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Spooky Halloween Fun in the East Bay

Whether the scariest movie you can stomach is The Goonies or you’re a haunted house junkie, we’ve got a spooky activity for you.


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Level One: I scare easily

The zombie apocalypse hits downtown Martinez for one day during the Zombie Brew Crawl, and the only cure is craft beer. Don your best undead costume, and show off your corpselike creep from business to business, sampling beers from more than two-dozen craft breweries. Downtown Pleasanton also hosts its own costume-encouraged crawl of local businesses, where you can find craft beers and bites (of the food variety, not the zombie kind). Martinez: October 17, $25–35, zombiebrewcrawl.com; Pleasanton: October 24, $35–$45, pleasantondowntown.net.

Tip: Visit Citrus Salon during the Martinez crawl, and let the stylists work their zombie makeup magic. citrus-salon.com.


Level Two: A few chills down my spine won’t kill me

Every other Friday and Saturday evening, paranormal investigators Deborah Hogarty and Serena Desoto lead interactive ghost walks through some of Benicia’s most haunted spots. The Benicia Ghost Walk begins at the train depot, where you’ll meet the spirit of a little boy, Benjamin. October 2, 3, 16, 17, 30, and 31, $25, beniciamainstreet.org.

Tip: Ask Hogarty and Desoto about Irish John, a ghost they believe was at one time a gambler and dock worker connected to the kidnapping of young men.


Level Three: I want to scream until I’m hoarse

For the past five years, the Pirates of Emerson Haunted Themed Park has been thrilling visitors at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. For the ultimate adrenaline rush, visit any of this year’s five haunted attractions. Find your way through underground caves with a single light and rope to guide you, or navigate around terrifying rooms as human-sized rats scurry across the floors. October 3–31, $25–$75, piratesofemerson.com.

Tip: Keep an eye out for roaming pirates, who won’t touch you if you keep your hands to yourself.

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