If you're looking for something to do this Halloween weekend but enjoy good food over dipping a ladle into a bowl of spiked punch with eyeballs floating in it, these parties may be just right for you. (Don't see your Halloween food event listed here? Hype your party in the comments section!)
October 27 Visit Firenze a Tavola, 4401 Tennyson Street, for the Halloween Community Table, a mobster-themed dinner (four courses served family style) with traditional East Coast Italian-American cuisine. Admission is $28; dinner starts at 7 p.m. Call 303-561-0234 or visit www.firenzeatavoladenver.com.
Mirage, 2648 South Parker Road in Aurora, hosts a Halloween Bash with live music, costume contests, drink specials and more, starting at 7 p.m. Call 303-750-4920.
October 29-31 Avery Tap Room, 5757 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder, presents Demonic Halloween Celebrations, with costume contests on Friday and Saturday, plus live music, special brews on tap and much more. Admission is free; call 303-440-4324 or visit www.averybrewing.com.
October 30 The Colfax Arts District presents Boo and Brew; adults and kids (during the day) can wear costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating. It's free, but bring a non-perishable food item with you. Festivities run from 1 to 4 p.m. for kids and start again at 9 p.m. for adults.
Gaetano's, 3760 Tejon Street, presents a mobster-themed Halloween party featuring live music by Darek Evilsisor, prizes, drink specials and more starting at 8 p.m. Call 303-433-3172 or visit www.gaetanositalian.com.
The Lower Highland neighborhood is the site of a Halloween Stroll & Keep It Local Neighborhood Party, featuring live music, a costume contest, food and drink specials and more, running from 6 p.m. to midnight. Get information at www.loladenver.com.
October 30 (continued) The Infinite Monkey Theorem, 931 West Fifth Avenue, presents Nightmare on Fifth Avenue, with wines and pizza, scary movies and a DJ from 6 to 11 p.m. Admission is $30; call 303-736-8376 or visit www.theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com.
Baker St. Pub & Grill, 8101 East Belleview Avenue (locations also in Boulder, Lakewood and Westminster), hosting "Nightmare on Baker Street," with a costume contest offering cash prizes. More information is at www.bakerstreetpub.com
Interstate Kitchen & Bar, 901 West 10th Avenue, presents Haunted Highway, featuring unlimited food and drink, a costume contest, a DJ and more, starting at 10 p.m. Admission is $35; call 720-479-8829 or visit www.interstaterestaurant.com.
Guy Harvey's Perfect Spot, 8336 Northfield Boulevard, Suite 1600, presents a Halloween Party featuring $1 Coors Light pints, $3 Jager shots, prizes, giveaways and more. Call 303-576-8216.
October 31 The Wazee Supper Club, 1600 15th Street, presents a Ghost Dinner featuring three courses with optional wine or beer pairings starting at 6 p.m. Admission ranges from $20 to $30; call 303-623-9518 or visit www.wazeesupperclub.com.
Solera, 4510 East Colfax Avenue, hosts a Halloween Party with drink specials, prizes, giveaways and more from 4 to 9 p.m. Admission is $30 with a costume, $40 without; call 303-388-8429 or visit www.solerarestaurant.com.