Depending on who you are, Halloween can be about pretty much anything you want. Candy, partying, drinking, scandalous costumes, scary costumes, pagan rituals, pranks, an excuse to let loose — Halloween encompasses all of that. And while it’s not traditionally an eating holiday, it’s not not an eating holiday. Shouldn’t you use Halloween as the chance to eat some good meals?
Or at least drink some good drinks. As the below rundown shows, Halloween observances are often heavy on the cocktails, probably because Halloween people are often a hard-drinking bunch. But there is also plenty of opportunities to mark the occasion with pastries, mocktails, or even tacos. Here’s a list of some food- and drink-centric events happening around Seattle in the coming week:
Cocktails, cocktails, cocktails
There are a couple events worth mentioning at the top here. The first is Black Lagoon, a multi-city cocktail bar pop-up that has extended its tentacles into Seattle via Belltown’s James Beard Award–nominated Rob Roy. The bar’s interior has been transformed into something that resembles a haunted house, and the menu has transformed too — it now has items like Black Magic, which is coconut milk–washed tequila with coffee liqueur, espresso, and five-spice bitters. (There are plenty of nonalcoholic offerings as well.) The pop-up will be in residence until November 4.
There’s also the Haunted Soiree, a cocktail-centric immersive theater experience happening in a Capitol Hill mansion until October 31. For this, you have to get tickets, which cost between $64 to $95 and come with mini cocktails. It’s sort of like a burlesque variety show, sort of like a party, and sort of like a chance to snoop around someone’s house. Tickets can be found here. (This is a 21-plus event.)
If your tipple of choice is wine, on Thursday, October 26, self-pour wine bar Rapport on Capitol Hill is holding a combo art market/party, with Halloween drink specials, 80 wines on tap, seasonal flatbreads, etc. Costumes are encouraged at the event, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m.
Hopheads have an option in Elysian Brewing on Capitol Hill, which on Saturday, October 28 is throwing a Halloween party that includes actors from the Georgetown Morgue, a costume contest (first prize $300), and a Halloween-themed menu. It goes from 5 to 11 p.m. and entry is free.
If you want to do your partying for a good cause, or need an excuse to visit rooftop bar the Mountaineering Club, the University District venue atop the Graduate Hotel is hosting a benefit for conservation nonprofit Mountaineers.org from Friday, October 27, to Tuesday, October 31. Cover is $2 and guests can buy Halloween-themed cocktails and footlong hot dogs; show up in costume and you can spin a wheel of fortune and win prizes.
If you’re doing “Sober October” (or Sober Every Month), you can check out the Absence of Proof nonalcoholic nightlife event at the Rachel’s Ginger Beer at the Spheres. Tickets are $30 plus fees but come with (non-boozy) drinks.
Haunted chocolate factory tours
Every October, the Seattle Chocolate Factory (eerily located in Tukwila) becomes haunted but stays family-friendly as it invites people of all ages to go on “haunted factory tours.” Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for kids 12 and under, and the tours are happening Thursday, October 26 through Sunday, October 29. More info, and tickets, can be found here.
Taco truck brunch
Austin-style taco Truck Good Morning Tacos is parking itself at the Chuck’s Hop Shop in the Central District on Saturday, October 28, and dressing up as “the world’s largest taco chain.” We assume they’re not mentioning which taco chain for various legal reasons, but the truck will have “brunchwraps, queso-ritos. breakfast quesadillas, and more,” according to a press release, and will be serving from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or sell-out.
A tray of treats
Finally, if you want to eat something sweet — which is definitely a core Halloween value — the Flora Bakehouse in Beacon Hill is offering “Halloween treat trays” for preorder between now and Friday, October, 27. For $35, you get four pumpkin whoopie pies, four “boo-nicorn” horns, and four decorated sugar cookies. Also, kids who show up at the Flora Bakehouse on Halloween itself will receive a free boo-nicorn horn. Order your trays here.