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[whitespace] A quick look at some ghoulish goings-on this Halloween weekend

Goodwill Costume Sales
Goodwill stores have Halloween costumes and clothing that can be used for Halloween costumes. Sales help people with disabilities lead more productive lives.

Proceeds from the sale of carving pumpkins will benefit the Humane Society. Free optic wand flashlights will be given to children adopting a pumpkin. Thru Oct 31. Wild Oats Community Market, 1265 S. Mary Ave, Sunnyvale (408/727-3383)

Dia de los Muertos
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a longstanding traditional Mexican celebration honoring deceased family members and friends. This three-day Dia de los Muertos festival incorporates Mexican crafts, poetry readings, altars and, on the last day, live entertainment, which includes a colorful parade. St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica, 80 S. Market St, San Jose; Fri poetry reading 6-7pm, altar viewing 6-9pm; Sat workshops 10am-noon and 1-3pm, altar viewing 10am-6pm; Sun altar viewing 9am-5pm, festival 2-5pm; donations appreciated; 408/283-8100 x2221.

Halloween Ceilidh Dance and Party
Enjoy music by John Taylor and Twisted Knickers. Presented by the South Bay Scottish Society. $10 members/$12 nonmembers/$7 under 18. Oct 30, 7:30pm. Masonic Temple in Mountain View, corner of Church & Franklin, Mountain View (408/749-1882).

Halloween Dance
Parents Without Partners will award costume prizes, conduct raffles and offer treats and music. $8 members/$10 nonmembers. Oct 30, 8:30pm-12:30am. Los Gatos Elks Lodge, Winchester Boulevard and Lark Avenue, Los Gatos (408/323-5147).

The Biggest Halloween Bash
Dance party w/DJ Bernard in the main room and DJ Jimbo in the back room. $500 prize for best costume. Oct 31, 9pm-3am.The Edge, 260 California Ave, Palo Alto (650/324-EDGE).

Dig This
Halloween party. No cover. Oct 31, 9:30pm. Boswell's, 1875 S. Bascom Ave, Campbell (408/371-4404).

The Gents
Halloween Party. $5. Oct 31, 9:30pm. Mountain Charley's, 15 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos (408/395-8880).

Grand Opening Celebration
A costume contest, children's games, Halloween treats and performances from The Wizard of OZ and Damn Yankees. Costume contest, noon. Oct 31, 10am-4pm. Harmony Players and Co., 32651 Alvarado Blvd, Union City (510/487-2343).

Halloween Ball
Bring a dish for a pot luck meal. Finger foods encouraged. Prizes awarded for costumes. Oct 31. Starlite Ballroom, 1160 N. Fair Oaks Blvd, Sunnyvale (408/745-7827).

Halloween Bash
W/Chameleon. Oct 31. Sports Page, 1431 Plymouth Ave, Mountain View (650/961-1992).

Halloween Costume Ball
W/Superbooty. 21+. $20/$22. Doors 8:30pm; show 9:30pm. Oct 31.The Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831/423-1336).

Halloween Costume Contest
Vacation packages will be given away. Oct 31. PJ Mulligan's, 19979 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino (408/255-0588).

Halloween Night
Enjoy a costume party with $1,000 grand prize. Live jazz from India with StraightAhead and DJ music. Dancing. Dinner 6-10pm. Reservations recommended. $15. Oct 31.The Palace, 146 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale (408/739-5179).

Halloween Party
W/Uncle Melvin and the Gents. $500 cash prize for best costume. Oct 31. Toon's, 52 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose (408/292-7464).

Halloween Party
W/Nite Cry. Costumes and prizes. Oct 31. JJ's Blues, 3439 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara (408/243-6441).

Halloween Party
Mentally handicapped adults can dance to a live band and enjoy costume contests, refreshments and a theatrical production. $1. Oct 31, 6-9pm. Grace Baptist Community Center, 10th and San Fernando streets, San Jose (408/293-0423).

Halloween Party
Cash prizes. Oct 31. Saddle Rack, 1310 Auzerais Ave, San Jose (408/286-3393).

Halloween Party. $5. Oct 31, 9:30pm. British Bankers Club, 1090 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (650/327-8769).

Spooky Halloween Party
Remember the '70s and salsa music w/DJ Edgar Gomez. Oct 31, 9:30pm-2am. Jose's Caribbean Restaurant, 2275 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650/326-6522).

Tales from the Usual
A Halloween party. $500 best costume. $500 sexiest costume. $10. Doors 9pm. Oct 31.The Usual, 400 S. First St, San Jose (408/535-0330).

Halloween Hike
Take a strenuous five-mile hike. Wear a Halloween hat. Bring dinner, something to sit on, a flashlight, warm clothes and a spooky story. Reservations required. Nov 1, 5-9pm. Coal Creek, (650/691-1200).

Pumpkin Junction
Thousands of pumpkins in stock. Spooky characters hide throughout the patch. The zoo is open and on weekends, children can take a pony ride. Thru Oct 31, 8am-8pm. Casa de Fruta, 6680 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister (408/842-9316)

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From the October 29-November 4, 1998 issue of Metro.

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