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Original story from 2015: If you Google "how old is too old to trick-or-treat?" you might as well find your face in the search results. If you've graduated from high school, you can't go around asking neighbors for free candy this year.
But you can enjoy the spookiest day of the year like the ghoul kid you are. Here's how.
Oct. 29 through Nov. 2: Free sopapillas
You're never too old for a free, sugary snack.
Dine at any of the 22 El Fenixes in the area and you'll get a free pumpkin- or ghost-shaped sopapilla.
One per person, per visit. Dine-in only. Find your El Fenix here.
Oct. 29: Pop culture pumpkin carving
Just don't turn it into a game of Clue -- the drunk guy, at the pub, with the knife. This is supposed to be fun.
Protip: If you can't make the Oct. 29 Uptown pumpkin carving fest, sibling bar The Old Monk is offering the same deal, but for more evenings leading up to Halloween. Find those dates here.
Oct. 29 at Idle Rich Pub: 2614 McKinney Ave., Dallas; Blackfriar Pub: 2621 McKinney Ave., Dallas; The Old Monk: 2847 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas. $10. Details.
Oct. 30: Salt-N-Pepa concert
Want a reality check as to just how old you are? You know Salt-N-Pepa lyrics by heart. That kind of street cred will get you far at The Rustic on Friday, Oct. 30, where the Grammy award winning hip-hop twosome will be spitting sass from those popular early '90s songs.
But we're adults now, guys, so let's call them by their real names: Cheryl "Salt" James and Sandy "Pepa" Denton. Fans of Cheryl and Sandy are encouraged to rap along and wear a costume. This might be the best thing happening all weekend.
Performing with DJ Spinderella, ahem, Deidra Roper, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at The Rustic, 3656 Howell St., Dallas. $25 to $35. Details.
Oct. 31: Vanilla Ice concert
Check it: It's a Vanilla Ice concert, on Halloween. And there will be an ice bar. You basically have to sing "Ice Ice Baby" as you wait for a bartender to mix your drink.
A few lucky folks will even get to meet Robert Van Winkle (that's Vanilla Ice) after the show. Word to your mother, this could be fun.
Starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 31. Fat Daddy's Sports and Spirits Cafe, 781 Debbie Lane, Mansfield. $23.25 for general admission. Details.
Oct. 31: Dinner and $6.66 cocktails in Uptown
Chef Roe DiLeo is serving up an electic and fun menu at Henry's Majestic that includes butternut squash fritters with pumpkin puree (orange you hungry?), beer-braised ribs called Bones and Brew, and a blood orange "psycho tort." You'll want that dessert: It's layers of peanut butter, candy corn, and dark and white chocolate, splattered with blood orange puree.
Spooky cocktails go for $6.66 each. We're already feeling tipsy after reading about one seriously intoxicating blend of rum, scotch whisky, cabernet sauvignon and cinnamon. It's called, appropriately, the Corpse Maker.
Costumes encouraged. Starts at 4 p.m. Oct. 31. Kitchen closes at 11 p.m., bar closes at 2 a.m. Live music 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. 4900 McKinney Ave., Dallas. Details.
Oct 31: Party in the sky
Go 33 floors up, that's where the ghost of Marie Antoinette and her scary friends will be partying at Heads Will Roll, "a night of mystère and macabre dreams" at the W Dallas hotel.
Don't let the $1,800 price tag scare you; that's a VIP package for 10 people with bottle service and a personal cocktail server. The $30 general admission ticket will get you into the party, though you won't be sitting with Antoinette's bourgeoisie. That's better, anyhow; you're more likely to escape the guillotine.
Starts at 10 p.m. Oct. 31. 2440 Victory Park Lane, Dallas. $30 to $1,800. Details.
Oct. 31: Chipotle 'booritos' for a scary price
If you'd like a $3 burrito from Chipotle on Halloween, first you have to read a short sales pitch: Chipotle prides itself on buying and serving simple, healthful ingredients without added chemicals. To point out all the unnecessary additives its competitors use, Chipotle is offering deals to customers who dress in a costume with one unnecessary addition.
Because "unnecessary is unneces-scary," says the website. That's clever, but you might still not get it. (We feel you.) Look to the examples in the photo for inspiration.
Anyone who follows the rules from 5 p.m. to close on Halloween gets a burrito, salad, bowl or taco for just $3. From each purchase, $1 will go to the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.
5 p.m. to close Oct. 31. Find your nearest Chipotle here.
Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 1: Drink up
We'll need to see some ID, please. These spooky wine events are 21 and up only:
- The Mystery Wine Dinner at Messina Hof in Grapevine requires a few things: 1, a dead celebrity costume. 2, an empty stomach. 3, an interest in a "disturbing evening of fine cuisine." Challenge accepted. Oct. 31. Reservations required. 201 S. Main St., Grapevine. $69.95. Details.
- Wear a costume and you'll get a free bottle of wine from Grapevine Wine Tours Friday through Sunday. It's a four-hour trip to two wineries, with lunch and dinner included. On Halloween weekend, expect to see a spookily-decorated tour bus. Lunch and dinner Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 1, $89.50 to $99.50. grapevinewinetours.com.
Anytime in October: Haunted houses galore
If you like walking into dark rooms and having clowns, ghosts and dudes with chainsaws jump out at you, first of all, whatiswrongwithyou? Second, Dallas-Fort Worth is home to some of the spookiest haunted houses in the nation.
Here's a list of all the haunted houses in the area. Wear Depends.
Notable Halloween events that have already taken place:
Oct. 24: 'Biggest street party in Texas'
If you're up for a party with exceptionally outlandish Halloween costumes, head to the Halloween block party on Cedar Springs Road in Dallas. It's free to go, and all ages are welcome, though many of the costumes are, ahem, adult in nature. Expect something like 25,000 people to show up.
Costume-clad folks can hang out on the street and buy beer and food out there, or they can shamble into one of the many clubs on the strip.
6 p.m. until very late on Oct. 24. 4000 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas. Details.
Oct. 24 and 25: Drink up
The Hallo-Wine Trail is a bar hop to three wineries in Grapevine. It sounds frighteningly sophisticated. Oct. 24 and 25. 431 S. Main St., Grapevine. $45 to $50. Details.
Oct. 26: Haunted dinner
BrainDead Brewing, located in Deep Ellum, has the perfect Halloween name. Its owners are having some fun with the holiday by serving a four-course dinner with no utensils. BrainDead brews come paired with each course. Which are:
- 1st course: fingers
- 2nd course: entrails
- 3rd course: face
- 4th course: brains
Seriously. That's the explanation they sent when I asked about the Zombie Dinner. You can't help but be intrigued! Event organizers are also planning on covering most of the restaurant in plastic wrap "so we can make a mess if it happens." Say what?
$35 if you're dressed like a zombie and $60 for "victims." The good news: Makeup artists can turn you into a shambling, undead diner on-site if you like. It'll save you $25. 7 p.m. Oct. 26. 2625 Main St., Dallas. Details.