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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.

Adopt-a-Pumpkin
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).

Megatones
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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