Looking to have a devilishly good time this Halloween? Start scheming for the perfect costume (no, not those cat ears again) and take note of these spooky soirees, ghoulish gatherings and thrilling things to do.
Be warned: You're in for a spooky-good time.
Guzzle witches' brew in Addison
Dress to kill at Ida Claire's Halloween Soiree on Oct. 29. Simply by showing up in costume, guests are automatically entered to win a number of wickedly awesome prizes, including two glass-seat tickets to a Dallas Stars game. Partygoers can watch classic Halloween movies like Hocus Pocus, listen to scary-good live music, and venture into Ida's Airstream, where a witch will serve from a cauldron of Ida's Smoking Witches' Brew.
Before riding your broomstick (or taking an Uber) home for the night, savor all the spooky memories by posing for a picture at the on-site photobooth.
- Oct. 29 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. 5001 Belt Line Rd., Dallas. Free. ida-claire.com.
Dress up your furry friend at Henderson Tap House
No need to go door to door trick-or-treating with your fur babies! Henderson Tap House in Dallas will hand out bags of treats to pets during their Mutts for Modelo Haunted Hound Hour from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 28. Dress up your pup in a cute costume and stick around for the nightly drink specials. Don't have a fur-ever friend yet? Open adoptions will be set up outside Henderson Tap House during the event, because seeing adorable dogs dressed up in costume has to be the best way to convince someone to adopt one of their own.
Make your Halloween celebration a two-night affair and head back to Henderson Tap House on Oct. 29 for the Zombie Ball. Bartenders will serve specialty cocktails garnished with eyeballs. The winner of the Zombie Ball costume contest will go home with $1,500 cash.
Mutts for Modelo Haunted Hound Hour: Oct. 28 from 6-9 p.m. Zombie Ball: Oct. 29 from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. 2323 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas. Free. hendersontaphouse.com/
Get wild at the Oak Lawn Block Party
Disgusting drinks and spooky snacks seem like kids' stuff? If you're looking for an otherworldly adults-only Halloween party, get ready let it all loose at the Oak Lawn Block Party. On Oct. 29, the 3900 block of Cedar Springs will be haunted by the sounds of a DJ as ghouls and gals eat and drink refreshments from service booths. Be warned: This bash is not for children, and not for the lazy costume planner either. Thousands of people are expected to attend, so it will be nearly impossible to find parking. (Try taking an Uber or Lyft.) You'll need to start planning today if you want a chance to stand out amongst the fantastical costumes seen at the event.
Oct. 29, 7 p.m.-2 a.m.. 3900 block of Cedar Springs, Dallas. Free entry; food and drink available for purchase.
Dine on bloodshot deviled eyeballs in Arlington
For those looking to celebrate Halloween in a quieter setting, head to R Bar & Grill at the Hilton Arlington. Chow down on spooky treats like hot pepper mummy puff pastries and bloodshot deviled eyeballs decorated with Sriracha and black olives. Finish with a Pumpkin Spiced Tini from the bar as a wickedly-delicious nightcap.
Cocktails available Oct. 26-31; food specials available on Oct. 31. 2401 E. Lamar Blvd, Arlington. Specialty menu ranges from $7 to $27. rbarandgrilltx.com.
Trick-or-treat with grown-ups in Fort Worth
Not all trick-or-treating is reserved for kids. Head to Martin House Brewery in Fort Worth on Oct. 29 for its fourth-annual Boo-ery Tour, where a walk through the brewery trumps a walk through the neighborhood. The $15 price of admission includes four pints and samples from guest breweries. Plus, you won't want to leave after the tour is over: The event also includes live music, food trucks, costume contest and a candy-eating contest, which is probably best won before drinking four pints of beer.
Oct. 29 from noon to 5 p.m. 220 S. Sylvania Ave. #209, Fort Worth. $15 per person. martinhousebrewing.
Haunt your favorite D-FW neighborhood
What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a boo-zy pub crawl? Buy a $15 ticket to Crawl-O-Ween on Oct. 28 or 29 and pick an area to haunt for the night: Uptown, Deep Ellum, Greenville Avenue or Fort Worth.
A ticket includes cover to all participating bars and two $5 gift cards for food and drink, which is quite a deal considering the pub crawl's $3, $4, and $5 drink specials. Don't forget a costume! Posting a picture on social media during the event enters crawlers to win $500.
Oct. 28 and Oct. 29, registration from 8-10 p.m. Check-in locations: Brewster's Place, 2837 W. Crockett St., Fort Worth; So & So's, 3309 McKinney Ave., Dallas; The Prophet Bar, 2548 Elm St., Dallas; Old Crow, 1911 Greenville Ave., Dallas. $15 per person. Bar crawls run through Fort Worth, Uptown, Greenville and Deep Ellum. eventbrite.com/d/tx--
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BONUS: Take a hellishly strong coffee shot at Avoca Coffee Roasters
After a night of costume contests and cocktail imbibing, stop by Avoca Coffee Roasters in Fort Worth for a spookishly strong shot of coffee. The "Event Horizon" shot is brewed with sugar for a full day, then served with half-and-half and a dash of cinnamon. It's recommended that you don't drink more than two per day (yep -- it's that caffeinated), so it'll surely to bring even the most zombie-like partygoers back from the dead. But be warned: Avoca starts serving the $5 shot on Nov. 1, so those looking for a morning pick-me-up during Halloween weekend will have to seek salvation in a good-old-fashioned cup o' joe.
- 1311 W. Magnolia Ave. and 835 Foch St., both in Fort Worth. $5 per shot, available Nov. 1 through Dec. 31. avocacoffee.com.