trick or treat

September 30th, 2010


Looking for something a little different for Halloween? Maybe a ghoulish puppy party or a tasty celebration of Dia de Muertos will do the trick. Go hunting for ghosts or carve a star pumpkin and get in the holiday spirit.

Washington, D.C.

Where: Park Hyatt Washington D.C.

What: Halloween Doggy Happy Hour

When: October 20, 2010

Why: Your tail will be waggin’ at the swanky DC hotel’s Halloween-themed pet costume party. Pooch-loving guests and visitors can strut their dressed dogs down the red carpet before mingling for doggy happy hour. Celebrate Halloween with your four-legged friend in comfort as part of their Paws at the Park package, available year round. (Above are images of Doggy Happy Hour; the first Halloween Doggy Happy Hour is happening October 20 with dressed up pooches.)


Where: Metropolitan London

What: Day of the Dead De-Light

When: October 25-November 2, 2010

Why: The London hot-spot is celebrating Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival and offering cocoa nib chocolate cupcakes topped with sugar skull decorations, coffin shaped chili-chocolate mud pies, and traditional Mexican tea cakes filled with dark cherries. For those lacking a sweet-tooth, there are no-bread sandwich pots containing Mexican themed fillings, including a jalapeno foam, crayfish and tequila jelly, and chicken fajita with sour cream and re-fried bean mousse. (None of the confections will hinder that costume-ready waistline.)

Santa Fe

Where: Inn on the Alameda

What: Dia de Muertos

When: October 31, 2010

Why: The charming Santa Fe inn is a great place to celebrate Dia de Muertos. The nearby Museum of International Folk Art is fêting the Latin American holiday with art projects for kids, sweet treats, and music. Grown-ups can celebrate the harvest season by stopping at the famous Santa Fe Farmer’s Market after the kids are satiated on candy.

Albuquerque, NM

Where: Hotel Parq Central

What: Halloween Festivities

When: Halloween weekend

Why: The new Albuquerque hotel is celebrating Halloween in style with a pumpkin carving contest, ghouls throughout the hotel, and special spooky cocktails in the Apothecary Lounge served on the 1930’s coffin carrier. If this isn’t eerie enough for scare-seekers, the hotel has a resident ghost.


Where: White Elephant Hotel Residences and Jared Coffin House

What: Halloween parade

When: October 31, 2010

Why: Every year kids can dress up and go trick-or-treating at the shops and stores lining Main Street. Stay at the White Elephant Hotel Residences, a family-friendly hotel located just a few blocks from the action; rates start at just $500 for a one bedroom for Oct 24-31. Or for a super spooky stay on Nantucket, the Jared Coffin House hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of the successful 19th century shipowner after which the house was named. Other ghosts are rumored to roam the halls and rooms of this historic property – room rates start at $125 on October 11-31.

San Diego

Where: Park Hyatt Aviara

What: Ghostly Gingerbread Houses

When: These beautiful houses will be on display starting the week before Halloween.

Why: For those who like treats more than tricks, this California hotel is crafting extremely detailed haunted houses made entirely of sweets. Peanut brittle steps lead up to the gingerbread house covered in frosting, candy corn, and other mouthwatering confections.

Beaver Creek

Where: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

What: Spooky cocktails

When: October 25-31, 2010

Why: In honor of the Halloween holiday, the Colorado ski lodge’s 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill’s bar is adding two eerie libations to its menu: the Swamp Thing (a smooth mint martini) and the Bloody Orange (featuring 8100’s house made blood orange sorbet). Don’t fret – the floating eyes in the Swamp Thing are made of in-house molded white chocolate.

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