Dining and Drink

13 spooky food and drink events for the week of Halloween

Tuesday, Oct. 22
For some modern-day potions brewing, attend Halloween Mixology at the Icon Restaurant and Tapas Bar. As part of the establishment's holiday mixology series, guests will learn how to stir (or shake) up some unique, delicious cocktails appropriate for the witching season. Take home recipes to impress your friends and sample all the drinks taught in the class. $15. 7-9 p.m. Click here for more information

To experience a more literal take on "Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting," head to What is Food and Who Decides? Insects as Food at the Meadowridge Madison Public Library. Listen to a panel of experts on food regulation and entomophagy as they discuss the political and cultural ideas surrounding insect-based cuisine. While to some it might sound spine-chilling, food systems around the world incorporate insects, and those in the U.S. may very well begin to do so as well. Taste test some bug-based bites served by L'Etoile alumni Andy Jack and Toby Lun, and learn about entomophagy's future in the U.S. 6 p.m. Click here for more information

Tuesday is jam-packed with one-of-a-kind classes. If you don't drink and aren't quite ready to embrace insect-eating, educate yourself on the benefits of mushrooms at Mushrooms in the Kitchen and Apothecary. Held at the Lakeview Madison Public Library, Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs will lead this workshop. Attendees will learn about the healing and nourishing powers of mushrooms, and take home a tonic made in-class at the end. 5-7:30 p.m. Click here for more information

Thursday, Oct. 24
Get caffeinated as you watch baristas at Colectivo on the Square work their magic at the #MADHallowTNT Latte Art Competition. Costumes are highly encouraged at this "Thursday Night Throwdown" competition, and those who come in costume get a stab at winning a Colectivo prize pack. Admission includes two drinks and a T-shirt. $5. 6:30-10 p.m. Click here for more information

Or, journey into the unknown while enjoying a prix fixe dinner. Head to The Wise Restaurant & Bar for an astounding Seance Dinner, complete with a meal prepared by executive chef Mark Mastain. This theatrical recreation of a Victorian-era divination will feature magician Lochlan Masters, and allow guests to participate in the seance first-hand. A second performance of this show will take place Friday, Oct. 25. $60. 6-9 p.m. Click here for more information

Friday, Oct. 25
Sometimes, the only things that go bump in the night are all the Halloween parties going on around town. Kick off the weekend by attending one, such as A Killer Halloween Party at DLUX. Featuring festive specialty cocktails like the "Basic Witch" and "Embalming Fluid" at the open bar, this 21-and-older event highly encourages costumes and will include complimentary snacks. $40. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Click here for more information

Halloween began as a Celtic celebration that involved lighting bonfires to ward off spirits. So keep the spirits in All Hallows' Eve this year and attend the 2nd Annual Bourbon & Bones Festival at the Edgewater. Sample the works of J. Henry & Sons, Maker’s Mark Distillery, and Buffalo Trace Distillery among others, and enjoy live music, food and cocktails at this 21-and-older event. $12. 5-9 p.m. Click here for more information

This party celebrates the season while benefiting arthritis support and research. Head to Arthritis Foundation Bone Bash at Goodman Community Center's Brass Works building for a costume contest, drinks, food and games. Proceeds from this festive fundraiser go toward the Arthritis Foundation and Camp MASH (Make Arthritis Stop Hurting), a Wisconsin Dells camp for children with the disease. $75. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Click here for more information

Saturday, Oct. 26
While heads will undoubtedly roll at Freak Fest 2019 on State Street Saturday, the city hosts several other bashes that night. Stop by FIVE Nightclub for Fright Night Halloween Party, for one. Entertainment will include the Dairyland Dancers, Drag UNREFINED and a DJ, plus $1,000 in cash and prizes is on the table for the costume contest. $5 cover charge. 6 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Click here for more information

Across the Square from Freakfest, The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. will host a Halloween Costume Contest. Live music will feature Madison hip-hop group the Beat Chefs, and the first place winner of the contest will receive a $200 cash prize. Come dressed to possess and dance the night away. $5 cover charge. 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Click here for more information

For daytime libations, take part in Halloween AllDay3Way hosted by Next Door Brewing Co., One Barrel Brewing Co. and Karben4 Brewing. Pick up a punch card at any of the three locations and start sipping. Participants who complete the punch card will receive a pint glass with the companies' logos that are filled with candy, appealing to the trick-or-treater in us all. Costumes are encouraged, and the event will take place both Saturday and Sunday. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Click here for more information

Sunday, Oct. 27
Those filling out an AllDay3Way punch card Sunday can also take part in the Pumpkin Carving Contest at Next Door Brewing Co. The brewery will supply free pumpkins to those who arrive early, but come equipped with your own carving tools and creativity. Customers will vote on the best designs, and Next Door Brewing Co. will announce the winner on Oct. 30. 3-7 p.m. Click here for more information

Keep those carving tools close for another chance to craft the perfect jack-o'-lantern, and hit up Halloween Pumpkin Carving on the Banzo patio. This family-friendly carving event will feature friendly competition as well, with a separate kids' competition. Banzo will supply a limited number of pumpkins, and offer a two-for-one beer special as well as hot spiked apple cider. Noon-5 p.m. Click here for more information


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