Food And Drinks

Halloween 2020: Where to Eat, Drink, and Dress Up in Detroit


Like everything else, Halloween in Detroit will see a COVID-19 overhaul in 2020. Packed parties with dancing and apple wiggling are just not safe this year, nor is there any knocking on the door for the traditional trick or treating. It may feel a bit like Halloween was canceled this year, but it’s still there. It just wears a pumpkin-printed cloth mask with a lot of physical distance. Here’s a handy guide on how to celebrate Metro Detroit’s scary season.

What’s up with trick or treating this year?

Trick or treat is not prohibited in Detroit. However, state and local health officials urge families to take additional precautions. According to the city, people must wear a mask over their mouth and nose (not a costume mask). Groups should take care to wash hands or wear hand sanitiser and keep a distance of two meters between themselves and anyone outside their household. The city also recommends distributing bags of candy on a table or some distance away, rather than handing candy face to face at the door. Highly frequented areas should be disinfected regularly. People throwing parties should consider keeping them outdoors and limiting the number of people at these gatherings. For more information on how to distribute candy safely, visit

Are you looking for alternatives to the usual trick-or-treating approach? Families can register for Saturday, October 24th (Not-Sun) Spooky Saturday at Robert C. Valade Park, hosted by the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. The event features a pumpkin patch, children’s music, creepy children’s yoga, children’s stories, and candy bags. The city is also setting up several trick-or-treating locations.

Which restaurants, cafes and bars do Halloween things?

People: The Corktown Market-Cafe Folk sells carved pumpkins, decorative corn and cider for the fall, as well as a special Halloween cooperation package with the Film Lab in Hamtramck. The Fright Night Movie and Treats package includes two virtual passes to stream the 12-hour shift, plus spooky cookies, caramel corn and umami bomb popcorn spices, caramel apples, peanut butter cups, popcorn and cider. Order everything online for $ 50 or buy the package by the window.

Second best: Brush Park Bar Second Best is taking reservations for a pumpkin carving party on Saturday, October 24th in aid of Covenant House in Detroit. Buy a ticket online for a table for two. Each reservation includes two pumpkins, a carving set, a mug of beer and roasted pumpkin seeds. There are also pumpkins for sale a la carte, as well as hot buttered cider, wooden bags and s’more kits, and free pumpkin painting for kids.

Pie Sci: The pizzeria has Halloween specials with names like Shellraiser and the Munster Squad on rotation throughout the month. Call 313-818-0290 in advance to place an order for roadside collection.

The film laboratory: Bar and Cinema The Film Lab features spooky Halloween movies with screenings of Evil Dead 2, Labyrinth, Nightmare on Elm Street and more throughout the month of October. Tickets can be bought online and drinks are available on site. On Wednesday October 28th, Tim Burton fans can play Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas in the heated tent at Honest John’s.

Matt & Mo’s: Hazel Park’s Italian beef sandwich stand is celebrating All Hallows Eve with a kid-friendly to-go menu with screamsicles (soft ice cream with vanilla and orange cream in a bag, cup or milkshake), ice cream sandwiches sprinkled with Halloween, and apple cider mud and donut sundae . Costumes are recommended on Saturday October 31st.

Tangent gallery: The party at Tangent will take place on Saturday, October 31st, from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. in a new outdoor beer garden. It offers live music and art. Costumes are recommended and masks are required. The coverage fee is $ 20.

Alley Deck: A costume party on the theme of Haunted House will take place on the roof of the Magic Stick on Saturday, October 24th, from 9pm to 2am. Masks are required, as are social distancing and disinfection. Groups are limited to a maximum of eight people. Food and drinks are available at the bar and at Sgt. Pepperoni. This is a 21+ event with live music and a $ 10 door fee.

Detroit City Distillery: Eastern Market’s Detroit City Distillery is saying goodbye to its street bar on Saturday October 31st with a Halloween party of music, a costume contest with prizes, and food from the Midnight Temple.

Sister Pie: Buckwheat cookies swap chocolate chips for kit kat chunks and orange and black M & Ms all week at this West Village bakery. Pre-order six packs online.

Lost River: Get a spooky horror movie-themed cocktail to take away from Lost River. Choose from options like Wicker Man or It Follows and order online for pickup.

Louisa: Let the local baker Brenna Welch deliver autumn pastries directly to your door. This week’s goodies include caramel corn krispies and cream cheese brownies with orange and black sprinkles. Place orders online.

Honcho: This Clarkston restaurant has four packs of Halloween-themed donuts that can be pre-ordered online. Choices include Boo Berry (blueberry lemon cheesecake filling, topped with frosting and a creepy fondant eye), Mummy (cookies and cream filled and wrapped in icing), Vampire (raspberry filling and icing), and Moonstruck (chocolate Crunch whip filled with icing, a fondant moon and a chocolate tree).

Schramms Mead: This Meadery in Ferndale sells fall cheese boards to take away with special treats like Dare Maple Leaf Cream Biscuits, Caramel Cheddar Popcorn Mix, Sweet Corn and Pretzels. Order online by the roadside.

• We asked Heath experts about the safest trick or treating methods in 2020 [E]
• Trick-or-treating makes Detroit’s list of high-risk Halloween activities [ED]
• Michigan officials urge families to wear appropriate face masks for Halloween trick or treating [ED]


Dusty Kennedy