More than 25 Halloween & Day of the Dead Events in LA and beyond

Enjoy a Trick or Treat latte at Klatch Coffee’s.  On Halloween Day, come into one of the four locations in full costume and you will receive a FREE Trick or Treat Latte. Visit a Klatch Coffee in Redondo Beach, San Dimas, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario. The latte is available beginning on Friday, Oct. 26 and FREE on Oct. 31.

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Spooktacular cocktails at OUE Skyspace LA – On Friday, Oct. 26 guests are welcome to sip on these spooktacular cocktails at OUE Skyspace LA’s City Lights Halloween Party. It’s held in partnership with Bender and DEEP and DJ Marques Wyatt, folks are welcome to dress in costumes. Evening yoga begins at 8 p.m. and lets out to a two-floor dance hall + visual art experience in this “pop-way-up” event at 10 p.m. There will be a tarot reading, dancing, immersive art lounges, and free rides on the scream-inducing Skyslide suspended 1,000 feet in the sky. This party is for 21 + guests. Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skyspace-city-lights-halloween-ft-miguel-migs-marques-wyatt-tickets-50651734702. 633 W. 5th St. on the 70th floor of the iconic U.S. Bank Tower. 633 W. 5th St. (213)894-9000.

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Pre-Halloween bar crawl – On both Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27, Brack Shop Tavern is offering some spooky deals from 7 p.m. to closing. All guests participating in the bar crawl will be greeted with a free welcome kamikaze shot. Other drink specials include $8 cocktails starting with a hibiscus pineapple vodka, and bourbon Old Fashion. A shot of Evan Williams bourbon and pint of Budweiser is $9 and Goose Island is $5 for guests participating in the bar crawl. October 26 & 27. 525 W. 7th St. (213)232-8657.

Halloween costume party at STK in the W Los Angeles – Costumes are mandatory for guests staying at the hotel wanting to enjoy a spooky good time on Oct. 27 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Stay overnight for food, drink and music at this hip Westwood location. 930 Hilgard Ave. (310)659-3535.

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Unholy Masquerade Ball – On Saturday, Oct. 27 Brennan’s pub is hosting a fun evening with BOO-zy & Witches brew, a spooky photo booth for guests to capture the evening’s haunted happenings, and $10 costume contest at midnight. Winner will receive a $500 cash prize. This pre-Halloween day party begins at 9 p.m. to closing. On Sunday, Oct. 28 Brennan’s and Forte Animal Rescue is having a Howl-o-ween event from 7 to 9 p.m. 4089 Lincoln Blvd. (424)443-5119.

Underworld Carnival at E.P. & L.P. – For one night only on Saturday, Oct. 27, West Hollywood’s E.P. & L.P. celebrates Halloween by transforming the 5,500 square-foot L.P. Rooftop into an “Underworld Carnival.” Make a reservation for dinner at E.P. to set the mood for a spirited evening. Up at L.P. Rooftop the festivities include a premium hosted open bar, passed appetizers, special music and appearance by DJ’s Aaron Colbert & Audimoe from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Arrive dressed in a Halloween costumes for a ghoulish fun evening. Table and bottle service is also available for purchase at an additional fee. Tickets are required for entry at $65 for early bird and $75 general at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/underworld-carnival-at-ep-lp-tickets-50183383852. 603 N. La Cienega Blvd. (310)855-9955.

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The Theatre at Ace Hotel Fanged Fete – Come dressed in your best vampire attire for the annual Halloween party with DJs, drinks, and dark arts on Saturday, Oct. 27. Dweller-of-the-night are welcome to join others inside the epic haunted cathedral featuring Restless Nites DJs and devilish potions starting at 10 p.m. to closing. Tickets are $35 at the door and guests must be 21 years and older. Tickets can be ordered online at a discount at https://www.axs.com/events/356074/the-fanged-fete-tickets. 929 S. Broadway (213)235-9614.

