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

October 28

The Ghost Club
One-act comedy/thriller about a spiritualists club situated next-door to the most haunted house in London. Oct 28-29, 8pm. $8/$7 seniors and students. Brookdale Lodge, 11570 Hwy 9, Brookdale (408/338-7633).

October 30

Dead Poets Slam
Bring a work by a favorite dead poet. Costumes encouraged. 8pm. Washrock, 135 Laurel St, Santa Cruz (831/768-1880).

DJ Spooky
9pm Palookaville, 1133 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831/454-0600).

Howl With Laughter
Um ... Gee ... Um presents a Halloween-inspired evening of improvisational theater. Costumes encouraged. 8pm. $8. Actors' Theatre, 1001 Center St, Santa Cruz (831/425-4447).

An adaptation of B. Traven's "Macario," performed as a choreodrama by Esperanza del Valle, plus a Day of the Dead altar, food. 8-10pm. $8. Watsonville Cultural Center, 328 Union St, Watsonville (831/722-1224).

Vampire Party
$1000 in cash and prizes. 9pm. Blue Lagoon, 923 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831/423-7117).

October 31

Asylum Street Spankers
The 10-piece acoustic string band provides a spanking-good Halloween time at two shows. 7 and 9:30pm. $15.75. Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320-2 Cedar St, Santa Cruz (831/429-7663).

Board of Directors
A rock & roll boo party. 8:30pm. Fog Bank, 211 Esplanade, Capitola (831/462-1881).

Broomstick Ball
The Bay Shore Lyric Opera hosts a fundraising dinner complete with lavishly decorated theme tables. Oct 31. Call for info. Elks Club, 150 Jewel St, Santa Cruz (831/438-4481).

Click and Treats
Costumed kids receive Halloween treats and pictures. Noon-5pm. Free. Cotton Tales, 1201 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831/429-1956).

Corby Yates
The 17-year-old blues guitarist performs at this Halloween party. 9pm. $7. Moe's Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz (831/479-1854).

Costume Party
Prizes and music from Bone Dance. 9pm. Britannia Arms Santa Cruz, 8017 Soquel Dr, Aptos (831/688-1233).

Extra Large
A funky Halloween party. 8pm. No cover. Seabright Brewery, 519 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz (831/426-2739).

The American roots rockers perform at this costume party with prizes. 9pm. $5. Henfling's Tavern, 9450 Highway 9, Ben Lomond (831/335-1642).

Ghost Train
Relive The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on this old steam train ride through the Halloween night. Oct 31. Roaring Camp and Big Trees, Narrow Gauge Railroad, Felton (831/335-4484).

Halloween Bash 1998
A concert with Bone Dance, 7th Avenie and the Experiments. 7:30pm-12:30am. $6. Seventh Avenue Vets Hall, Santa Cruz (831/689-9636).

Halloween Costume Ball
MamaJam Productions presents its second annual ball with DJ music ranging from Motown to swing to techno. All ages, no alcohol or smoking. 9pm. $7-$10. SC Dance Gallery, 418 Front St, Santa Cruz (831/763-3770).

9:30pm. $22/$20. The Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831/423-1336).

Halloween Masquerade Ball
Entertainment by Don McCaslin & Ralston Brown, a costume contest, food and more. 8pm. Severino's, 7500 Old Dominion Ct, Aptos (831/688-8987).

Halloween on the Wharf
Trick or treating for the wee ones. 4-6pm. Free. Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz (831/429-3477).

Halloween Parade & Carnival
The annual celebration begins with costumed kids and ends with games, food, music and more. 8:30am. Parade begins at Branciforte Elementary and ends at the Gault School, SC. (831/429-3856).

Halloween Party
Dennis and the Blue Sharks provide the tunes at this party complete with a costume contest and raffle. 9pm. No cover. Don Quixote, 6275 Hwy 9, Felton (831/335-2800).

Halloween Skating Party
Games, prizes and a costume parade. 10am-noon (kids under 10); 1-4pm. $5.75. The Rink, 251 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley (831/438-2233).

Halloween Swing Ball
The Dizzy Burnett Quartet plays a swing show full of surprises with a costume contest and prizes. All ages. 9pm. $8/$7. Portuguese Hall, 216 Evergreen St, Santa Cruz (831/423-7755).

House of Ghosts
A spooky Halloween haunted house. 5-7pm. Beach Flats Community Center, 200 Raymond St, Santa Cruz (831/429-3188).

La Danse Macabre
Spooky classical from Peter Spicer and Friends. 8:30pm. Costume judging at 11pm. Mr. Toots Coffeehouse, 221 Esplanade, Capitola (831/475-3679).

Children and the young at heart are invited to a Halloween performance of the ancient art of marionettes. 10:30 and 11:30am. $3/$2. Atelier, 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz (831/476-2070).

9pm. No cover. Ideal Bar, 106 Beach St, Santa Cruz (831/423-5271).

Pele Juju
The reputedly haunted house hosts a world beat Halloween concert. 9pm. $15/$12. Brookdale Lodge, 11570 Hwy 9, Brookdale (408/338-7633).

Pig Party
A Halloween storytime with the pig from the book If You Give a Pig a Pancake. Noon. Seeds of Change, 417 Capitola Ave, Capitola (831/464-1601).

Halloween party. 9pm. No cover. Zelda's on the Beach, 203 Esplanade, Capitola Village (408/475-4900).

Scary Monster Party
$1000 in cash and prizes. 9pm. Blue Lagoon, 923 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831/423-7117).

Trick or Treat
Downtown Santa Cruz comes alive with wee costumed children. 2-5pm. Free. Downtown SC (831/429-8433).

Vince Welnick & Missing Man Formation
The Grateful Dean keyboardist performs a Halloween show. 9pm. $16/$14. Palookaville, 1133 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831/454-0600).

Voices Unveiled
She Vox presents an evening of women's poetry and music. 7pm. $8. Actors' Theatre, 1001 Center St, Santa Cruz (831/425-3242).

November 1

Mi Casa Es Tu Casa
The annual Dia de los Muertos celebration. 6pm. Free. Pajaro Valley Gallery, 37 Sudden St, Watsonville (831/722-3062).

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