Halloween in Boston: Our Picks for Less Tricks, More Treats

While some may complain that Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year, we see it as an opportunity. Many restaurants, bars and clubs in the city have graciously (or, should I say ghoulishly?) provided Bostonians a week’s worth of festivities to celebrate. From international DJs, to local beer dinners, to traditional costume contests, Beantown’s got it covered. Our picks for celebrating Halloween in Boston – enjoy!


For those in the spirit:

Ducali: For the fourth year in a row, Ducali Pizzeria & Bar is hosting Ducaloween, its annual costume party which challenges the city’s creative types. Show up dressed to impress in your best look – whether playing the part of a Sexy [Insert Identity Here], Captain America, Vampire, or Ghost, you better deliver! Only one guy and one gal will win the title of “Best Costume” and a $50 gift card to Ducali (Saturday, October 27, 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.; no cover; 289 Causeway St., Boston; 617-742-4144).


For the music snob/club rat:

PRIME the Nightclub: Continuing in PRIME’s tradition of bringing the biggest and baddest of the world’s EDM DJs and music producers, the weekend before Halloween is no exception. Kicking it off on Friday will be “one of the best live dance acts on earth,” The Crystal Method, whose Grammy-nominated dance floor anthems will keep club goers rocking all night. Saturday night’s official Halloween party will have DJ Tao spinning tunes while Sandy Porier, celebrity stylist and owner of SHAG, judges the best costumes. Grand prize nets $1,000 with runner ups receiving gift certificates to Umbria, SHAG, and more. Capping off the weekend on Sunday is NERVO, Australia’s hottest spinning sisters. Known for their smash singles and remixes, Liv & Mim will turn PRIME into the only place you want to be (Friday, October 26, 10:00pm – 2:00am // Saturday, October 27, 10:00pm – 2:00am // Sunday, October 28, 9:00pm – 2:00am; Tickets start at $15 and are available presale at prime.flavorboston.com or at the door; 295 Franklin St., Boston; (617) 800-3604).


For the beer and wine connoisseur:

Sel de la Terre Back Bay: Sel de la Terre Back Bay (SDLTBB) will be offering a special Halloween-themed Beer Tuesday and Supper Club. At Beer Tuesday, guests can enjoy a selection of “spooky” beers (Orkney Skull Splitter, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Smuttynose Pumpkin, Moorehouse’s Pendle Witches Brew) paired with a delicious, four-course tasting menu. Beer experts will provide guidance and an engaging experience for beer lovers (Tuesday, October 30, 7 pm; $44). On Halloween, the team at SDLTBB will be presenting a themed four-course wine-paired meal (Wednesday, October 31, 7 p.m.; $55, 774 Boylston St., Boston; please call 508-650-1800 for reservations).


For the performer:

dbar is hosting a Spooky Tune Tuesday, where Show Tunes will meet Halloween. Resident VJ Ryan Grow will be judging a costume contest as guests enjoy some of their favorite Halloween-themed show tunes. The best interpretations will be awarded $500 in prizes (Tuesday, October 30; 9 p.m. until 2 a.m.; must be 21+; no cover; 1236 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester; 617-265-4490).


For the tequila lover:

Papagayo: Back by popular demand, Papgayo is hosting a Dia de los Muertos Patrón Dinner on Tuesday, October 30. Chef/Owner Chris Damian has created a five-course pre-fixe Mexican menu that incorporates traditional Dia de los Muertos recipes into a five-course Mexican dinner perfectly paired with Patrón Tequila tastings. A Patrón representative and tequila specialist will host the dinner, providing insight on the different tequila selections, as Chef Damian explains the history of Día de los Muertos. The evening will begin with a complimentary Patrón Silver cocktail along with a tasting of an Amuse Bouche-Atole made with masa, cinnamon, vanilla bean and oven-roasted pineapple compote – the chef’s rendition of the traditional masa gruel used to nourish and warm sprits when they return. After the five course dinner, guests will also receive a Día de los Muertos themed gift bag (Tuesday, October 30, 6 p.m.; $50; visit http://papagayopatrondinner.eventbrite.com/ to reserve your spot. Space is limited to 50 guests; 283 Summer Street, Boston; 617-423-1000).


For the fine diner:

L’Espalier: Instead of trick-or-treating this Halloween, L’Espalier offers guests a more refined option of tasting the night away at its Trimbach Wine Dinner. Join Wine Director Erich Schliebe as he welcomes Jean Trimbach of the famed Alsatian winery, Trimbach Estate, for an elaborate Wine Dinner. Enjoy the delicacies of Chef Frank McClelland’s six-course French meal paired with wines from the Trimbach estate (Wednesday, October 31, 7 p.m.; $145; reservations required, visit www.lespalier.com or call (617) 262- 3023; 774 Boylston Street, Boston).


For those who want to travel to Mexico and celebrate the holiday, but Davis Square is closer and more budget friendly –

The Painted Burro Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar is throwing a Dia de los Muertos celebration starting on October 31 through November 2. The Painted Burro, a Mexican kitchen deeply rooted in Mexican tradition and technique, features murals from local artist Raul Gonzalez that are adorned with sugar skulls, marigolds and images of Catinflas that are symbolic of Dia de los Muertos. Executive Chef Danny Bua has put together a menu of festive treats, and streamers, balloons, fake tattoos and sugar skulls will be part of the celebration. Mexican BINGO games will also be available at the bar, and a costume party will take place on Halloween night (Oct. 31 – Nov. 2; opens at 5 p.m.; no cover charge; 219 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville; 617.776.0005).


Happy Halloween in the Hub!

Halley Sheffield

Halley Sheffield is the Director of Marketing at 451 Marketing @halleyalice

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