- Gracias Madre is selling a cocktail party kit for Angelenos to bring home and enjoy on Halloween and Day of the Dead. Each kit comes with a signature can of Purista Margarita for two, a mini bottle of Bruxo Mezcal, plus house-made salsa, fresh guacamole and skull chocolates made by executive chef Mario Alberto. For those who decide to dine on Gracias Madre’s beautiful patio on Halloween, come in costume and see the Dia de los Muertos altar. Have your photos taken in the Halloween photo booth and enter your photo and contact information into a drawing. A winner will be chosen on Nov. 1. The winning costume will receive a $100 Gracias Madre gift card. Order for pickup or delivery by calling the restaurant or go to their website . 8905 Melrose Ave., (323)978-2170.
2. Vampire Pizza – On Halloween weekend, Oct. 30-31, enjoy an immersive pizza party with food, a story and game for two people for $32.99 per person. There is also a party of four for $27.99 per person. Hours are Friday at 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For those outside the delivery zone, pick up your party kit at Ghost Pizza Kitchen. Reserve your package online. 7751 1/2 Melrose Ave.
3. Idle Hour Brunch and Movie Night – Enjoy weekend brunch on Idle Hour’s iconic al fresco patio from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The barrel-shaped structure is part of the Programmatic architecture movement from the 1920s and 1930s, when business owners designed their buildings to catch the attention of quick-passing motorists. On Oct. 31, they will be showing back-to-back Halloween-themed movies starting at 5 p.m. The lineup includes “Hocus Pocus,” “Psycho” and “Halloween.” There will be spooky-themed drinks and endless popcorn. Seating is limited due to capacity protocol and reservations are highly recommended via Resy. 4824 Vineland Ave., (818)980-5604.
4. Chado Halloween tea special – This month Chado Tea Rooms are offering a Halloween-inspired afternoon tea. The menu features a glass of Halloween-inspired iced tea, a choice of pumpkin soup or pumpkin spice salad, and a two-tiered rack of four Halloween-inspired pumpkin, bat and ghost finger-sized sandwiches on one level and scones with cream and jam, as well as macaroons and butter cookies on the second tier. This special also includes one pot of pumpkin spice chai tea for $28 per person. It’s available at the tea room for dining onsite or to-go at the four Chado sites. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., (323)472-8111; 369 E. First St., (213)258-2531; 1303 El Prado Ave., (424)757-5222; and 79 N. Raymond Ave., (626)431-2832.
5. Cafe Gratitude DIY cookie kits – Order your ready-to-decorate, health-based, flavor-driven, spooky-themed cookie kits for Halloween. Each $25 kit includes pre-baked cookies and icing made with organic, superfood ingredients. Go online or call to order your kit to pick up. 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., (213)929-5580; 639 N. Larchmont Blvd., (323)580-6383; and 512 Rose Ave., (424)231-8000.
6. Nueva encourages costumes– Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in costume at Nueva during brunch, lunch and dinner on Saturday, Oct. 31. Starting at 10:30 a.m., enjoy a special menu of pumpkin tacos with pumpkin-seed salsa and flaming margaritas, mezcal mummies, tequila vampires or zombie cocktails. 822 Washington Blvd., (310)747-6050.
7. Halloween at The Mermaid – Make a reservation to the Mermaid’s “Fangtastic Feast & Libations” Halloween Party on Oct. 31. There are two seatings, a costume contest and lively tunes played by DJ Danny. This Eventbrite-ticketed event will also have a costume contest and the winner’s bill for the evening, up to $150, will be taken care of by the Mermaid. Enjoy a safe and fun outdoor space to have some drinks, food and dress in costume. Reservations are available for parties two for $96 or for four people for $189, with tax and tip included. Enjoy a 90-minute prix fixe special featuring themed drinks and food. There is an option to purchase additional tricks and treats. First seating is from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., and the second seating is from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. 428 E. Second St., (213)947-3347.
8. Enjoy a staycation at Sofitel Los Angeles at BH – The director of nightlife and mixology expert Aidan Demarest has created a “Spooktacular” cocktail for guests, The Jack-o’-Lantern Potion. It’s the perfect balance of citrus, bitter and sweet flavors. Guests staying at the hotel will receive a Jack-o’-Lantern Potion cocktail kit for two, complete with everything you need to make your own hauntingly sweet cocktail in your room. 8555 Beverly Blvd., (310)278-5444.
9. Uplifters Kitchen – Since Halloween might look a little different this year, anyone who comes into Uplifters Kitchen on Halloween in a costume and mask will receive a bag of treats. Bags may include Halloween stickers, Yum Earth organic lollipops, almond butter chocolate cups and organic candy corn. Breakfast and lunch items are also available to enjoy from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 2819 Ocean Park Blvd., (424)268-4904.
10. Halloween Rooftop fun – E.P & L.P. and the new Tulum-inspired pop-up Las Palmas will both host socially distanced Halloween and Day of the Dead weekenders. Costumes are encouraged for guests to wear while entering a spooky, Halloween-themed space offering affordable, individual small plates and elevated bar bites from $8 to $15. Start with a Bloody Spritz made with blood orange juice, prosecco, Aperol and bitters. Walk-in availability for parties up to six people are available from noon to 2 a.m. Enjoy a Day of the Dead brunch starting at noon on Saturday, Oct. 31, and Sunday, Nov. 1, for Yucatan-inspired menu options. Items available include a lobster quesadilla and breakfast tacos, alongside a specialty Michelada in collaboration with Calidad Beer. There will be plenty of Instagram moments, from larger-than-life Calaveras to an orange backlit photo booth. Brunch reservations are required for parties of four or six people starting at noon. Call to reserve a socially distanced table on the rooftop. 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., (310)855-9955.
This article is featured in the Beverly Press.