SF LIFE: Boo, Sandcastles, Glass Room, Gumps, Plant Eating

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Time to carve pumpkins, don something ridiculous and grab a mini candy bar. You’re never too old right? Read on for some festive Halloween events.

The 150-year-old luxury retailer Gump’s is back with new owners and a new (temporary) home—same whimsical treasures. The digital world is only growing and should we be concerned about our “footprint”. A cool new space in the city, The Glass Room – lets us explore this and more. The coolest sandcastles can be found at Ocean Beach tomorrow for the annual Leap Sandcastle Classic. Crazy amazing sculptures out of sand – hurry before the ocean whisks them away! And listen in to my Happy Hour Podcast interview with plant-based eating expert, Elysabeth Alfono.

Fun Halloween Events

Here are a few fun ideas to get your Halloween on!

Stagecoach Greens

Howl at the moon this hallow’s eve at SF’s only haunted outdoor golfcourse. Stagecoach Greens is turning off the lights and turning up the terror for a headless-horseman journey through San Francisco’s dark and seedy past with wild-west mini golf, free tarot readings, food trucks, costume contest and tons more. The haunted mini golf party includes:

  • 2 Hours of Unlimited Mini Golf – “Wild West” Style
  • Open Bar (Beer / Sangria: Witches Brew / Pumpkin Spice Rosé)
  • Free Psychic Readings
  • Costume Contest & Prizes
  • Music and Fun

At Stagecoach greens, 1279 4th St. 7:30 – 9:30 Get the details.

Salesforce Park

Get your creative juices flowing at Salesforce Park. Every Thursday at 5 p.m. head to the park for an accessible art making experience. Who knows what Halloween themed creations will come forth at this free event. Creative flow activates community, productive play and well being through accessible and purposeful art making experiences from 5 – 6:30. Let your inner child fly.

A Hallow’s Eve Run.

Calling all of you tomatoes who like to lace up your sneaks and run. Join a group of like-minded athletes as they find a cable car to race (and beat) in a favorite monthly SF tradition that just happens to take place on all Hallow’s eve this year. Presented by A Runner’s Mind at 3575 Sacramento Street, runners will race the Powell/Hyde cable car on Hyde Street from Bay to Chestnut in two blocks of uphill running and careful pacing. 7 – 9 p.m.

Halloween Bash at Cal Academy

NightLife at the Cal Academy of sciences presents its hauntingly fabulous annual Halloween bash. See the Academy transform into a spine-tingling and outrageous night of supernatural science. Catch a spooktacular drag show and costume contest. African Hall transforms into a spooky haunted movie theater playing a reel of cursed movie clips. Try your hand at Pacific Pinball Museum’s scariest machines or gather for a creepy round of Reimagine Festival’s Ghost Stories, a live storytelling and stand up comedy event exploring experiences with the afterlife and the things that haunt us. October 31st at 6 p.m. www.calacademy.org

Age Backwards

Gumps Opens in Union Square

Welcome to Gump’s 2.0. The storied retail institution has new owners and a new Union Square home, situated a block away from its old palatial digs. Doors officially opened a few weeks ago—great news for tomatoes who mourned its bankruptcy and closure last December. The current Gump’s iteration is being billed as a holiday pop-up and will be around at least through January.

Although significantly smaller than the original, there’s lots that’s familiar: the heritage brands, the design store, the signature selection of one-of-a-kind jewelry, and the beloved Christmas Shoppe. So get off line and go shop local again!

The Glass Room

To passers-by, The Glass Room looks like another slick, clean-lined store offering the latest shiny consumer products. Step inside, and you’ll discover something more unusual but nothing for sale. The Glass Room San Francisco is a public intervention that provides an interactive, fun, and challenging experience, bringing to life the most pressing challenges facing people and the tech industry today.

What goes on behind the screens and inside the black boxes of the devices we interact with everyday? If we knew, would we still sign-in or click ‘I agree’ Alongside exploring a collection of objects across five different themes, you can join a free workshop, take part in a program of talks and debates with prominent speakers, take away a Data Detox Kit. www.theglassroom.org


If you have the urge to walk barefoot in the sand, get a natural pedicure (sand works wonders) and perhaps stick a toe in the ocean – head to Ocean Beach at Balboa Street tomorrow. The annual Sandcastle Classic will keep you entertained, even if the weather is chilly. The theme this year is “Let’s Play” and the sand artists will creatively reimagine the idea of play.

This is a nonprofit fundraiser and community event that features a spirited competition between teams of architects, engineers, contractors, designers and local elementary school students. There is also a community castle for everyone to join in to build, so you can dig in and play! The building begins at 11 a.m. and while you watch, prepare to boogie along with a variety of live bands. Proceeds benefit Leap arts in education. They offer students the opportunity to engage in visual, performing arts and architectural learning experiences that enhance their overall education. Get the details.


  • Kim Selby, the SF life editor of The Three Tomatoes, is your gal for info on what’s hot and happening in the beautiful bay area. Having lived on the Left Coast for 27 years, after almost a decade in NYC, she has explored and continues to have adventures all over the San Francisco area. Passionate about fashion, formerly with GLAMOUR magazine and Fashion Director at Saks Fifth Avenue , Palo Alto, Kim produced fashion shows in the bay area for over 20 years. She now creates events to empower, delight and inspire women, aka “Tomatoes”. Learn more about Kim at www.kim-selby.com

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