Craftsman Row Saloon at 112 S. 8th Street will launch its first-ever Halloween pop-up experience. Nightmare Before Christmas will have Jeweler’s Row Restaurant and Bar decked out in all its Halloween glory with floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall decorations, including dozens of fluttering witches’ hats, real pumpkins, black crows, giant spiders, cobwebs, flickering candles, and movie-inspired installations. With the Halloween takeover of the dining room, two new themed milkshakes are over the top and feature elaborate decorations, giant cookies and more. On the Halloween menu of food additions, look for pumpkin macaroni and cheese, witches chicken sandwich, Jack’s burger, mummy dog and more. At the bar, look for a special menu of potions and cocktails, including a sweet corn martini and cocktails made with real pumpkins. For brother-sister duo George and Vasiliki Tsiouris, Halloween is one of their favorite times of the year. They wanted to do it before the pandemic, and now it seemed like the time to do it. All the spooky fun will continue until October 31, when the two owners quickly begin work on their award-winning Christmas pop-up which will debut on November 7. Hours are Wednesday through Thursday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations are now available on Opentable.
“We have have transformed the space into a Halloween destination and serve up fun and delicious scares,” George said. “We love the movie and wanted to celebrate our favorite elements through decorations, food and drink – all elements for a truly unique and whimsical experience. Arousing all the senses for Halloween, Craftsman Row Saloon offers a pop-up new Nightmare before Christmas experience. We’re nationally known for our floor-to-ceiling decoration and delicious and creative offerings of burgers, drinks and milkshakes for the Christmas season, and now we wanted to present something for all Halloween enthusiasts. “
For decor and ambiance, Craftsman Row Saloon is already known as one of Philadelphia’s most ornate Christmas restaurants and bars. After pop-ups earlier this year for Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day and Shore Season, Craftsman is back for its first-ever Halloween pop-up experience. Along with the decorations come not one, but two Nightmare Before Christmas themed milkshakes, along with new drinks and spooky cocktails.
Movie characters such as Jack Skellington, Sally and the Boogie Man hang in your thoughts with witches hats and dangling spiders ready to weave the webs of festive energy.
Inside for #spookyszn vibes, look for dozens of witches hats of all shapes and sizes, whimsical skeletons, spider webs, movie-inspired installations, twinkling lights, giant hairy spiders, crows blacks, spooky Christmas decorations, dozens of pumpkins, graveyard stones, flying bats and more.
The space was imagined, designed and drawn by George’s wife, Annette, and from there the flow was established in the food, drink and milkshake menus. The outer street begins the Halloween experiences decorated in appalling delight.
For your viewing pleasure, look for two over-the-top themed milkshakes this time around, including:
Bassetts Chocolate Ice Cream with Crushed Oreos, Homemade Jack Cookies, Black Rock Candy, Oreo Cookie Crumble, Black Sprinkles
Bassetts Pumpkin Ice Cream and Donut Crumble, Vampire Donut, Rock Candy, Halloween Sprinkles
From the kitchen, find the full menu of comfort food favorites, plus Halloween additions, like:
Haunted Mac $14
Jack’s burger $16
Two crushed patties, American cheese, maple confit bacon, pumpkin aioli, pumpkin seed filling, Martin potato roll (can be made vegetarian)
Crispy chicken breast, cheddar cheese, caramel, carrot-apple salad, martin potato roll
Mummy dog $11
Munster roll $13
Matcha breaded chicken fillets, pickle-tomato-onion relish, ketchup, hot dog roll, sweet potato fries
All of the above will be available on the wider full menu of Comfort Food Staples along with all other Craftsman Row Saloon dishes which include Dorito-wrapped mozzarella sticks, award-winning burgers and fiery buffalo macaroni and cheese. As the perfect pairing with shakes, for all the sweet tooth George also recommends trying the Fried Chicken Donut with Glazed, American Bacon, Maple Syrup and the Mac Daddy Burger with smashed patties that are smothered and dripping with macaroni. with cheese on a martin potato roll.
For the spookiest drinks and potions of the season, look for these menu additions:
vodka, apple cider, lemon, grenadine, syringe souvenir
Pumpkin Margarita $15
tequila, pumpkin spice, ginger, lemon,
served in pumpkin
Sally’s Brewery $14
red wine sangria, cognac, autumn fruits, mint,
Mayor’s mule $13
fireball, honey, lime, ginger beer, marshmallow topping
Boogie Manhattan $15
crown apple, caramel, sweet vermouth spritz, crushed peanuts
Bloody Mary topped with celery, olive eyes,
tomato, lettuce, lemon, lime, pickle, candied bacon
Sandy Claws Warmer $13
spiced rum, hot maple tea, amaretto, lemon
Candy Corn Martini $15
homemade vodka, pineapple, whipped cream
Frankenstein (shot) $12
tequila, lime root, souvenir skull glass
Tripe (shot) $11
raspberry gin, apple, honey-lemon, crushed strawberries
Decorations and special menu items are available until October 31. Hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.