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The Best Places to Party This Halloween in Dallas

The return of the Cedar Springs block party, a howl-o-ween brunch, spooky silent discos, and Drake and Future cosplay.

Ellie’s Restaurant & Lounge

Oct. 16 | 1717 Leonard St., the Hall Arts Hotel
Happy Howl-o-ween Brunch? If there’s one thing Dallasites love to do, it’s brunch. Spend an afternoon indulging in autumn-inspired dishes and cocktails from Executive Chef Dan Landsberg. Bring your four legged friend for an opportunity to win the grand prize at the hotel’s Canine Costume Contest at 12 p.m. Prizes include gift cards for Ellie’s restaurant and staycation for puppy parents. The lightly spooky festivities begin at 11 a.m.

Back & Brews Halloween Beer Crawl

Oct. 23, 3-6 p.m. | Watters Creek, 970 Garden Park Dr., Allen
Head to this sprawling resort-style mixed-use development for some beer crawling. First visit the concierge to register and get your crawl card, then get to drinking. The Blue Fish, Cru, Fish City Grill, Frogg Cafe, The Lion & Crown Pub, Mutt’s Canine Cantina, and Village Burger Bar will all be pouring out some brews for the crawl. Collect three stamps for a chance to win a $250 gift card. The Allen Philharmonic Orchestra will provide the tunes. More info here.

Oak Lawn Halloween #BlockParty

Oct. 30 | Cedar Springs & Throckmorton

*Cues “Return of the Mack”* The Oak Lawn Block Party is back after two years! Costumes are highly encouraged for the free block party with drag performances, sets by local DJs, costume contests, and drinks for the 21+ crowd. Click here for more information and head here to see shots from past years. It’s a party.

All Drake & Future Everything

Oct. 30, 9 p.m. | Trees, 2707 Elm St.
This one gets an obligatory What a Time to Be Alive reference. ALL / EVERYTHING pays tribute to Drake and Future for this spooky season edition. Relive the greatest moments of Summer 2016 at the Trees Halloween party. (FYI: I dressed up as the girl from Drake’s “Hotline Bling” in college and won a cash prize. So, pick your outfits wisely). Tickets are $16.

Hotel Vin

Oct. 30 | 215 E. Dallas Rd., Grapevine
Spooky Silent Disco anyone? Two DJs provide the tunes for the late night party in the suburbs. Get tickets for the wireless headphone-only event. (Headphones are included with the ticket.) Don’t forget to start the night-of with the hotel’s seasonal cocktail: Witches Brew, an aperol, vodka, lemon, Campo Viejo Brut, and dry ice cocktail that will not turn you into a pumpkin, but will get you turnt. Costumes are not required for entry, but there is an opportunity to win a two-night stay at the hotel for whoever wins best dressed. Tickets and details here.

Paradise at Tiny Victories

Oct. 31604 N Tyler St. 
DJ Storm joins DJ Sober and Jessi Pereira for Halloween at Tiny Victories. The hottest monthly dance party in Oak Cliff returns for spooky season, so don your finest for a chance to win the night’s cash prize for best costume. 

The Honey Halloween Party

Oct. 31, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. | 4 The Culture Studio, 115 N. Carroll Ave.
Where else can you find Ashton Edminster, Dali Voodoo, Ferrante, MorningBuzz, Siobhan Linnane, SPCMN, The Crown, and Taka in one room? Leave it to The Honey to curate a mini music festival on the night of Halloween. Get tickets for hours of back to back musical performances, free drinks, and a costume contest. Editor’s tip: Bring out the chaps in case of a surprise performance of “Country Girl” by Dali Voodoo and Tay Money. Tickets are $15.

Halloween Weekend at Commons Club at the Virgin Hotel

Oct. 29-31 | 1415 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Festivities kick off with a “Death at the Cabaret” burlesque dinner show, which merges sexy and spooky into one performance (Oct. 29). Then don your spurs and space suits at the Space Cowboy Halloween Party (Oct. 30, $50, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.). May we suggest looking at the wares from the Black-Asian-owned shop Neon Cowboys for your space-Western needs? (You can read up on the brand here.) The Halloween morning brings drag brunch, “Dragged From Hell,” at noon and 2 p.m. ($40).

Thrills and Chills Texas Film Series

Oct. 19, 23, & 26, 9:15 p.m. | The Texas Theater
As an ode to Texas horror films—specifically, as the Texas Theater website notes, “…celebrating horror and weirdo genre movies made in our great state over the years”—check out two scary flicks this month. On October 19, there’s the 1991 horror-comedy Scary Movie, a film that delivered on both jump-scares and meta-reflection on the trope-filled horror genre itself. (Don’t confuse it for the more popular parody.) Then the following week, come back for a rare 35mm screening of Teeth, the 2007 film about a high school teenager who discovers she has fangs of the nether regions and, predictably, chilling scenes ensue. On October 23, the Texas is showing a new 35mm print of Return of the Living Dead. Plus, Halloween Kills runs all month. Get your tickets here.

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