Walk down the aisles of your favorite grocer and you’ll likely see a bottle of Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer. Eggnog has even started making its way into the refrigerator section. Before we let the holidays encroach on our waistlines, it’s Halloween time to shine.
Spooky season is in full swing, but don’t stock up on candy corn just yet. (Team candy corn here! It’s an acquired taste.) This year D/FW’s creativity is mesmerizing. Innovative cocktails, penis mummies and themed brunches are the perfect pairings for a day or night of food, drink and scare.
Here are 10 must-haves this Halloween season. Well done, witches.
Spooky Baked Goods from La Casita Bakeshop
580 W. Arapaho Road, No. 230, Richardson
Even if you’ve never been to La Casita Bakeshop, you’ve probably come across its pastries. Many local cafes sell La Casita’s freshly baked confections. Recently, Dallas cheered on owner and baker Maricsa Trejo as she took part in the Food Network’s Halloween Baking Championship.
For October, its Halloween-themed baked goods are the perfect treats, including the Eye Pie — a blueberry danish inspired by Trejo’s Halloween Baking Championship winning round. Oogie Boogie pies are a chocolate lover’s dream. There are also the ever-popular Witches Finger cookies, Murder Cruffins, hand-shaped pies oozing “cherry blood”, Red Velvet Skull Cakes, German Chocolate Werewolf Claws and The Monster Cream Puff.
Trick or Treat Margs at Mi Dia from Scratch
With over 120 tequilas on hand, Mi Dia from Scratch has plenty of alcohol available to make its 60 specialty cocktails. This Halloween, The Dulce Travesura (trick or treat) is a margarita made with Osadia Blanco tequila, Cointreau, mandarin puree, vanilla agave and lemon water. Dry ice tops it all off to give the margarita an Instagram-worthy spooky look.
Brunch at Miriam Cocina Latina
Woodall Rodgers Highway 2015
Brunch gets spooky at Miriam Cocina Latina in Klyde Warren Park. On October 29 and 30, the traditional kitchen brunch will be accompanied by festive cocktails including a sangria mimosa named Sunrise Mimosa and La Sangre. The Kiss of the Witches and El Angel de la Muerte will also be on the menu. Accompany these drinks with a Monstruo Verde omelette.
RU Chocolate Halloween Candy
Rocio Urbina’s sweets are a luxurious treat any time of the year. A special range of Halloween candies will be available in RU Chocolate pop-ups this month. Each box costs $16 and includes four candies, including a red velvet cream cheese flavored eyeball, a pumpkin pie spice pumpkin, a Nespresso coffee flavored mummy and a cajeta con flavored skull. churros.
Dallas residents can get their hands on it Oct. 15 at the Main Street Garden from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fort Worth folks get their chance Oct. 29 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Wild Acre Brewing’s Day of the Dead Festival. Urbina also offers pre-orders. Shipping is free within Oak Cliff and for orders over $50 outside of Oak Cliff.
Halloween Town II (by Style Bender Bartender)
1618 Market Center Blvd.
3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30
Antonio Vargas, owner of Style Bender Bartender, launched Halloween Town, a Halloween-themed event for all ages, last year to great acclaim. This year, in collaboration with creative studio The Party Archives, Halloween Town II will recreate the magic.
On October 30, from 3-10 p.m., food vendors Lord of the Wings, A Sweet Bite, and Cake Popping by Val gather at Salo by M&R (an event space in the Design District). La Familia Bartending Co.’s mobile bar will be on hand with a kids’ drink menu including Goosebumps Punch, Dracula, and hot chocolate with Halloween marshmallows. Drinks will be topped with candies and Halloween toys for added magic. There will also be Halloween-themed drinks for adults.
Spooky cocktails at Roy G’s
4001 Cedar Springs Road
Roy G’s has “drink specials” just in time for Halloween. In addition to the champagne tower and rainbow flights, they will have three glasses for Halloween. Try Roy G’s Blood Bag, a spiked cherry lemonade served in a blood bag, or a Pumpkin Bowl, which is a fishbowl filled with ice-cold champagne and Western Son Peach vodka. Up the ante on your favorite cocktail with A Straight Up Syringe Shot: 60cc of red gin in a syringe. Roy G’s says it’s perfect for spiking a mimosa or a tower of champagne, or taking it straight.
Various pop-up windows
Chrysta Miller makes all kinds of cookies: boobs, penises, ghosts, bats and bloody knives. She curates five pop-ups — some kid-friendly, some not — so just read the fine print before heading in.
West End Zombie Exploration
2020 Lamar St.
The inaugural West End Zombie Crawl kicks off October 15 at 6:30 p.m. The adult-only crawl takes place along Market Street in the West End District and includes a zombie passport guide that invites you to drink alcohol. Five drinks are included in the ticket price at 10 participating bars. Dallas Butcher Shop will only open one night as a Vampire Lair pop-up bar for the event. Chet’s will be offering Witches Brew, a sangria cocktail on dry ice with a syringe filled with grenadine. 3Eleven Cocktails will be offering Scooby Snack, Hocus Pocus and Frankenstein cocktails on dry ice, or you can opt for Boo-berry Margarita from RJ Mexican Cuisine. Other stops include YO Steakhouse, Oasis, Ellen’s, Kokopelli Sweets, and Wild Bill’s Western Store. Costumes are encouraged.
Horror-themed cocktail parties at Trick Pony Deep Ellum
2819 Main Street.
Trick Pony reinvents itself for many occasions. The bar, located next to the Harlowe MXM, is gearing up for Halloween with a horror movie-themed cocktail menu, presented as a Ouija board. Maleficent’s Cauldron has a mixture of rum, espresso and Amaro coconut cream. Squid Game is a mezcal, yellow chartreuse, lime and black pepper cocktail. Lake Placid, a blend of kiwi-infused gin, green chartreuse and absinthe, is crowned with a bubble of smoke. And while this Halloween is seemingly boozy, accommodations can be made: Nurse Ratched’s blood — a syringe filled with vodka, rosemary, lemon, and cherry herring — can be made alcohol-free.
Brunch and former healer at Toro Toro
200 Main Street, Fort Worth
Not to mention, Día de Los Muertos is widely celebrated in Mexico on November 1 and 2 as days of reunion with the dead. Fort Worth’s Toro Toro honors Día de Los Muertos with a Mayan brunch. For Chef Richard Sandoval, it is an honor to elevate the celebration. Until November 6, it will serve exclusive dishes such as Mole Coloradito Palo, Santo Pan de Muerto served with hot chocolate and ice cream, and cocktails like Passion Fruit & Aloe Santo, Vanilla Smoke and Smokes Bees Knees.
On October 22, former healer Natalie Cruz will host a four-course heritage brunch. The interactive meal will include an educational copal ceremony by Cruz and a blessing of the seven directions. Tickets are required for the Heritage Tribute Brunch.