This is it, you made it to Halloween! While many of the larger parties may have already happened over the weekend, there are still plenty of other great opportunities for you to jam out with some pals tonight and into the week. There are plenty of things to do that are not holiday themed, too, mind you, so if you're already sick of the holidays, then hang with us and we'll guide you through all safe and nice-like. Sound good? Good.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31
HALLOWEEN HAUNTED HOUSE & TRICK OR TREAT TRAIL: If you've got some little ones, then you should stop by the Bayview Opera House while cruising the 3rd Street Trick or Treat Trail. They're set up as a haunted house, and they'll be hosting a costume contest, mask making workshops, and pumpkin carving events. You can also snag a map of all the businesses on 3rd Street participating in the Trick or Treat Trail. Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre, 4705 3rd Street, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., free
DRIVEWAY FOLLIES & HALLOWEEN HAUNT: An East Bay tradition, Driveway Follies is a puppet show and Halloween haunt/walkthrough mostly geared for the little ones, but definitely welcoming to adults and grown ups. It's a charming show that takes place in a neighborhood driveway, and it's full of talented puppeteers, marionette artists, and performers. If you haven't gotten a chance to check it out before, then do yourself a solid and head on out to Oakland to check out a charming tradition. 3854 Greenwood Ave., Oakland, continuous shows after dark, free
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1
RAY OF LIGHT PRESENTS: THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: When's the last time you went to a Rocky Horror showing? If it's been a while, that's totally fine, but maybe if you've got time, you should check out Ray of Light's "fully-staged production" based on the classic film. There are no screens here — it's just a great, high-energy, all-stage rendition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th Street, 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., $30 to $40. Other dates/times available.
MAC & CHEESE, PLEASE!: 'Tis the season for warm, hearty, cheesy goodness, am I right? With winter coming and all, maybe it's time you boned up on your hearty, soul food cooking techniques. A great place to start is with the old comfort staple, mac and cheese, and with the Cheese School of San Francisco's Mac & Cheese, Please! class, you can pick up some tips from "grilled cheese guru" Laura Werlin, who will also show you how to pair your 'mac with appropriate wines. 2124 Folsom Street, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., $85
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS: DAY OF THE DEAD SF: Every year, the Marigold Project hosts the Día de los Muertos: Day of the Dead procession and altar viewing. If you want to watch the procession, which promises to be a solemn affair, then get on down to the Mission on Thursday at 22nd and Bryant. The altars, which are created by local artists to remember those who are no longer with us, will then be open for viewing until 11 p.m. Procession begins at 22nd and Bryant at 7 p.m., altar viewing at Garfield Park (26th and Harrison) goes from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., free
SECRETS FOR STRESS-FREE ENTERTAINING: With the holidays comes the pressure to not only host events but host well. Sur La Table's got you covered with this class, which promises to teach you some good, fundamental cooking skills that could help you spend less time in the kitchen during a dinner party and more time with your guests being the wonderful, charismatic host you know you are. Sadly, I don't think they'll teach you how to get over any debilitating anti-social tendencies you may have, but hey, at least you won't have to worry about burning the roast? 2224 Union Street, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., $69
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3
UNION SQUARE RINK'S 10th BIRTHDAY PARTY + FREE SKATING: The Union Square ice rink opens on November 1st, and normally, a spin on the ice will cost you $18, or $13 if you're eight and younger. But since this year is the rink's 10th birthday, they're hosting a free skating event all day on Friday. It'll likely draw in a big ol' crowd, but if you wanted to save a few bucks and check out another San Francisco tradition, then here's your shot. They also announced that fnnch will be in attendance, doing a live art mural installation at the rink, so if skating's not your jam, you can check out some art and other birthday treats they promise. Quick heads up: it's supposed to rain that day, so dress super warm. Union Square Ice Rink, 333 Post Street, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., free
ABOUT LAST NIGHT: A ONE NIGHT STAND STORYTELLING SERIES: Done in the style of Mortified, About Last Night is a "sexcapade storytelling series" where folks share some of their most embarrassing stories about various one night stands and hookups. It promises to be a hilarious night, and really, you can't lose when it's someone else (willingly) embarrassing themselves on stage for your entertainment.
Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., $8 to $10
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4
YOU, FROM THE OTHER SIDE: Imaginatio Arts, an Emeryville-based "immersive mixed-media performing arts group" will be premiering a new production that invites you to "contemplate the idea of connection" through photography, music, and dance. They promise to have some interactive elements preceding the performance itself, to help you get better immersed into the show. If that's not your thing, though, the interactive elements are optional, so you can just come and enjoy the show as-is. Little Boxes Theater, 1661 Tennessee Street, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., $40
MUNI DIARIES LIVE!: You probably already follow the Muni Diaries Twitter, right? If you don't, you should, and if you do, then you don't want to miss this live performance where folks share some very San Francisco stories about our beloved (and so, so hated) public transit system. This event is about as SF-centric as it gets, so if you're looking for something you can really only experience here, then dive on in. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia Street, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., $16
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5
AS THE WHEEL TURNS: BEGINNING POTTER'S WHEEL: The JCCSF is kicking off a new batch of pottery classes starting next week. It's a once-a-week-for-six-weeks class that will teach you how to throw bowls, plates, and cups on a pottery wheel. As the title suggests, this one's for beginners, but the class description says if you've got some experience, you're still welcome to check things out and possibly work independently. Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California Street, Sundays 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., $280 (public), $265 (members)
PAWTRERO'S DOG DAY AFTERNOON: Spend your Sunday with some super good pups. It's Pawtrero's adoption street fair, where you can meet some really adorable rescue pets while helping out a good cause. They're offering pet photography, a pet costume contest, and pet caricatures, all to raise money to support 16 different cat and dog rescue organizations. If you need something chill, then here you go, this is exactly what you need. Pawtrero, 199 Brannan Street, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., free