13 Halloween Treats, Parties, and Dining Specials Around Boston

From creepy custard, to spooky brunch, with disco, pirates, and ’90s teens themes.

Shake Shack Shackenstein Halloween

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Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

In case you need more than one night to celebrate Halloween, Lincoln Tavern has three. On Monday, October 17 and 24, revel in all things pumpkin: The restaurant will provide pumpkins, carving equipment, and of course, prizes. Leave your masterpiece to decorate the South Boston spot, or take them home to show off your carving skills in the ’hood. On Halloween night, bar director Kevin Mabry is serving plenty of themed spirits amid a ghoulishly decorated tavern. Tickets for the pumpkin carving are going fast so be sure to get them while you can.

$20, various events from Monday, October 17-October 31, 425 W Broadway St., Boston, 617-765-8636, eventbrite.com.

Shake Shack Shackenstein

In case you need more sweets for Halloween, Shake Shack is dishing out a deliciously creepy custard. Shackenstein is a monster mash of marshmallow crème custard blended with chunks of chocolate cake. Don’t let the color scare you away.

$3.59 single/$4.59 double, available Monday, October 24-Sunday, October 30, multiple locations, shakeshack.com.

Night Shift Darkling

Photo by Tim Oxton

Howloween Week in Everett

Night Shift is rolling out a full week of events, capped off with the bottle release of bourbon barrel-aged Darkling imperial stout. There’s a screening of Troll 2 (the “Best Worst Movie”), a spooky carnival, and a Trick-or-Treat Block Party. The Saturday night block party, co-hosted by neighbors Bone Up Brewing and Short Path Distillery, will have food truck favorites, plenty of candy, and costume contest prizes. Pick up a Fermentation District passport and get it stamped by all three drink makers for a chance to win a prize package. Night Shift will have live music, Bone Up is pairing beers with their favorite candy, and Short Path has a fresh new cocktail list highlighting fall flavors and their new Autumn Gin.

Various events from Monday, October 24-Sunday, October 30, Night Shift Brewing, 87 Santilli Hwy., Everett, 617-294-4233, nightshiftbrewing.com

Halloween Puppy Happy Hour

Dorchester Brewing Co. celebrates its first Halloween with a BYOD (bring-your-own-dog) event. Dress up your pup—and yourself—for a costume contest with prizes, including a DBCo gift card. There will be a few pet care companies on site providing samples and answering questions, so grab a beer and your dog’s most festive leash.

Thursday, October 27, 5-8 p.m., 1250 Mass. Ave., Boston, 617-514-0900, dorchesterbrewing.com.

BOOkowski Halloween Bash

Cambridge’s Bukowski Tavern is teaming up with Jack’s Abby to host a frightful fête. With classic horror movies on the screen, the Framingham brewery takes over 12 draught lines with beers like Brewery Maker, Wet Hop Lager, Pumpkin Crop Lager, Sibling Rye-valry, and some rare gems. Trick-or-treat through the bar with candy and chef Brian Poe’s spooky snacks. Come in costume for a chance to win gift cards and Jack’s Abby swag.

Thursday, October 27, 4 p.m.-2 a.m., 1281 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-497-7077, bukowskitavern.net.

’90s Teen Halloween

Tease your bangs: The Independent is going back to the ’90s this Halloween. Movies like Heathers, the Craft, and Clueless will be on TV (with captions on), and throwback ’tinis, like the fruity French and a Choco-tini, are on the menu. Costumes are encouraged all weekend long, but on Saturday night, there’s a contest for Best ’90s and Best Overall Costume, with gift cards on the line.

October 28-31, beginning at 3 p.m. each day, the Independent, 75 Union Square, Somerville, 617-440-6022, theindo.com.

Galloween 2016

The sixth annual South End throwdown will honor dead celebrities this year, with a red carpet, photo booth, and a walk of fame. The restaurant will be decked out with spooky lighting and more than 1,000 bats hanging from the ceiling. Come a little earlier for dinner with Halloween specials, and stay for drinks, snacks, and dancing for the rest of the night.

$10, Saturday, October 29, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m., 1395 Washington St., Boston, 617-425-0200, thegallowsboston.com

Murder Mystery at Brass Union

There has been a murder! Union Square plays host to an exciting “whodunit” adventure. Brass bartenders and staff will be in character as you search for clues to solve the mystery—the first to discover the murderer wins a $100 gift card. Be sure to come in your best costume for the photo booth and cash prizes. There will be plenty of candy, and at 10 p.m., DJ J-Wall starts playing the “Monster Mash” and other haunted hits.

Saturday, October 29, 8 p.m.-close, 70 Union Square, Somerville, 617-623-9211, brassunion.com.

Halloween Happenings at Coppersmith

First up in a trio of spooky events at this South Boston spot is a family-friendly brunch on Saturday, with complimentary pumpkin carving, bobbing for apples, plenty of candy, and a costume contest. Saturday night will feature a 21-plus burlesque show with a live DJ and Halloween cocktails. The show is free, so be sure to swing by for some dancing and ghoulish drinks. The frightful fun continues on Sunday and Monday with outdoor screenings of seasonal movies on the Airdeck.

Various events from Saturday, October 29-Monday, October 31, 40 W 3rd St., South Boston, 617-658-3452, coppersmithboston.com.

Parsnip Spooktacular Brunch

Most people assume Halloween is best celebrated at night, but Parsnip is here with an alternative. The Harvard Square spot’s first-ever brunch will feature a prix fixe menu in the main dining room, and Halloween activities on the patio. Costumes are strongly encouraged!

Sunday, October 30, 11-2 p.m., 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge, 617-714-3206 parsniprestaurant.com.

Hook Halloween Bash

Photo by Pierce Twohig provided

Hojokoween: Disco Dance Party

Fenway’s fanciful izakaya hosts its second annual “Hojokoween” party with classic dance tracks on the decks. Down some sake and enjoy some delicious food as you play cornhole, and dance underneath plenty of disco balls. Don your finest: There will be a photo booth, and a costume contest winner will be crowned at midnight.

Sunday, October 30, 8 p.m.-midnight, 1271 Boylston St., Boston, 617-670-0507, hojokoboston.com.


Liquid Art House Zombie Prom

The undead are welcome here. Get “Zombified” by professional face and body painters for a chance to be crowned spooky Prom King and Queen. Kraken Rum is fueling three themed cocktails, and Ontario-based Collective Arts Brewing, new on the Boston scene, is slinging beer samples and mysterious swag. Tickets include appetizers, desserts, and one complimentary cocktail. DJ Jason Myers is spinning the tracks so you can dance like a zombie all night.

$30, Monday, October 31, 8-midnight, 100 Arlington St., Boston, 617-457-8130, eventbrite.com.

Pirate-Themed Halloween Bash at Wink & Nod

The South End cocktail bar is teaming up with Ipswich’s Privateer Rum for this swashbuckling party, so break out your eyepatch. Corporate beverage director Michael Boughton is serving up draft cocktails all night, like Trade Winds, with Privateer Silver Rum, guava-ginger soda, coconut water, and caramelized peaches.

Monday, October 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., 3 Appleton St., Boston, 617-482-0117, winkandnod.com.