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Where to Eat, Drink, and Party in Detroit on Halloween

Get your ghoul on at these restaurants and bars

The Detroit Foundation Hotel.
Michelle and Chris Gerard
Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

The leaves are turning, there’s sneering jack-o-lanterns on every stoop, and a half eaten bag of bite-sized candy bars on the kitchen counter — it must be Halloween. This year the night falls on a Tuesday prompting plenty of early bird costume parties and special events around town. Some of the area’s best restaurants are plotting some seriously spooky All Hallows Eve activities from horror movie-inspired costume contests to a haunted coney island transformation.

So put the final touches on your costumes (here are a few suggestions) and get ready to eat, drink, and dance to the Monster Mash. Below find a guide to some of the season’s best Halloween bashes:

Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28

The Morrie
511 S Main St, Royal Oak

The Morrie in Royal Oak is hosting two nights of costume contests. First place winners will receive a $1,000 prize ($500 cash and $500 gift card) and second and third pace winners will receive $500 and $250 gift cards. The restaurant will also be hosting live bands and DJs in an outdoor tent.

Saturday, October 28

Stache International
1416 E Fisher Fwy, Detroit

Eastern Market restaurant Stache International is throwing a Halloween A Go-Go party on Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight. Customers can expect whole smoked lamb with harvest vegetable hash, creepy cocktails, pumpkin punchbowls, and classic horror movies on the projector. DJ Matt Roden will be on site playing Halloween music as well as goth and industrial. Don’t miss out on the good bags and build-your-own caramel apple bar. Costumes are encouraged.

Saturday, October 28

Punch Bowl Social
1331 Broadway St., Detroit

Downtown Detroit’s adult playground is hosting a creepy horror film-themed party on Saturday starting at 8 p.m. Order a bowl of Halloween-themed punch and some food. The restaurant and bar will be offering awards for the best costumes including one for the best horror movie-inspired getup. DJs will be playing music. The best part? No cover. Reserve a spot by calling 313-749-9738.

Sunday, October 29

The Villages Bier and Weingarten
1428 Van Dyke St, Detroit

West Village’s pop-up beer and wine garden is hosting a Halloween event on its final day of the season. Drop by during brunch from noon to 5 p.m. with or without a costume for live music, kids activities, and games. Afro-Caribbean food truck Yum Village will be serving food and Brut Detroit will be supplying $15 bottomless mimosas, bloody marys, beer, and wine.

Sunday, October 29

Detroit Fleat
1820 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale

Dog lovers can bring their pooches out on the town this season at food truck park and restaurant Detroit Fleat. Boos Barks Brews runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature alcoholic beer for humans and special dog beer for puppies as well as Halloween dog treats and food. Owners are encouraged to come in costumes with their dogs for a chance to win prizes. The cost is $30.

Monday, October 30

Joebar and Frame
23839 John R Rd, Hazel Park

Throw on those Jncos and head to Joebar in Hazel Park for a ‘90s-themed Devils Night party. The event features food by Mabel Gray and Grey Ghost, plus a lineup of cocktails from outstanding local bartenders Paul Fradeneck, Dorothy Elizabeth, Will Lee, and Rudy Leon. DJ CASH4GOLD will be in the house playing ‘90s music. Tickets are $40 per person, which includes food and a reception cocktail. The event runs from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Tuesday, October 31

Detroit Foundation Hotel
250 W. Larned St., Detroit

Downtown’s new Detroit Foundation Hotel is throwing a “Roaring Twenties Bash” from 7 p.m. to midnight that would make Jay Gatsby proud. The prohibition-themed party will feature cocktails, plus snacks by chefs Thomas Lents and Duncan Spangler. Artist Tony Roko, whose work some might recognize from Atwater’s Brewery’s branding, will be performing a “live art” demonstration. DJ Tom T. will also be playing tunes. The 21-and-up event is $79 or $50 with the purchase of a room on Halloween night. Get tickets here. Costumes are strongly encouraged.

Tuesday, October 31

PJ’s Lager House
1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit

Dr. Sushi (aka Dr. Spooky) will be popping up at PJ’s Lager House on All Hallows Eve with a not-so-scary menu Japanese and Szechuan-influenced menu. Look out for items like cricket okonomiyaki, spicy duck wings, dumplings, and more. Many options are vegan or gluten-free. DJs will be in the house spinning a haunted soundtrack and visitors can participate in a ping pong tournament beginning at 9 p.m.. The pop-up runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and costumes are encouraged.

Tuesday, October 31

Grey Ghost Detroit
47 Watson St., Detroit

Brush Park restaurant Grey Ghost is transforming into a Coney Island of Horrors for Halloween complete with a coney-inspired menu and zombie service staff. The menu features classic Coney dogs, chicken pitas, Italian beefs, Greek salads and cheese fries as well as a Halloween lineup of cocktails. Costumes are encouraged. Make a reservation by calling 313-262-6534.

Tuesday, October 31

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit
3111 Grand River Ave.

For a family-friendly All Hallows Eve, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit is hosting BOO-Fest from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with games, The Parade Company floats, themed crafts, bounce houses, and half a dozen local food trucks. The event is free and open to the public and each attendee will receive two food truck tickets for use at the festival. Complimentary parking is available at the Motor City Casino parking structure next door to Goodwill Detroit’s office.

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