Best Of Both Worlds: Where To Watch The World Series AND Celebrate Halloween!
Houstonians are facing a conundrum this Halloween. On Tuesday, October 31—a night normally dedicated to trick-or-treating, costume parties and the Monster Mash—the Astros will continue their epic battle against the Los Angeles Dodgers for their first World Series title. With the game count at 3-2 in Houston’s favor and the next (perhaps final) battle slated as an away game at Dodgers Stadium, the choice seems to be either going out to celebrate Halloween or keeping eyes glued to the television screen.
Luckily, many bars and restaurants around the city are making sure Houstonians can do both. Here’s a list of spots that are both showing the games and celebrating one of the most fun holidays of the year with spooky specials.
Note: this article will be updated as we continue to receive event information.
Last updated 10/31/17, 5:36 p.m.
Axelrad, 1517 Alabama: If the fear of a potential game seven isn’t enough, or if you need a break from the inevitable stress of game six, Axelrad will be showing the game and featuring a haunted house tour. For $10, guests get a beer and a spooky tour starting at 8 p.m. Plus, there’s always those hammocks if you need to lie down during the seventh inning stretch.
Bosscat Kitchen and Libations, 4310 Westheimer: Bosscat Kitchen & Libations is partnering with popular Australian winery 19 Crimes for a chef-inspired Halloween dinner menu. Chef Peter Petro has created an “elevated prison” dinner menu that will be available from 5 p.m. until it runs out. The staff will be dressed in prisoner grab, its Whiskey Room will be converted into a prisoner cell, dinners will be served “prison style” on trays with three sides (house salad, stewed green beans with pork belly, handcut white bread) and a choice of main course (Salisbury steak or chicken with mushroom gravy, both served over homemade mashed potatoes). The menu is priced at $35 per person (includes glass of wine or cocktail), or $60 dinner for 2 (includes bottle of wine or two cocktails). Bar Director Matt Sharp will be serving a specialty “Stephen King” cocktail, a take on a black Manhattan, and fresh fruit lime Jell-O. Customers who come in a costume will receive a special treat. Meanwhile, Astros fans will be pleased to know the games will be on all TVs with sound, and all Texas draft beers will be $5 during World Series games. Fans can also imbibe on Orbit Juice, an Astros-inspired take on a Paloma with tequila, citrus, bitters and grapefruit for $8 during the games.
The Branch, 7710 Long Point: What’s better than Halloween candy? Halloween candy paired with craft beer and consumed while watching the Astros play. This Spring Branch spot is offering up wicked combos like Saint Arnold Brewing Company’s Raspberry AF with Pop Rocks and Brash Hammer Smashed Face with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. That’s in addition to happy hour prices all night long. The Branch is hosting a costume contest with pro photographer Jeremy Pierson of Deepfoto on hand. Winners will get grown-up treats from Saint Arnold Brewing Company. There are more traditional goodies for kids of all ages until 10 p.m. when the venue turns strictly 21-and-up. Visit the event Facebook page for additional details.
Cuchara, 214 Fairview: Halloween just got a boost because it falls on the same day as Taco Tuesday this year. All tacos are $2. Costumes are encouraged, the Astros game will be shown via projector and there will be a live DJ as well. Charlie’s Devil, a bestselling cocktail made with muddled cucumber and blackberries, tequila, lemon, and ginger soda, is on special for $5. If guests 21 or older come dressed as a devil, they’ll receive the first one for free.
Cyclone Anaya’s, multiple locations: Cyclone Anaya’s is celebrating the day with a Halloween-themed jumbo margarita for just $10—and showing the game. The Boo Rita is a jumbo house margarita with peach puree, pumpkin spice, and a shot of house tequila on top. If the sixth game is anything like the fifth, that extra tequila will be needed.
El Big Bad, 419 Travis: The Astros game starts at 7:20 p.m. and the Halloween party and costume contest—complete with three DJs and Taco Tuesday specials—happens from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. That means there’s plenty of time to enjoy tacos and dancing during and after the game. If the Astros don’t win, rest assured there will be plenty of drink choices for dulling the pain.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, 705 Main: Though the planned Halloween trivia will be sacrificed to focus on the Astros game, costumes are still encouraged. Look for Houston beer specials and—fingers crossed—a big win from the hometown team.
FM Kitchen and Bar, 1112 Shepherd: Kids of all sizes are welcome to celebrate the day and evening with Halloween celebrations and Astros watching at FM Kitchen and Bar. Watch the game inside on one of five flatscreen TVs or on the brand new 100-inch projection screen. If you prefer to sit outside, the game will be also be shown on the 3,500-square-foot patio. The restaurant will serve up special Orange and Blue Jell-O shots for $1, and a Hot Dog and 8th Wonder Dome Feaux’m beer combo for $5 during all World Series games. Halloween specials include the Goblin’s Blood cocktail—made with Crown Royal Apple & cranberry juice, and garnished with an orange peel—for $5, and a Ghoulish Burger special, made with blue cheese, onion rings, chili, and pickled jalapeños for $8.79.
The Harp,1625 Richmond: The Irish pub will be showing the game and celebrating the day with $1 off all Houston beers, along with Halloween chalkboard specials. The noshes include locally made pizzas and free candy.
Ladybird’s Bar, 5519 Allen Street: Watch the Astros (with sound) at the Heights neighborhood bar, and enjoy Halloween drink specials, too. Ladybird’s is offering $2 off all wines by the glass and all cocktails on their menu, with $1 off for draft beer. Buy one taco, get one free for Taco Tuesday.
Molina’s Cantina, 7901 Westheimer and 3801 Bellaire Boulevard: The time-honored Tex-Mex brand is both showing the Astros game and celebrating Halloween with festive get-ups and a $5 all-day special on their Molina’s Margaritas. Arrive prior to the game to take advantage of happy hour from 2 to 7 p.m. and score free chips and queso at the bar at both the Bellaire and Westheimer locations.
Mongoose vs. Cobra, 1011 McGowen: This Midtown favorite will have the game on for as long as it lasts, and the featured Tuesday cocktails will revolve around the celebration of Samhain, which Halloween is loosely based on. It’s also a stop on the Midtown Halloween pub crawl, so expect lots of costumed Astros fans to cheer with.
The Original OKRA Charity Saloon, 924 Congress: For this momentous occasion, Houston’s charity bar is bringing in a big television and offering seriously good happy hour specials all night. Those are $3 draft beers, $5 wines and $3 well drinks. Guests can feel a little better about what they spend, too. All proceeds go to The Pink Giraffe House, “a place where homeless teenagers can relax, participate in activities and escape from the harsh life on the streets.”
Peli Peli (multiple locations): All of the locations of the local South African chain (Vintage Park, Katy and the Galleria) are featuring happy hour during open business hours Halloween night (and the following night). Wines, beer and select cocktails are half-off and select appetizers are $10 each.
Sonoma Wine Bar & Restaurant, 801 Studewood and Sonoma Wine Bar, 2720 Richmond: The World Series isn’t just for sports bars. The gam will be playing at the Heights and Upper Kirby locations, and both will be celebrating Halloween all night by pouring a special wine flight paired with Halloween candy for $10.
Under the Radar Brewery, 1506 Truxillo: Opening early at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the game will be shown in the beer garden in addition to the planned Boos, Brews and Bridges event. Guests are welcome to wear costumes and bring their dogs to the event, which benefits Pup Squad Animal Rescue.
Lauren is a food writer and editor with a background in cheese and a penchant for pontificating on the joys of eating and drinking.