Congratulations, you made it through yet another working week. You might as well give yourself a pat on the back to celebrate — or better yet, a drink or three. This weekend in Broward and Palm Beach counties, choose from a Halloween themed eats, costume contests, beer releases, and more for your fun foodie events.
Haunted Hotel Full Moon Dinner Party
Have a hauntingly good time at Beauty & the Feast Bar|Kitchen's (601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) full moon party. For $39.95, it includes dinner, live entertainment, and a costume contest. The meal starts at 7 p.m. Visit Society8.com.
Grille 401 (401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) is not only hosting a Halloween party, but it's also offering creepy specialty cocktails such as the Smashing Pumpkin, a drink created with pumpkin and garnished with both graham cracker crust and marshmallow fluff. This party is from 5 until 8 p.m. and there is no cover charge.
Max’s Social House (116 NE Sixth St., Delray Beach) is throwing a Halloween bash of its own. For the cost of a ticket ($10 pre-purchased, $15 at the door), guests get one signature SocialWeen cocktail, additional drinks at a discounted price, and appetizers before 10 pm. Also present is a DJ and costume contest with prizes for best costume, best cocktail theme costume, and best couples costume. The party starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m. Visit Eventbrite.com.
Zombie Bus Loop
The Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop gets an undead twist this Friday with its Zombie Bus Loop (300 SE Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale). From 6 to 11 p.m., stops include America’s Backyard, Tilted Kilt, Lucky’s Tavern, Quarterdeck, Public House, and more with one free drink and appetizers at each location. Need a ride to the drinking trolley? Uber is helping out with free rides worth up to $20. Of course, guests are encouraged to don zombie attire. Stop by Titled Kilt and Bahia Cabana to get zombie-fied with the onsite makeup artist. Cover is $35. Visit BusLoop.org.
Pumpkin Puffer Stout Release
Start your Halloween day-drinking early with Saltwater Brewery (1701 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach). The folks here are releasing their Pumpkin Puffer Stout, brewed with real pumpkin and spices, then aged in a Fireball and Seagrape wood conditioned Oak Barrel for about one-year. This beer is best enjoyed in full costume attire.
Ben and Jerry’s Free Run Club
Would you ever run for free ice cream? You can on Halloween at Ben & Jerry’s on Delray Beach (1155 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach). Starting at 7:30 a.m., participants are required to run four-miles (but are welcome to run as far as they like). After the run, attendees get free water and, more importantly, ice cream.
Hard Rock Halloween Parties
Halloween Block party on A1A
Up and down A1A, drink specials bound to make you feel warm and fuzzy on Halloween. Until 4 a.m., Rock Bar (229 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.) is offering 2-for-1 select drinks and bottle specials. Blondies (229 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.) is featuring a free house shot for costumed guests and drink specials until 3 a.m. Sangrias (221 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.) is serving drink specials until 11 p.m. Tsukuro (225 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.) has Halloween-themed celebratory cocktails and sushi rolls. And at Spazio’s (239 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.), get 10 percent off all bottles of wine and 2-for-1 specialty cocktails. There is no cost to attend; specials begin when each location opens.
Revenge of the DJ
From 8 until 11 p.m., Brimstone Woodfire Grill (14575 SW Fifth St., Pembroke Pines) is hosting its Revenge of the DJ party featuring drink deals, costume contest, and plenty of dancing. Be sure to try the specialty Dragon’s Kiss cocktail, made with Grey Goose Le Melon vodka, dragon fruit, simple syrup, and lime juice, adorned with a slice of dragon fruit. There is no cover charge. Visit BrimstoneWoodfireGrill.com.
Haunted on Himmarshee House Party
Head to Himmarshee Public House (201 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale) for a Halloween party with DJ BJ and an array of specialty pumpkin beers on draft (think Shipyard Brewing Company’s Pumpkinhead Ale and more). It starts at 8 p.m. Visit PublichouseFtl.com.
Hoffman’s Chocolates Trick or Treat Special
Cure your sweet tooth craving with Hoffman’s Chocolates (3341 Sheridan St. and 920 E. Las Olas Blvd.). Costumed trick-or-treaters get one free Halloween decorated chocolate covered Oreo and parents can nosh on pumpkin pie truffle.
Cantina Laredo (501 Silks Run #1120, Hallandale Beach) will be hosting a spooktacular three-day event. Starting on Halloween and running through Monday, November 2, guests can enjoy the Blue Moon Pumpkin ‘Rita for $6. Normally $12, this cocktail consists of Lunazul Blanco Tequila, pumpkin puree, Blue Moon, and fresh lime juice.
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Beach Club Halloween Food Specials
The Beach Club at Hard Rock (1 Seminole Way, Seminole Paradise, Hollywood) is offering ghoulish bites. Soak up some of that booze with Grilled Ghost Chili Barbeque Wings ($10) or its Halloween-themed Chile con Queso ($11), which served in a pumpkin with guacamole and chips. Both are available on Friday and Saturday.
Natalya Jones is a food and music writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in entertainment and fun things to do in South Florida, follow her on Twitter.