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The Ten Best Halloween and Day of the Dead Food Events and Specials

Punch Bowl Social is just one of many Denver bars and restaurants putting on Halloween festivities.
Punch Bowl Social is just one of many Denver bars and restaurants putting on Halloween festivities. Westword
This must be the season of the witch; bars and restaurants all over town are getting spooky with Halloween dinners, parties and specials. So break out the zombie makeup and dust off last year's sexy Bernie Sanders costume; it's time to celebrate Halloween, the holiday that seems to start earlier and earlier every year.

Wednesday, October 25
Spaghetti isn't necessarily spooky, but Sarto's, 2900 West 25th Avenue, is hosting a spine-tingling night of Italian food, wine and spirits — and not just the boozy kind. Join in for a four-course dinner with dessert accompanied by readings from psychic medium Heather Hunter. She may reveal that your grandma is safe and happy in another place, or she may just predict that you'll go home with a full belly. The dinner runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and costs $65 per person. Get your tickets at eventbrite.com. We see red sauce in your near future.

click to enlarge Get ghoulish at Union Station's Terminal Bar. - DENVER UNION STATION
Get ghoulish at Union Station's Terminal Bar.
Denver Union Station
Friday, October 27
Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street, is filled with the ghosts of Denver's past, but on Friday, October 27, you can haunt the Terminal Bar's Spooky Speakeasy party in your own ghastly garb. Beginning at 9 p.m., the bar will be screening horror movies while a DJ plays creepy music and the bar pours Halloween cocktails and beer specials. But the main draw is a costume contest where prizes will be awarded — including a one-night stay at the Crawford Hotel and a $100 gift card to Denver Union Station for the winner (so take our advice on the sexy Bernie Sanders getup for the win).

Wine is fine and candy is dandy, but wine and candy together? Infinite Monkey Theorem calls the combo just freaky good. The trained palates at Denver's urban winery have been sampling Halloween goodies to come up with pairings that will please every pixie and poltergeist (or whatever you choose to dress as). From Friday, October 27, through Sunday, October 29, get two pairings for $5; choose from Nerds and moscato, Jolly Ranchers and rosé, dark chocolate and petit verdot, and Reese’s with cabernet franc. The tastings are available at the RiNo winery, 3200 Larimer Street, and the Stanley Marketplace taproom, 2501 Dallas Street in Aurora.


click to enlarge Go underground for a Poe-themed dinner at Beatrice & Woodsley. - BEATRICE & WOODLSEY
Go underground for a Poe-themed dinner at Beatrice & Woodsley.
Beatrice & Woodlsey
Saturday, October 28
A visit to Beatrice & Woodsley, 38 South Broadway, feels a little otherworldly even when it's not haunting season. But on Saturday, October 28, a descent into the restaurant's subterranean wine cellar will feel positively sepulchral. A four-course prix fixe dinner with a cocktail reception will be served with a "Masquerade of the Red Death" theme, drawing inspiration from the chilling works of Edgar Allan Poe. B&W suggest classy "masquerade attire" (not required), so skip the plushy outfit in favor of something a little more upscale, then enjoy chilled pear and ginger soup; slow-stewed eggplant risotto; osso bucco; and panettone with vanilla and preserved figs for $65 per person, with drink pairings available for an additional $25. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with dinner seating at 7. Call the restaurant at 303-777-3505 or email info@beatriceandwoodsley.com for a reservation (required).

If you dig monster pics, slashers and other forms of horror movies, Punch Bowl Social, 65 Broadway, is the gathering place on Saturday night. This year's PBS Halloween Bash has a horror-film theme, so come dressed as your favorite movie character, starting at 9 p.m. A Halloween punch called the Wolfsbane Bowl will be the featured punch. There's no cover, but there will be a DJ, food specials and best-costume prizes. Call 303-765-2695 for questions and to make reservations.

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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
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