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Pigeon Point Lighthouse Annual Lighting and 135th Anniversary Celebration, Nov. 17

Each November, locals and travelers alike gather on the sandy bluffs surrounding the Pigeon Point Lighthouse to take part in a yearly tradition that has been going strong for well over a decade. The annual lighting of the lighthouse's original first-order Fresnel lens draws thousands of people out to Pigeon Point to commemorate the anniversary of the first lighting 135 years ago. The celebration, instituted by Hostelling International, has become so popular that the California State Parks department now acts as master of ceremonies by inviting the U.S. Coast Guard to fire up the lights, and local community and environmental organizations also come down to take part in the festivities.

Best bets for cheap eats in San Francisco

The San Francisco Chronicle has released their annual Bargain Bites round-up of the "best culinary bangs for their bucks" -- their top choices for restaurants where the maximum entree price is $12, including many places where prices are considerably less. Considering that there are thousands of affordable restaurants within the greater San Francisco Bay Area, the Chronicle's choices comprise a very select group indeed.

What's new for kids in San Francisco

After the jack-o-lanterns have been put to rest in the compost pile and the costumes retired to the closet, children everywhere will be feeling the post Halloween-doldrums... along with their candy-hangovers. Help your kids get their motors -- and imaginations -- running by exploring one of these great kid-centric autumn adventures.

Spirits of the Halloween season in and around San Francisco

Although best known for its raucous costume parties and outrageous street fairs, San Francisco is also a rich ground for those seeking the more spirited side of the Halloween season. Ghost hunters have plenty of historical sites to haunt in their search for the paranormal, while people of all cultural backgrounds can share in the honoring of loved ones past at Dia de los Muertos festivals around the city. The best part is, all you need to attend many of these haunted gatherings is a comfortable pair of shoes and warm jacket.