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Where to Celebrate Halloween in Austin

Costume contests, spooky cocktails, beer and candy pairings, and dog parties

Halloween drinks from Geraldine’s
Halloween drinks from Geraldine’s
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Halloween is upon Austin soon enough, and there will be many costumes to don and drinks to be had. The city gets into the spooky scary spirit through parties, dinners, and plenty of contests. Since October 31st lands on a Thursday this year, there are plenty of festivities leading up to All Hallows Evening. To help everyone sort through the noise, here is Eater’s guide to the best Halloween and Dia de los Muertos parties and events happening around Austin.

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Thursday, October 24

  • Neighborhood bar The Cavalier will mash up Halloween and tiki with its aptly named Horror Tiki Night, from 7 p.m. to midnight — expect tiki drinks inspired by movie monsters, and wear something tropical, yet spooky. No cover. (2400 Webberville Road, Suite A, East Austin)

Friday, October 25

  • Domain hotel Lone Star Court is hosting a Halloween-themed “Yappy Hour,” with a dog costume contest, live music, and cocktail specials from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (10901 Domain Drive, Domain)
  • Waller Creek Pub House is throwing its fifth annual “Grand Opening”, with Halloween cocktails, karaoke, rare beer tappings, and prizes for the best costumes; entry is free. (603 Sabine Street, Downtown)

Saturday, October 26

  • Adult gaming bar Punch Bowl Social is throwing a video game-themed costume party, with a DJ and seasonal punch. (11310 Domain Drive, Domain)
  • Break out your most excessive outfits for “The Met Gaga”, a dance party at East Side dive bar Drinks Lounge, featuring music from Lady Gaga (duh), Whitney Houston, and other talented women of the pop world. Entry by cash or Venmo donation, with proceeds to LGBTQ organization Out Youth. It runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. (2001 East Cesar Chavez Street, East Austin)
  • Head to beer- and kolache-loving bar Batch for a family-friendly afternoon and evening of pumpkin carving, costumes, and karaoke from 3 to 11 p.m. Entry is free, pumpking carving is at 5 p.m., and karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m. (3220 Manor Road, MLK)
  • New brewpub Nomadic Beerworks will turn two celebrations into one with Spooktoberfest, from noon to 5 p.m. Expect steins of German-leaning beer, but also spooky vibes. (3804 Woodbury Drive, Suite A, St. Edward’s)
  • Do you like candy? Do you like beer? Well, mash the two together at craft beer bar Craft Pride anytime from noon to midnight, with beers like a Warhead Sour from Blue Owl or Skittle braü from Austin Beerworks. Entry is free, and there’s live music from 6 p.m. (61 Rainey Street

Saturday, October 26 through Thursday, October 31

  • The W Hotel has several activities leading up to Halloween, starting with a Hocus Pocus-themed drag brunch on the 26th, Kurt Cobain night on the 28th, industry night with sugar skull art on the 29th, a “Back to Black” Amy Winehouse-themed party on the 30th, and a final Halloween bash on the 31st. (200 Lavaca Street, Downtown)

Sunday, October 27

  • Hotel Ella is throwing a family-friendly Halloween brunch party with food specials, face painting, haunted mansion tours, outdoor games, and live music. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (1900 Rio Grande Street, West Campus)
  • Korean grocery store H Mart is hosting a fall party, where guests can trick or treat for candy throughout the store. There will also be live music, face painting, balloon twisting, themed nail art, tarot readings, a costume contest, and games, plus a raffle benefitting Central Texas Food Bank. The festivities run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (11301 Lakeline Boulevard, Lakeline)

Monday, October 28

  • Central East Austin bar Nickel City and distillery Still Austin Whiskey Co. are teaming up to throw a party that benefits Austin Pets Alive from 5 to 7:30 p.m. There will be a dog costume contest, and proceeds from the cash-only bar (and $1 from every Old Fashioned drink) will go towards Austin Pets Alive. (1133 East 11th Street, Central East Austin)

Through Wednesday, October 31

  • Geraldine’s at the Hotel Van Zandt on Rainey Street has a special cocktail menu with drinks like a Purple Potion punch (with mysterious ingredients) and You Coulda Had a Bad Witch (apple whiskey, caramel, dulce de leche, fuji apple sake). (605 Davis Street, Downtown)
  • South Austin bar Gibson Street Bar is also decorating in spooktacular manner, and offering a themed-cocktail menu with dry-ice punch bowls served on Fridays and Saturdays. (1109 South Lamar Boulevard, Zilker)

Thursday, October 31

  • Campus-adjacent beer garden Scholz Garten is throwing a Día de Los Muertos party complete with a costume contest, altar, and live music. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. and tickets are $20. (1607 San Jacinto Boulevard, Medical District)
  • Craft brewery Jester King is throwing a costume contest (for both people and dogs!) and screening of iconic Tim Burton film Beetlejuice. The contest is at 7 p.m. followed by the film at 8:15, and entry is free. (13005 Fitzhugh Road, Hill Country)
  • Essential cocktail bar Roosevelt Room will feature a one-night-only cocktail menu for Halloween. To add to the mood, the bar will project black-and-white horror films and have a live band play spooky jazz. Those coming in costume get a 20 percent discount on the featured drink menu. (307 West 5th Street, Downtown)
  • Italian restaurant Il Brutto’s Halloween celebration will feature astrology readings, live jazz, and a costume party. Chef Erind Halilaj has also created a black pizza with mozzarella, roasted peppers, artichokes, olives, and basil on a black dough. The festivities run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (1601 East 6th Street, East Sixth)
  • The Westin downtown’s rooftop bar Azul is throwing a costume party, with the winner earning a pair of tickets to the F1 race. The party is free and runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (310 East 5th Street, Downtown)
  • Speakeasy Here Nor There is featuring special drinks for the evening, including the Pear Witch Project (with mezcal, pine-infused vermouth, and pear liqueur) Texas Chainsaw Margarita. (Downtown Austin)

Multilevel bar Speakeasy is hosting a Halloween party with a nod to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and a live band, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are $10. (412 Congress Avenue, Downtown).

Friday, November 1

  • The Manchaca location of local mini-chain El Chilito is throwing a Día de los Muertos festival with face painting, mini-pumpkin decorating, a costume contest, marigold-making, and an altar. There will also be snacks on special (like $2 churros, tamales, nachos, and street corn). The free event will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (4501 Manchaca Road, Westgate)

Saturday, November 2

  • Mezcal-focused bar La Holly is throwing a Dia de los Muertos bash. Guests can to decorate their own mini Dia De Los Muertos skull, dance to a DJ, get tarot card readings, or dress up their pooch for the canine costume contest. The free party runs from 3 p.m. to midnight. (2500 East 6th Street, Holly)

With updates by Tim Forster.

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