Whether you're looking for something to do with the kids for Halloween, a traditional Day of the Dead celebration or trying to escape from trick or treaters, there's an event for you this weekend.
Take the kids on a flashlight tour to meet the animals at Wild Things in Salinas. The tour includes spooky stories about the animals, treats for kids and refreshments for everyone, and a chance for a photo with a spooky animal! 7 - 8:30 pm. $15/adults $13/children 13 and under. Call to reserve at 831-455-1901 x3. You've seen them on PBS - now see them in person. 3 Mo' Divas comes to the Sunset Center in Carmel, showing off the extraordinary voices of Laurice Lanier, Nova Y. Payton and Jamet Pittman. 8pm. Tickets are $52, $67 and $77.
Jose's on Wave Street has a rock and roll warm-up to Halloween with the Alice-in-Chains-meets-Led-Zep-esque Tumbleweeds, the driving heavy rock of Santa Cruz's 4Fits, and (for a complete change of atmosphere) local reggae act Calijuana. 9 pm, $5.
Spend Halloween morning checking out Monterey Bay with the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District's Hallo-WEE-n Paddle, a kayaking trip designed especially for the family. We're not sure what the Halloween connection is (besides the date), but we're sure they'll explain it to you. 9:30am-12:30 pm, $28 for children ages 3-6, $50 for those over 6, and $150 for a family of 4. Discounts for MPRPD residents. Register online.
Oldtown Salinas' Día de los Muertos celebration starts off with an educational event at the National Steinbeck Center's Kids can learn Día de los Muertos traditions at a mask-making workshop with Jose Ortiz. Make sure to view the Day of the Dead exhibit while you're there. 10am-noon, $5/child, $2.50 for Kids Club members.
MY Museum teams up with Montrio Bistro for the "MY Spooktacular Day" Halloween party. Send the kids to explore a creepy feel room, create spooky crafts, listen to spooky stories and more while Mom and Dad enjoy a lovely lunch. Recommended for ages 2 to 8. 10:30am-1pm, $35/children, $25/adults. Register at 831-649-6444.
It's Carmel-by-the-Sea's 93rd birthday party! Celebrate with the city's doggie parade at 11 am, which runs from the Sunset Center down Ocean Avenue and back again, and Hot Dog Lunch from noon to 1 pm at the Sunset Center. The parade is free; the lunch is $5, and dogs are invited to both.
It's Science Saturday at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Kids can learn all about Halloween-y creatures like bats and spiders with hands-on activities like building bat roosting houses, building spider webs and more. 11 am-3 pm, free.
Bring your kids to the Del Monte Shopping Center in Monterey for Pumpkin Pandemonium! Costumed kids can pose with the giant 700-pound pumpkin that Farmer Mike will carve. and then go trick-or-treating at the mall. Get a free 4X6 photo from Scott Campbell Photography with your donation to the Monterey County Food Bank. The pumpkin carving happens from 1-5pm; trick or treating goes from 4:30 to 6 pm. Free.
Big Sur's Nepenthe holds a Halloween party for kids and grownups with their annual Bal Masque. Compete in the Adult Costume Contest and gorge yourself on Ambrosia and Veggie Burgers while you get down to the music of the Chicano All-Stars. Proceeds benefit the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade. 6pm-midnight, $36/adults, $8/children under 12. Reserve in advance at the Nepenthe website.
Have a spooky Halloween evening with a flashlight tour of Wild Things, where you'll find out what all those animals get up to at night. Wear a costume and bring your children for tasty treats, great stories, and a chance for a photo with a spooky animal! 7-8:30pm. $15/adults $13/children 13 and under. Call to reserve at 831-455-1901 x3.
Local metal act Counter Clockwise holds their CD release party at Jose's tonight. Santa Cruz metal legends 20 Grit, psych metallers Granted Earth and techno-metal act Spacehooker help them celebrate. 9pm, $8 at the door.
Santa Cruz jam band Our Satori bring their laid-back vibe to Fernwood in Big Sur tonight. 9pm, no cover.
The Oldtown Salinas Day of the Dead celebration continues with an artists' reception, the Dí de los Muertos procession and Frida Kahlo lookalike contest. The artists' reception takes place from 1 to 5:30pm at Hartnell College, and features traditional refreshments, music and dancing. The procession runs from Hartnell College to the Steinbeck Center at 4pm.
There will be folk dancing at the Steinbeck Center, where the winner of the Frida Kahlo lookalike contest will be announced. Free.
Still looking for something to do this weekend? Check out the Monterey County Weekly's calendar listings for more info.