TAO’s Carnal Carnival at Dream Hollywood – Celebrate Halloween at Dream Hollywood and TAO restaurant.  On Oct. 27 join others at The Highlight Room – Freak Show up on the spacious 11,000-square-foot rooftop bar and lounge. Enter a world where magnificently obscene and the wildly macabre converge into a night of fantastic frights. Tickets start at $75 – https://nightout.com/events/tao-group-presents-carnal-carnival-2018-halloween-los-angeles/tickets. On Tuesday, Oct. 30 experience Avenue – Old Hollywood Insane Asylum on Halloween eve at the famed Avenue, known as a favorite hang out for Hollywood’s elite. Tickets start at $100 – tickets: https://nightout.com/events/tao-group-presents-carnal-carnival-2018-halloween-los-angeles/tickets. 6417 Selma Ave. (323)844-6417.

The Hollywood Crawl of Fame – Enjoy a red, white, and green Halloween on both Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and Oct. 28 at MiniBar Hollywood starting at 4 p.m. The GM and bartender Jeremy Allen is leading a bar crawl starting at MiniBar, and progressing to Ever Bar, Sunset & Vinyl, Lost Property, and a few other Hollywood spots. Event sponsors Peroni and Yola Mezcal encourage participants to dress in red, white and green (the colors of the Italian and Mexican flags) in lieu of a traditional Halloween costume. Tickets are $25 and cover a roll out mystery potion, tax and tip at MiniBar. Bring cash for subsequent drinks, snacks and bartender tips. A portion of the $25 ticket will be donated to legal services non-profit organization Al Otro Lado. Tickets are available at http://www.minibarhollywood.com/the-hollywood-crawl-of-fame-iii/. For one night only on Wednesday, Oct. 31, the MiniBar team will be performing their version of the legendary 1986 Chicago Bears’ Super Bowl Shuffle. This free of charge Halloween event with special drinks begins at 8 p.m. 6141 Franklin Ave. (323)798-4939.

Fat Sal’s becomes a Hollywood movie set – Once again Fat Sal’s is transform into “McDowell’s” from the 1988 Box office hit “Coming to America” starting Oct. 28. The McDowell’s theme will be part of the interior and exterior of the restaurant. To celebrate they will feature culinary items with names that include “The Big Mick”, “The Sexual Chocolate Shake” and “The Zamunda Fries.” Fat Sal’s is also creating the MY-T-Sharp barbershop from Coming To America right next door to Fat Sal’s Hollywood. Customers can walk in and sit in the barber chairs. This specials continue through Halloween. 1300 N. Highland Ave. (855)682-4373.

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The 7th Annual San Pedro Dia de los Muertos festival – On Sunday, Oct. 28 Los Angelenos will unite to celebrate Hispanic culture with a festive live entertainment lineup. Two-time Grammy award winning performers include Mariachi Divas, and celebrated Kotolan and Salt Petal. This year’s festivities include a Jose Cuervo Tradicional bar and tequila garden. This bar area offers a variety of cocktails created with Tradicional tequila – the first 100% agave tequila created over 200 years ago by Jose Antonio de Cuervo.  In addition to cocktails, Jose Cuervo Tradicional will honor its past with a large scale ofrenda display for guests to view alongside the festival’s famed altar competition. Guests can sample freshly prepared regional Mexican menudo from Juanita’s Mexican Foods, Mexican soft drinks Jarritos, and savory offerings from Del Real Mexican Food. There are a variety of authentic food stands and trucks. Children are invited to enjoy face painting and children’s activities in the Kid’s Zone while adults can purchase authentic crafts, handmade jewelry, clothing and other specialty items made by regional artisans. Admission is free. Get your tickets at http://sanpedrodayofthedead.com. 398 W. 6th St.

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Shakespeare at The Skyline at The Everly Hotel – Come see Shakespeare’s iconic tale of murder with a performance of Macbeth on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 featuring an all-female cast. There are two sinfully good specialty cocktails available called Out Damned Spot, an homage to Lady Macbeth, made with apple-infused Grey Goose, Calvados, apple bitters, red caramel, and Foul is Fair made with Grey Goose, St. George gin, Lillet, sherry, thyme, lemon, muddled celery, squid ink, and a splash of Prosecco. Tickets are available on https://www.eventbrite.com/e/macbeth-tickets-48720717979?aff=ebdssbdestsearch. 1800 Argyle Ave. (213)279-3532.

