L.A. restaurants and bars are going for delicious—not ghoulish—this month. Skip the tricks and just check out these treats around town.
OKTOBERFEST Pumpkin Carving and special Burger at Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
From October 17 – October 20 (3 – 6 p.m.), carve pumpkins at Plan Check on Sawtelle. The second annual pumpkin carving will feature prizes from the chef, awarded on Halloween. Not in a carving kind of mood? Chef Ernesto Uchimura is serving a special burger for the rest of this month. He’s filling a pretzel bun with sauerkraut and a pork and beef patty and serving it with a side of fries. $15 includes a Licher beer. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar. More information
Oct. 21, 8:30 p.m.
NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: Themed menu and movie night
The Tropicana Pool Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt finishes off its Monday movie night series with this spooky tale. Feast on Freddy’s Fingers, Guts, and Forbidden Fruits (candy apples) and take a sip of Nancy’s Bath Water (Avion Tequila, dark cherry puree & bubbles, $12) everytime you get spooked. Hollywood Roosevelt. More information
PUMPKIN SPICED MARTINI at Fig & Olive, West Hollywood
Stay classy, zombies. At Fig & Olive, sip a savory and sweet pumpkin spiced martini with your lunch or dinner all season long. Fig & Olive. More information
RAY’s & STARK BAR: “The Wurst Halloween Party Ever”
This epic feast starts off with a deep fried stuffed whole hog’s head delicately carved with a chainsaw by Executive Chef Kris Morningstar. Wurst plates include Wesisswurst, Braunschweigner, and Bratwurst. Guzzle gulps of The Blood Sucking Brady Bunch (Rum, Calvados, Velvet, Falernum, lemon juice and Angostrua) or sip on the nights wine and beer specials. Come dressed to kill: a costume contest starts at 9:30. Rays & Stark Bar. More information
BASEMENT TAVERN’s HALLOWEEN BASH
Superheroes, an epic happy hour, spiced drinks, and prizes. Basement Tavern. More information
Oct. 31, 6-11 p.m.
FIG & OLIVE and VEUVE CLICQUOT HOST “YELLOWEEN” SOIRÉE
No goblins here. Fig & Olive gets classy with a champagne all hallow’s eve. Feast on lobster bisque, pumpkin sage ravioli, smoked rosemary lamb chops, and chocolate pots de creme while sipping the night away. A three-course prix fixe is $45. Check out the (free!) after party too. Fig & Olive. More information
Oct. 31, all day
KID’S EAT FREE AT BURGER LOUNGE ON HALLOWEEN
The kid’s meal in question? Small cheeseburger or chicken tenders with fries or salad & soft drink. (12 and under only; no costume required). All Burger Lounge Locations. More information
Nov. 1 & 2
CINCO (G)HOSTS Dia de Los Muertos
To celebrate Mexico’s famous Day of the Dead, Cinco in Westchester will erect a traditional alter for patrons to pay tribute to their loved ones. Menu specials include Tacos de Pollo con Mole Negro (2 for $8), Mole Memelas ($10), and Enchiladas de Pollo con Mole with rice and beans ($13). In addition to mezcal margaritas, try “The Guerrero” – 1 Indio Beer + Shot of Mezcal ($8). A live Mariachi Band will perform on Saturday afternoon from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cinco, Westchester. More information
DAY OF THE DEAD at BORDER GRILL
In addition to drink specials like the Quicksand (del maguey vida, luxardo maraschino, blood orange liqueur), menu specials include Pulpo a la Parrilla (coriander, fennel, red kuri squash, served with black forbidden rice, $26) and Barbacoa Short Ribs. Dishes are offered a la carte or as a prix fixe ($42). Border Grill Downtown is offering a la carte specials only. Border Grill. More information