Halloween is at the end of October so we can spend the whole month in delicious anticipation. Restaurants across Tucson understand the assignment: whether using pumpkin flavor or spooky designs, they’re making special treats for us to celebrate the season.
For this month only, Coffee Times is now Spookie Times. They're offering a different Halloween-themed drink item every week, as well as a menu of autumnal pastries from Houlden's Rise Above Vegan Bakery. Maple pecan pop-tarts, chai snickerdoodles, and pumpkin streusel loaves are just a few of these options!
- Oct. 10-16: Mummy Mocha (WRAPPED in caramel swirl)
- Oct. 17-23: Haunted House Chai
- Oct. 24-30: Witches Cold Brew
- Oct. 31: Great Pumpkin Macchiato
dedicated. A gluten free bakery and coffee shop.
dedicated. has a cornucopia of fall-themed menu items, from their creepy-cute sugar cookies and cupcakes to a Thanksgiving sammy and gingerbread latte. Their entire menu is gluten-free, and many items (including the cupcakes) are dairy-free or vegan.
Pro-tip: Order the cookies in advance, because they sell out FAST.
Deliciocho has some of the most creative Halloween foods in Tucson. Here are some of them:
- Churro ice cream sandwiches with Halloween sprinkles and "ghost slime"
- 16-inch "machete" quesobirria-style tacos
- Monstrous "La Chupacabra" birria tortes with Flamin' Hot Tostitos AND nacho cheese, and topped with two olives "which give it the appearance that this sorta just might bite back," the Deliciocho team says
Hub Ice Cream Parlor
Hub has concocted a flight of festive flavors. Kids (and kids at heart) will love their “trick-or-treat” candy bowl ice cream, while I'm captivated by their elegant coconut ash and orange vanilla scoops. And, of course, is it fall without pumpkin spice ice cream?
The Parish goes all-out on a New Orleans-themed Halloween party every year. The menu will have themed entrees as well as cocktails, although they have yet to release a preview. (Rumor has it the team is preoccupied getting The Delta ready by early November!) Pro tip: this Saturday they are only accepting reservations for parties of 6 or more.
If you haven't been, Roadhouse Cinemas has decked out their lobby with Halloween decor, making even a classic strawberry-topped cheesecake look macabre by placing bloody letters on the cake case. Only one menu item, however, is explicitly made for tricks and treats: the black, “Venom” cocktail is made with vodka, raspberry and peach liqueurs, lime juice, Sierra Mist and blackberry syrup.
Check their Instagram for the pop-up's current locations
Tucson's favorite tajin-fueled snackery is celebrating spooky season with creepy cakesicles and a "PURO FUEGO" coffin filled with spicy-sour candies and topped with a skeleton.
Pumpkin patch gems
Cafe a la C’art
Cafe a la C'art is taking pumpkin spice beyond the latte, to cream soda.
Pro tip: Savor Tucson's beautiful October weather with your pumpkin drinks on Cafe a la C'art's quaint patio.
Lindy’s on 4th
The burgermeister, mad scientist of the sandwich, has graced Tucson with a spooky burger of the month, topped with deep fried pumpkin ravioli and ricotta cheese. Feel devilish indulging with a chai pumpkin spice milkshake.
Rollies Mexican Patio
While we just said a horchata latte is superior to a pumpkin spice latte, if anyone can make the best of both worlds, it's Rollies. They also bring the spice to their iconic concha ice cream sandwiches.
Not only is Roma Imports extending Oktoberfest through the end of the month with menu items like schnitzel and rotkohl, they're also bringing back the pumpkin puff! It looks like a spin on a whoopie pie. Whoopie!
This pumpkin ice cream actually uses the spooky squash as an ingredient — not just an amalgam of pie spices.
Sullivan's Eatery and Creamery
While Hub and The Screamery are hometown ice cream heroes, our food writer would love to send a little love to Sullivan's. They do a seasonal flavor for each holiday. This fall, they're doing pumpkin.