Where to Celebrate Halloween in Boston

Boston area restaurants offer guests evenings of spooky tricks and treats
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There are many ways to celebrate Halloween in Boston this year.

Salem isn't the only place to experience Halloween in and around Boston. This year, head to one of these haunts for an evening full of tricks and treats.

On Wednesday, October 29, Beat Hotel hosts “What time is it Mr. Fox?” in a dressed-up version of their unique neo-soul/cabaret sound. Head to Harvard Square dressed to impress, and spend the evening enjoying their menu, like treats from their raw bar; roasted wild mushrooms with polenta, pecorino cheese, and truffle oil; and spinach lasagna.

On Thursday, October 30, ring in Halloween at a zombie prom thrown by the Beehive. With costume contests, food and drink specials, and live music, you are sure to have a solid Halloween experience. The1980s cover band SAFETY! will be playing and guests are encouraged to don their fiercest zombie costumes.

Over in the Financial District, Battery Park always knows how to throw a party. Halloween with them includes a costume party complete with bobbing for apples, a DJ, and a special “grown up” trick-or-treat goodie bag for all guests. Tickets are $20, which includes access to all the fun, two glasses of beer or wine, and delicious pub classics like Philly cheesesteak egg rolls, boneless buffalo tenders, and fried mozzarella sticks.

Grafton Street is going big this year with a Halloween party. In addition to their spooky food menu consisting of items like bamboo-impaled chicken hearts and Bloody Mary linguine with Duxbury clams and spicy tomato-vodka sauce, guests are invited to dress up and get creative for their costume party. A DJ will be spinning from 10 to 2 and you can expect a few Halloween tunes to be thrown your way throughout the night...Monster Mash anyone?

Let's not forget about Dia de los Muertos! The Painted Burro, the Mexican stronghold in Davis Square, will throw a killer (no pun intended) bash throughout Halloween weekend. Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 2, enjoy their delicious Mexican treats and traditional activities like face painting, trick-or-treating, and on Sunday, participate in a couple rounds of Loteria (a Mexican game much like bingo) over brunch. Horchata iced coffee has never tasted so dangerous.

From Union Square, newcomer Brass Union presents “Nightmare in Union Square,” an evening of costume contests, DJs and dancing, games, and of course, spooky beverages and desserts. Pastry chef Andrea Gillis offers guests “Sticky Icky Spider Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies” with apple buttercream frosting and “Glazed Bloody Scones.” You'll have plenty of fuel to dance to DJ Madsol-Desar all night long this October 31.

If you are a Game of Thrones fanatic, Back Bay Harry's is the place to be this Halloween. Spend the evening of November 1 dressed as your favorite GOT character and give all the others a run for their money in the costume contest and silent auction, proceeds of which go to benefit Rosie's place. With Nelly Carreño of NECN as the host and Game of Thrones-themed hors d'oeuvres and specialty cocktails, this is the closest you will likely come to being in the real world of Westeros.

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