By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 at 5:31 am in Family Outings.
SuperNatural Masquerade: San Franciscoâ€™s Academy of Sciences hosts a Halloween masquerade party from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 22 with dozens of creepy crawly activity stations, a costumed aquarium dive show â€“ with a scuba-diving Spiderman (pictured) â€“ and Halloween scavenger hunt too. Tickets are pricey at $35-$50, but the proceeds benefit the museumâ€™s education and research programs and are partly tax-deductible.
Rancho Ghosts: Join Pleasanton naturalist Eric Nichols on a spooky night hike through Alviso Adobe Community Park on Oct. 22 and 23. Look for nocturnal animals â€“ and a ghost or two â€“ and make Halloween crafts. The hikes are 20 minutes long, but the festivities run from 6:30 to 9:20 p.m. Reserve a spot ($5-$8) by calling 925-931-5340.
Jack-Oâ€™Lantern Art: Turn a hefty pumpkin into a dazzling jack oâ€™lantern at Oaklandâ€™s Museum of Childrenâ€™s Art this weekend, when MOCHA hosts a Halloween-themed family workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 23. Bring your own pumpkin or use a museum squash and get creative. Tickets $8 per child. (Come back next weekend for a costume-making workshop too.) http://mocha.org.
Kid Lit: Beloved childrenâ€™s book author Jan Brett is heading to town and itâ€™s a red letter day for fans of her three dozen, whimsically illustrated, picture books. This time around, sheâ€™ll be signing copies of her â€ś3 Little Dassiesâ€ť â€“ an African take on the famous saga about the piggies and their huffing, puffing visitor. Meet Brett at Pleasanton Middle School at 10 a.m. Oct. 23, in a Towne Center Books-sponsored event, or traipse down to Keplerâ€™s in Menlo Park later that day between 5 and 7 p.m.
Calypso beats: You could sleep in on Saturday, but then youâ€™d miss the fun at Berkeleyâ€™s La PeĂ±a. Its kid-friendly concert series runs every Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. and the Oct. 23 show features the ever-popular calypso singer Asheba. Tickets $4-$5. http://www.lapena.org.