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Trick or Treat at the Original Farmers Market On Wednesday, Oct. 31 put on your costumes and bring your children trick-or-treating through The Original Farmers Market to pick up chocolates and candy galore. All of the vendors are getting in the spirit making special culinary treats to enjoy immediately and bring home. Order a scoop of pumpkin ice cream at Bennett’s & Local Ice, or treat yourself to a pumpkin or Halloween themed donut at Bob’s. Over at Littlejohns they are selling pumpkin and spooky themed treats. Before going home, stop by the iconic Du-par’s for a autumn pumpkin pie. 6333 W. 3rd St. (323)933-9211.

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Cookie Good helps others – Ross Canter opened Cookie Good on Wilshire Blvd. He and his wife Melanie use the best ingredients starting with chocolate from Callebaut & Van Leer, Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon pure vanilla, and AA sweet creamery butter. Halloween goodies include Count Chocula and Monster Mash cookies and the Great Pumpkin cheesecake brownie. They also make gluten-free options for those with dietary restrictions. Canter’s grandfather helped open Canter’s Deli in Boyle Heights. On Sundays, Ross Canter used to spend time helping his grandfather working at the bakery counter. Cookie Good has gone pink in October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They will donate a portion of all sales to Breast Cancer Care & Research Fund. 2448 Wilshire Blvd. (424)280-4100. Cookie Good Review

Same Same Halloween special – Celebrate the last day of October at Silver Lake’s beloved Thai restaurant with a complimentary order of Peek Gai Tod (fried chicken wings) when you come in for dinner dressed in costume. This special is available only on Wednesday, Oct. 31 starting at 5 p.m. 2835 Sunset Blvd. (213)273-8424. My review Same Same

Halloween at Chao Krung – Chao Krung offers its very own Thai Halloween celebration serving Thai beer slushies and pumpkin egg custard. They are filled with pumpkin, coconut sugar, coconut milk, eggs, and sea salt. It’s available for a limited time only. Come in between 11:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. Here’s my review – Chao Krung. 111 N. Fairfax Ave. (323)939-8361.

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Boo-chata and Death Row Donuts at Trejo’s – Now through Halloween Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts features whimsical delicious spooky fun themed donuts. The Franken-Sanchez is an Old fashion chocolate donut with Frankenstein decorations. The Calabaza cinnamon roll has cream cheese frosting and cinnamon crumb.  For those who like horchata, the Boo-chata is made with Horchata pastry cream filled with Horchata glaze on top and a ghost face decoration. The Death Row raised donut is neon colored with neon colored sugar skulls. Pumpkin fans will enjoy the Maple Old Fashion pumpkin donut with maple glaze and cinnamon crumb.  Try the Black Velvet chocolate cake donut with cream cheese frosting and candy eyes. 6785 Santa Monica Blvd. (323)462-4600.

Little Dom’s Halloween cookies – Serve really spooky cookies made by head pastry chef Ann Kirk at your Halloween office or home party. These treats will appeal to both kids and adults on Halloween. Kirk’s classic cardamom sugar cookies are decorated with ghosts and tombstones, as well as scary phrases like “The Wifi is out” and “Let’s go to Ikea!” 2128 Hillhurst Ave. (323)661-0055.

Winston Pies’ spooky slices – Baker Brianna Abrams bakes handcrafted delicious and authentic artisan pies featuring only the best seasonal, all-natural ingredients. She is making full-sized pies, miniature pies, hand pies, and her signature PieBites. Stop by the newly opened West Hollywood shop for a slice of Scary Cherry, Key Slime, Pumpkin Patch and Creepy Cowgirl. 8366 W. Third St. (323)925-4743.

New Ice Cream flavors at Humphry Slocombe – Celebrating Humphry Slocombe’s 10 year anniversary, the ice creamery is bringing back popular flavors each month. In October enjoy a scoop of foie gras ice cream with tangy Amarena cherry compote. The newest collaboration with iconic LA chefs, Jon + Vinny is strawberry marinara ice cream made with fresh whole-leaf basil steeped in Humphry Slocombe’s signature cream syrup. It’s a clean bright basil pop of flavor blended with homemade strawberry puree and fresh lemon zest. 1653 #B Abbot Kinney Blvd. (424)387-8161.

