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Presidio’s Greatest Lists: Five Great Ways to Get in the Halloween Spirit in the Presidio

Tuesday, Oct 11, 2016 Category Kids and Family; Entertainment and Culture

​The Presidio offers fun ways for kids AND adults to celebrate the spookiest season. Here's our list of the top five ways to get in the spirit. Boo!​

Presidio Pumpkin Carving Workshop

Bring your creativity (and a willingness to get messy) out to the Main Parade Ground for the annual two-day Presidio Pumpkin Carving Workshop. We'll have pumpkins (one per family while supplies last), Sharpies, cutting and scooping tools, newspapers to collect the innards, and – perhaps most importantly – paper towels for cleaning up. You'll also find a selection of natural plant materials from the Presidio to inspire and adorn your creations. If you've already purchased your pumpkins, bring them out and join the festivities. This event is free, but registration is required. Sign up for either Saturday, October 22 or Sunday, October 23, 2016.​

Presidio Community Y Halloween Block Party

Bring your favorite ghouls, goblins, and ghostbusters to the Presidio Y Main Post gym on Friday, October 28, 2016, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm for carnival games and treats. This year's theme is "Block Party," as in LEGO blocks, which will surely draw the crowds to activities like LEGO mask decorating, pin the head on the LEGO, and a LEGO race. Other activity stations include pumpkin decorating, face painting, bean bag toss, and a photo booth. Sugared-up kiddos can get the wiggles out in the obstacle course and bounce houses. When hunger strikes, choose from baked goods, pretzels, decorate-your-own Rice Krispy treats, and Ybike smoothies, blended using pedal power. To satisfy larger appetites, a food truck will be parked outside the gym, serving-up grilled cheese and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. Purchase tickets to pay for food and activities before the event at the Y's front desk.

Learn more about the Presidio Y Halloween Block Party >>

The Musical Séance with Jill Tracy and Paul Mercer

Musicians Jill Tracy and Paul Mercer invite the community and the spirits to join them at the Presidio Officers' Club on Thursday, October 27, from 6 to 7 pm for their hauntingly beautiful Musical Séance. Leave your Ouija board at home, but do bring an open mind and a cherished photo, piece of jewelry, toy, or other small object that holds personal meaning. Using these treasures, Tracy and Mercer will instantly channel music that tells a story with the sounds of their lush vocals, piano, and violin. No two shows are ever the same – and they transport audiences into a seductive and magical realm.

Learn more about The Musical Séance >>

Halloween Dance: The Masquerade Macabre

The annual Masquerade Macabre Halloween Dance returns to the Presidio Officers' Club on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Steve Lucky and the Rumba Bums featuring Miss Carmen Getit will get you out on the dance floor. The renowned San Francisco Jitterbugs – swing specialists – will perform throughout the evening. And if you arrive early you can get dance lessons from the Jitterbugs themselves. Take a look into the future with tarot and palm readings by psychic Cristhal Bennett. Craft cocktails from the acclaimed Arguello Restaurant will be available for purchase. Ages 18+. Dance Lessons at 6:30 pm; Masquerade Macabre Halloween Dance at 7 pm.

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Family Halloween Fun at Fort Point

Celebrate Halloween by taking in the shadowy corners, howling winds, creaking doors...and a kids' costume parade (!) at Fort Point National Historic Site on Sunday, October 20, 2016, from 1 to 6 pm. You'll find this family-friendly afternoon scare-free, but full of fun activities, including face painting, candlelight tours, talks with 19th century historic re-enactors, kids crafts, and more. Hosted by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, Presidio Trust, and Find Your Park. Free. For questions, contact Fort Point National Historic Site at (415) 556-1693.

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