If you think Halloween is a children’s holiday, think again. Wearing costumes, eating candy and getting spooky is fun no matter your age.
Adult Halloween get-togethers at a friend’s house are always an option, but a few local businesses are doing the hard work of putting on killer parties so you don’t have to; when it comes to preparing for the scary day, all you have to worry about is your costume.
Popular bars and restaurants like the Padre Hotel, Temblor Brewing Company and Krush Bar & Restaurant are holding Halloween-themed events, and the Blackboard Barber Shop, a downtown newcomer, has something a little different up its sleeve for those revelers who like a bit of a trick with their treats.
These events are all on Oct. 29, so the biggest fear of the Halloween season might be picking which one to attend.
The Blackboard Barber Shop/Lucky Club Tattoo Halloween party
What better way for a new business to introduce itself to the community than by scaring the bejeezus out of it?
That wasn’t exactly the intention behind this Halloween event, which doubles as a sort of debut party for the recently opened Blackboard Barber Shop, but, hey, it works. The shop is working together with downtown neighbor Lucky Club Tattoo for a new event on Oct. 29. Guests will start at the barber shop for a haunted house, drinks from Tiki-Ko, an art show with pieces by Lucky Club tattoo artists and music from a DJ.
Barbers Chad Grady and Eddie Hernandez are two of the driving forces behind the event. It came about in conversation one day and, with support from the two presenting businesses, came together easily enough. The barber shop just opened on Oct. 10, so a Halloween party seemed a good way for the community to get to know the new business.
“It was perfect timing,” Grady said. Halloween “was the next big holiday we could do something for.”
The team at the barber shop has been working on the haunted house for about a month, though you probably won’t be able to tell if you step in for a cut or a shave in the next week. All the scares will be happening in the back part of the shop, and to tell what the haunt will be like would spoil the fun, they said, but there will be a mix of props and people scaring party-goers.
After that, the party (and for some, the scares) will continue at the tattoo parlor, where artists will create special designs for Halloween at $31 each, a steal considering the shop minimum is usually $100.
There will also be free live music at Riley’s by All A Blur, Umbrella Head, Hardship Anchors and Navanax.
Hernandez and Grady said that getting the different businesses on board was easy since they’re all friends in the downtown community.
Organizing the event wasn’t difficult either, and the barber shop employees got to work shortly after the conversation that sparked it all.
“It’s that DIY thing,” Hernandez said. “You just make it happen.”
Going to the Halloween party will be a way for the public to meet the crew behind the new barber shop, support local businesses and get in the Halloween spirit, they said.
The Blackboard Barber Shop is located at 1609 19th St. and Lucky Club Tattoo is at 1520 Wall Street Alley. The joint event is free and goes from 6 to 10 p.m., though artists at Lucky Club will begin tattooing special Halloween designs starting at 2 p.m. All ages are welcome for the haunted house, but guests must be 18 and older for tattoos and 21 and older for drinks.
Murder mystery and party at the Padre Hotel
A building as old and allegedly haunted as the Padre Hotel (1702 18th St.) makes for a good Halloween spot too. The historic building will host its ‘70s Wedding Murder Mystery Dinner, with a Halloween party at Prospect Lounge to follow for both murder mystery guests and the general public.
“Deceit and a groovy kind of love are in the air,” says a flier for the murder mystery, which will be held in the hotel’s Belvedere Room at 6 p.m. Admission to the event is $75 and includes dinner, entry to the party at Prospect and a wicked good time figuring out whodunit. Space is limited so if you’re itching to solve a (fake) crime, get your tickets soon at thepadrehotel.com/play/events.
For those who miss out on the mystery fun, the party at Prospect goes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and has a $10 cover. The night includes music by DJ Kimble and drink specials.
Second annual TemBOOlor
Over at Temblor Brewing Company (3200 Buck Owens Blvd.), it’s brews, food and fun as usual — with an added Halloween twist, of course.
From 6 to 11 p.m., the brew pub will hold its second annual TemBOOlor Halloween Party, complete with costume contests and prizes, a DJ and karaoke. Tickets are $15 and include two pints. Only those 21 and older are allowed.
Krush Bar & Restaurant’s Halloween Party
Halloween revelers who are more into wine than beer have another option: a party at Krush Bar & Restaurant (10500 Hageman Road).
The wine bar is teaming up with Hearst Ranch Winery from San Simeon for a castle-themed party from 6 to 9 p.m. For $25, guests get to choose a fall menu dish paired with Hearst wines. Beer, wine and “spooky specialty drinks” will also be available for $5.
Guests will also enjoy live music and dancing. And, because no Halloween party would be complete without one, there will also be a costume contest.