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Autumn flavors and Halloween fun at The Indpendence – Chef Damoriae Graham creates new menu items that include squash and apple soup with brown butter croutons and pumpkin seeds. A new protein entree included Duroc pork rib chop served with Delicata squash, apple, Tuscan kale, pepitas, sage, and port wine. A tasty side dish is Delicata squash, sage butter and brown sugar. The autumn dessert is fig and proscuitto toast layered with ricotta, arugula and a balsamic drizzle. 205 Broadway (310)458-2500.

Otoño’s “Dia De Las Brujas” Halloween Happy Hour – On October 31 from 10 p.m. to closing. Costumes are highly encouraged! Drink and food specials will start at $5 and include Porron – a Spanish wine pitcher where individuals can pour the contents into the mouth without touching it to their lips; the further away they can pour, the higher the skill. Las Brujas “The WitchesRum Punch, Horchata Flip, Black Tempura Squid and Jamon Hamburgesas. 5715 N. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90042 (323)474-6624. https://www.otonorestaurant.com/.

Brandon’s Kickoff Weekend at 6th & La Brea Swinging Sixties Halloween Party
On Friday, October 26 & Saturday, Oct. 27 come in from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Come join others at a reservation only soiree. 
Dress up in 1960’s style attire and celebrate the unveiling of Brandon’s at 6th & La BreaVinyl tunes, lo-tech vibes, and drinks will flow in the luxe dark and moody back bar. Order from a simple menu of house-brewed beers and one-off cocktails. Enjoy complimentary tray passed bar bites plus a polaroid photobooth. Costumes are highly encouraged! Space is limited. Please RSVP at info@6thlabrea.com – reservations are first come, first served. 6th & La Brea Now Serving Lunch and Happy Hour –  contemporary brewery & restaurant has officially launched lunch. Enjoy vegan and non-vegan favorites like the KFC Sandwich with crispy chicken cutlet, sweet chili glaze, pickles and slaw, the Bahn Mi, available vegan/non-vegan with either pork belly or tofu, pickled daikon and carrot, pickles, herbs and fermented hot sauce; or, guests can opt for a selection of rice bowls, with options like Seared Salmon, Braised Short Rib, and Marinated Tofu. For those that can’t stop by for lunch, join us for happy hour daily from 3pm-6:30pm to take advantage of $6, $5 wine & cocktails, and $4 select beers.

    Celebrate Halloween in Westwood at Broxton  – Artisanal Brewers Collective, sunny new brewery & public house is now open in the historic Janss Dome Building. In honor of Halloween coming up, Broxton is throwing down with a spooky Wicked Witch of Westwood cocktail, and for anyone that shows up in a costume – score a free bucket of biscuits. Available only on Halloween. at 1099 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.

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    Border Grill Day of the Dead Menu – Now through Nov. 6 Executive chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger are honoring culinarians who have passed away, with four special cocktails in their remembrance. Cocktail tributes include Anthony Bourdain/El Mexicano made with aperol, El Silencio Mezcal, agave, and soda. Robin Leach/El Royale is made with Chambord, champagne, and topped with pomegranate seeds. Jonathan Gold/MariGOLD margarita is made with Viva Reposado Tequila, Araceli Marigold liqueur, combier, fresh lime juice and agave. tajin, and garnished with micro marigold. The Joel Robuchon/Robuchon 75 is mixed with Tres Gen Silver, lime juice, and champagne. Enjoy one of these with Border Grill Day of the Dead dishes that include ceviche Negro made with shrimp, scallops, squid ink, jicama, chipotle, and citrus marinade; blood sausage tacos with pineapple-jicama salsa and queso fresca; and Pan De Muerto & Café De Olla with crème fraiche and hibiscus sauce. 445 S. Figueroa St. (213)486-5171.

    Pretty in Pink at Tocaya Organica – Now until Oct. 31 enjoy a prickly pear margarita while raising awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Awareness. All proceeds from the cocktail will donated to Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The drink is available at the Tocaya Hollywood, Venice, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Playa Vista, El Segundo and Century City. 8720 W. Sunset Blvd.(424)288-4871, 507 Wilshire Blvd. (424)268-8219, 12150 Millennium Drive #101(424)289-6105, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. #2300 (424)255-6956 and 850 S. Sepulveda Blvd. (424)352-0876.

