ALAMEDA -- The City of Alameda knows how to celebrate a holiday, especially one as enjoyed as Halloween.
Everyone's gotten into the game plan to stretch the Oct. 31 fun throughout the month. Whether you're looking for a costume at a vintage fashion fair; looking to select the perfect pumpkin, Charlie Brown-style or otherwise; trick-or-treating; or getting ready for get spooked at a haunted house or a historic aircraft carrier, Alameda has something to make you smile and shiver at the same time.
On Oct. 18-19, the Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire sets up at Rock Wall Winery with vintage Halloween costume ideas as well as attire and accessories from the Victorian and Deco eras and into the 1940s through the 1980s. On Oct. 18, the stage is set for an adult vintage-themed Halloween costume contest and musical entertainment from the West Coast Ramblers. On Oct. 19, all ages are welcome to browse the wide array of clothing, couture, jewelry, textiles and more.
Halloween fun begins in West Alameda beginning Oct. 19 when the West Alameda Business Association opens its pumpkin patch with pumpkins galore and a pumpkin carving class and contest. Local school groups paired with local businesses will take turns hosting one night between Oct. 19-29.
On Oct. 30, the pumpkin patch finale will feature a school fundraising competition and best tasting pie contest.
The Pacific Pinball Museum will offer two hours of playtime with a haunted Halloween theme on Oct. 26-27. Players are encouraged to come in costume. On Oct. 27, the museum and One Woof will be host a pet costume contest in the pumpkin patch.
On Halloween afternoon, participating Webster Street merchants will welcome children in costume for special trick or treat goodies.
At the 13th Annual Firefighters Pumpkin Give Away on Oct. 22, the west lawn at Franklin Park will be transformed into a Halloween haven with spooky decorations, goodie bags, Halloween crafts and costumed fun for all. Join Alameda Firefighters, Local 689, to pick out your favorite orange globe.
The USS Hornet Museum is serving up three Halloween activities, guaranteed to tickle your fun bone and tingle your spine. Ship of Spirits, on Oct. 25, combines a special guest lecture by parapsychologist Dr. Lloyd Auerbach followed by a flashlight tour of areas reported to be home to the spirits.
Oct. 26 is the night of the monster bash with haunted tours, a costume contest with a $500 cash prize, dance music by the Cocktail Monkeys and performances by a silk acrobat and "day of the dead" stilt walker. It's an adults-only night of ghoulish fun and entertainment.
On Halloween night, the Hornet opens for a three-hour guided tour. It's a special chance to explore the ship after hours under red lights used for "night ops" accompanied by the stories behind her legendary haunts.
Alameda South Shore Center is the scene of the 10th Annual Teen Haunted House on Oct. 25. Presented by Alameda teens, it boasts a "spook-tacularly scary" experience that will entertain thrill seekers of all ages.
Bingo lovers 18 years and older are invited to a Halloween Bingo Bash on Oct. 26 at the Mastick Senior Center. Bingo patrons will take home a free Halloween dauber to celebrate the spirit of Halloween -- and bingo.
Children of all ages are invited to the Alameda Library's Annual Spooky Night on Oct. 30. Get a head start on Halloween watching Puppet Art Theater present "Winnie the Witch." Winnie loves Halloween, especially the candy. When she discovers a plot to change the taste from sweet to Brussels sprouts, she must rely on the audience and her broomstick to save Halloween.
Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire: 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 18, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 19, Rock Wall Winery, 2301 Monarch St., 510-522-7500, http://alamedapointantiquesfaire.com/blog/vintage-fashion. Friday tickets $10, adults only. Saturday tickets $10 preview 10 to 11 a.m.; $5 for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
West Alameda Pumpkin Patch: Oct. 19-30, weekends 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays 3:30 to 7 p.m. in the fenced lot at Pacific Avenue and Webster Street.
Pacific Pinball Museum: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 26-27, 1510 Webster St., 510-769-1349, two hours of play for $5.
Halloween on Webster Street: 12 to 4 p.m., Oct. 31
Annual Firefighters Pumpkin Give Away: 3-5:30 p.m. Oct. 22, west lawn of Franklin Park, 1432 San Antonio Ave. One free pumpkin will be given to each city of Alameda child between 3 and 10 years accompanied by parent or guardian, while supplies last.
USS Hornet: 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, 510-521-8448, x224, http://www.uss-hornet.org/calendar/upcoming/. Ship of Spirits: Oct. 25, 7 p.m. to midnight, tickets $45, reservations required. Monster Bash: Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Advance tickets $30, $35 at the door. History Mystery Tour: Oct. 31, 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets $35, reservations required.
Teen Haunted House: Alameda South Shore, 523 South Shore Center West, 510-521-8100, 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25. Tickets $5 for ages 5-17 years, $7 for 18 years and above.
Halloween Bingo Bash: Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., 510-747-7500. Oct. 26, doors open at 10 a.m., first game at 12 p.m. $5.
Annual Spooky Night: Alameda Library Main Branch, 510-747-7705, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., reservations not required.