With Halloween right around the corner, lovers of the supernatural have already begun preparations for spook-filled celebrations. Young witches, little goblins and a wide variety of scary creatures will roam your neighborhood with “tricks or treats” in mind. In stark contrast, the adult version of Halloween often means costume parties where dunking for apples is replaced by frightfully innovative martinis and booze-laden desserts.
No matter the method of celebration, Halloween is big business. Really big business. In 2022, consumers in the United States are expected to spend an all-time high of $10.6 billion for the Halloween season, according to Statista. That’s a whole bunch of candy and costumes.
Hotels want in on the action and many have created special packages designed to entice Halloween enthusiasts to their properties. It’s time to sip away the spooky season, tea party-style. Just in time for fall, hotels across the country are offering tea parties with a haunted twist, featuring BOOzy options if you dare.
Enjoy the wickedly delicious offerings at unique venues across the country, from a Mad Hatter-esque underground bar in Downtown Los Angeles and an exquisite grand ballroom in San Diego to a wickedly enchanting tearoom in Atlanta.
Witches Tea, Le Fontainebleau Ballroom at The Westgate Hotel, San Diego, California
Ghouls, goblins and witches of San Diego, unite. The Westgate Hotel is putting a spell on its renowned Afternoon Tea experience Halloween weekend with a wicked twist on the gourmet tea setting. Come dressed in your most bewitching costume and celebrate spooky season in the downtown San Diego hotel’s haunted Le Fontainebleau Ballroom. The deliciously magical afternoon includes a tower of house-made Halloween pastries, savory tea sandwitches, a selection of gourmet teas and a host of wicked treats. Tea for the 21-plus crowd includes a glass of BOO-zy bubbles and a cash bar serving witches brews will be available at The Imperial Bar.
Dates: Oct. 28, Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Reservations can be made here.
Witches Tea at The Grand, Lobby Lounge at The Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah
Witches and wizards are invited to join a magical feast in the comfort of The Grand America Hotel’s immaculately designed Lobby Lounge, overlooking the property’s center courtyard. For six nights only, guests are encouraged to dress in their most eerie-sistible attire to enjoy exotic teas and cocoas, savories, sweets and scones prepared by the award-winning culinary team.
Dates: Oct. 22, Oct. 23, Oct. 28, Oct. 29, Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 from noon to 3:30 p.m. Reservations can be made here.
The Haunted House of Astor Afternoon Tea, Astor Court at the St. Regis Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia
Afternoon Tea is an enduring tradition found in each St. Regis address worldwide. The St. Regis Atlanta calls all Ghouls & Boys for a frightfully delightful afternoon for tea complete with a wicked brew and delicious decadents. All guests will receive one free cocktail or mocktail and are welcome to attend this celebration with their best Halloween attire.
Dates: Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Bubbles, Barrels & Tea, The Beacon Grand, San Francisco, California
Just in time for fall, Beacon Grand will introduce a Bubbles, Barrels & Tea experience every Saturday in October and November. The tasting begins with a champagne welcome glass followed by the guest’s choice of a hot tea and barrel-aged cocktail. Each hot tea and cocktail creation has been strategically paired by Beverage Manager Meg Benshalom and is an interactive DIY take on a hot toddy. Drinks are paired with delectable bites including sweet potato cake with curried apple and medjool date chutney, honey glazed goat cheese mousse with saffron preserve and candied pecan.
Dates: Every Saturday in October and November
Spooky High Tea & Highballs, Lilly Rose at The Wayfarer DTLA, Los Angeles, California
Set at Lilly Rose, a whimsical underground bar located inside The Wayfarer Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, this frighteningly delicious experience includes a tea selection and a savory and sweet tea tower featuring chef-curated specialty bites, including Deviled Eggs, Duck Confit Rillettes in Phyllo, Fig and Prosciutto, Smoked Salmon Crostini and Bourbon Spiced Apples with Vanilla Chantilly Cream. Complete with additions from French tea purveyor Dammann — Tourbillon and Rooibos Carrot Cake — along with tea-infused cocktails, Lilly Rose’s Spooky High Tea & Highballs is sure to get you in the Halloween spirit. For this experience, 24-hour advance reservations are required.
Dates: Offered every Wednesday – Sunday in October, 2 to 6 p.m. Purchase tickets here.