    This Halloween roundup was featured in the October 25 issue of the Beverly Press

     

    Disney’s Halloween Time Culinary Delights

    Now through Oct. 31, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure offer a culinary crawl of spooky food options. The talented Disneyland chefs are cooking up a Haunted Firehouse chicken sandwich at the Carnation Café on Main Street; an Enchanted Black Rose mousse at the Red Rose Tavern in Fantasyland; and a Mansion Spider bundt cake at the French Market Restaurant in New Orleans Square.

    Ask for a food guide when entering both parks for a description and location of each edible delight. Here are my 10 favorites treats I discovered at both parks on the opening day of Halloween Time:

    1. I loved how colorful and flavorful the Spider Parfait was that I found at Alien Pizza Planet and Galactic Grill. Throughout both parks are a fun souvenir to enjoy while at the parks and at home – a poison green apple mug.
    2. Near Frontierland the cotton candy stands offer Candy Corn colored cotton candy. Also in this area at Rancho del Zocalo Restaurant they sell Frozen Abuelita Horchata. They also sell Orange Sugar Skull Pot de Cremes.

    3. Make a reservation for a special dinner on one of Mickey’s Halloween Party nights at the Blue Bayou Restaurant.

    4. At Disney California Adventure, try the Vampire Mickey sourdough loaves at Mortimer’s Market and the Pacific Wharf. They also serve Pumpkin Bread Pudding and Bacon Cheddar Ale Soup.

    5. Cars Land has pumpkin spice shakes and Candy Cone Pie cream pie at Flo’s V8 Cafe. At the Cozy Cone Motel, enjoy pure comfort food by ordering the Slow Burnin’ Mac & Cheese Cone, Spooky Cone Macaron and Halloween Color Sprinkles.

    6. Over in Hollywood Land Award Wieners is serving an Octoberfest Dog. They also have two unique treats – Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cake Fries and a Cookies & Cream Funnel Cake Fries.

    7. For those who love churros Buena Vista has a Churro Cart selling Halloween Churros. At the Golden State Churro Cart they sell S’mores Churros. Goofy’s Sky School Churro Cart sells Purple Churros and the Cozy Cone Motel sells Pumpkin Spice Churros.

    8. Walking down Buena Vista Street be sure to see the store windows decorated with apparel and accessories to enhance your Halloween this year.

    9. Step inside Fiddler, Fifer & Pratical Cafe for Chocolate Bat Cookies and Sleepy Hollow Cupcakes.

    10. There are a creative array of Candy Apples to satisfy any sweet tooth that are festively decorated at Candy Shops throughout the resort.

    To learn more about Halloween Time at both parks, go to Halloween Time. The address for Disneyland is 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim.

    10 Halloween Treats at Disneyland & Disney’s California Adventure

    Every visit to Disneyland is memorable, however during Halloween Time, it’s extra special. The spell is cast and the magic of Happy Hauntings is now at both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. Be on the look out for Disney characters including Goofy, Cruella de Vil, Daisy, Mickey and Minnie Mouse cloaked in frightfully delightful Halloween-themed attire.

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    What’s new this year is security.  Check points are now in the parking tram plaza next to the parking garage to provide a comfortable, safe and enjoyable experience for all guests. Disney security inspect backpacks and purses before guests walk through a metal detector. Leave your selfie-sticks at home. They are prohibited in the Theme Parks.

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    Another new sight are two large cranes building Disney’s Star Wars theme park inside Disneyland.

    IMG_2039Entering Disneyland first, Main Street U.S.A spot the giant Mickey jack-o’-lantern and pumpkin festival for your first photo opportunity.  Both theme parks are decorated with cheery autumn décor, Disney characters in their costumes, seasonal Halloween overlays on select attractions, seasonal treats and more. Halloween Time officially begins in mid-September and continues through October 31. If you’re looking to beat crowds, weekdays are a great time to experience Halloween Time with yellow and orange banners hanging from the eves and lamp posts. Thousands of lovely pumpkin decorations are displayed in windows.

    The park also offers delicious Halloween Time treats. Here’s 10 of my favorites:

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    1. Have your inner Snow White come out while sipping from a Poison Apple Stein. It’s spooky cute and can be filled with a beverage and fruit.

