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The Fright Stuff

A guide to ghoulish and garish happenings around Santa Cruz this Halloween

Friday, Oct. 26

Cabrillo College Masquerade Ball
The dance department's second annual bash features hip-hop and house music by DJ Kikkoman and prizes for best adult and child costumes. 6:30pm; $5-$7; Sesnon House, Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos. 426.1923.

The Haunting
The 1963 horror classic, based on the novel by Shirley Jackson, about a group of people investigating ghosts in a creepy old mansion. Plays midnight Fri-Sat; $6; Nickelodeon, 210 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz. 426.7500.

Saturday, Oct. 27

Good Times Halloween Ball
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers headline the 27th annual costume ball. Norton Buffalo and SambaDa also perform. 8pm; $26-$30; Cocoanut Grove Ballroom, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz. 423.2053.

Let's Make a Difference
Costume party and silent auction with live jazz, international food and magic show. Proceeds go to the Firefighters Fund and American Red Cross. Felton Community Hall; 1:30-5:30pm. www.familybootcamp.com.

Monster Bash II
Dance party with costume contests. 8-11:30pm; $15; Palomar Ballroom, 1344 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz.

Rocky Horror Booty Show
Superbooty plus DJ Skip present the annual Halloween costume ball with prizes for best costume. Ages 21 and over. 8:30pm; $30-$35; The Catalyst. 423.1336.

Womyn's Masquerade Dance
DJ dance music featuring rock, Motown, R&B, country, disco, swing, salsa and house. All LGBT women welcome. 8pm; $12-$15 door; 418 Project, 418 Front St., Santa Cruz. Tickets at Herland and online at www.Kimster.homeip.net.

Sunday, Oct. 28

Scared Scriptless
The Um...Gee...Um improv group presents its annual Halloween show of humorous skits, songs and stories. 8pm; $8-$10; Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz. Reservations recommended. 425.4447.

Wednesday, Oct. 31

Halloween on the Wharf
Costumed children 12 and under vie for prizes. 4-6pm; free; Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz.

Lost at Last Halloween
Ball An all-ages electronic show. 9pm; $18-$20; Cocoanut Grove Ballroom, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz. 423.7970

Seventh Annual Freaker's Ball
San Francisco DJs Jeno and Garth, plus Tracy, Lorin, Little John and Rob Monroy. Live music by Double Cross (featuring Audio Angel), Foxgluv, Craig Russo and Trance Zen Dance. 8pm; $15; Vets Hall; tickets available at Streetlight Records.

Something Else Halloween Party
Psychedelic roots rock, costume prizes for most colors, most feathers, most bandanas, wildest hat, scariest animal, most innovative use of plastics, etc. 8pm; $9; Henfling's Tavern. 335.1642.

Halloween in the Park
A guided walk through the redwood grove for all ages. 6-8pm; free; Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Felton. 335.7077.


Dia de los Muertos Community Altar
The community is invited to decorate the altar with photos, flowers, poems and other remembrances of loved ones. Free. Through Nov. 4 at the Museum of Art & History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz. 429.1964,

Labyrinth Haunted House
Santa Cruz's only haunted house features the work of more than 40 visual and performance artists. Mon-Fri, 7-11pm; till midnight Sat-Sun;$10; 1001 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 425.4477.

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From the October 24-31, 2001 issue of Metro Santa Cruz.

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