Delray Beach Celebrates Halloween

Day of the Dead is as much the Mexican Halloween as Cinco de Mayo is the Mexican Fourth of July. Which is to say it isn’t. 

The souls of our beloved departed, the focus of Mexico’s Día de los Muertos altars and sweets, may not appreciate the comparison. The two-day holiday, which lands on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 1 and 2, is about commemorating our late loved ones with their favorite culinary treats on the days when their souls are expected to visit. No tricks involved.

If those late loved ones enjoyed a good party, they’ll find plenty of celebrations in Palm Beach County. Follow the sugar skulls to these local spots.

Las Catrinas

Delray Beach

This restaurant takes its name from the stylish skeletal figurine that’s the Day of the Dead’s most ubiquitous icon, La Catrina. On Tuesday, Las Catrinas will host a family-friendly bash and invites the public to “don honorary costumes.” (A face-paint artist will be there to embellish your look.)

The night kicks off at 6 p.m. with deejay-spun tunes that will segue to mariachi sounds from the trio Mariachi Voces de America at 7 p.m.

As for bites, the night’s best deal will be the $5 tacos. (It’s Tuesday, after all.) There will be $5 margaritas for the pairing.

Las Catrinas: 3035 S. Federal Hwy, Delray Beach, 561-894-8716

Viva La Playa

Lake Worth Beach

This hip, Latin American-inspired restaurant is having a family-friendly, beachside Día de los Muertos party Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. today.  

Expect a mariachi band, Mexican bites, tequila and mezcal tastings, face painting and other offerings. 

Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door and $10 for minors and those under 21. Tickets are available online at EventBrite.com (search “Dia de los Muertos at Viva La Playa”). 

Viva La Playa: 10 S. Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth Beach, 561-247-7245    

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Calaveras Cantina

Jupiter and Boca Raton

They’re mashing up the holidays at Calaveras Cantina. The Mexican-themed restaurant is throwing a “Viva Los Muertos Halloween Party” Saturday today at both of its locations.

Expect a splashy costume contest with prizes ($200 gift card for first place) and a dance music soundtrack courtesy of onsite deejays. For pairing with Calavera’s Mexican menu, the bar will be pouring black margaritas called The Kiss of Death. It’s made with spicy Ghost Tequila, lime, agave nectar, activated charcoal and finished with a crushed hibiscus and pop rock rim.

In Jupiter, the party goes from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. In Boca Raton, it goes from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Calaveras Cantina: In Jupiter at 125 Dockside Circle, at Harbourside Place (561-320-9661); in Boca Raton at 490 Plaza Real, at Mizner Park (561-576-2132)

Rocco’s Tacos

With four locations in the county, Rocco’s Tacos is toasting to the Day of the Dead holiday through Tuesday with a kicky specialty cocktail it calls Ghost de Muerte. How kicky? It’s made with ghost pepper-infused tequila, lime juice, blood orange, agave syrup and Black Sea salt. 

If you prefer mezcal, Monday is your day. Everything from mezcal margaritas to flights to single shots are half-price that day each week. On Tuesdays, the restaurant offers all-you-can-eat tacos for $18.99 along with $16 margarita pitchers and other drink deals.

Rocco’s Tacos: For information about Rocco’s locations in Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach and Boca Raton, visit RoccosTacos.com 


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Avocado Cantina

Palm Beach Gardens

This north county restaurant, which debuted on Day of the Dead last year, is celebrating an anniversary “fiesta” with a Halloween theme today.

Expect costumes, live mariachi music at 7 p.m. and DJ Jeffrey Michaels, who will play Halloween favorites and Top 40 tunes starting at 8 p.m. There will also be specialty menu items and plenty of margaritas. Reservations are strongly suggested by the restaurant.

Avocado Cantina: 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., at Downtown Palm Beach Gardens, 561-766-2430

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Source : https://www.dispatch.com/story/entertainment/dining/2021/10/28/day-dead-restaurants-celebrate-mexicos-holiday-parties/8549759002/

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