This Week in Food: Denver Restaurants Get Spooky for Halloween & More

This year, we get a treat with Halloween falling on a Friday. So where will you be showing off your costume? Denver restaurants are getting into the ghoulish fun with costume contests, drink and food specials and more. Read on to find out which stops should be on your trick or treating route this year, plus prep for Thanksgiving at a holiday pie making class with a top Denver restaurateur.

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Game of Thrones Costume Contest at Punch Bowl Social

Where: 65 Broadway in Denver

When: Friday, October 31st, Judging begins at 9pm, winners announced at midnight

The Low Down: Forget winter GOT fansHalloween is coming.  Punch Bowl Social will be hosting a GOT themed costume contest complete with live DJ and prizes that will be awarded for Best Couple, Most Creative and Sexiest costumes. So shine up that armor, give your dragons a bath, and come ready for a battle.


Win a Les Paul Guitar at Ignite’s Rooftop Party

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Where: 2124 Larimer St in Denver

When: Friday, October 31st, 6-10pm

The Low Down: Head to the ballpark district for Ignite’s costume party where first prize will score you a Tito’s Vodka Les Paul Guitar. The DJ starts at 7pm, and you can score specials on Tito’s drinks all party long. Or, if you’ve got a little trick-or-treater along for the night, stop by Ignite for some treats for the kids and a free shot of Fireball for the grown-ups.


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Trick or Treat at Humboldt Farm, Fish & Wine

Where: 1700 Humboldt Street in Denver

When: Friday, October 31st, 3pm-Close

The Low Down: If your Halloween plans take you uptown, make sure you stop by Humboldt. Kids will score candy, while every adult with a costumed kiddo gets a free shot of Fireball, the red-hot cinnamon whisky.




Three Nights of Halloween Parties at the ViewHouse Centennial and Ballpark

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Where: Centennial – 7101 S Clinton Street; Ballpark – 2015 Market Street

When: Thursday, October 30th – Sunday, November 1st

The Low Down: At ViewHouse, Halloween lasts more than just one night. On Thursday, come in costume and indulge in Halloween drink specials like Bacardi Bat Bite shots and the Bacardi Zombie along with giveaways all night long. At the Centennial location, you can also enter to win Mix 100’s enchanting trip to see Wicked in New York City.

Friday brings more Halloween drinks, DJs, giveaways, a festive photo booth and a costume contest where you could win $1,000 cash. Plus, it’s your second chance to enter to win Mix 100’s Wicked giveaway. Winner will be announced at midnight on Halloween, must be present to win.

On Saturday, celebrate the Day of the Dead with another shot at winning $1,000 cash for the “most possessed” costume.


Mulled Blueberry, whole pie + clovesCooking Class: Holiday Pies with Frank Bonanno

Where: Bones, 701 Grant Street in Denver

When: Saturday, November 1st, 11am-1pm

Cost: $85 includes instruction, light snacks, beverages and gratuity. Payment due at time of booking.

To Book: Call Bones, 303.860.2929

The Low Down: Want to walk into your family’s holiday meal with a show-stopping pie? Then this is the class for you. Let Frank Bonanno, Denver chef and restaurateur from favorites like Bones, Wednesday’s Pie, and Salt & Grinder, teach you essential techniques for making beautiful holiday treats. Bonanno will demonstrate how to make perfect pie crust, and cook up four different pies with both sweet and savory decorative toppings.



Sarto’s Social Italian Eatery

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Where: 2900 W 29th Ave in Denver

When: Opens today, October 28th, 2014

The Low Down: Denver’s newest Italian eatery opens today with the arrival of Sarto’s in the Jefferson Park/Highlands neighborhood. Chef Brian Laird (formerly of Barolo Grill) is heading up this new establishment that will be serving up Italian-inspired eats and drinks along with a cicchetti bar where diners can nosh on small plates. Expect Sarto’s Pantry to open next door later this week as well, a market where you can score culinary treats like house-made pastas and breads.






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