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9 spooky Halloween treats and cocktails

Sip on black drinks, scoop up bug ice cream and try more of LA's eeriest Halloween treats and cocktails

Ghost cupcakes at Playa Provisions
Photograph: Courtesy Playa Provisions Ghost cupcakes at Playa Provisions
By Erin Kuschner |

Maybe you leave your Halloween costume to the last minute. Maybe you haven't yet made it to the candy store to stock up on goodies for trick or treaters. If getting your shit together for Halloween is as difficult as watching A Nightmare on Elm Street with your eyes open, at least you can get in on the holiday with frightfully festive fare. We've rounded up some spooky Halloween treats and cocktails to try—hey, you have to start somewhere.

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Halloween treats and cocktails

Black Thai Optional cocktail
Photograph: Courtesy E.P. & L.P.
Restaurants, Pan-Asian

Black Thai Optional at E.P. & L.P.

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Sip on a seductive Black Thai Optional at E.P. & L.P., featuring lychee, gin, housemade activated coconut husk charcoal, lemon, amaro and egg white. Smooth and ink-black, it's an intoxicating way to start celebrating Halloween. $15

Salt & Straw ice cream
Photograph: Courtesy Salt & Straw
Restaurants, Ice cream parlors

Creepy Crawly Critters at Salt & Straw

icon-location-pin Larchmont Village

As part of Salt & Straw's "Spooktacular" Halloween series, the Creepy Crawly Critters flavor is hell-bent on bringing you out of your comfort zone. Green grass ice cream is dotted with real grasshoppers, ants and other insects suspended in hard candy amber. Mmm, protein. $4.90 per scoop

Witches Brew at Chaya
Photograph: Courtesy Chaya
Restaurants, Fusion

Witches Brew at Chaya Venice

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With two eyeballs—uh, cherries—staring up at you, it's hard not to feel like you're being watched while sipping on Chaya's Witches Brew. The cocktail features rum, muddled mint, lychee juice, lime juice, soda and Midori, and is more likely to give you nightmares than a hangover. $13.13 until 10/30, $6.66 on 10/31

Halloween cookies at Pitchoun Bakery
Photograph: Courtesy Pitchoun
Restaurants, Cafés

Graveyard cookies at Pitchoun Bakery

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Pitchoun is serioulsy getting into the Halloween spirit—the entire bakery has been decked out with webbing, mini skulls and more Halloween flare. This extends to the bakery case, where eerie (but delicious) graveyard cookies are on display along with eclairs in the form of mummies, Dracula and Frankenstein. $2.50 per cookie, $4.50 per eclair

For the Watch cocktail at The Wallace
Photograph: Courtesy The Wallace
Restaurants, Californian

For the Watch at The Wallace

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Dark and mysterious, the Game of Thrones-inspired cocktail For the Watch is made with Lawai Japanese whiskey, Amaro CioCiarro, cointreau guignolet (cherry), grapefruit juice and squid ink. It'll match your Jon Snow costume perfectly. $13

Ghost cupcakes at Playa Provisions
Photograph: Courtesy Playa Provisions
Restaurants, Californian

Ghost cupcakes at Playa Provisions

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Pastry chef Kristin Feur is whipping up Halloween treats at Small Batch, Playa Provisions' dessert and ice cream counter. In addition to pumpkin cheesecake ice cream and Worms & Dirt (vanilla ice cream, crushed Oreos and gummy worms), there are also these peeping ghost cupcakes: chocolate and vanilla cake topped with soft marshmallow and googly eyes. $3 per cupcake

Nightmare on 12th St at Barcito
Photograph: Courtesy Barcito
Bars, Tapas bars

Nightmare on 12th St at Barcito

icon-location-pin South Park

Hello, special effects. This Argentine bar is mixing up a classic margarita made with tequila, agave syrup and lime juice, garnished with black salt and a few drops of dry ice—billowing fog isn't just for spooky, desolate streets. Only available on Oct 30 and 31. $8

Pumpkin cupcakes and bat cookies at Bouchon
Photograph: Courtesy Bouchon
Restaurants, Patisseries

Pumpkin cupcakes and bat cookies at Bouchon Bakery

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Bouchon Bakery is combining cute and creepy with their Halloween treats, including pumpkin cupcakes and TKO bat cookies that are perfect for the little ghouls in your life. Boo-chon, you're the best. $7.95 per cupcake, $3.75 per cookie

Los Balcones
Photograph: Rachel Carr
Restaurants, Peruvian

The Final Burn at Los Balcones

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Burn, baby, burn. Los Balcones' The Final Burn may sting a little going down—mezcal and absinthe will do that to you—but alpine liquer, yellow Chartreuse, fresh lime and activated charcoal smooth out the pitch black libation. Stop by the Hollywood bar for this drink before continuing your Halloween festivities on the Walk of Fame, where costumes are abundant year round (what's up, Spiderman). $12