The city never disappoints when it comes to Halloween! Enjoy creepy cocktails, devilish dishes and some fun activities in the metro Atlanta area as restaurants up the ante on festivities this year.
In the Midtown/Virginia-Highland area, Atkins Park Restaurant and Bar offers up a week’s worth of enchanting eats and entertainment.
- On Tuesday, Oct. 27, the staff will tap a special cellared keg of Terrapin’s Midnight Monk (9.8% ABV), a black Belgian IPA retired in 2014, with food pairings – appetizer, entrée and dessert – that can be ordered à la carte, with or without the beer. The food and beer will be served starting at 5 p.m., with a screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in the dining room at midnight.
- On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the restaurant hosts a pumpkin-carving contest and scary movies on the dining room projection screen. Prizes include house cash and a prize pack from Southern Tier Brewing Company. The contest and movies start at 10 p.m., and each contestant gets a complimentary draft of Southern Tier’s Pumking ale.
- Thursday, Oct. 29 brings a Halloween-themed lip sync battle sponsored by Svedka vodka, with prizes including cash and house cash, starting at 10 p.m.
- And on Saturday, Oct. 31, bring your finest costume for a Halloween party and costume contest and compete to win a one-night stay in Asheville, including a VIP tour and dinner at the new Sierra Nevada brewery. DJ Lion performs from 9 p.m. until closing.
Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar is brewing up some potent drink specials for Halloween weekend, including the Shark Attack (blue Curacao martini with a sugared rim, grenadine float, whipped cream and gummy shark garnish), the Gummi Yum (Absolut Raspberri vodka, cranberry juice, apple pucker and sour mix with a sugared rim and a gummy worm finish) and Red Vine Lemonade (with Villa Massa limoncello, simple syrup and Twizzler-infused New Amsterdam vodka, served with a red vine and lime garnish). On Thursday, Oct. 29, you can attend Costumes on the Woof, a costume contest for dogs to benefit Angels Among Us Pet Rescue of Atlanta, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the roof of the Loews Atlanta Hotel. You can also take advantage of the hotel’s Halloween package, with superior guest room accommodations, trick-or-treating in the hotel, a $20 taxi credit and two complimentary Halloween cocktails.
If you plan on celebrating in the Buckhead/Sandy Springs areas, then in addition to its regular menu of contemporary Spanish cuisine, Gypsy Kitchen is offering a pair of spook-tacular drink specials throughout the month. Enjoy a tantalizing Carmine Webb, made with rye, root shrub, lemon and bitters, or the Black Dahlia with Champagne, orange and cacao (both $10). Johnny’s Hideaway is calling all ghosts and goblins as it will become a haunted hideaway when it hosts a Halloween party on Thursday, Oct. 29. There’s a costume contest with $500 in prizes ($300 for first place, $150 for second and $50 for third), and giveaways from some of your favorite liquor brands. Or you can show up to Ray’s Rio Bravo on Friday, Oct. 30 for the chance to win tickets to the second annual Saints & Sinners Ball at Park Tavern on Halloween night, courtesy of iHeart Radio and Dos Equis. No costume is required.
FLIP burger boutique’s October offerings include a pumpkin spice-scented maple syrup milkshake and the Duck Duck Goose burger, a seared duck burger topped with pickled walnut goat cheese and tarragon mayonnaise, finished with arugula tossed in a smoked tomato vinaigrette, fried quail egg and shaved foie gras. Halloween weekend brings a special Silence of the Lamb burger with a grilled lamb patty, fried veal brains, fava bean ragout and Chianti ketchup for $14. These menu additions are available at the Buckhead and West Midtown locations only.
Escort your little ghost or goblin to the nearest Willy’s Mexicana Grill Friday, Oct. 30 through Sunday, Nov. 1 and they’ll receive a free Kid Combo meal when you buy an adult entrée. Freebie rules are simple: children must be 12 and under and in a costume to qualify; one Kid Combo with fountain drink per adult entrée purchase. By the way, if you’re anticipating friends howling for food at your house on Halloween or any other event, turn to Willy’s Mexicana Grill. They’ll cater for any size crowd of Burrito Heads.
Remember to have a safe Halloween no matter how scary the celebration! Howl away now!!