Treat Yourself for Halloween

There are a lot of great events going on in Boston this Halloween weekend.  Here are a few that Gastronomy students might enjoy:

The Rise


Soooo many pumpkins!  Over 5,000 hand carved pumpkins will be displayed at Boston’s Seaport Hotel and World Trade center this weekend (Oct 27- Oct 30).  Can you imagine all of the pumpkin pies and roasted pepitas made from the innards? Click the link above to check tickets and times.

Rosebud Kitchen


Get a candy treat topped milkshake from this Davis Sq. gem this Halloween.  You can even  trick it out with a shot of Evan Williams Bourbon!  Get more details at

The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show

A real Whodunit?  Solve the murder mystery this Halloween with the Dinner Detective.  This interactive dinner show will have you playing Sherlock Holmes while you fill your belly!  For tickets and private shows at the link above.

Boston Chocolate Tours


It’s like trick or treat or adults!  Take a chocolate tour through Back Bay or quench that Cupcake craving with a crawl before the evening festivities begin.  These tours are held seasonally every Saturday.

Dining in the Dark


Dine in the dark at the Hampshire House in Boston.  This 100-year-old Victorian townhome is the perfect setting for a spooky blindfolded dinner!  Built in 1910, the Hampshire House has accommodated Bostonians for generations; it HAS to be haunted right?  Click the link for tickets!

Celebrating the Holidays in the City

Whatever your reason (thesis writing, anthropology research, price of plane ticket, and/or the impending nor’easter) for staying in the city this holiday week, there’s no reason to miss out on the celebrations. From fine dining to festive shows, living in this bustling city has its perks and the holiday season is no exception. So skip that microwave dinner (do gastronomes even dare purchase such things?) and enjoy these seven tips for surviving, and enjoying, the holidays in the city.

1. Start the holiday off by going to the giant Menorah lighting in the Boston Commons.

photo by the Boston Globe

2. Take a walk in the relatively tourist-free Boston Commons and then go for a skate on the now frozen Frog Pond! Bring your own skates and admission only costs $5 or you can rent a pair for an additional $9.

photo by Joyce Kingman

3. Wake up early on Thanksgiving morning and tune into the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. No TV necessary, you can watch it online!

photo by ABC News

4. Scrambling for dinner plans? Plenty of restaurants are open for the holiday and a few, like the Beehive and Legal Sea Foods, are serving up traditional Thanksgiving Dinners with all the fixings for relatively student-friendly prices. Find more traditional turkey dinners here.

photo by The Beehive

5. Go visit the pilgrims at Plimoth Plantation and get a second helping of traditional and possibly puritanical New England Thanksgiving fare (the menu includes things like ciderkin, a pottage of cabbage, native corn pudding, and stewed Pompion. Yum!).

photo by Bon Appetit

6. Get your holiday light show and cute zoo animal fix in one! Starting Thursday, November 28th, New England Stone Zoo’s opens its doors for its annual ZooLights event complete with festive holiday decor, reindeer, and arctic foxes!

photo by Zoo New England

7. No matter what you celebrate, end the weekend with a full stomach by attending the “Everybody Loves Latkes Party!” Head on over to Brattle Plaza in Harvard Square, Sunday, December 1st from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM to sample a diverse array of traditional and Thanksgiving-themed potato pancakes. Apple sauce and sour cream provided.

photo by Nosh On It

Have a safe and happy holiday and be sure to share your delicious celebrations on the BU Gastronomy Twitter and Instagram accounts using the hashtag #bugastronomy!