What's happening on Halloween?
Costume contest for your four-legged friends at Blvd. 16:
The "Sit, Bark, Sip" happy hour includes $3-$5 snacks for both you and your pooch, as well as cocktail and beer specials. (Duke might want to hold off on the Cosmos though.) There will be a costume contest for the pooches, as well as an attempt to enter the Guinness World Records for the most dachshund wiener dogs in costume.
The event will take place on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. http://www.blvd16.com/
Seeing as how most people dress up for the Edison on any given night, it's a safe bet that the clientele will be to the nines for Halloween. Sip on some of Marcus Tello's Punch Drunk Love while musing at the contortionists and stilters overhead, or dance the night away to the musical stylings of Helios Jive and DJ Imagika. Gift certificates will be awarded for the most ghoulish, original and humorous costumes. Attendees must come in costume. (If the Halloween rules are similar to their strict daily dress codes, I wouldn't recommend testing them on this one.)
The party costs $15 presale and $20 at the door and goes from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. http://www.edisondowntown.com/
Pandora party at St. Vibiana's Church:
Show off your evil side at St. Vibiana's before it turns into Neal Fraser's newest outpost of Grace restaurant. $75 for an open bar all night with music by local DJs and a special guest appearance by Asher Roth.
Lago's special Halloween menu:
Locanda del Lago has whipped up a Halloween tasting menu that will be available until Nov. 6. The themed menu has dishes like "black snakes with dragon's eyes" (eel Milanese style with a chickpea terrine that's made to look like eyes) or the "soup from the afterlife" (puree of celery, squid ink, scallops and fennel). Creepy cocktails include the Dracula's Revival (Fresh blood-orange juice, Grand Marnier, vodka and prosecco) and the Black Widow (Alize Rose, vodka, blue curacao and cranberry juice) for $14.Rush Street's Thriller-themed party:
The bar and restaurant will be decked out to resemble MJ's music video set, complete with a patio graveyard and a house of horrors lounge. If you couldn't make it to last week's Thrill the World dance, this can be your personal chance to pay homage to the King of Pop, whilst sipping on some "blood beer" cocktails and nibbling on treats from the bar menu.
Dia de los Muertos dinner at Fuego:
Fuego at Hotel Maya in Long Beach is celebrating “All Souls’ Day,” the holiday celebrated throughout Latin America to commemorate friends and family members who have passed on. Their traditional-style tasting menu lists dishes like sopa de albondigas de camaron (shrimp consomme with wild tiger shrimp dumplings) and colas de langosta y chocolate (poached spiny lobster tail with chile chipotle and cocoa nib sauce). For dessert, there's Oaxacan chocolate pot de crème or the Pan de Muerto biscotti, among others. The dinner takes place on Thursday, but some of the menu items will be available through Friday and Saturday, depending on availability.
$65 per person, beverages not included; $85 per person with wine and tequila pairings. Call Fuego for full menu details.
-- Krista Simmons
Photo credit: Krista Simmons