Eater contributor Holly Beretto gives us the scoop on some upcoming Halloween food events.
Ghosts and ghouls are out this month, and that's great news for food lovers. In addition to being able to don a costume and embrace your silly side, restaurants and bars across the city have a host of Halloween activities, guaranteed to have even the grimmest of Grim Reapers grinning.
Rock out with the Corkscrew's annual HalloWINE event, featuring a costume contest, DJ and prize giveaways. The Hotel ZaZa and Veuve Cliquot join forces for a Halloween party at Monarch. $75 buys you entrance to a world of magicians, makeup artists and costumes. Table reservations and bottle service may be secured at 888-880-3244. Over at Rosemont Social Club, St. Luke's Medical Center's young professionals group, PULSE, hosts the Saints and Sinners Costume Bash. Drink up for a good cause, and bid on items in a silent auction. Tickets $75 - $150, including wine, beer, cocktails and bites
Head over to Karbach Brewery for Playworks texas' Halloween Happy Hour. There's a Thriller dance-off, food trucks and a photo booth. Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door).
Bring Your Scariest Wine: If you've got something in your cellar that's been there a little longer than you think is ok, or you were given a bottle of wine you've no clue what to do with, Texas Wine School gives you the chance to offload it in a fun, surprising event. $20 and your bottle gets you in to sample everyone else's fiendish finds. STRAITS Restaurant and Lounge kicks off Halloween weekend tonight with a Throwback Thursday party, encouraging you to drag out your bell bottoms, parachute pants and all those other relics from the '70s, '80s and '90s. For the full-weekend line-up, check out their site.
Orange Wine Awareness Month kicks off at Osteria Mazzantini. Come in and learn about macerated wines, orange in color and rich in flavor.
Ouisie's Table offers special Halloween-themed desserts all day long.
At Khun Kay Thai Café, there's the Khun Kay Khantoke plate, combing a blood-red curry sauce with tender-cooked, chopped Thai pumpkin, a type of squash much like traditional American pumpkin and a choice of beef, chicken or tofu, all for $9.95.
All day at both of Union Café's locations, you can celebrate Halloween with two-for-one entrees. That's in addition to the restaurants month-long Pumpkin Menu, including pumpkin salad, pumpkin bisque and pumpkin empanadas.
RA Sushi's Boo Bash serves up spooktacular food and drink specials, along with the requisite costume contest and tune-spinning DJ at both of the restaurant's locations. Potent potions and boolicious bites on offer include Grape Ghoulade, Vampire Chicken and spider rolls.
There's a four-course tasting menu available at Triniti, in addition to elixirs and Halloween-themed specials like bat wings and Vampachana.
At The Haunting of the Americas in River Oaks, there's dancing, specialty cocktails, a costume contest and prizes. But the biggest prize of the night might be the three-course $35 Devilishly Delicioso menu.
From 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., join the good-time ghoulfest at Mr. Creetures of Halloween at Mr. Peeples. $20 in advance ($25 at the door) gets your munchies and drinks; costumes strongly encouraged.
The party's not over yet! If you want a free black metal face painting (and who doesn't?), head to Moon Tower Inn's Halloween Spectacle and Brain Washing at 7 p.m. There will be a costume contest, and the winner gets a $50 bar tab and $100 cash.