6 Can’t Miss Halloween and Día de Muertos Parties in San Francisco

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The end of October is especially eventful in the Remezcla office because we have not one, but TWO skull-filled, death-themed reasons to celebrate: Halloween and Dia de Muertos. We want you to have a bloody good time, so we’ve rounded up the best monster mashes, concerts, pop-up raves and more to check out this year. (And don’t forget our favorite Halloween activity of all – waking up early the next day to watch the best Walks of Shame you’ll see all year…)

Ghost Ship Halloween 2014: Asylum, Oct. 31 and Nov 1 at 9:00 PM

The idea of celebrating Halloween on some kind of boat or cruise sounds like an actual nightmare, but luckily the “Ghost Ship” in this party is more conceptual than literal. Now in its 7th edition, the Ghost Ship party assembles some of SF’s most innovative artists and creative collectives, who come together every year to build a giant ghost ship out of recycled or unconventional materials (each year a different theme — think Viking funeral ships, 18th century pirate ships, wrecked nuclear submarines, etc.).

The installation is built in the space on Pier 70, and complemented by other large scale art pieces, music, drinks, and more. This year, you can enjoy two nights of art and 6 music stages featuring James Lavelle (UNKLE)Afrika BambaataaSpace Cowboys, and Hi Life Thursday’s AfroliciousMore info here.


Club 1994 Halloween Party, Oct. 31 at 10:00 PM

Experience all of the best and worst 90’s music and styles with Club 1994 as it returns to The Rickshaw Stop. The night will be packed with classic hip hop, cheesy pop, RnB slow jams, plus all the boy bands & girl groups you can handle (fingers crossed for Timbiriche). Presented by party veterans Jeffrey Paradise and Ava Berlin, this party will have everything from slap bracelets to Yo MTV Raps cards to a 90s themed Photo Booth, and plenty of surprises to keep you entertained throughout the night. More info here.


Halloween with the Martinez Brothers, Oct. 31 at 9:00 PM

The  , Boricuas via the Bronx, got into the house music game young and have since established themselves in the global dance music scene. They’ll be bringing spooky house sounds to Public Works alongside DJ Sneak.  Come dressed up — there’s a costume contest. More info here.

Dia de los Muertos II, Oct. 31 at 9:00 PM

On October 31s, get ready for a Dia de los Muertos celebration at Slate Bar. The night will include DJs Acme, Bling, Marv and Lo Maximo Production’s Jaes One bringing the best in hip-hop, house, merengue, salsa, cumbia, and reggaeton. More info here.

Pura’s Official Halloween and Day of the Dead Celebration, Nov. 1 at 10:00 PM

If you’re trying to party somewhere on Halloween where you’re guaranteed to hear that Enrique Iglesias “Bailando” song (possibly more than once), then the Official Halloween & Day of the Dead Celebration at Pura Club will be your jam. Go to compete for the $1000 prize costume contest and dance to the latest in reggaeton, merengue, salsa, bachata, cumbia, hip hop and more. And if bottle-poppin is your move, bottles start at $350, which includes free entry for up to 6 persons, table, choice of bottle, choice of mixers, tax & tip. Ladies are free until 10:30pm. More info here.


19th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival Oakland Nov. 2nd, 10:00 AM

The 19th edition of this festival is all about honoring Mexican traditions while generating modern interpretations. It’s back this year on November 2nd at the Fruitvale Transit Village in Oakland. There will be plenty of Latin American cuisine along with entertainment, art and people from the community. It’s a perfect way to end the weekend. More info here.