoulish sounds being thrown down by DJ Nero Nava. (Note that the Hollywood Amoeba is also hosting a special Halloween Shock-Hop with a host of in-house DJs starting early, at 5PM, since that store will close at 9PM tonight.
4:00PM - 11:30PM San Francisco Halloween Festival at AT&T Park in A Parking Lot. Includes Kids Play Zone, Haunted House, Dia De Los Muertos, Drag Queen Contest, & March of light Parade. Long list of live performers include Martha Wash and Big Brother and the Holding Company, and DJ Bobby A. Full details.
5:00PM 2nd annual Scraper bike Halloween Bike Ride in Oakland. Ride starts at Fremont High, in East Oakland (High Street and Foothill). Meet at the Mac Dre Mural. Free. Original Scraper Bikes | Oaklandish giving away tees for the first 80 bike owners. scraperbikes ride info.
6:30PM - 8:30PM Halloween Hip Hop Showcase featuring Shing02 with Kosmic Renaissance at the De Young Museum. Free and all ages. Click here for more info on Shing02 and this show.
9:00PM ArtNowSF presents Re:creation with New Deal, Mochipet, 3WS at Club Six with a costume party at 10:30PM.
DJ Ivan and DJ Apollo at Vessel, 85 Compton Place in SF. Costume contest.
Z-Trip at Supperclub. Blasthaus organizers promise a very special Halloween party that also includes J Boogie opening for Z Trip in the main room, and fellow OM artist DJ Fluid and Rob G serve up a spooky dose of Om Lounge in the parlor. Supperclub is at 657 Harrison St. 9PM - late with a listed $25 "presale" cover, so expect $30 or more at the door.
Vybz monthly party with DJs Kevvy Kev, Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist & Venom doing a special Halloween version tonight at Element Lounge with a costume party offering $200 for the winner. Tricks, treats, and CD goodiebags, as well as special surprises. Celebrity Hosts Caitladee, LCJ, Flossafee, & FLO. Party is at Element - Geary at Polk, in San Francisco.
DJ Pam the Funkstress & DJ Zita at Luka's Taproom in Oakland, throwing down a Halloween version of We Love the Town party with a costume contest including prizes. Giveaways by Oaklandish, Oakbook & Scion. Luka's is in the O at 2221 Broadway @ Grand.
G8 Lounge at Geary & 3rd Ave in the RIchmond District of SF with Shing02 (MC set), Bash Brothers, DJ Oaty Love + more and hosted by Hella Hung & Lisa Oh. Pirates VS Ninjas Dance Battle: Hella Hung VS MrTikTak. There will also be a costume contest with a $100 Cash Prize. $15 admission/$10 w/ costume.
Open Mind Music, after 15 years in business, is closing its doors for good today (R.I.P. to a great store)...but with a farewell Halloween party tonight and they invite "Hustlers and harlots, ghouls and goddesses" to stop by their "good old fashioned house party right here on Market @ Church." DJs throwing down include Romanowski, RasCue, Toph Zilla, and Rueben, all delivering "freaky funk deadly disco satanic soul hellish hiphop horrific house." Open Mind Music is at 2150 Market St. @ Church (next to Lucky 13). 9PM til late. $5 after 10PM.