If you're not the type to dress up as a Game of Thrones character and binge drink in a crowded nightlife district, there are other, subtler ways to celebrate Halloween. Have a cocktail at one of several Dallas bar/restaurants rumored to have spirits lurking within. You don't have to believe in ghosts to partake; just have a sense of adventure and a mighty thirst.
5458 W. Lovers Lane
The bar at this 70-year-old movie theater has '80s vibes and maybe a spirit or two. “You can get pretty spooked out,” says Britt Clardy, who's worked at the bar nearly half a decade. “I’ve had a few moments where I’m thinking, OK, I’m going to get out of here now.” Sometimes, while in the back office, Clardy hears footsteps coming from the ceiling above him despite being alone in the building.
3526 Greenville Ave.
Legend has it that even after the original Snuffer's on Greenville was demolished and rebuilt (it reopened in 2014), ghosts that inhabited its former building remain in the cheese fry-filled restaurant. "Guests and workers often feel gusts of cold air, see doors open by themselves and hear someone call names," GuideLive reported earlier this year. "Especially when workers are ready to close the restaurant for the day, mysterious situations occur, including an appearance of a black figure and lights turning back on."
Sons of Hermann Hall
3414 Elm St.
Sons of Hermann Hall, a Texas historic landmark, opened in 1911, which gives this spot ample time to pick up a few spirits. You've no doubt heard stories of formally dressed couples walking through the front door and disappearing in the hall, echoing voices, slamming doors and pictures falling off walls. Some people believe they've seen the ghost of the building's former caretaker.
1321 Commerce St.
If you're a participant in Nightly Spirits, a local haunted bar tour, you'll hear ample stories about the Adolphus' spooky past. Hang out at the gorgeous new lobby bar and test your spiritual medium prowess over classic cocktails. The hotel is where Dallas City Hall once stood, and lord knows there's plenty of spooky stuff that happens in our city government. One website claims you could come across a “jilted bride” from the 1930s. Even if you don't spot any ghouls, it's a gorgeous place to grab a cocktail.