2014 – Halloween Culinary Haunts in Los Angeles

IMG_0980Here are some great spots to get into a festive and spooky Halloween spirit –

Sonoma Wine Garden Halloween
A Halloween bash will be held on the rooftop deck of Santa Monica Place on Friday, Oct. 31 starting at 9 p.m. Mixologist Rob Floyd will make his signature libations, and guests are invited to dance the night away to beats by DJ LE. Tickets start at $50 and include a complimentary house wine or beer. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sonoma-halloween-party-tickets-13716104237. 395 Santa Monica Place #300. (424)214-4560.

Halloween at Andaz West Hollywood

Tarot card reader Sterling Mire will offer free readings to members of the public and hotel guests on Friday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Andaz West Hollywood. Participants must sign-up for readings in the hotel lounge, located on the first level. Visitors can also mingle at the Riot House Bar and enjoy happy hour specials prior to the readings. Sterling strives to help clients discover their inner selves and fulfill their greatest desires. Valet and self-parking is available. 8401 Sunset Blvd. (323)656-1234.


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The spirit and voodoo of New Orleans has arrived in Hollywood with the mystique of an old saloon and the sounds of blues at the Sassafras Saloon. The party on Halloween, Oct. 31, runs from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Guests can order specially priced Voodoo punch and Halloween cocktails. Reverend Tall Tree will perform live blues music, and a tarot card and fortune teller will entertain guests. A costume contest will also be held with prizes such as $100, $50, $25 bar tabs. 1233 N. Vine St. (323)467-2800.



UntitledFour Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Visitors who celebrate Halloween in costume on Friday, Oct. 31 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m will receive a 25 percent discount on food and beverages at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. The bar’s mixologists are creating a special pumpkin spice martini for Halloween made with Fireball whiskey. Guests who take a photo of themselves in costume and post it on Instagram using the hashtag #FSHalloween will receive a cocktail priced $5. There is no cover charge for the Halloween soirée and costume contest, and guests can win prizes. 2 Dole Drive, Westlake Village. (818)575-3000.

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The outdoor patio at Firefly will be turned into an eerie haven for Halloween revelers on Friday, Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Special menu items will be available along with regular dinner service. The festive dishes and cocktails include a complimentary Amuse and liquid eyeball ravioli, or gelled watermelon mojitos topped with carbonated sugar and mint leaf. Guests with a sweet tooth can enjoy a dessert called “Listen to Me” that is made with peanut butter and white chocolate mousse “ear” dripping and raspberry and black currant “blood.” Parties of four or more who dine from 5 to 7 p.m. will receive a complimentary bottle of Cava when they share a celebratory photograph via Instagram, using the hashtag #FireflyHalloween. Costumes are not required, but guests are encouraged to dress up for the celebration. 11720 Ventura Blvd. (818)762-1833.


image008-2Family Fun in Malibu
Ghosts, ghouls and goblins are welcome to celebrate Halloween at the Malibu Pier on Friday, Oct. 31 from 2 to 5 p.m. Children are welcome to enjoy complimentary pumpkin carving at the Malibu Farm café before heading over for a sugar fix at the Malibu Beach Supply Co. Executive chef Jason Fullilove, of the Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar, will also prepare items from a decadent children’s menu. 23000 Pacific Coast Highway. (310)456-8031.


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Tortilla Republic is hosting its annual “Boo Ball” on Friday, Oct. 31 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., with specialty cocktails and bites, live music, a photo booth and festive décor. Menu items include seared albacore tuna bites with an ancho chile crust, mango and radish slaw, avocado and salted chili lime. Tortilla Republic’s “Boo Sliders” are three mini hamburgers made with premium American Wagyu beef, roasted poblano chile, caramelized onion, chipotle aioli, watercress and sweet potato fries with cilantro and lime zest. The prime tenderloin steak taco is made with a fajita rub, salsa de mesa and tequila slaw. Festive margaritas will also be available. 616 N. Robertson Blvd. (310)657-9888.

W Hollywood Halloween
On Oct. 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., the W Hollywood is hosting a costume party and hotel-wide haunted house. Guests can celebrate in multiple rooms with different types of music. Tickets range from $25 to $1,200. The Silver Package includes a reserved table, two bottles of the guest’s choice, and four general admission tickets. On Nov. 1 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., a Day of the Dead celebration will be held complete with a costume party and Top 40, hip-hop and house music. 6250 Hollywood Blvd. (323)798-1300.

slide1Día de Los Muertos at Gracias Madre
Gracias Madre executive chef Chandra Gilbert and beverage director Jason Eisner will celebrate the Day of the Dead on Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with traditional and not so traditional offerings. Diners can enjoy the Pan de Muerto, a traditional sweet bread placed on altars and eaten at brunch, and a pumpkin cake with candied pumpkin and piloncillo glaze with vegan cinnamon ice cream. Drink specials include “Shot and a Beer”, in which guests will receive a pint from the restaurant’s fall draft selection paired with a vegan cucumber mint margarita jello shot that is shaped like a skull. It will be served with spicy chili salt and a cucumber wheel. 8905 Melrose Ave. (323)978-2170.

Halloween at The Wellesbourne
The Wellesbourne is holding its 4th annual “Jeepers Creepers” Halloween bash on Friday, Oct. 31. The Westside bar will be transformed from an elegant English manor house into a goose bump-inducing haunted mansion, with Selvarey spirits flowing from 6 to 9 p.m. Guests can enjoy complimentary tastings of Selvarey’s Panamanian white and cacao sipping rums with co-founder Marc Gold. DJ Eric Sharp will spin throwbacks, contemporary remixes and monster mash tunes, and party-goers can participate in a costume contest with prizes. Photographs can also be taken in a Halloween themed photo booth or by The Wellesbourne’s professional photographer. There is a $10 cover charge for guests who arrive after 9 p.m., and they will receive one complimentary glass of Selvarey Rum’s special Jeepers Creepers punch. 10929 W. Pico Blvd. (310)474-0102.


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