10/24/2012 06:37:00 PM

15 Tricks and Treats to Get You in the Halloween Spirit

Witch's Fingers at Village Bakery
You no longer have to pilfer your kid's (or neice's and nephew's) candy to feel the spirit of Halloween. There are many, many, many specials to be found at restaurants, bakeries and bars all over town that the 21-and-over set can even enjoy. Whether it's pumpkin beer, brain dishes or zombie cookies, here's where to find your tricks and/or treats (but mostly treats) around LA.

Bouchon Bakery
Through October 31, grab pumpkin shortbread cookies, salted caramel-filled devil's food cupcakes, or TKO bat cookies at the Beverly Hills bakery (235 N. Canon Dr.; 310-271-9910).

Yummy Cupcakes
All of three cupcakeries (Burbank, Hollywood, Santa Monica) have special Halloween-inspired flavors this month, including a caramel apple (apple cupcake with a caramel center and caramel buttercream), popcorn ball (vanilla cupcake with salty buttercream topped with popcorn), and Midnight Delight (chocolate cupcake filled with blackberry whip and topped with chocolate-cabernet buttercream).

Village Bakery
Every day through October 31, the Atwater Village bakery debuts a different delightfully not-so-frightening sweet, like headless zombie cookies, witches fingers, and mummy rice crispy treats. Order ahead to get the full line up in one box for your Halloween parties (3119 Los Feliz Blvd.; 323-662-8600).

LA Market
That Junk Food Platter dessert at Kerry Simon's LA Live restaurant turns ghoulish now through Halloween. The creepy candy wonderland includes orange and purple coconut snowballs, bat and mummy cake pops, pumpkin-shaped Rice Krispies treats, frosted brownies with worms, candy corn, and caramel corn parfait (900 W. Olympic Blvd.; 213-765-8600).

Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery
You love the Twix Bar? You'll go crazy over this fancier version at the Santa Monica bakery. Crunchy cookie? Yes. Caramel? Check. Chocolate coating? Done. And a little sprinkle of fleur de sel for good measure. Drop that kid's candy bag. We repeat: Drop it (1014 Wilshire Blvd.; 310-451-2311).

Pumpkin Beer On Sunday (Oct. 28), Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood has a whole lineup of seasonal beers, including LadyFace Cask Ichbod, Taps Pumpkin, Bruery Autumn Maple, Dogfish Pumpkin, Tap IT Pumpkin, Ace Pumpkin Cider, Sam Adams Pumpkin and WoodChuck Pumpkin Cider. Plus, some tasty pumpkin dishes to go along with them. Taps open at 3 PM. And next week (Oct. 29-Nov. 4), you can get pumpkin beer flights at Simmzy's Belmont Shore in Long Beach. Expect to taste things like Uinta's Punk'n, Shipyard Smash Pumpkin, and an Imperial pumpkin porter.

Lexington Social House
Check out some of the spirited Halloween-inspired cocktails at this Hollywood spot, including Witches Brew, a gooey sipper made with lime gelatin, pineapple juice, ginger ale and vodka (1718 Vine St.; 323-461-1700).

Candy and booze - we love it! On October 31, while the Hollywood madness swirls around you, stop in the West Hollwyood restaurant for a chocolate and cocktail party with Compartes Chocolatier's seasonal truffles, fall cocktails and wine pairings. The party goes from 7-10 PM, leaving you plenty of time to check out the costume parade outside. $25 with reservation; $30 for walk-ins (8764 Melrose Ave.; 310-432-2000).

Napa Valley Grille
In addition to kids eating for free (with the purchase of an entree), adults can get their spirit in the form of spirits with $12 specialty cocktails like the Burnt Orange pumpkin cocktail and Bloody Eyeballs. Offers are good from October 27-31 (1100 Glendon Ave.; 310-824-3322).

Villains Tavern
There are six days of Halloween fun on tap at the Arts District bar, starting this Friday (Oct. 26) with discounted food ($2 tacos, $5 burritos), dry-iced punch ($6) and food-drink combos like a burger, fries and cocktail for $15. There will also be games - bobbing for apples! - and a pig roast this weekend with the bacon-genius Cast Iron Gourmet (1356 Palmetto St.; 213-613-0766).

Bru Haus
Wear your costume to the West LA bar on Friday (Oct. 26) for a DJ party, costume contest (cash and gift certificate prizes), plus drink and food specials on orange things like wings, sweet potato tots and pumpkin beer (11831 Wilshire Blvd.; 310-473-2337).

XEN Lounge
The new Valley haunt hosts a Halloween Masquerade Ball on October 31 with dinner, dancing, and music throughout the night. Dinner begins at 6 PM and the party goes till 2 AM (10628 Ventura Blvd.; 818-505-3513).

The Pub at Golden Road
On Halloween night, the brewery launches a new Brew & View movie night with the always scary Psycho and hilariously not scary Ghostbusters on an outdoor screen. It all goes down on the new lawn, where you can sip beers and snack on popcorn and pretzels. The movies continue every Wednesday through December (5410 West San Fernando Rd.; 213-373-4677).

Wood & Vine
Where else can you eat blood, head and brains on Holly-ween night? Stop by the Hollywood restaurant for the special Halloween offal menu featuring dishes like blood sausage, shaved pig's head with olives and parsley, smoked bee tongue with chimichurri, cock's comb and turkey testicles, and calf's brain ravioli. It's all served a la carte, priced from $9-$19 (6280 Hollywood Blvd.; 323-334-3360)

Industrial Urban Farm Cuisine
And finally, now through October 31, chef Joseph Antonishek has fun fare on the menu like "deviled" eggs with smoked salmon and roe, grilled "bat salad" (quail with bacon-wrapped dates), frog's legs, and a blood sausage banh mi among other spookily named dishes. Wash it all down with a Corps Reviver (609 S. Grand Ave.; 213-488-8020).


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