After a certain age, there are really only two ways you're expected to celebrate Halloween: on either end of a beer bong, or on the giving end of a trick-or-treat door. But who says the festivities have to be restricted to Halloween night? We donned our best Sherlock costume to find the bars and restaurants that are serving special dishes and drinks in commemoration of everyone's favorite morbidly fun holiday. Whatever you choose, it's sure to be a better time than watching all the neighborhood kids get wasted—on chocolate or otherwise.
Here's a quick guide to tricking and treating your taste buds this week in L.A.
Blood Punch at Thirsty Crow and Poison Affair Punch at La Cuevita: It's $5 a drink during the Dead Celebrity Party and costume contest at Thirsty Crow in Silverlake Halloween night, and $4 a drink during Happy Hour all week at La Cuevita in Highland Park. With names like "Blood" and "Poison," let's just say you know what you're getting yourself into.
Mole Rojo and Habanero Blood Orange Margarita at La Sandia: See blood red on La Sandia's rooftop this Dia de Los Muertos. Pork carnitas dressed in red mole sauce and sweet and spicy tequila are a recommended way to get your zombie on.
Spider Bite Cocktail at Napa Valley Grille: Available throughout the month of October, Napa Valley Grille's Spider Bite cocktail tastes like pumpkin pie and features a caramel rim dipped in gingersnap gremolata and pink peppercorn. Oh, and watch out for the dark chocolate spider hanging off the glass.
Graveyard Martini at 33 Taps: Miss playing in the dirt? 33 Taps' Graveyard Martini is covered in the stuff (made from crushed Oreos, of course). Vanilla vodka, Kahlua, amaretto, whipped cream, and gummy worms set the rest of the silly-spooky mise-en-scene.
Candy Wine Pairings at Vintage Enoteca: This Halloween is #throwbackthursday at Vintage Enoteca. For its fourth annual candy and wine pairing event, the Sunset tapas bar is pairing Old World wines with old school candies (think Pop Rocks with Loire Valley Brut and Tootsie Rolls with Spanish Crianza). It's $30 a tasting, Wednesday and Thursday nights this week.
Pumpkin ‘Lette Macarons: In case you're not yet sick of all things pumpkin-flavored, check out one of 'Lette's locations for a pillowy and cinnamon-spiced pumpkin macaron.
Scary Good Halloween Specials at Bouchon Beverly Hills: All week until Thursday, get your fill of Oreo-like bat cookies, pumpkin brioche, mini blood orange macarons, Devil's Food cupcakes, and the most adorable little pumpkin ghost muffins. The only thing to be scared for is your waistline.
Chili and Flatbread at 33 Taps: For anyone feeling a little more health-centric, 33 Taps is also offering a pumpkin hummus flatbread with caramelized onions, apple, bacon, and fontina cheese and a turkey chili with pumpkin and black beans.
Dias De Los Muertos at Bar Marmont: Hollywood's sexiest bar is eschewing the skulls and cobwebs for a Mexican-themed menu for Dias de los Muertos. From now until November 2, feast on soft shell crab and cotija squash blossoms, oxtail taquitos, sweet corn battered fish tacos, and more. Professional make-up artists will also be on hand over the weekend to dress your face for the season.