Like everything else, Halloween in Austin is going to be very different this year, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, and the fact that parties and trick-or-treating are considered too high-risk to take place safely.
To make up for that, Austin restaurants, bakeries, food trucks, and bars are keeping the creepy, crawly, spooky spirit going with really fun themed baked goods and cocktails for takeout and delivery services. This includes horror-tiki takeout cocktails from North Loop bar the Tigress, mummy and eyeball macarons from French bakery La Patisserie, and vegan cupcakes from East Austin bakery Capital City.
Here’s what Austin restaurants, bakeries, and bars are offering for Halloween, listed alphabetically.
Bakery Lorraine: The San Antonio import is baking up adorable Halloween treats, from black cat tarts, gingerbread voodoo dolls, to ghost moon pies, available through Saturday, October 31. Pickup orders can be placed online. (11600 Rock Rose Avenue, Suite 100, Domain Northside)
Capital City Bakery: Keep an eye out for the vegan bakery’s Halloween cupcakes, like the appetizingly named Strawberry Brains, the Boonilla, and the Cookies n Scream. Or opt for one of the large ghost sugar cookies. Pickup orders can be placed online. (2211 East Cesar Chavez Street, Holly)
Cow Tipping Creamery: The ice cream shop’s special stacker this week is the Boo Berry, made with lots of various ingredients making use of the cereal, from a soft-serve to cereal dust to blondies. Takeout orders can be placed in person. (4715 South Lamar Boulevard, Sunset Valley)
Hotel Vegas: Those looking for liquor and candy, Hotel Vegas thoughtfully put together a pumpkin bucket full of tequila, vodka, a record, and, yes, candy. Pickup orders can be placed online. (1502 East Sixth Street, East Austin)
Nate’s Baked Goods: The Clarksville-adjacent cafe is whipping up adorable skeleton, pumpkin, and ghost sugar cookies this week. Pickup orders can be placed in person. (401 Orchard Street, West Austin)
Milky Way Shakes: The vegan milkshake truck is offering up the adorable International Spice Station milkshake, made with spiced pumpkin puree, a pecan-caramel, and gluten-free pie crust with a cute pumpkin design, plus the option to add on two chocolate bats. The shake is available through Friday, October 30. Pickup orders can be placed online. (2324 East Cesar Chavez Street, Holly)
La Patisserie: The macarons at the French-inspired bakery take on eerie forms like the Nutella mummy macaron with white-icing drizzles, and the blood orange eye macaron with red-icing veins. Both are available through Saturday, October 31 via pickups placed online. (602 West Annie Street, South Austin; 7301 Burnet Road, Crestview)
Little Ola’s Biscuits: The casual Southern restaurant is offering a bunch of Halloween-geared treats, from apple-cider caramels to house-made sour passion fruit gummy worms to sour strawberry pate de fruits. Pickup orders can be placed online. (1610 San Antonio Street, Downtown)
OMG Squee: The Tex-Asian bakery is offering cute Jack-o-Lantern cheesecakes this week, in large or small sizes. It’s available from Thursday through Sunday, October 29 to November 1 and pickup orders must be placed online with 24-hours notice. (4607 Bolm Road, Govalle)
Prohibition Creamery: The boozy ice cream shop’s Halloween specials include activated charcoal waffle cones and the Spooktacular Sundae, made with black ice cream, brownies, and espresso fudge. Call (512) 992-1449 for pickup orders and there are third-party deliveries. (1407 East Seventh Street, East Austin)
Still Austin Whiskey Co.: The South Austin distiller is offering a limited single-barrel whiskey for the spooky holiday. The Monster Edition is a 26-month aged whiskey in new American oak barrels, made with a mixture of white corn, wheat, malted rye, rye, and malted barley. It’s available for purchase in person at the tasting room beginning on Saturday, October 31 at noon. (440 East Saint Elmo Road, South Austin)
Tellus Joe: The daytime vegan cafe from vegan gastropub the Beer Plant features the Silence of the Yams espresso drink, made with an ube-infused oat milk and activated charcoal-infused chocolate whipped cream. Pickup orders can be placed online. (3110 Windsor Road, Tarrytown)
The Tigress: The North Loop bar is putting together a takeout horror-tiki cocktail menu, paired with an accompanying playlist , movie suggestions from neighboring boutique Bloody Rose, plus an IRL on-site pop-up from online shop Monster Mash Vintage & Thrift. It’ll run from Thursday, October 22 through Sunday, November 1. Pickups can be placed can be placed over the phone at (512) 600-3232 or over Facebook messenger. (100 West North Loop Boulevard, North Loop)
Zucchini Kill Bakery: Look out for Halloween-themed baked goods from the vegan shop, such as the chocolate Kandy Korn cupcake and ghostly Boo-Berry doughnuts. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. (701 East 53rd Street, North Loop).
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Update, October 30, 2:38 p.m.: This guide, originally published on October 19, has been updated to include additional Halloween specials.