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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

Photograph: Courtesy Playa Provisions
Ghost cupcakes at Playa Provisions

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 at E.P. & L.P.

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

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West Hollywood

Creepy Crawly Critters at Salt & Straw

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

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Larchmont Village

Witches Brew at Chaya Venice

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

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Graveyard cookies at Pitchoun Bakery

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

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Downtown Financial District

For the Watch at The Wallace

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

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Culver City

Ghost cupcakes at Playa Provisions

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

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Playa del Rey

Nightmare on 12th St at Barcito

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

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The Final Burn at Los Balcones

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

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