Wicked Eats, Spooky Sips and the Best Bashes for Halloween (No Tricks Here!)

Kate Weiser Chocolate

LOOKING TO SCARE up some indulgent eats or step out in a silly costume this Halloween? We know, ghouls just want to have fun! Read on for top picks on where to go and what to nosh.


Kate Weiser Chocolate

Just in time for Halloween, Dallas-based chocolatier Kate Weiser has opened her pop-up shop in the River Oaks District selling seasonal and whimsical creations. The celebrated pastry chef crafts chocolates that resemble art – perfect for gift-giving or entertaining. Find bewitching gems at the chic shop including mummies in the grave, white and dark chocolate skulls, and spooky eyeballs. Talk about eye candy!

Dessert Gallery Treats

Dessert Gallery (photo by Lezo Photography)

The Upper Kirby dessert boutique is baking eerie-sistible treats through Nov. 2. Featured are hand-decorated Halloween and/or Day of the Dead butter cookies, cupcakes, petit fours, and a decorating kit including 4 cookies, sprinkles and frosting. Favor something crunchy? Go for the Halloween and/or Day of the Dead white and dark chocolate-dipped pretzels, an addicting combo of salty and sweet.

Front Porch Pub Trivia Night

Pull up a chair and test your knowledge on all things Halloween and horror — while tearing in to a 16-ounce ribeye with a loaded baked potato, naturally. The West Gray drinkery hosts Trivial & Steak night on Oct. 18 at 6:30pm ($20).

McGovern Centennial Gardens Movie Night

On Thursday, Oct. 20, join Hermann Park’s young professionals group, Urban Green, for an outdoor screening of the classic 1984 movie Ghostbusters. In addition to entry ticket, purchase a food package, which includes bites from Raising Cane’s, Hughie’s Vietnamese Grille, brews from Saint Arnold, popcorn, and more. ($12; free for ages 3 and under; $37 package includes food).

Midtown Bar Crawl

Saturday, Oct. 22, marks the first of three bar crawl nights (the other two take place across Halloween weekend) sending costumed revelers to The Dogwood in Midtown for check-in, followed by multiple stops at surrounding bars with drink specials, live DJs, and a costume contest. Early bird tickets start at $11.

Doris Metropolitan's Vampire Ball

On Oct. 27, sport your coolest costume and boogie down with Dracula at this Israeli steakhouse’s annual Vampire Ball. The sexy steakhouse will be tricked out for Halloween and guests can expect drink specials, a live DJ, and a happy hour until 7pm (doors open at 5pm).

Nature Discovery Center's Horror Stories

Oct. 28 is the adults-only after-hours event at the Nature Discovery Center, where guests set out on a night hike through the park with creepy nature stories, games, snacks, and adult beverages ($25, 7pm-9pm).

Feges BBQ Saturday Spooktacular

Erin and Patrick Feges (photo by Robert Jacob Lerma)

Celebrate a family-friendly Halloween Oct. 29 at this popular Spring Branch ’cue spot. Expect frozen adult beverages, Halloween cookies and activities for the kids, Hocus Pocus playing on the big screen, Miss Kathy’s New Orleans Style Snoballs truck, a costume contest with prizes — and of course, smoking barbecue.

Brennan's of Houston's Witchy Brunch

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the fine-dining Creole institution is getting into the spirit with a pre-Halloween Witchy Brunch. Wear something witchy and enjoy a three-course menu with favorites including turtle soup, gumbo, Eggs Brennan’s, and more ($45,11am-2pm).

Axelrad's Halloween Party

Axelrad

On Oct. 29, the Halloween edition of the monthly Neon Garden series offers a fun night of video games, visual art installations, live music, and a special costume party. Plus, electrofunk duo Chromeo will spin a DJ set outdoors in the sprawling garden (7pm-2am, free).

B&B Butchers & Restaurant

B&B Butchers

For its Dia de los Muertos-themed brunch Oct. 29, this classic steakhouse will be dishing Mexico City-inspired plates and Código 1530 Tequila specialty cocktails alongside DJ beats, face painting, swag and strolling mariachis.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science's Spirits & Skeletons

The HMNS will open the entire museum on Oct. 29, allowing for ghouls and goblins to enjoy a big Halloween bash with live music and DJs, while food trucks and drinks will fuel the fun. Only 21+ allowed ($60, 8pm-1am).

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