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    2. Head over to New Orleans Square they are selling Mint Juleps with Dreamsicle Beignets. Order a three or six pack of piping hot beignets sprinkled in sugar. You can also purchase a Halloween Time Travel Mug to fill with your choice of beverage.

    3. Nearby is Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas at the Haunted Mansion, helping guests believe Halloween truly last forever. There are 999 ethereal inhabitants that have taken over the abandoned residence in the center of New Orleans Square since August 9, 1969. Get an Oogie Boogie light green creepy, skin-crawl-y beverage holder until October 31.

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    4. Sip a Dole Whip Float or spoon in some of the pineapple soft serve sold at the Enchanted Tiki Room. While there go inside to see robotic birds and flowers sing and swoon for 15 minutes in a kitschy ’60s show.

     

    IMG_1680After exploring Disneyland, head over to Disney California Adventure Park with your Park Hopper pass and walk under the bombastic boogeyman as he casts a shadowy eye on passersby from atop his ominous, main-gate marquee. Along Buena Vista Street, swarms of black bats are hanging around the Carthay Circle Theatre’s bell tower.

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    5. Visit the Elysian Arcade inside California Adventure for a spooky fun Disney character inspired cake pop, dipped apple, crispy treat or cupcake.

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    Cars Land Radiator Springs turns into Radiator Screams? Take your photo at the Happy Haul-o-ween billboard before cruising down Route 66 to Fillmore’s yard filled with ghostly folk art and decorated oil cans with spooky faces and distributor cap spiders.IMG_1785

    6. Head over to the Cozy Cone Motel food window inside a gigantic parking cone to purchase a Spoke-Y Cone Macaron filled with marshmallow buttercream and candy corn. It’s orange with a spooky face and yellow, orange and white candy corns peeking out.

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    7. At the Churro window, they offer pumpkin spice churros. Each food window also sells Traffic Cone Sippers to hold your favorite fountain beverage. They come in a 16 oz. and 32 oz. bright orange plastic cone sipper with a straw.

    8. Popcorn has been elevated with a Halloween Time Junkyard JamBOOree mix. Guests have a choice of ordering Butter popcorn; Buffalo Ranch, Garlic, Parmesan, Sriracha, Pizza, Dill Pickle or White Cheddar. Then they can choose a selection of add-ons that include green M & M’s, Candy Corn, Chocolate covered pretzels, Boston Baked Beans and Ghost Quins (sprinkles). Speaking of popcorn, annual Passholders (AP) benefits during the the month of September include receiving unlimited popcorn bucket refills until October 31, 2017 if they obtain an AP refillable popcorn bucket between 9/1 to 9/30.

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    9. Walk into Ghirardelli in the Pacific Wharf area and received a complimentary Ghirardelli chocolate square made with milk chocolate pumpkin spice caramel. It’s delicious.

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    10. At Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company they are offering Orange and Vanilla Swirl Soft Serve in regular and large sizes. Even though the Mickey Mouse pretzel is not decorated for Halloween, it’s a fun treat while exploring Hollywood Land or before seeing the new musical Frozen-Live at the Hyperion.

    Mickey’s Halloween Party. Each year it normally begins the last weekend in September, with a select number of nights designated. This is a separate ticketed event that includes nighttime admission to Disneyland Park with access to the rides, exclusive entertainment and trick-or-treating. If you have a Park Hopper, you can head over to Disney California Adventure Park which has longer hours on party nights.

    Once Halloween Time is over, get ready to enjoy the magic of Christmastime at Disneyland and California Adventure. Historically, the official holiday season begins in mid-November and continues through the first week in January of the next year. Take a family photo next to the enormous Christmas trees, revel in the holiday decorations, do some holiday shopping, listen to the festive holiday entertainment and indulge in some of the seasonal treats.

