Get Your Freak On - Friday Night Skate - Alcatraz at Night - Presidio Halloween


Get Your Freak On

It’s Halloween weekend. Time to stir the wicked brew and scare up some spooky fun. Here are some suggestions worth dressing up for.

Friday Night Skate San Francisco

Let the Ghoul Times Roll

Remember the eighties? Lacing up the roller skates, sporting the cut-off jean shorts, and pumping down the sidewalk singing Starship's "We Built This City." Guess what — city skating is back. Wheel-spinning squadrons gather every Friday at Ferry Plaza by 9:00 p.m., and tomorrow's Halloween skate is their night to shine. Led by David "D" Miles, the "Godfather of Skating," this rolling party blasts dance music as they fly through the Marina, Pac Heights, into the tunnels, and down to Union Square (with pit stops along the way to let stragglers catch up). Break out those cut-offs, and skate like it's 1986! Now that's gettin' your freak on.

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Spirits of Alcatraz

Even for a seasoned local, a night visit to Alcatraz offers unique thrills — and chills. Strange happenings are nothing new — restless spirits still roam. Rumor has it that ghosts of prisoners past come out in special force around Halloween. Find out for yourself on an intimate tour of Alcatraz After Dark. You'll go places daytime tourists never see — including the creepy hospital, with its old operating room, spooky "psycho ward," and the cell of infamous Robert Stroud (the Birdman of Alcatraz). Guides will be happy to let you inside cells too. Just don't get locked in. It's a long wait 'til morning.

Alcatraz After Dark departs Thursdays through Sundays at 4:20. Reservations are highly recommended. Tickets

Haunted Presidio

Ghosts? In San Francisco? Many people have claimed to see spirits in the Presidio's old Army Museum, and there are numerous tales of unexplained phenomena throughout the former base. See for yourself Halloween night on the Haunted Presidio Tour. Join 40 other brave souls for a candlelit wander through the park's scariest sites. Bring a flashlight. And dress warmly. You may feel a certain chill in the air. (Note: This tour is not recommended for scaredy-cats or young children.)

The tour is free. Meet at 6:00 p.m. at the Main Post. Reservations required; call 415-561-4323

BONUS: At the Presidio's pet cemetery you can see handmade headstones where Inky, Fluffy, Princess Kiska and others sleep the Big Sleep. Stephen King would approve.

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