El Dia de los Muertos — it's kind of like Halloween, only with more tequila.
Don't fear the reaper, or the language barrier. Just check out these deadly Dia de los Muertos events.
Every year, this small Somerville chocolate shop is reborn as a the home of the living dead — at least for the afternoon. Join the costumed procession (led by a Mariachi band) from Union Square to their home near Inman Square, or just meet there for free Mexican hot chocolate, samples from Clown Shoes Beer and Milagro tequila, a selection of Latin food, and, yes, more mariachis.
Sat Nov 2 1-6p. 561 Windsor St., Inman Square (617-284-2232). Free here.
While your friends scramble to accessorize their Halloween costumes (pro tip: keep it simple with these ideas), you'll be kicking off the festivities a day early. The only accessory you'll need for this party — Patrón tequila tastings, a margarita reception, and three-course Mexican fusion dinner from Chef Andy Husbands — is a date.
Wed Oct 30 6-10p. 647 Tremont St., South End (617-266-4600). $36.49 here.
Russell House Tavern
Remember how excited you used to get for Halloween candy? That's kind of how we feel about mezcal, which explains why were excited to hit up Russell House's event. In addition to passed hors d'oeuvres (shrimp tostada, oysters, carnitas skewers), your ticket includes a flight of four Del Maguey mezcals and two cocktails made with Mexico's signature liquor.
Thu Oct 31 9p. 14 JFK St., Harvard Square (617-500-3055). $25 here.
Sugar highs are great, but your baby Kit Kats can't get it done like Rosa Mexicano can. Trade in your pail of processed sugar for for the week-long Dia de los Muertos menu featuring fall guacamole (with roasted apples, pears, and toasted almonds), pan-seared dry sea scallops, and El Diablo Ahumado, made with Ancho chile-infused tequila, blood orange, apricot brandy, and cinnamon.
Oct 27-Nov 3. 155 Seaport Blvd., Seaport (617-476-6122).