    15 Creative Fall/Halloween Culinary Treats in Los Angeles

    It’s getting to be the time to sip spooky cocktails and nibble on festive Fall theme delights. Here are a few great restaurants in Los Angeles getting very creative during the month of October. Check out these 10 destinations –

    image0021. Twerk or Treat at Chaya Downtown.
    The highlight of Twerk or Treat cocktail is the sugar spider web, made of hardened sugar and placed delicately atop the glass. Spiders are optional! Vodka, apricot liquor, splash simple syrup, splash sweet and sour. Served up with a sugar spider web. Additionally, Chaya DTLA is offering a 3-course Halloween menu for $35. There is a Dark and Stormy Death Punch Dark made with rum, lime juice, simple syrup, ginger beer, lychee and cherry “eyeballs”for $5 on Halloween from 5 to 8 p.m.

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    2. CHAYA is also making Children of the Corn (Candy Corn Cocktail)
    Pineapple Jell-O Shot at the bottom, Candy Corn infused Vodka, Yuzu Sake and Egg White

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    3. Harvest Peach at Chaya
    A sweet cocktail punch that is perfect as a refreshing Fall drink is made with Bourbon, peach bitters, muddled peaches, sweet and sour. It’s served up with a delightful orange sugar rim and a caramelized peach as a garnish. http://www.thechaya.com

    image002-24. FIG & OLIVE Melrose Place

    This Pumpkin Spice Martini features vanilla infused vodka, lime juice, ginger syrup, apple brandy, and pumpkin butter. It’s rim has crushed graham crackers. Enjoy this libation with a three course prix fixe dinner menu on Saturday, October 31. Laurent Halasz’s passion for exquisite olive oils from the French Riviera includes autumnal butternut squash & chestnut soup and Riviera salmon with braised endives. His smoked rosemary lamb chops are paired with a bouquet of Herbs de Provence, goat cheese & chive gnocchi, braised eggplant with honey & thyme, and rosemary garlic olive oil. Finish with a chestnut mousse over walnut meringue and cherry sorbet with Amarena cherry coulis and garnished with candied walnuts http://www.figandolive.com/locations-reservation/melrose-place/

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    5. Abigaile’s Pumpkin Beer

    The new Head Brewer, Paul Papartino, kicks off Fall with a holiday-exclusive Pumpkin Beer. It’s a brown ale brewed with notes of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves. http://abigailerestaurant.com.

    image001-36. RockSugar – Thai Mai Tai and Margaritas

    Starting Thursday, October 15 at the Century City hot spot – RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen, the restaurant unveils an updated cocktail menu, created in partnership with Top Chef and Food Network Star Arnold Myint. The new libations include the Thai Mai Tai and a Lilikoi Margarita bringing a fresh and exotic twist to the restaurant’s Southeast Asian inspired cocktail menu.

    In addition to the regular cocktail menu, RockSugar’s exclusive Rocktail Hour® updated menu includes the Malaysian Margarita made with Kaffir Lime-Pineapple or Hibiscus for $6.5 during Rocktail Hour® daily 4 – 6 p.m. http://www.rocksugarpanasiankitchen.com

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    7. The Wallace in Culver City

    Executive Chef Joel Miller offers a bottomless BLACK punch named “Heaven’s Gate Punch” made with Rum, Candy Corn Simple Syrup, Lime Juice, and Squid Ink for $14 during dinner service on October 31. The restaurant is also offering oysters for $1 all night that is served with blood colored Mignonette made with hibiscus and annatto.  www.TheWallaceLA.com.

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    8. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® whips up original flavors and returning favorites with their Pumpkin Chai and creamy Pumpkin-infused lattes and Ice Blended® drinks spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon for a delicious pick-me-up! http://www.coffeebean.com

    Hungry?  Enjoy the following tasty culinary treasures:

    image0049. Wildcraft’s Pumpkin Ricotta Bombolini

    Chef Bryant Wigger brings back stacks a tower of Italian-style donuts prepared with creamy ricotta and pumpkin purée, accompanied by spiced vanilla sugar and warm chocolate ganache. http://www.wildcraftcc.com

    image005-310. Dia de Campo French Toast

    Chef Ken Johnson fries up a hearty breakfast Pumpkin Pound Cake French Toast, topped with deliciously tart persimmons, black plums, and mascarpone. YUM! http://diadecampohb.com
    image00111. Barton G. Donuts

    This whimsical fine dining dinner theater serves up an entire platter of Pumpkin Spice Donuts paired with cranberry compote, pumpkin butter, spiced molten chocolate, and cinnamon anglaise. My favorite! http://www.bartongtherestaurantla.com

    image00212. Small Batch, Playa Provisions

    Go to the dessert and ice cream counter to pick up a spooky concoctions created by pastry chef Kristin Feuer. Known for her nostalgic treats, she is making ghost cupcakes and Pyrat rum floats. http://www.playaprovisions.com.

