The Ultimate Guide to Halloween in Austin

By Megan Giller | October 22, 2013 By Megan Giller  |  October 22, 2013

As the city's informal beauty queen, Leslie Cochran demonstrated that we Austinites take dressing up pretty seriously. That means we love Halloween almost as much as we love a good meal or a craft cocktail. So we’ve rounded up events that include all of our favorite things. Whether you’re looking for a costume party with great beer specials or a Halloween-themed supper, here’s what’s going on around town.

For Spooky Nose-to-Tail Dining…
Check out the Salty Sow’s "menu of parts." The Manor Road upscale eatery is taking the holiday seriously, with small plates ranging from scrambled brains and eggs with brown butter, capers and mushroom jus, to butternut-squash-wrapped pig guts with bone marrow Madeira sauce, plus cocktails like the Corpse Reviver ’85, with gin, Cointreau, lavender simple syrup, lemon and cherry. The building resides on what used to be the property of legendary jazz musician Robert Shaw, whose ghost has been known to haunt the grounds. Get in the holiday spirit with the menu, served from Oct. 21 through Nov. 3 (1917 Manor Rd., 512-391-2337).

For a Party So Good It’s Mental…
The W Hotel is hosting an Asylum-themed Halloween bash, with the tagline “where lunacy and libations intersect.” The Living Room bar staff will be dressed as caretakers in a mental institution, and you’re encouraged to dress the part as well. They also promise “frights around every corner,” screenings of classic scary movies, DJs and special cocktails like the Asylum, with Waterloo gin, pastis and grenadine (Oct. 31, 200 Lavaca St., 6 PM).

For a Party With a Beating Heart…
If you’re wanting to do some good this Halloween, party at the Halloween Masquerade Ball at Vuka on South First Street, which benefits Fill Up America (a nonprofit dedicated to feeding Austin’s hungry and homeless). The party is also the biggest sober Halloween party, which means you’ll have more room for the delicious food they’re planning to serve. Plus there’s a dance party with two live bands, a costume contest with a $200 prize, a truth-telling booth, a silent auction and more (Oct. 31, 411 Monroe St., $25, 8-11 PM).

If You’ve Always Wanted to Go as a Flapper…
East Side Show Room is hosting the 1920s-themed Wino Vino band for a night of live music and special treats on the big day. Plus, the Halloween-themed food options and specialty craft cocktails for the occasion run from Monday through the 31st (1100 E. Sixth St., 512-467-4280).

If You’re on Sugar Duty for a House Party…
Hit up Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop on South First Street for specially decorated Halloween cupcakes and cookies. Whether you’re looking for classic orange frosting or something funkier, these ladies (who won Cupcake Wars) will take good care of you. We’re partial to their champion carrot cake, but it’s hard to go wrong any way you choose (1905 S. First St., 512-448-3727).

For All of Your Downtown Partying Needs…
Fado is hosting something called “Train Wrecks, Burnouts and Tragic Endings Halloween Blowout.” The theme, as you can probably tell, is trashy celebrities, and the yearly costume contest promises to be a doozy this time around. Beers are between $3 and $5, and all bar snacks are $4. That means all the Guinness barbecue wings you can eat for a third of the price. Plus, you’re conveniently close to Dirty Sixth Street, so you can check out the rest of Austin’s trashy costumes afterward (Oct. 26, 9 PM).

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Salty Sow

American East Austin
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East Side Showroom

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