Five ideas for weekend family fun:
Dia de los Muertos: Once the trick-or-treatingâ€™s done, head over to the city for a dash of Mexican music and culture at the San Francisco Symphonyâ€™s Dia de los Muertos Family Concert on Sunday. The matinee includes family activities, colorful displays, refreshments and, of course, music. Lobby festivities begin at 1 p.m., concert downbeat is at 2 p.m. $15-$65, children younger than 17 get in for half price.
Zombie Express: Downtown Beniciaâ€™s Southern Pacific Railroad Depot has been transformed into a zombie wonderland. Join the costumed merrymakers at the Haunted Depot from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and from noon to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. on Halloween itself. Join the eventâ€™s canned food drive and admission to the spookfest is just $3 for adults and $1 for kids younger than 8. (Without a donation, itâ€™s $6 and $3.)
Elphaba Goes Green: Zeum, San Franciscoâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Museum, is celebrating a â€śWickedâ€ť Halloween on Saturday with a costume contest judged by Madame Morrible (Patty Duke) and other cast members from 11 a.m. to noon, and â€śWickedâ€ť-inspired Claymation workshops, music video sessions and craft projects from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets $8-$10.
Monster Bash: Explore a haunted aircraft carrier when the USS Hornet rolls out all the ghostly stops on Halloween. The family friendly fun runs from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, and includes haunted tours, costume contests, a flight aboard Elviraâ€™s Fright Stimulator and plenty of mad scientist action. $10 for kids, $20 for grown-ups ($25 at the door).
Forget the Vampires: Figure out the secrets of bats and other animal creatures at the Bay Area Discovery Museumâ€™s newest exhibit, â€śAnimal Secrets,â€ť which opens Saturday. Tickets $8-$10.