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Posted: October 22, 2013

Wine walk, eat sweet & bar crawl in Portland this Halloween

Written by: Shannon Bryan

From candy to cocktails, M&Ms to malbec. Halloween is different as an adult. The importance of a wearing a costume-to-beat-all-costumes hasn’t faded over the years, except as an adult you have more freedom to incorporate things like pyrotechnics, realistically oozing flesh wounds, satanic references, and/or cleavage – depending on your creative vision.

And sure, you’ll still seek out the treats, except instead of binging on a discount bag of hardened Tootsie Rolls like you did when you were a kid, you’ll get your sweets from the fancy places (and yea, okay, still probably eat the Tootsie Rolls, too). And you’ll pair those sweets with wine, dagnabit, because you’re a grownup and ain’t nobody the boss of you!

Here are a few events taking place in Portland this Halloween where the candy is less important than what you’ll be drinking:

A Halloween Wine Walk in The Old Port

6-8 pm Oct 31 | $45 in advance/$50 day of | Restaurants in the Old Port |
On Halloween night, even grownups still appreciate dressing up in costume and diving into a pile of chocolate. Except we’d also like to dive into some wine, too. The Halloween Wine Walk is a walking tour through Portland that will focus on wine and chocolate pairings at each restaurant stop.
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Trick-Or-Treat in the Old Port

5:30 pm Oct 31 | $55 | Sweets shops, restaurants, and bars of the Old Port |
No costumes required for this trick-or-treating event with Portland Taste Tours (but if you’ve got one and want to wear it, do so). This walking tour makes stops a area sweet shops, eateries, and finishes with a drink.
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Old Port Halloween Pub Crawl

8 pm-1 am Oct 31 | $5| Starting at Bucks Nakes BBQ, 50 Wharf St., Portland |
Go door to door for treats, just like you did when you were a kid. But instead of hitting up the neighbors’ houses, hit up the neighborhood bars. The Halloween Pub Crawl, put on by the folks at PortSports, makes stops at four Old Port watering holes: Buck’s Naked BBQ, Rivalries, Brian Boru and Oasis. There will be prizes and surprises, too. And remember: Drink responsibly. Your mom never let you eat all your Halloween candy in one night, and she was a smart lady. Moderation!
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More haunted happenings

From frightening forts and haunted hayrides to costume parties and cemetery walks, there’s plenty going on around Maine this Halloween.

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