El Big Bad's mad scientist-looking infusions make the perfect spooky backdrop for Halloween festivities.
El Big Bad's mad scientist-looking infusions make the perfect spooky backdrop for Halloween festivities.

Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: Halloween Eats & Treats

The Masque of the Red Death @ Prohibition Supperclub & Bar
Friday & Saturday, 7 to 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 to 11 p.m. nightly
1008 Prairie

It’s dinner and a show! The Moonlight Dolls are getting naughty during this immersive theatrical experience based on Edgar Allan Poe’s immortal short story, The Masque of the Red Death. A three-course meal, featuring dishes such as Ebony Clock Lentil Soup, Braised Short Rib of the 7th Room and Death By Red Velvet Cake, is $45 per guest, in addition to tickets to the show, which run from $10 to $65 and can be purchased in advance online.

For those looking for a late-night activity, join The Moonlight Dolls for The Dead Prince Masquerade, a variation of the Halloween show that excludes dinner. Guests can waltz and whirl at the prince's grand costume ball from 11:30 p.m. until the wee hours of the morning, as the clock gets turned back one hour at 2 a.m. The Dead Prince Masquerade will play only on Halloween evening, Saturday, October 31. Bottle service available for purchase.

Dia de los Muertos Street Festival @ El Big Bad
Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight
419 Travis

This year, El Big Bad is combining Halloween with the 5th Annual Día de los Muertos Street Festival. Partygoers can hit the BIG BAD POP SHOP! for candy, costumes, art activities, face painting and family fun from noon to 5 p.m. Afterwards, there will be live outdoor music and plenty of food and drinks until 10 p.m, at which point the Halloween party will move to El Big Bad. Don't miss downtown's ultimate Halloween Costume Contest at midnight, where you'll have the chance to win some Big Bad prizes in several categories. The all-day fiesta is free for all to enter.

Hallow’s Eve Fall Festival @ Revival Market
Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m. 
550 Heights

This year enjoy post-trick-or-treating fun for the whole family at this fall festival, which takes place in the parking lot in front of the shop and cafe. With DJ music, a pumpkin-carving contest, face painting and games, there’s something for everyone, including prizes for best costumes. Raffle prizes include gift cards from hot spots like Coltivare, Paul’s Kitchen and Underbelly. Tickets ($35/adult, $10/child) can be purchased ahead of time at Revival Market or at the door the day of the event, and include hot dogs and hamburgers grilled by the Revival Kitchen Team, a harvest salad, cookie and drink tickets (featuring Karbach brews for adults).

Halloween Fright Night in the Heights
Saturday, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Big Star Bar, 1005 West 19th (open until 2 a.m.)
D&T Drive Inn, 1307 Enid (open until 1 a.m.)
Johnny’s Gold Brick, 2518 Yale (open until 2 a.m.)
Lei Low Bar, 6412 North Main (open until 2 a.m.)
Southern Goods, 632 West 19th (open until 2 a.m.)
Town In City Brewing Company, 1125 West Cavalcade (open until 12 a.m.)

Leave your hearse behind and take a shuttle to six of your favorite Heights haunts for Fright Night in the Heights: Big Star Bar, D&T Drive Inn, Johnny’s Gold Brick, Lei Low Bar, Southern Goods and Town In City Brewing Company are banding together for one epic Halloween party. The complimentary shuttle service will take you from bar to bar starting at 7 p.m., with the last pickup at 1 a.m. Ghouls who complete the entire frightening tour will receive a commemorative gift they can take to the grave. Throughout the night, you’ll be sipping on spirits and suds from sponsors Town In City Brewing Company, Sailor Jerry and Jim Beam. And don’t forget: Daylight saving time means an extra witching hour at a few of the locations.

Montrose Pub Crawl
Saturday, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Starts at 1505 Westheimer

The historic, shady streets of Montrose are practically made for Halloween, so it’s only natural to celebrate with this freaktastic annual event, dubbed “Vampire Mardi Gras” and “Satan’s Fourth of July.” Now in its ninth year, Montrose’s very own Halloween party has become a cult classic. The night combines a traditional pub crawl with the spirit of trick or treating, as costumed partygoers make their way through 12 restaurants and bars between Dunlavy and Montrose on Westheimer — starting at Pistolero’s, Poison Girl and the Free Press Graveyard and heading to Boondocks, Stone’s Throw, Etro Lounge, Catbirds, Royal Oak, Doc’s Motorworks, Slick Willie’s, Hay Merchant and El Real Tex-Mex. The idea is to keep crawling to Slick Willie’s for the costume contest finals at midnight, but everyone is free to get there at his or her own pace. As always, there’ll be no covers and no tickets, with drink specials running all night long.

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