    13. Chaya Venice

    This week Chaya Venice launched three new pumpkin inspired menu items, available throughout the Fall:
    Try the Thai Coconut Lobster Bisque in a Petit Pumpkin Bowl. It’s an $18 Half Maine lobster tail, with lobster stock, coconut milk, lemongrass, jalapeno, sriracha. www.thechaya.com/venice

    CCF_PumpkinCheesecake14. Cheesecake Factory 

    Pumpkin Cheesecake and Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake are back and available now through Thanksgiving Day! Both flavors sell for $7.95 per slice, or take home whole cheesecakes for $51.95. http://www.thecheesecakefactory.com.

    (Photo provided by Bo Nuage)
    (Photo provided by Bo Nuage)

    15. Bo Nuage

    Be sure to visit the new second location at 9523 Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills. Come into the Beverly Hills shop on Halloween in costume will receive a free Pumpkin Spice cloud cake. www.BoNuage.com.

    10 Reasons to Visit Disneyland’s Halloween Celebration

    With Disneyland Resort’s Diamond Celebration the Halloween season runs through Nov. 1, 2015 with festive Fall decorations throughout the park, plus spooky transformations of Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain. Stay late to see the parades, fireworks or buy a ticket to trick-or-treat.

    Here are 10 must see and do experiences during October at Disneyland:

    1. Main Street Disneyland has been transformed with more than 300 pumpkins and a 16-foot-tall Mickey Jack-o’-lantern.
    2. Ride the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square to experience a collision between Halloween and Christmas with Jack Skellington from the Walt Disney Pictures classic “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.” See the recently rejoined Hatbox Ghost.

      (Photo by Jill Weinlein)
      (Photo by Jill Weinlein)
    3. Ride Space Mountain’s Ghost Galaxy in Tomorrowland. Space Mountain vehicles speed into a ghostly galaxy among eerie screams, sound effects and music. Spooky spirits pop out of the darkness, appearing to reach out and scare space travelers.
    4. Dia de los Muertos in Frontierland is a traditional Mexican celebration with a skeleton display near Rancho del Zocalo restaurant.

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    5. Attend the “Paint the Night” parade –  A river of color down Main Street, U.S.A., with spectacular special effects, floats, energetic performances and toe-tapping music.
    6. Some of the Halloween treats sold around the park include Mickey Mouse cookies, candy corn colored cotton candy and flavored popcorn.

      (Photo by Jill Weinlein)
      (Photo by Jill Weinlein)
    7. Buy a separate-ticket to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party. Come in costume and trick-or-treat throughout Disneyland Park on selected nights. Enjoy the exclusive “Monsters U Dance Party” at the Tomorrowland Terrace. Tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party* may be purchased online and on mobile devices at Disneyland.com/party, as well as at the Disneyland Resort main gate and by phone at 714-781-4400. Guests may check online for availability for the following nights: Wednesday, Oct. 7; Friday, Oct. 9; Monday, Oct. 12: Wednesday, Oct. 14; Friday, Oct. 16; Monday, Oct. 19; Thursday, Oct. 22; Friday, Oct. 23; Sunday, Oct. 25; Tuesday, Oct. 27; and Thursday, Oct. 29. Online and mobile purchases are not available the day of the event. ickets purchased on the day of the event are $77 each. All tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party on Thursday, Oct. 29, are $84 each.
    8. Be sure to notice the sparkling enhancements on Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland and take an interactive tour of Sleeping Beauty’s story.

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      (Photo courtesy of Disneyland Resort)
    9. In Disney California Adventure, stay after dark for the Diamond Celebration water show that comes alive in “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney.” It’s filled with film, lasers, music and special effects honoring the man who created Disneyland and so many beloved characters.
    10. Mingle with the ghosts in The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror and dance the night away in the after-dark Diamond Mad T Party.

    For more information about Halloween at the Disneyland Resort, see www.Disneyland.com/Halloween.

    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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