Halloween activities abound this weekend and we have the best parties all picked out for you in our annual Halloween guide. But if parties aren't your bag of treats, don't fret: There's still plenty else coming up to keep you busy.
Please try not to end up like this jack-o-lantern this weekend.
The weekly Urban Harvest Farmers Market (3000 Richmond at Eastside) is hosting its 6th annual Fall Festival tomorrow, October 30, starting at 8 a.m. and running until noon. Costumes -- especially for the kids -- are encouraged, and even the farmers themselves will be in their Halloween finest as participants enjoy a live cooking demo and live music by Chris Collins.
Saturday evening will find the bars along lower Westheimer in especially good spirits as they host the 4th annual Montrose Crawl starting at 6 p.m. with dinner at Brasil and ending at midnight with late-night sliders at Little Big's. Best costume prizes will be awarded along the way, so make sure to dress up to the nines and hit all nine stops.
Looking for something with a little less emphasis on pub crawling but just as much emphasis on fabulous prizes? Head out to Branch Water Tavern (510 Shepherd) on Saturday night starting at 7 p.m. for its first annual Halloween bash. In addition to music from DJ Wine-O (a.k.a. beverage director Evan Turner) and classy cocktails, prizes will be awarded at 10:30 p.m. to those with the best costumes. First place gets a private chef tasting for four by Executive Chef David Grossman and a bottle of Maker's Mark, while second place doesn't do too shabby, either: a private cocktail class for six, hosted by Turner and a bottle of Maker's Mark.
On Halloween night, RA Sushi (3908 Westheimer) will host Boo Bash 2010 starting at 8 p.m. and running trhough midnight. It's basically one giant happy hour -- with half-price sushi, rolls and appetizers along with particularly potent drink specials -- with Halloween costumes. What's not to love? DJ Sun will be spinning all night long and a $50 gift card will be given away to the best costume, so dress accordingly.
Once you're over your week-long hangover, start your Christmas shopping a little early next weekend at Dirk's Coffee (4005 Montrose) when the coffee shop hosts Cup 'o Caring, a pottery sale benefiting the Houston Food Bank. Dozens of handmade mugs from the students at Foelber Pottery will be for sale, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Food Bank. Gifting a mug or two to friends means you'll be giving in more than one way. The sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 6.
The next Tuesday, November 9, head out to the Armadillo Palace (5015 Kirby) to kick off the founding of Foodways Texas in style. From 6 to 9 p.m., join former Houston Press food critic and his friends Chris Shepherd, Levi Goode, Randy Evans, Bryan Caswell and Rebecca Masson as they screen a new film, Good Better Best, and raise funds for the brand new Foodways Texas alliance. Tickets are $150 and the money goes to help preserve Texas' food culture, so pony up.