11 Bonus Halloween Happenings in Philly

October 29, 2013
by Danya Henninger

Last week we offered seven ways to enjoy Halloween with food and drink, and now we’ve got 11 more to fill up your spooky dance card.

Halloween Cocktails at Sassafras
At this Old City mainstay, bartenders are embracing the Celtic holiday Samhain, also celebrated on October 31. On that evening, the new slate of specialty cocktails will all go for just $8 each, including our favorite, The Samhain, shown above. House-roasted sugar pumpkins are infused into Stoli vodka, which is then strained and mixed with “rice pudding in a glass” liquor RumChata, vanilla bean, cinnamon, nutmeg and candied ginger. The final result is a not-too-sweet dessert that’s much more fun than candy. Look for staff dressed in 1920s attire, prizes for best costume and live jazz from 6:30-9:30 PM.

Halloween Pre-Game at Jose Pistola's
Before you take the town by storm with your awesome costume, stop into this Center City tavern between 4-9 PM. If the bartenders like your costume, they’ll give you a prize, and if you come dressed as publicans Tom Peters or Fergus Carey of nearby Monk’s Cafe, all your drinks will be half-price.

Walker Refuge in Drury Beer Garden
The beer garden behind Opa is providing safe haven from zombies and other drinking amateurs from 4-10 PM. Expect games like bobbing for body parts, beer-filled pumpkins, costume prizes and pumpkin carving - pony up $10 to get your own plus a pour of pumpkin beer.

Halloween Tasting Menus at Mica and Blackfish
Chef-owner Chip Roman is getting into the devilish spirit this year with holiday-themed tasting menus at both of his restaurants, each four courses for $45. Head to Conshohocken’s Blackfish Tuesday-Thursday to enjoy lobster done up in plates like “Vampire Squid and Lobster Mitts” followed by a candy corn milkshake for dessert. At Mica in Chestnut Hill, foie gras shows up in every one of the dishes, which sport names like “Bat Wings” and “Bloody Beet Ravioli.” The menu is available Wednesday and Thursday.

Boorito Fundraiser at Chipotle Mexican Grill
The Cali-Mex chain is hosting its annual Halloween fundraiser from 4 PM-close at all area locations. Take a trick-or-treating break and stop in to score any burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos for just $3. Proceeds from the evening’s sales will benefit the sustainable food organization Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.

Free Tacos at Union Taco
No spooky theme here, but a free taco is a free taco whether you're dressed in costume or not. Since you'll be eating sweets later in the day, head to Nick Farina's new Girard Avenue shop on October 31 to score your free six-inch taco between noon-2 PM.

Witches Brew Party at Manayunk Brewing Company
A costume party kicks off at 10 PM at the brewery out on the Schuylkill, and prizes are pretty good. First place gets you a $500 gift card to the brewpub, second place nets a pair of Flyers tickets and third place will give you brunch for you and three of your pals. There’s no cover charge for the evening of drink specials and DJ tunes.

Growlerween at Growlers
Starting at 5 PM, the Bella Vista bar will be tapping a series of Halloween-themed beers (think Spring House Braaaiins Pumpkin Ale) as well as hosting games. Expect pumpkin carving, apple bobbing and costume prizes - arrive early because judging takes place at 9 PM.

Fright Night Fiesta at La Calaca Feliz
Tim Spinner and Brian Sirhal’s Fairmount spot is holding its second annual Halloween bash. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and they get you all-you-care-to-drink of Feliz margaritas, Dos Equis and red and white sangria from 10 PM-midnight. Look for face painters, and enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres throughout the party. Wear your best costume to score raffle tickets and possibly win a prize.

The Huna Hut at Emmanuelle
​A tiki bar can be a scary place. This NoLibs cocktail lounge is throwing a tropical Halloween party on October 31. From 8 PM-2 AM, a special menu of $12 drinks includes themed libations to go along with a menu of snacks from former Koo Zee Doo chef-owners Carla Goncalves and David Gilberg.

Free Margaritas at Verdad
Chef-owner Nick Farina is waiting for the Day of the Dead to get in the holiday spirit out in Bryn Mawr. On November 1, his tequila bar will be giving away one free margarita to anyone who asks between 5-7 PM. (You must be of legal drinking age to take advantage, of course.) Stop in on Saturday, November 2 between 5-11 PM to get a free taco plate for your table.