It’s a week of scary-tasty events, as local restaurants and venues host Halloween-themed dinner parties — including one with a high-profile guest chef from Dallas. Dia de los Muertos — the Mexican holiday that celebrates departed souls — is also a big player this week as the theme for a special brunch, dinner, and taco and margarita tour. Costumes are encouraged, so dress accordingly for more treats than tricks.
Tuesday, October 29
Death’s Door Diner at Division Brewing
The Arlington brewery will host guest chef John Mercer for a creepy three-course "diner" experience that gives guests options. Entrée choices include pumpkin-stuffed quail, blackberry braised short rib, or sous vide pork belly. (A vegetarian options is also available.) Stay for chocolate-cherry brownie “coffins” for dessert. The dinner is $60 per person (tickets here) and does not include alcohol, but beer and wine will be available. Arrive by 7 pm.
Wednesday, October 30
Dia de los Muertos at Ellerbe Fine Foods
Flavors from deep in the heart of Mexico will take center stage at this three-course dinner celebrating lives lost. Chef Molly McCook will prepare Gulf shrimp-stuffed sopes (think thick corn tortillas), chicken rellenos with black mole, and Mexican sweet bread with hot chocolate and whipped cream. The dinner is $45 per person, and an optional wine pairing flight will be available. Reservations will run 5:30-9 pm.
Halloween Dinner with Chef Tim Byres at Fort Worth Botanic Garden
The Dallas chef, who won a James Beard award for his cookbook Smoke: New Firewood Cooking, will visit the Fort to share a creepy and kitschy Halloween-themed menu. The ghoulish three-course dinner includes mysterious dishes like “night crawler sliders,” “skeleton ribs,” and “amaretto severed finger cookies.” Also promised is music and a bar for Halloween cocktails and pumpkin beer. Dinner is $50 per person and begins at 7 pm. Costumes encouraged.
Saturday, November 2
Day of the Dead Brunch at B&B Butchers & Restaurant
The high-end steakhouse will host a Mexico City-inspired brunch complete with live music, face painting (of the sugar skull variety), and specialty tequila cocktails. Specials for the midday affair will include chilaquiles with bacon or sliced filet, huevos divorciados, and molletes — bolillo bread with beans, cheese and pico de gallo. The brunch will run 10 am-2 pm, and reservations are encouraged.
Texas Taco Festival at Texas Live!
The two-day, family-friendly festival will host around two dozen taco vendors who’ll serve more than 75 varieties. Participants include off-the-radar taco trucks and caterers from around North Texas and beyond, including So-Cal Tacos. There’ll be a tequila-sampling expo, make-your-own-margarita bar, and live music. Tickets range from $9.95 for general admission (tacos not included) to $54.95 for VIP access, which comes with five tacos, five drink vouchers, a gift bag, and access to a VIP area with private seating, bars, and of course, tacos. Early entry begins at 12 pm both days, and the event will run until 8 pm on Saturday and 6 pm on Sunday. Admission is free for kids 10 and under.
Dia de los Tacos Taco & Margarita Tour
Learn about the Mexican holiday during this evening tour of hidden taco spots in Fort Worth. Start at the Black House event venue, where artists and vendors will showcase their wares to kick off the evening. The $65 ticket includes tacos, margaritas, and transportation. Arrive by 7 pm.